Friday, July 8, 2011

Featured Physician Executive: Steven M. Fruchtman, MD

This week, our featured physician executive is Dr. Steven M. Fruchtman.

Steven M. Fruchtman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Medical & Regulatory Affairs, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Fruchtman joined Spectrum in February 2011 to head clinical development. Previously, Dr. Fruchtman was with Allos Therapeutics, where he was involved with the development of pralatrexate (Folotyn) for hematologic and oncologic indications. Prior to joining Allos, Dr. Fruchtman was Senior Director of US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Novartis, he was responsible for the development of LBH589 (Panobinostat) for hematologic and oncologic indications and was responsible for registration trials in the United States for several indications; lead development of post marketing trials for Proleukin (IL-2) in renal cell carcinoma and melanoma; and lead development of RAD001 (Afinitor) for hematological indications.

Prior to his tenure at Novartis, he was the Medical Director of Hematology and Oncology Therapeutics and Clinical Affairs at Ortho Biotech Products (OBI), L.P., a division of Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals. At OBI, he was responsible for the clinical development of DOXIL® Phase 4 trials in hematological malignancies (multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), Velcade and DOXIL® for 2nd line multiple myeloma, Zarnestra® (tipifarnib) Phase 1 and 2 trials in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia, Procrit® for MDS, and Yondelis® (trabectedin) trials in soft tissue sarcoma and ovarian cancer. Prior to his career in industry, Dr. Fruchtman enjoyed a successful academic career at Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School in New York, where he was Chief of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program. Dr. Fruchtman received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Cornell University, and his MD from New York Medical College.

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