Dr. Sherif joined Oculis as Chief Executive Officer in 2017 from Novartis where he served as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Novartis Venture Fund. Since his arrival, the company raised over $100M USD, two successful Phase 2b trials were completed with OCS-01, a positive end-of-phase 2 meeting was conducted with the FDA propelling OCS-01 into Phase 3 for two distinct indications, the OPTIREACH® formulation technology was validated for both: the back- and the front-of-the-eye, and OCS-02, an antibody fragment anti-TNF alpha, was in-licensed from Novartis.
Prior to this, he held senior global positions in both Alcon, where he was President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Novartis, where he served as President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Canada. Dr. Sherif joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2002 and has also held roles as Head of Transplant and Infectious Disease for Latin America, and President of the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Division for Latin America. During his tenure in Canada and in Europe, he held several Chairman and Co-chair positions such as Vice Chairman for the Innovative Medicine Canada Association in Ottawa, Chairman of In-Vivo Montreal and Chairman of the Board Ophthalmic Surgery and Vision Care at Eucomed, Brussels.
Prior to Novartis, Dr. Sherif worked for several pharmaceutical companies, holding positions of increasing seniority, mainly in marketing and general management with international scope. Dr. Sherif is a medical doctor by training, and also has an MBA from IMD and a Specialized Master’s Degree in Medical Management.
Mr. Maderi joined Oculis in 2021, from Santen, a key player in Ophthalmology, where he was Head of Quality EMEA. Prior to Santen, he held several Global Quality Assurance and Management position from the Biotech, Pharma and Devices industries. He brings in expertise covering product life cycle from R&D to commercialization. Mr. Maderi worked at GSK, Ferring and BBraun where he oversaw and led quality over product development, commercial regions and manufacturing for sterile and non-sterile products. Mr. Maderi received an executive MBA from the University of Geneva and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from EPFL.
Dr. Pilotaz joins Oculis with more than 20 years’ experience in innovation of global sterile health products in both pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including 15 years in the Ophthalmology sector specifically. Most recently, he was Senior Director and Head of CMC and Pharmaceutical Operations at Nicox S.A. in charge of several outstanding ophthalmic development projects for the USA market. He has previously worked for Becton Dickinson and Laboratoires Thea with multiple incremental leadership positions in the R&D field.
Dr. Pilotaz completed a doctorate degree in pharmacy from the Grenoble school of pharmacy and he has a noteworthy experience in both intellectual property, project management, device design and marketing. He has an extensive track record in sterile drug design, development, industrialization and registration. He is co-author in 5 formulation patents for topical ophthalmic drugs and successfully contributed to multiple drugs commercialized in both Europe and USA.
Dr. de Souza Lima joins Oculis with more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and global healthcare sectors. Before Oculis, she served as Vice President, Head Global Medical Affairs for the global ophthalmology franchise at Shire. She has also worked at Novartis, Pfizer, Baush+Lomb and Ancile Pharmaceuticals, in senior global and US-focused medical and clinical development leader roles. She is an ophthalmologist by training and also completed a clinical research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and received a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) from Johns Hopkins University.