PROFILES

Prof. Andy Goren, MD, MD (hc)

President, Chief Medical Officer

Prof. Andy Goren has over 20 years of experience in research, development and commercialization of breakthrough therapeutics and diagnostics. Among the list of many firsts in dermatology, Prof. Goren was the first to develop a clinical genetic test for predicting androgenetic alopecia, the first to discover epigenetic markers predicting anti-androgen therapy response in female androgenetic alopecia, the first to develop a clinical acne vulgaris antibiotic response test based on P. Acnes bacterial genomics, and the first to develop a rapid test for predicting minoxidil response in androgenetic alopecia.

Prof. Goren is actively involved in the development, commercialization, and listing of several drugs and medical devices including new therapies for female pattern hair loss, chemotherapy induced alopecia, excessive hair shedding, female sexual dysfunction and COVID-19. His latest research involves the use of anti-androgen therapy for the treatment of COVID-19.

Prof. Goren currently serves as an External Medical Advisor and a Co-Researcher, Trichology Unit, Ramon y Cajal Hospital, Madrid, Spain, a Visiting Professor of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Clinical Hospital Center Sestre Milosrdnice, Zagreb, Croatia, a Medical Doctor at the Skin & Cosmetic Research Dept., Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital, Shanghai, China and a Visiting Medical Doctor, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, L.T.M. Medical College Sion, Mumbai, India. Prof. Goren has published dozens of peer-reviewed original medical research papers. He is an honorary as well as ordinary member of several dermatology societies world-wide as well as a regular lecturer at dermatology congresses around the world. He held numerous appearances and interviews on mainstream TV, radio, and prestigious newspapers.


Sharon Keene, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Sharon Keene is a board certified general surgeon, who completed her surgical training at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has subsequently specialized in the medical and surgical treatment of hair loss for men and women.

For the past 2 decades she has gained professional acclaim, using her surgical knowledge to advance techniques and improve cosmetic outcomes. Dr. Keene has shared her expertise through lecturing, teaching and authorship of medical articles and has received many professional awards for her work in hair restoration. She has been actively involved in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of female hair loss, by co-developing and co-authoring a pilot study on epigenetic influences on the androgen receptor gene and response to finasteride therapy in female hair loss. Since the completion of that project, she has written and lectured on the various environmental and dietary influences that may be affecting human epigenetics and increasing the rate and expression of androgenetic alopecia. Additionally, Dr. Keene has developed surgical instruments and tools to improve the ergonomics and efficiency of surgery.

As part of her commitment to peer education, she has participated in various capacities and on various educational committees for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) including: scientific chairman for the annual scientific committee (2007), chairman of the evidence based medicine task force (2009-10), member continuing medical education committee, current chairman of the finance committee and member of the expert subcommittee panel on best practices. She is currently the treasurer and an active member of the ISHRS executive committee. Dr. Keene served as chief medical officer for Dermagenoma from 2008-11, a medical genomics company which provided genetic tests related to diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic and associated conditions such as androgenetic alopecia, psoriatic arthritis, etc. She also serves in a pro bono capacity as a member of the health authority advisory board to a small rural clinic, Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, in North Dakota. She currently practices hair restoration surgery at Physician’s Hair Institute in Tucson, AZ.


John McCoy, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development

Dr. John McCoy is head of the research and development team at Applied Biology. He has over 15 years of laboratory research experience at many of California's premier institutions, including UCLA, UCSD and UC Berkeley.

Dr. McCoy spent his academic career developing novel instrumentation and scientific methodology to measure biophysical properties of proteins. He pioneered the novel techniques of high-pressure electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and high-pressure circular dichroism. He has utilized his strong background in biophysics to develop creative solutions to topical drug development.

Currently, Dr. McCoy's research is focused on the development of novel topical drugs for application in many fields including dermatology, women’s health, and oncology.

Dr. McCoy has authored several original patents and scholarly articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, and the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. McCoy was a postdoctoral fellow at the Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) where he was the recipient of the prestigious Gerald Oppenheimer Post Doctoral Fellowship and the National Institutes of Heath Vision Science Training Grant.


Monica Naegle

Director of Finance and Operations, International and Business Development

Monica Naegle is Applied Biology’s Director of Finance and Operations, International and Business Development. Ms. Naegle oversees day-to-day business operations, guides investment and business development decisions both internationally and domestically, and supports and develops the necessary framework for marketing efforts and all project management. She is responsible for overseeing Applied Biology’s product R&D and shaping the company’s long-term fiscal and operational manufacturing strategies. Additionally, Monica plays a key roll in the implementation and compliance of Applied Biology’s clinical studies. Her clinical study engagement spans subject screening, consent and registration, compilation and submission of data, monitoring of study compliance, and maintenance of data submission system.

Ms. Naegle joined Applied Biology in 2011 with 30 years experience in business, spanning finance, manufacturing, airline, hospitality, engineering, security, and construction industries. Monica grew up speaking, reading and writing both English and Castilian Spanish and maintains fluency in both languages today. On her off time, Monica is pleasantly busy with two teenage girls, attending dance competitions or functions and water polo games. Ms. Naegle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis in Math from the University of California, San Diego.


Dr. Pranjal Gohad

Senior Regulatory, R&D Scientist

Dr. Pranjal Gohad is a Senior Regulatory, R&D Scientist at Applied Biology. She received her PhD in Molecular Bioscience from Seton Hall University, NJ and served as Molecular Biology core lead and post-doctoral fellow at NIH funded Center of Biomaterial and Tissue Excellence at Clemson University, SC. She recently completed a graduate certificate program for Regulatory affairs for Medical Device from University of San Diego.

She has over 14 years of laboratory research experience, where her graduate work primarily focused on molecular interactions of proteins and their effect on human opioid receptor. At the NIH center in Clemson University, she worked with other scientists providing them with Molecular Bioscience insights for bridging the gap between bench and translational research. During this time Dr. Gohad’s own work focused on understanding how molecular processes and role of osteogenic markers dictates arterial calcification.

Currently, Dr. Gohad is responsible for leading the Regulatory team where she is responsible for the preparation and management of regulatory submissions for medical device. She is also actively involved in Research and Development of In Vitro Diagnostic products for medical devices.

Dr. Gohad has authored and reviewed several scholarly articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Maja Kovacevic, MD

Clinical Researcher

Maja Kovacevic, MD graduated at School of Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2012. In 2013 she attended Postgraduate academic study "Biomedicine and Health Sciences" at University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Zagreb while her PhD thesis in vitiligo research area was accepted in 2015. During 2015 she starts working at Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Center Sestre milosrdnice, Zagreb as dermatovenerology resident. Thorough clinical and scientific work, her main point of interest are trichology and pigmentary disorders. As an invited speaker, she actively participated in international scientific congresses in Tel Aviv, Cannes, Dubai, Bengaluru, Kyoto and also attended trichoscopy courses in Warsaw and Bolognia, onychoscopy course in Bologna and melanocyte transplantation education in Chandigarh, India. Before starting and during her residency she is active in research work as author and co-author of 13 papers in indexed journals and dermatovenerology book chapters published by Croatian and international publishers. She is a member of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology (EADV), European Hair Research Society (EHRS), International Society of Dermatology (ISD), International Dermoscopy Society, Croatian Dermatovenerological Society, and works as a secretary of Croatian Vitiligo Association.


Marissa Li

Laboratory Director

Marissa Li MD completed her bachelors of sciences degree in neuroscience at UCLA in 2001. Continuing her studies at UCLA she completed her MD degree in 2005. Following one year of internal medicine internship at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Los Angeles she then completed a pathology residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Li subsequently obtained two years of transfusion medicine training both at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center. She is the CLIA lab director of several high complexity clinical laboratories in California and Nevada. She has published numerous scientific articles/book chapters in the area of transfusion medicine/immunology.




FUTURE DERMATOLOGIST

Eli Goren

Eli Goren

Future Vice-President of Applied Biology and Head of Dermatology in Florence

Eli Goren has his whole life of experience in research and is amazing with technology, and also, is very helpful is very capable of technology and Medical Engineering.

Also, he is capable of many more things he has hobbies including, games, sports, horseback riding, technology, and so much more! He can also help out so much with the business including, technology, medical services, and much more. He is helpful, kind, and always has a smile on his face. He will help with as much as he can in the business and much more he will put in his 1000% effort if not much more! He will do anything for this business and to keep it running and to help launch it.

Lastly, Eli Goren will do whatever it takes to keep this business going and make sure it stays going and keeps launching more products so the business is staying in check he will do whatever it takes.