Business Advisory Board

Steve James

President & CEO, Pionyr Immunotherapeutics

Steve has over twenty five years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and start-up experience in the life science industry. Steve serves as the President & CEO of Pionyr Immunotherapeutics. Most recently, Steve was President, CEO, and Director of Labrys Biologics, Inc. from December 2012 until it was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals in July 2014.

Steve was President, CEO and Director of KAI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from October 2004 until it was acquired by Amgen in July 2012.

Steve began his career in new product planning at Eli Lilly followed by California Biotechnology (Scios/J&J). Steve then became Vice President of Business Development at Isis Pharmaceuticals. In 1999 Steve joined Sunesis Pharmaceuticals as Senior Vice President and member of the board of directors, and later, Chief Business Officer. Steve was also Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Exelixis. Steve has a bachelor degree in biology from Brown University and a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Steve is a director of Ocera Therapeutics, Chrono Therapeutics, and Oncothyrean, Inc, and a Trustee of Middlebridge School.