Extend Biosciences was founded in 2012 and is an emerging, privately-held startup located in the biotech hub of Cambridge, MA.
Tarik Soliman, Ph.D.
Founder, CEO and President
Dr. Soliman joined Extend Biosciences in 2011 as CEO and President. He has more than twenty years experience working in the lab as Ph.D.-trained scientist and a broad understanding of biologics development from time spent at both small biotech and large pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Extend Biosciences, Dr. Soliman was a Lab Head at Novartis in an early stage biologics development group helping projects transition from research to development. He spent several years as a scientist at two smaller biotech companies, Neose Technologies Inc. and Promedior, Inc. working on protein therapeutics and half-life extension strategies. Dr. Soliman received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Columbia University and expanded into cell biology and protein biochemistry during his postdoctoral studies at Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Dr. Gunter Blobel. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and patents.
Laura Hales, Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Business Officer
Dr. Hales initiated operations at Extend Biosciences and led early efforts to complete proof-of-concept studies while incubating the company as a finalist in the MassChallenge accelerator program (2010). She received her B.S. at the University of Rochester and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, Dr. Hales was one of the first five employees at Purdue Pharma, and was the second employee at the biotech startup company Neotropix, Inc. During her 19+ years at startup biotech companies, she worked solely in biologics drug discovery and development. Her grant writing and business development expertise has been instrumental in obtaining the SBIR and other non-dilutive funding the company has received thus far. Dr. Hales is a coauthor on multiple publications, and an inventor on several issued and pending patents. She manages all of the operational and business development activities for the company.
Russell Barron, J.D.
Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
Mr. Barron joined Extend Biosciences in 2013 after serving on the company’s MassCONNECT team. Mr. Barron’s 40-year law practice has focused on management of legal affairs and counseling for new companies, corporate governance, and intellectual property counseling and litigation. He has broad technical experience in life sciences, technology and other areas. He was most recently with Pepper Hamilton and Foley and Lardner. Mr. Barron received his B.A. in the history of sciences from Princeton University and his J.D. from New York University. He assists part-time with the company’s legal and intellectual property documents, and business and patent strategies.