Mr. Allen is a senior life science industry executive with several decades of experience including management and commercial operations roles with global Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies, as well as early stage publicly-traded and privately-held pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. Prior to joining Leading BioSciences as the company’s acting chief commercial officer, he served as mentor/entrepreneur in residence at CONNECT, the oldest and largest biotech incubator organization in the U.S. Previous to CONNECT, Mr. Allen was chief commercial officer at Cosmederm Bioscience, a private biotechnology company developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics in the areas of pain and dermatology. While at Cosmederm, he is credited with building commercial and new product developments teams, as well as leading the successful development and launch of four new products. He previously served as senior vice president, commercial operations at ProteoGenix, Inc., and vice president, marketing and sales operations at Tercica Inc., where he led all commercial activities for various pharmaceutical and diagnostic products and supported M&A activities that resulted in successful sales of both companies. Mr. Allen has also held key sales and marketing leadership positions at several therapeutic and diagnostic companies including, Prometheus Laboratories, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals and Ther-Rx Corporation. His experience also includes key leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Ortho Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson) and EMD Serono.
Mr. Allen earned a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.