Management

Gil Van Bokkelen Ph.D.

Chairman and CEO


Gil Van Bokkelen

Dr. Van Bokkelen has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since August 2000. Dr. Van Bokkelen co-founded Athersys in October 1995 and served as Chief Executive Officer and Director since Athersys' founding. Prior to May 2006, he also served as Athersys' President. Dr. Van Bokkelen is Chairman (ex officio) of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, a Washington D.C. based consortium of companies, patient advocacy groups, disease foundations, and clinical and research institutions that are committed to the advancement of the field of regenerative medicine. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, and serves on a number of other boards, including the Biotechnology Industry Organization's ECS board of directors, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Regenerative Medicine Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University School of Medicine, his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.A. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.




John Harrington Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer


John Harrington Dr. Harrington co-founded Athersys in October 1995 and has served as Athersys' Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer and as a director since Athersys' founding. Dr. Harrington led the development of the RAGE technology as well as its application for gene discovery, drug discovery and commercial protein production applications. He is a listed inventor on 20 issued or pending U.S. patents, has authored 20 scientific publications, and has received numerous awards for his work, including being named one of the top international young scientists by MIT Technology Review in 2002. Dr. Harrington has overseen the therapeutic product development programs at Athersys since their inception, and during his career he has also held positions at Amgen and Scripps Clinic. He received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University and his B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California at San Diego.


William (B.J.) Lehmann J.D.

President and Chief Operating Officer


William (B.J.) Lehmann William (BJ) Lehmann, Jr., J.D. joined Athersys in September 2001 and was Athersys' Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Finance from August 2002 until May 2006, when he became Athersys' President. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Lehmann was with McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international management consulting firm, where he focused on company strategy and marketing issues, and worked extensively with new technology and service-based businesses in the firm's Business Building practice. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a Silicon Valley law firm, and worked with First Chicago Corporation, a financial institution. Mr. Lehmann received his J.D. from Stanford University, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.


Robert Deans Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Regenerative Medicine


Robert Deans Dr. Deans has led Athersys' regenerative medicine research and development activities since February 2003 and has served as Vice President of Regenerative Medicine since October 2003. He was named Executive Vice President of Regenerative Medicine in April 2011. Dr. Deans is highly regarded as an expert in stem cell therapeutics, with over fifteen years of experience in this field. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Deans worked for early-stage biotechnology companies. Dr. Deans was formerly the Vice President of Research at Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 1998 to 2001 and Director of Research and Development with the Immunotherapy Division of Baxter International, Inc., a global healthcare company, from 1992 to 1998. Dr. Deans was also previously on faculty at USC Medical School in Los Angeles, between 1981 and 1998, in the departments of Microbiology and Neurology at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Deans was an undergraduate at MIT, received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, and did his post-doctoral work at UCLA in Los Angeles.


Laura Campbell

Vice President of Finance


Laura Campbell Laura Campbell joined Athersys in January 1998 as Controller and has served as Vice President of Finance since May 2006. Prior to joining Athersys, she was at Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm, for 11 years, in the audit practice. During her tenure with Ernst & Young LLP, Ms. Campbell specialized in entrepreneurial services and the biotechnology industry sector and participated in several initial public offerings. Ms. Campbell received her B.S., with distinction, in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.


Manal Morsy MD, PhD

Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs


Manal Morsy MD, PhD

Dr. Morsy joined Athersys in 2013 as Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs.  She is responsible for the global regulatory activities for the company’s therapeutic programs, including its MultiStem® cell therapy.  Prior to joining Athersys, Dr. Morsy served as Vice President at PTC Therapeutics, Inc. since 2007 where she led global regulatory affairs, developed the company’s regulatory capabilities and was responsible for regulatory activities for multiple programs in several therapeutic areas, including the programs for treatment of Duchene muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis using Ataluren, the company’s lead product candidate.  Prior to joining PTC, Dr. Morsy spent three years at Tibotec / J&J, serving as Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, where she was responsible for global regulatory activities for the company’s pediatric development programs, the tuberculosis and the HIV (Prezista) programs.  Previous to her tenure at Tibotec, Dr. Morsy served as Director of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs for Merck & Co., where she led and supported new regulatory filings in the US and abroad, as well as supplemental filings for previously approved products.  Dr.  Morsy received her MD degree from the University of Alexandria, Faculty of Medicine, Egypt; her PhD from the Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; and her MBA from the LeBow Business School, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Morsy has several scientific publications and reviews in peer reviewed journals, including Nature Biotechnology, The Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and Annual Review of Medicine (ARM).