Founding Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners
Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA
Norman served as acting chancellor of UCLA in 2006-2007. He retired from the Law School faculty in 2007 with the titles of Acting Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, but he has been recalled and continues to teach and write in the areas of anti-terrorism law, federal criminal law and evidence.
Abrams joined the UCLA Law School faculty and has been a member of the UCLA family since 1959. From 1991 to 2001 he served as UCLA's vice chancellor of academic personnel, overseeing faculty appointments and promotions on the campus. He served as interim dean of the law school from 2003 to 2004, and earlier had served as associate dean, from 1989 to 1991. In May, 2012, Abrams received the award of highest distinction conferred by the UCLA Emeriti Association, which is their Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.
The fifth edition of Abrams' groundbreaking casebook on federal criminal law, Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (with Beale and Klein), was published in 2010. Another of his books, Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement, (4th edition, 2012), is the first casebook to deal comprehensively with the rapidly evolving field of anti-terrorism law and the criminal enforcement process. He is also a co-author of Evidence - Cases and Materials (with Judge Jack B. Weinstein, et al.). Over his long career, he has written on many subjects, including prosecutorial discretion, federal jurisdiction, conspiracy law, evidentiary privileges and, more recently, anti-terrorism.
Before joining UCLA, Abrams served as an associate in law at Columbia University Law School and as a research associate and director of Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research for Israel's Legal Development at the Harvard Law School. He has also been a consultant to various state and federal commissions and professional committees, and, while on leave from UCLA, in 1966-67, he was appointed a special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, serving in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has taught as a visiting professor at Stanford University Law School, UC Berkeley Law School, the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan School of Law, University of Southern California Law School and Loyola University (Los Angeles) School of Law.
Associate Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania
Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Judith C. Gasson, a professor of biological chemistry and medicine, became director of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1995. A molecular biologist, Gasson is responsible for one of only 39 institutions nationwide designated as comprehensive cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute. In addition to her administrative duties, Gasson also is a gifted scientist. She was instrumental in purifying for the first time a hormone-like substance that increases the speed of bone marrow cell reproduction. That substance, called GM-CSF, is used to help prevent infections in cancer patients, and to allow patients to tolerate more chemotherapy and radiation than had previously been possible. In 2005, Gasson was named a co-director of the UCLA Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Medicine and she recently testified before a key Senate subcommittee on the promise of stem cell research in cancer. Gasson also serves as a board member for the American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Colorado State University and a doctorate in physiology at the University of Colorado. Gasson did post doctoral work at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. In 1983, she left the Salk Institute to join UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, which comprises more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating the results into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2005, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named the best cancer center in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for six consecutive years.
Division VP and Associate General Counsel at Abbott Laboratories
Founder, Paul C. Hudson Consulting
Chief Innovation Officer, Merck KGaA
Christoph Huels is responsible for the corporate innovation strategy and the technology foresight at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He is experienced in different businesses at Merck in Healthcare as well as Performance Materials (specialty chemicals). Including operational excellence in R&D, licensing, bio-partnering as well as the Corporate Venture Fund of Merck. Before joining Merck in 2008, he was CEO of Protagen AG, a German biotech company focussing on high value services in protein analysis especially under GMP, tool and software development for R&D in proteomics and the development of diagnostics based on a technology platform around protein biochips. He managed there several rounds of financing for the development of diagnostics as well as the build-up of a profitable service business in protein analysis. From 1999 to 2001 Christoph was responsible for project and portfolio management at Azupharma GmbH and CoKG, the German subsidiary of the Generics business of the Novartis group. He started his professional career in 1994 at Hoechst AG. After two years in the pharma division of Hoechst (today Sanofi) in Rheumatology/Immunology early phase drug development, he was working in increasing responsibility on projects in cell adhesion, protein evolution and RNA-splicing in the Central Research department. Christoph received his PhD in Biology from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz at the Institute of Immunology.
Founder, President, CEO and Director, Adicet Bio, Inc.
Executive Chairman, AmperSand Biopharmaceuticals
Founding Partner, Sequel Venture Partners, LLC
Dean, UCLA Anderson
Vice President and Global Head – External R&D Innovation – Pharmatherapeutics and WRD External Partnerships, Pfizer, Inc.
Barbara Sosnowski is Vice President and Global Head, External R&D Innovation Pharmatherapeutics and WRD External Partnerships. As part of the Pharmatherapeutics team, Barbara is the cluster lead for Cardiovascular Metabolic and Inflammation and Immunology Research Units for externally focused efforts. Dr. Sosnowski has more than 30 years in the health care industry. Prior to joining Pfizer 6 years ago, Barbara was Vice President, Biologics Development of Cardium Therapeutics and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tissue Repair Company following Cardium’s acquisition of Tissue Repair Company in August 2006. Prior to the acquisition, Dr. Sosnowski served as President and CEO of Tissue Repair Company. From June 2001 to December 2004 she served as Vice President Research and Development of Selective Genetics Inc. a tissue repair company that developed wound repair, orthopedic and cardiovascular products. At Selective Genetics, she co-invented and helped develop the targeted gene therapy program, both viral and non-viral. Prior to Selective Genetics she was employed by Prizm Pharmaceuticals from October 1992. Prior to joining Prizm, Dr. Sosnowski was at Ligand Pharmaceuticals, where her efforts were focused on identification of small molecule inhibitors of osteoporosis. Dr. Sosnowski received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in Biological Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a registered patent agent.
Corporate VP and General Counsel, Northrop Grumman Corporation