President, CEO and Director
Mr. Caruso was appointed Cellectar Biosciences’ President and Chief Executive Officer and a director in June 2015. A life sciences executive with 27 years of professional success with multinational and specialty pharmaceutical companies, mid-tier biotechnology and medical device start-ups, Mr. Caruso has an established track record of enhancing value through a clear focus on strategic corporate value drivers and operational excellence; fostering high performance cultures and advancing product development and commercialization programs through internal execution and corporate collaborations. He comes to Cellectar Biosciences from Hip Innovation Technology, a successful private medical device company where he was a founder and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his time at Hip Innovation Technology, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Allos Therapeutics, Inc., an oncology company acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at Bone Care International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Genzyme Corporation. In addition, Mr. Caruso has held key leadership positions with multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis, where he was Vice President of Neuroscience Specialty Sales; BASF Pharmaceuticals-Knoll, where he was Vice President of Primary Care and Specialty Sales; and 12 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in senior sales and marketing roles. Mr. Caruso earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nevada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hip Innovation Technology.
Dr. John Friend
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Friend brings 15 years of global drug development expertise and general management experience in oncology, inflammation, endocrine/metabolism, and pain management to Cellectar Biosciences. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Friend spent more than seven years at Helsinn Therapeutics leading its research and development division. Most recently he served as senior vice president of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Helsinn, building the non-clinical, clinical, medical and regulatory affairs teams to lead multiple global franchises from early product development to market commercialization. Prior to his time at Helsinn, Dr. Friend held executive responsibility for clinical research, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance and risk management at various pharmaceutical companies including Akros Pharma, Actavis, Alpharma, Hospira and Abbott. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Southern Methodist University, Dr. Friend earned his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (now Rutgers, RWJMS). He completed post-graduate residency program in family medicine and subsequently served as clinical director and faculty attending physician at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program in North Carolina.
Chief Business Officer
Mr. Longcor brings to Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotech experience and was previously the Chief Business Officer for Avillion LLP. In this role, he was responsible for executing the company’s unique co-development partnership strategy. Prior to Avillion, Jarrod was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Melinta Therapeutics) where he was responsible for identifying and concluding several critical collaborations for the company, including a major discovery collaboration with Sanofi Aventis valued over $700M. Prior to Rib-X, Mr. Longcor has held key positions in several small to midsized biotech companies where he was responsible for business development, strategic planning and operations. Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson College, a Master of Science from Boston University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business.
Brian M. Posner
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Posner is a strategic and financial executive with more than 30 years of diversified management experience in both public and private companies, ranging from start-ups to those with market capitalizations exceeding $1 billion. His expertise spans a range of functions including finance, accounting, information systems, risk management and investor relations. Mr. Posner joins Cellectar from Alliqua BioMedical, where he was chief financial officer. Prior to Alliqua, he was chief financial officer at Ocean Power Technologies and at Power Medical Interventions. Earlier, Mr. Posner spent nine years at Pharmacopeia, where he rose from director of finance to chief financial officer before the company was acquired by Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Before Pharmacopeia, he was chief financial officer and vice president of operations at Photosynthetic Harvest, a start-up biotechnology company, and regional chief financial officer at Omnicare. Mr. Posner began his career as an audit supervisor at Coopers & Lybrand which was subsequently merged to form PricewaterhouseCoopers.