Company Leadership

Founder

Jeffrey A. Stafford, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jeff brings over 25 years of success in drug discovery to his role as President and CEO of Jecure Therapeutics. Previously, he was the founding CSO of Quanticel Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company based on the epigenetic targeting of cancer stem cells and tumor heterogeneity through the pioneering use of single cell genomics. In 2011 Quanticel entered into an exclusive build-to-buy collaboration with Celgene and was then acquired by Celgene in 2015. Jeff has held senior scientific and management positions at Quanticel, Takeda San Diego, Syrrx, and GlaxoSmithKline, and his teams have discovered 9 development candidates that have advanced into clinical trials, including the marketed drugs, Votrient™ (pazopanib), Nesina™ (alogliptin) and the Phase 3 investigational drug, remimazolam (CNS-7056).

Jeff received a B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University. He completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley.


Founder

James M. Veal, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Jim has over 25 years of drug discovery experience and began his career in 1991 at Glaxo Research Institute. During his years at Glaxo, GlaxoWellcome, and GSK, he worked on a range of receptor and enzymatic targets including protein kinases for the treatment of inflammation and cancer. In 2003, he joined Serenex Inc. and became the Senior Director of Structural Chemistry and Informatics. Serenex was acquired in 2008 by Pfizer for its proteomics platform and drug discovery programs. He then moved to Pamlico Pharmaceuticals as Vice President of Research, leading drug discovery efforts targeted at GPCR receptors. Prior to joining Jecure Therapeutics, he was a Distinguished Research Fellow at Quanticel Pharmaceuticals where he played an integral role in the discovery of multiple development candidates that target cancer stem cells. Jim has made significant contributions to the discovery of 7 compounds that have advanced to clinical trials including Votrient™ (pazopanib), Tykerb™ (lapatinib), SNX-5422, and Huanmideji. He is an author of numerous scientific publications and an inventor on multiple issued patents.

Jim received a B.A. in Chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University.