Company

Senior Management Team

Michael F. Cola
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Cola joined Aevi Genomic Medicine as President and CEO in September 2013. Prior to joining Aevi Genomic Medicine, Mr. Cola served as President of Specialty Pharmaceuticals at Shire plc, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2007 until April 2012. He joined Shire in 2005 as EVP of Global Therapeutic Business Units and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining Shire, he was with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a growth capital provider to life sciences and technology companies, where he served as President of the Life Sciences Group. While at Safeguard, Mr. Cola served as Chairman and CEO of Clarient, Inc., a cancer diagnostics company subsequently acquired by GE Healthcare, and as Chairman of Laureate Pharma, Inc., a full-service contract manufacturing organization serving research-based biologics companies. Prior to Safeguard Scientifics, Mr. Cola held senior positions in product development and commercialization at AstraMerck, a top 20 U.S. pharmaceutical company, and at AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company.

Mr. Cola received a B.A. in biology and physics from Ursinus College and an M.S. in biomedical science from Drexel University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sage Therapeutics, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. Mr. Cola also served on the Life Sciences Pennsylvania Board (formerly named Pennsylvania Bio) from 2009-2015.

Brian D. Piper
Chief Financial Officer

Brian Piper was named Chief Financial Officer in February 2016 after joining Aevi Genomic Medicine as VP, Finance and Investor Relations in April 2014. Prior to joining Aevi Genomic Medicine, Mr. Piper served as Senior Director, Strategic Investment Group (SIG), for Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC from 2010 to 2013, as well as several different finance and business development roles with Shire over the past 13 years. Mr. Piper began his affiliation with Shire in 2002 as Director of Finance for Shire's North American Development group in Rockville, MD. In 2004 he established Shire’s first US Investor Relations group, based out of Philadelphia. After three years running US Investor Relations, Mr. Piper transitioned to an alliance management role and spent two years overseas in Dublin, Ireland helping establish geographic expansion strategies.

Prior to joining Shire, Mr. Piper held strategic planning roles for Celera Genomics, was Controller for a start-up Contract Research Organization, and worked as a program planner and financial analyst for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Mr. Piper received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Garry A. Neil, M.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Garry Neil joined as CSO of Aevi Genomic Medicine in September 2013. Prior to joining Aevi Genomic Medicine, Dr. Neil held a number of senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and venture capital. These include Corporate VP of Science & Technology at Johnson & Johnson, and Group President at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, VP of R&D at Merck KGaA/EMD Pharmaceuticals, VP of Clinical Research at Astra Zeneca and Astra Merck. Under his leadership a number of important new medicines for the treatment of cancer, anemia, infections, central nervous system and psychiatric disorders, pain, and genitourinary and gastrointestinal diseases gained initial or expanded approvals.


Dr. Neil holds a B.S. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Neil also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. He is the Founding Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry R&D Consortium, TransCelerate Biopharmaceuticals Inc, and remains on the Board. He also serves on the Boards of Reagan Udall Foundation and GTx Pharmaceuticals and is a past member of the Board of Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), and the Science Management Review Board of the NIH. He is past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) Science and Regulatory Executive Committee and the PhRMA Foundation Board.

Michael C. Diem, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Development

Michael Diem joined Aevi Genomic Medicine in May of 2016 as a key member of the leadership team, heading all business and corporate development activities. Mike was recently with AstraZeneca as the Head of Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development, where he was responsible globally for corporate strategy, corporate development and MedImmune Ventures. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Mike was the Head of Business Development for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Rare Diseases where he was responsible for partnerships, licensing and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Earlier in his career at GSK, Mike was a partner in its corporate venture capital firm, SR One, Limited where he was responsible for many of the firm’s investments and served on the boards of numerous companies. Prior to GSK, Mike was an associate at Frantz Medical Ventures and practiced medicine for 6 years.

Dr. Diem holds a BA in biological sciences from Rutgers University, an MD from the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, completed his medical training at Duke University Medical Center and is an alumnus of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

He currently serves of the Board of Directors of VenatoRx Pharmaceutics and Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.