Jonathan Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Jonathan Lewis, M.D., Ph.D., is the chief executive officer and a director of ZIOPHARM Oncology. Previously he served as professor of surgery and medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and has been actively involved in leading translational and clinical research in cancer. Dr. Lewis has advanced the development of several drugs in cancer and is globally recognized by patient advocacy groups. He has received numerous honors and awards in medicine and science, including the ASCO Young Investigator Award, The Kristen Ann Carr Fellowship, the Yale University Ohse Research Award, the Royal College of Surgeons Trubshaw Medal and the Sarcoma Foundation of America Hope and Vision Award. He serves as a director on the board of the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Additionally, Dr. Lewis serves on the medical advisory board of the Sarcoma Foundation of America as well as the scientific advisory board of the Combat Wound Initiative Program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and serves as chairman of the board of The Hope Funds for Cancer Research.
Caesar J. Belbel
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Caesar J. Belbel joined ZIOPHARM Oncology in September 2011 as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. He has extensive expertise in corporate and securities law and has represented numerous public and private companies in a variety of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, software, internet services and venture capital. He has substantial experience counseling companies on general corporate law matters, complex financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, regulatory affairs, licensing as well as intellectual property protection and transfer. Prior to joining ZIOPHARM Oncology, from 2003 to 2011, he was executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Clinical Data, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company which was acquired in April 2011 by Forest Laboratories, Inc. Prior to Clinical Data, he served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Xpedior Incorporated; and as general counsel and secretary for Programart Corporation and Astea International, Inc. Mr. Belbel also practiced as a corporate attorney in the emerging companies practice groups of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault and McDermott Will & Emery. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and a juris doctor from Boston College Law School.
Senior Vice President Business Development, Commercial Development and Advocacy Relations
Steven Bloom is the senior vice president of business development, commercial development, and advocacy relations and has served in this capacity since April 2012. Previously, Mr. Bloom served as vice president of business development since 2008. Mr. Bloom has over 20 years of experience in business development and closely-related marketing activities, including in- and out-licensing, patent administration, pricing and reimbursement advocacy, brand management and competitive analysis, primarily with the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to joining ZIOPHARM Oncology, Mr. Bloom was the global vice president of business development and marketing at PAREXEL International, a contract research and medical communications company. Additionally, he has served in a variety of roles at smaller companies including Inflexxion Inc. and PharMetrics, Inc. Mr. Bloom received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University and is currently an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.
Lynn M. Ferrucci
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Lynn M. Ferrucci joined ZIOPHARM Oncology in January 2012 as senior vice president of human resources. Ms. Ferrucci has over 20 years of experience in strategic and tactical human resource leadership, including extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions, organizational development and compensation as well as benefits. She has developed and implemented company-wide initiatives to motivate and retain employees, as well as directed human resource efforts to attract key talent. Prior to joining ZIOPHARM Oncology, Ms. Ferrucci was the senior vice president of human resources at Clinical Data, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, which completed more than ten mergers/acquisitions during her tenure and was acquired by Forest Laboratories, Inc. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ferrucci worked in human resources within the manufacturing, service and consulting environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Rhode Island College.
Francois Lebel, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Operations
A proven leader with broad Drug and Device development experience who has designed and managed global medical organizations to deliver results, enhanced productivity and practice sound risk management. Senior leadership roles have included most recently Vice President, Research & Development at Baxter International and Global Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs at MedImmune. In the last 20 years, he provided strategic leadership on 8 NDA/BLA’s in various therapeutic areas and on a number of mergers and acquisitions. Extensive experience in Drug Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Pharmacovigilance was acquired through various roles of increasing responsibilities at Chiron (Novartis), Warner- Lambert (Pfizer) and Burroughs Wellcome (GSK). Francois received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and an Infectious Diseases specialist trained at McGill University and Harvard Medical School.