About Osel
Osel’s mission is to develop and commercialize a broad portfolio of Live Biotherapeutic Products (LBPs) that prevent or treat abnormal conditions resulting from a disruption of the human microbiome. In 2003, Osel was one of the first companies to receive FDA authorization to test a live bacterial therapeutic, and is a pioneer in the field of LBPs.

Our proprietary approach identifies differences between healthy and disease-related microbiomes, and leverages beneficial microbes to treat problematic disruptions or ‘dysbioses’. Osel’s approach of repopulating the microbiome with beneficial bacteria helps restore healthy and protective microbiomes.

The primary focus of our work is women’s health, with indications including recurrent urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginosis. Our secondary focus is disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Our product pipeline is demonstrating exciting therapeutic potential, with two clinical stage products and ongoing clinical trials.

Our Team

MANAGEMENT

Peter P. Lee, Founder and Executive Chairman
Dr. Lee is a pioneer in the field of emerging biotechnology, specializing in immunology and the Human Microbiome, with more than 20 years experience in basic and clinical investigations to bring products through the rigorous FDA approval process.  Dr. Lee co-founded Osel in order to translate research into commercial products that harness the human microbiome. Dr. Lee is also Billy Wilder Endowed Professor and Chair of Immuno-Oncology at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. Previously a faculty member of Stanford University, Dr. Lee trained in hematology and immunology.

Dr. Lee has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and received significant grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Defense, and Stand Up To Cancer.  He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Laurel A. Lagenaur, PhD, Director of Research
Dr. Lagenaur was Osel’s first employee and has led development of Osel’s Lactobacillus technology platform as the Director of Research. She was the principal investigator on numerous research grants, including Osel’s first SBIR grant to develop MucoCept-HIV as a novel live biotherapeutic to prevent HIV transmission in women. Dr. Lagenaur is a molecular biologist with extensive experience in virology and bacteriology. She received her doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Osel.
Tom Parks, PhD, Director of Product Development
Dr. Parks is a 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He has served as the Director of Product Development since 2006 and has had roles in formulation and process development, clinical and regulatory. Prior to joining Osel, Dr. Parks worked at Cellegy Pharmaceuticals, where he established R&D programs in skin and gastrointestinal diseases, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where he spearheaded drug discovery programs in inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Parks received his doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from UCSD and was a research fellow at Yale University.

BOARD

Michael Cannon, Board Member
Mr. Cannon is a 40-year veteran of the life science industry with deep chemistry background and international senior management experience overseeing R&D, manufacturing, business development and operations. Mr. Cannon spent the majority of his career with SICOR Pharmaceuticals, where he was in various leadership roles including Chief Scientific Officer, Divisional President, Head of Business Development and board member. In 2004, SICOR was sold to TEVA for $3.4 billion. Mr. Cannon represents Diamondhide, a fund that has invested in Osel. In addition to Osel, Mr. Cannon also serves on the Board of Directors for WaterStone Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company located in China.
Sandy Chau, Board Member
Sandy Chau is the founder and Chairman of Suma Ventures. Mr. Chau has been a successful entrepreneur and investor, identifying major trends and actively participating in those trends either as entrepreneur or investor in multiple industries and geographies. Mr. Chau received his Chemical Engineering degree at UC Berkeley, and became a pioneer in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley in early 1970s. He founded the AAMA (Asia America Multi-Technology Association) which has become Silicon Valley’s largest and most prominent organization bridging entrepreneurs, senior executives and investors doing business between Silicon Valley and Asia. He has also created and managed major real estate investment portfolios in both China and the US.
Robert Lee, Board Member
Dr. Robert P. Lee, a 30-year veteran of the computer industry, is Executive Chairman of Achievo Corporation. He co-founded the company in 2002 and served as its CEO from 2002 through 2008. Dr. Lee’s previous leadership as president and CEO includes Accela, Inc., Inxight Software, Inc. and Insignia Solutions. Dr. Lee also served as Executive Vice President at Symantec Corporation where he led the acquisition and integration of many companies, including Norton Computing. He was Senior Vice President at Shared Medical Systems Corporation (now merged with Siemens), and earlier in his career held various technical and business management positions at IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation. Dr. Lee previously served as chairman and president of Silicon Valley’s Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA).

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Craig Cohen, MD, MPH

Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH is one of the leading reproductive infectious disease experts in the world.  He is professor of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and co-director of the University of California Global Health Institute. Dr. Cohen has collaborated with Osel Inc. since 2007 in the clinical development of LACTIN-V through Phase 1, 2a, and 2b studies. In addition, he served as principal investigator of a grant from NIAID/NIH for the pre-clinical development of MucoCept-CVN, the lead MucoCept product candidate.

Dr. Cohen has over 28 years of experience leading clinical and translational investigations to improve women’s reproductive health. His work focuses on two major areas: 1) development of live biotherapeutic products, like LACTIN-V and MucoCept-CVN, to prevent bacterial vaginosis and its sequelae, and 2) HIV care and prevention research in developing countries.

Dr. Cohen completed his MD at the University of Louisville, obstetrics & gynecology residency at Northwestern University, and fellowship in reproductive infectious disease and Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. In 2003 he joined the faculty at UCSF. Since then he has raised over $200 million in grants and contracts from the NIH, CDC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and through private philanthropy. Dr. Cohen has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications leading to over 14,000 citations. In addition, in 2020 he became the founding editor-in-chief of Advances in Global Health published by UC Press.

Gary Schoolnik, MD

Gary Schoolnik, MD, is Professor of Medicine (Emeritus, Active) in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford Medical School. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection at the university and is an Attending Physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Stanford University Hospital.

Dr. Schoolnik attended Stanford University. He received his MD degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and was Intern, Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Schoolnik was an Associate Physician and Research Associate in microbial biochemistry and genetics at The Rockefeller University in Manhattan before joining the Stanford Medical School faculty.

Dr. Schoolnik’s research has focused on the genetics, genomics and systems biology of pathogenic microbes. He led the Gates Foundation funded tuberculosis genome sequence and bioinformatics database, TBDB.org, and was PI of the NIH-funded Systems Biology of M. tuberculosis international consortium “TBSysBio”. He served on the NIAID National Advisory Council and co-chaired the NIH’s Blue Ribbon Committees on Bioterrorism as well as the committee on the Human Microbiome. Dr. Schoolnik is the founding editor of the journal Molecular Microbiology. While at Stanford he served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, and as Associate Dean, office of Academic Affairs.

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Osel location

Osel Inc is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley