Jaisim Shah
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Director, Chief Executive Officer, Scilex Holding

Jaisim Shah is a successful life science leader with significant success in global business development and product commercialization. Jaisim’s track record of success in leading teams in the commercialization of some of today’s most recognized pharmaceutical brands. Innovation, collaboration and patient care has been at the heart and soul of his extensive life science career and they are guiding principles for Scilex/Semnur. Jaisim has been CEO and President of Semnur Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Scilex Pharmaceuticals) since its inception in 2013. Jaisim also serves as CEO and President of Scilex Holding and Scilex Pharmaceuticals since March 2019 and on the Board of Directors for Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.

Most recently, Jaisim served as Chief Business Officer of Elevation Pharmaceuticals where he focused on financing, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. He led the sale of Elevation to Sunovion Dainippon Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals in 2012. Formerly, he was the chief business officer and senior vice president of business development at CytRx, a biopharmaceutical company which specializes in oncology. At Facet Biotech and PDL BioPharma, he served from 2000 to 2009 as chief business officer and also held the position of senior vice president of marketing and medical affairs. Here he completed numerous licensing/ partnering and strategic transactions including with Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Otsuka and Biogen Idec. His leadership in marketing and leading the commercial enterprise helped the company make large improvements to meet its profitability potential.

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, as vice president of global marketing from 1997 to 2000 he received the “Presidents Award” for completing one of the most significant collaborations in the company’s history. Prior to working with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mr. Shah led international marketing for oncology and virology and was global business leader for corporate alliances at Roche from 1991 to 1997 with Genentech and Idec, and prepared products for worldwide launch and pre-launch at F. Hoffman-LaRoche AG in Switzerland. He has played a key role in the formulation of long-range plans and pre-launch and launch strategies for such brands as Abilify®, Pegasys® and Rituxan/MabThera®, each of which have generated well over $1 billion in sales.

Jaisim holds an MA in Economics from the University of Akron and an MBA from University of Oklahoma.