Columbia University

Technology Ventures


Linda Dujack

Area of expertise: 
Johnson & Johnson, FDA, Hoffman-La Roche, National Academy of Sciences
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Linda Dujack, retired from Johnson & Johnson (J&J), was Vice President for Product Evaluation and University Relations, where she was responsible for proactively establishing relationships with universities, small bio-tech companies, and major pharmaceutical companies in order to identify new opportunities that would merit participation by J&J.

Prior to that Linda served as Vice President of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs at J&J, resulting in many successful submissions and approvals. She was also part of the licensing/financing team responsible for evaluating new product/technology opportunities and developing R&D cost models for the financial evaluation of these opportunities. At J&J Linda also served as Executive Director for the Erythropoietin (EPO) Worldwide Development Project and Director for Medical Services and Support, a department she established for Ortho Biotech.

Prior to joining J&J, Linda was Deputy Director for the Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. She was also Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Special Projects at Geritech, a small start-up company whose technology came from Rockefeller University. Linda was also Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Hoffmann La-Roche. Prior to that she was a Senior Staff Officer at the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine.

Linda earned her PhD in biology from Georgetown University with distinction and her BS degree also in biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey with honors. She taught biology and cell biology as an Assistant Professor at Hood College in Frederick, MD.

Charles Goldstein

Becton Dickinson, Millipore Corp
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Since retiring from Becton Dickinson (BD) in Jan 2016, Charles has been acting as a strategic advisor to large and medium companies seeking to expand further into or enter the Health Care market. Charles also serves as Board member for innovative start up companies. On the investment side, Charles is a seed stage angel investor. Overall Charles expertise covers technology, business and go to market strategy and also deep knowledge of product development for medical devices, diagnostics and life science research tools.

From October 2013 to Jan 2016 Charles was Sr. Vice President / Chief Scientific Officer Greater Asia, responsible for the strategy and global performance of BD’s regional R&D operations in Asia. The strategic goal was to enhance the companies’ growth in emerging countries via market appropriate solutions. A lucrative Regional pipeline was created, a fully functional R&D operation was created in China and the existing Singapore capability was expanded to enable product development and responsibility as the Regional R&D hub. An extensive external network was established that enabled sourcing and deal making for new opportunities from start ups, Universities and other companies. In 1997 Charles was appointed BD's Vice President, Research responsible for BD Technologies. BD Technologies engages in technology development in support of downstream product development carried out by the businesses. Some of BD Technologies accomplishments include commercialized micro needle based drug delivery, nano- technology based point of care diagnostics and novel products for stem cell growth. Extensive external networking and partnering was done to tap outside innovation.

In addition, Charles has championed and introduced new Innovation practices on a global basis. Charles established in-house incubators in NC and Singapore for collaboration with and investment in start-ups. Charles led the effort to revamp and revitalize BD's Technology Leadership Development program as part of a broader initiative to provide a pipeline of talent for the company and has served as a leaderteacher of BD leadership training courses.

Charles has been with BD since 1988. From 1988 to 1997 Charles was Vice President of R&D for BD's Hypodermic and Injection Systems business. During this period, Charles initiated and led the major product development work that was done for BD’s highly successful healthcare worker needle stick prevention safety products, IV flush platform and a market appropriate catheter for China. These projects and others Charles was instrumental in championing and leading throughout his career at BD have created billions of dollars in annual revenue for BD for many years, The China catheter has been and remains BD’s largest selling product in China.

Prior to joining BD Charles led the product development efforts for Millipore Corp in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Charles served on the Board of NC BIO the local affiliate of BIO, the national Biotechnology industry organization. NC BIO advocates on behalf of its member companies mostly locally in North Carolina. Charles served and was Chairman of the Board of Ibiliti a non-profit focused on supporting and growing the Med Tech industry in N C. Charles served as Chairman of the Board of the Singapore Bio Venture Center an incubator that was a joint venture between BD and Johns Hopkins Medical. He also served as a member of the Board of Synecor. Charles has a Ph.D and MA from Princeton University an MSE degree from Johns Hopkins University and a B Ch E degree from the City College of New York. Charles has numerous publications and has given many talks.

Charles is member of numerous professional organizations and engages in outside charitable and philanthropic efforts on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Princeton University. He served 6 years as a board member of the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the JDRF.

Charles serves on advisory committees for the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Princeton, the Whiting School of Engineering at Hopkins, the Chemical and BioMolecular Engineering Department also at Hopkins. He is an Annual Giving fund raiser for Princeton.

Charles received an award from the Johns Hopkins University for distinguished alumni service. Charles received several awards from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for service to that organization as well. At BD Charles has received highest level company awards for Technology Leadership, Innovation and Lifetime Achievement.

Mahmoud Mahmoudian

Area of expertise: 
GSK, Merck
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Dr. Mahmoudian’s career spans 20 years in biotech, pharma, chemical sectors, catalyzing growth and innovation – developed 8 FDA approved drugs from discovery to patients, $15B sales.  Closed 50 deals, buy/ sell side, discovery to Ph-III (cell therapy, vaccines, biologics, small molecules) in immuno-oncology, immunotherapy, inflammation, rare/ autoimmune diseases, and anti-infectives ($200B markets).

Dr. Mahmoudian joined Purdue Pharma as Vice President, Head of Innovation Hub/ Business Development Licensing worldwide to incubate, build and commercialize future pipeline.  At Ferring Pharmaceuticals, he served as Vice President, Head of Innovative Medicines leading cross-functional scientific/ commercial due diligence teams to scout/ evaluate and negotiate novel products/ platforms with startups/ academia/ venture capital.  At Merck he was Managing Director of External Research in vaccines, biologics and biosimilars (Merck BioVentures).  At Dow he was Chief Innovation Officer/ Chair of Executive Committee for growth, overseeing all of research/ strategic alliances in five sites (US, UK, France, China, Japan) generating $600M sales.  At Eastman he was Chief Biotechnology Officer responsible for R&D, partnering, managing growth and development of its BioProducts portfolio.  He launched his career with GlaxoSmithKline, where he held a variety of research, development, and management roles of increasing responsibility, leading global R&D teams.  Dr. Mahmoudian is an Executive In Residence at Columbia and Princeton.  He earned his PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London UK.


Arikha Moses

TyRx, Galatea Surgical
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Arikha Moses, PhD, is a seasoned executive with 15+ years of experience creating and leading medtech companies. Dr. Moses started her career at a seed-stage venture firm, where she was responsible for sourcing, building, and managing early-stage life science companies including EluSys Therapeutics and TyRx. As TyRx’s Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, she was responsible for the company’s strategy and during her tenure she was involved in all aspects of the company’s business including financing, licensing, product development, corporate partnerships with Boston Scientific and Bard, and the commercialization of multiple drug-eluting devices. TyRx was sold to Medtronic for $160MM. She has also worked with the venture capital firm the Vertical Group as an EIR, where she assisted with due diligence on investments in both private and public companies. While working with Vertical, she founded and led Galatea Surgical, a plastic surgery company, through clinical studies and commercial product sales.

Arikha received a PhD in Chemistry from Yale University and a BA with Honors in Chemistry from Brandeis University.