Board of Directors
Hal Gunn, MD
CEO & Co-founder, Qu Biologics
Dr. Hal Gunn, founder and CEO of Qu Biologics, is a physician-entrepreneur who has had a lifelong interest in the body’s ability to heal and has dedicated his professional life to understanding how to optimally support the body’s immune response to chronic disease. Dr. Gunn is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of supportive cancer care, and in 2009 was awarded the $250,000 Dr. Roger’s Prize for vision, leadership and integrity in the field of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Gunn obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and remains a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC’s School of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Gunn co-founded InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost supportive cancer care centre, which supports the health, healing and immune system function of people undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Under Dr. Gunn’s leadership, InspireHealth grew to become a world leader in supportive cancer care, with three centres (Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna), treating 2,500 new patients per year. Dr. Gunn founded Qu Biologics in 2007.
Robert E. Pelzer, LLB
Mr. Robert E. Pelzer is an accomplished pharmaceutical leader with significant international experience. He was most recently President of Novartis Corporation and served as its Head of Legal Affairs. In that capacity, Mr. Pelzer was responsible for the oversight of all six Novartis divisions operating in the United States and was member and Chairman of 30+ U.S. Novartis company board of directors. Previously, Mr. Pelzer served as Global General Counsel and Head of Legal Services at Novartis Pharma AG, based in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to joining Novartis in 2002, Mr. Pelzer served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. He also held a variety of other positions within the DuPont organization, including Director and General Manager for the European oil and gas business and Vice President and General Counsel of Conoco Canada Limited in Calgary, Canada. Mr. Pelzer has held a number of directorships including PhRMA, Novartis US, Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Litebook Company. He was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of Alberta, Canada, and as Solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Pelzer holds degrees in Commerce and in Law from the University of Alberta.
Julia Levy, PhD
As co-inventor of Visudyne and co-founder of QLT, Dr. Levy served in several key senior positions at the company including Chief Scientific Officer as well as President and CEO. Under Dr. Levy’s leadership, QLT recorded the strongest period of growth in the company’s history and earned a reputation for achieving milestones, including FDA approval for Visudyne to treat age-related macular degeneration, the commonest cause of severe vision loss in the elderly. Dr. Levy has earned numerous awards and honours including an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year for International Business, Pacific Canada Entrepreneur of the Year and the Future of Vision Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness. In 2002 she received, along with Dr. David Dolphin, the Friesen-Rygiel prize for medical research and the Prix Galien Canada research award. In her honour, the Julia G. Levy Professorship in Ophthalmology Chair was created at Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute in 2004, the same year she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BC Biotechnology Association. In 2009, the province of British Columbia permanently endowed the Julia Levy B.C. Leadership Chair in Macular Research at the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in partnership with U.B.C. and QLT.
Simon Sutcliffe, MD, FRCP, FRCPC, FRCR
Chief Medical Officer, Qu Biologics
Dr. Sutcliffe is a distinguished clinician, scientist and leading visionary in cancer control in Canada and internationally. A graduate of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, England, Dr. Sutcliffe’s training encompassed internal medicine, scientific research, medical and radiation oncology in the UK, South Africa, US and Canada. He has published extensively in the areas of radiation and medical oncology as applied to the treatment of lymphoma, leukemia and cellular immuno-deficiency and immuno-modulation in cancer. Dr. Sutcliffe has been President and CEO of the Ontario Cancer Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital (1994-96) and the BC Cancer Agency (2000-09). Dr. Sutcliffe was the inaugural Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, a past member of the NCIC Board of Directors, and is the past Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society/National Cancer Institute of Canada Joint Advisory Committee on Cancer Control and the National Medical Advisory Committee. He has also served on the boards of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Genome BC. Dr. Sutcliffe is currently the President of the International Cancer Control Congress Association, President of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration (the Canadian Branch of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research), Past Chair of the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, and Board Chair, Institute for Health Systems Sustainability. He is also a senior advisor to the Terry Fox Research Institute. Dr. Sutcliffe was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 50th Jubilee Gold Medal in 2003 and the Terry Fox Award (of the B.C. Medical Association) in 2009 for his lifetime services to cancer control.