Advisory Board

Dr. G. Alexander Fleming, M.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Fleming is a board certified endocrinologist with medical and research training at Emory, Vanderbilt, and National Institutes of Health. He served as reviewer and supervisory medical officer for 12 years at the FDA and brings extensive clinical experience and regulatory responsibility in the therapeutic area of diabetes and other general metabolic, bone, and endocrine disorders, growth and development, nutrition, lipid-lowering compounds, and reproductive indications. He led reviews of landmark approvals including those of the first statin, insulin analog, metformin, PPAR-agonist, and growth hormone for non-GH deficiency indications. He was responsible for the regulation of the earliest biotech products including human insulin and growth hormone. Dr. Fleming helped to shape a number of FDA policies and practices related to therapeutic review and regulatory communication and represented FDA at the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) and the World Health Organization, where he was stationed in 1992-93. He serves on numerous scientific advisory boards, expert committees, and corporate boards. He has continued to promote dialogue and creativity within the community of therapeutic developers. Dr. Fleming has authored the book, “Optimizing Development of Therapies for Diabetes” and a wide variety of scientific and policy publications. He has served as an invited editorialist to The New England Journal of Medicine and as a commentator on National Public Radio.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Scientific Advisor

Considered one of the world’s leading experts in cell transplantation, Dr. Ricordi is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute. He also serves as Director of the Diabetes Research Institute Cell Transplant Center and Responsible Head of the NIH-funded cGMP Human Cell Processing Facility. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Ricordi developed the automated method for islet cell isolation called the "Ricordi Method”. He has served as President of the Cell Transplant Society, Co-founder and Chairman of the National Diabetes Research Coalition, Co-founder and President of the International Association for Pancreas and Islet Transplantation and a member of the council of the Transplantation Society. Dr. Ricordi has authored over 600 scientific publications and has been awarded 11 patents as an inventor. Dr. Ricordi completed his graduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Milan, Italy. Dr. Ricordi currently serves as Co-Editor in Chief of Cell Transplantation.

Dr. Jay S. Skyler, M.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Skyler's career in diabetes spans over four decades, where his research interests have concentrated in clinical aspects of diabetes, particularly improving the care of Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Skyler is a Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado at Denver. He is a past President of the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Immunotherapy Group, and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, and was a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation. He served as a member of the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Subspecialty Examining Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as Chairman of the Council of Subspecialty Societies of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a member of the ACP Board of Regents. A frequent national and international lecturer, Dr. Skyler has been an author, editor and co-editor of numerous books, monographs, chapters and articles. Dr. Skyler was founding Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Care.

Professor Itamar Raz


Prof. Raz has been involved in a number of organizations focused on diabetes, as well as in other medical associations. In 2004, he became the head of the Israel National Diabetes Council. At this time he also became President of the nonprofit organization, D-Cure (Diabetes Care to Cure in Israel). Prof. Raz is well known as both an academic and clinician, having served as Chief Physician at Hebrew University and Director of the Hadassah Center for the Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications at Hadassah University Hospital. Prof. Raz served from 1966 to 1969 as a Captain in the Military; he was also involved in Infantry and the Medical Corps. He studied Pharmacology at Hebrew University, and received his B.S. at the Hadassah School of Pharmacy in Jerusalem. He then obtained his M.D. in medicine and internal medicine in his following studies, which took place at the Hadassah University Hospital. Currently, Itamar Raz is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Diabetes Unit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

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