TuDiabetes Live interview with Philip Toleikis, President of Sernova


Sernova is a clinical-stage company developing products for the treatment of chronic diseases using therapeutic cells transplanted into an implanted medical device to replace missing proteins or hormones.

Sernova’s device forms a natural environment promoting the long-term function of therapeutic cells. The company’s first therapeutic indication is for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes.
Dr. Philip Toleikis is a seasoned biotechnology executive, with over 20 years of experience in the therapeutic, medical device and combination product sectors. He has been President and CEO of Sernova Corp. a clinical stage company since 2009, successfully gaining financing for the company through grants and equity funding of over $10M, and has been leading the development of a natural and immune-protected environment for delivering therapeutic cells to patients with chronic diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes and haemophilia.
Dr. Toleikis headed a successful consulting company for the medical device and combination product field and was previously Vice President, R&D Pharmacology and Drug Screening, at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he built and oversaw product development teams working on novel combination products to improve technologies for restenosis, surgical adhesions, device related infections, and orthopedic indications as well as led the team in the development of a novel treatment for immune inflammatory disease with completed Phase II clinical studies in multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
He also headed multiple corporate collaborations and in seeking in-licensing technologies. Dr. Toleikis is an author of multiple issued patents and over 110 patent applications. His research training and experience includes biochemical pharmacology, diabetes, oncology, inflammatory diseases (psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, surgical adhesions, Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, neurological diseases and cardiovascular conditions including ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension and aneurysms.
His career philosophy is in developing and empowering closely integrated product development teams and linking those to the physicians and patients who are in need of novel products to build a strong passion for success. He has been a volunteer for many years for regional science fairs, as well as Diabetes, and Heart and Stroke Foundations and on the grant writing committee for a local school council. Dr. Toleikis has earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, where he completed his Ph.D.

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