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John Hohneker, MD
President, Research & Development
FORMA Therapeutics

Dr. Hohneker joins FORMA with over 25 years of drug development experience in the pharmaceutical industry across a broad range of therapeutic areas, including oncology, immunology, dermatology, rheumatology, and organ transplantation. He has played a critical role in advancing therapeutics from preclinical through health authority approval, including 17 drug launches. Dr. Hohneker held various leadership positions at Novartis from 2001 to 2015. Most recently, as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Development, Immunology and Dermatology, where he was responsible for the global development of the immunology, rheumatology, and dermatology product pipelines including the recent approvals and launches of Cosentyx®, Xolair® and Ilaris®. Previously he also served as Senior Vice President of U.S. Oncology Clinical Development and Medical Affairs where he played a key role in the development, approval, and/or commercialization of several important oncology products such as Gleevec®, Tasigna®, Zometa®, Afinitor®, and Exjade®. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Hohneker spent approximately 11 years at Glaxo Wellcome and its legacy company Burroughs Wellcome in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Worldwide Therapeutic Head, Director, Oncology Clinical Development and led the approval of Navelbine®. He has also served on the research committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Institute of Medicine’s Cancer Policy Forum. He also held a faculty position at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dr. Hohneker received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA., and M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Piscataway, N.J. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in medical oncology all at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, N.C.

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