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VOL. 127 | NO. 41 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012




Irving Leads Research Co. Animal Cell Therapies

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Adam M. Irving is chief executive officer of San Diego-based Animal Cell Therapies Inc., a company that develops stem cell treatments to treat a variety of ailments for animals. Irving is based in Memphis.

IRVING
(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.

Education: Louisiana Tech University, bachelor of arts speech communication

Work Experience: Eighteen years in medical device and pharmaceutical industries; various leadership roles with Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Guidant, FoxHollow, Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and Animal Cell Therapies. The experience launching breakthrough medical technology and delivering record-setting commercial efforts has been invaluable. The last two ventures were successful IPOs.

Family: Wife, Shawn; sons, Davis, 12, and Brady, 2

Favorite quote: “If you think you can or think you can’t, in either case you are right.” – Henry Ford

How did you get involved with Animal Cell Therapies? Interestingly, I was recruited by a good friend and mentor. There were also strong influences from a key director on the ACT board who I respect. He is a hardworking pioneer who has built many successful companies. It is an excellent fit.

What are the challenges of running a San Diego-based company from Memphis? The airline industry and 2,000 miles. Seriously, the obvious challenge is balancing work and family. The good news is we are considering several options. While San Diego is rich in stem cell talent, we are not bound there. Our founder and CSO (chief scientific officer), Dr. Kathy Petrucci, and myself are exploring options to locate in other markets and potentially may reside in areas we do our foundational clinical work. Some states are more business-friendly than others.

What is the mission of Animal Cell Therapies? We are dedicated to helping animals live longer and healthier lives. Pet owners also stand to benefit from our work. Specifically, we will develop stem cell therapy in areas of unmet need. Cell therapy offers unique reparative and anti-inflammatory properties. ACT will build a meaningful business by leveraging unique cell therapy and rich IP with a thoughtful clinical and commercial plan.

As CEO, what are your goals for the company and its future? Good science, breakthrough treatments, growth, profit and efficiency are all in play. Our valuable people will make a difference, grow professionally and earn rewards for their contributions. We are focused on developing cell therapy founded in science and driven by clear protocols that will change the standard for animals and offer pet owners options.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Learning; it is paramount to success. Asking questions, seeking answers and solving problems is fun. I’ve had the benefit of tremendous teachers and mentors during my career.

Saint Francis Medical Partners has announced the affiliation of Dr. G. Phillip Schoettle Jr. and Dr. James W. Blatchford III. Their new office, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, is in the Lowenberg Building on the Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis campus.

BONNIN

Linda Bonnin has been appointed as interim vice president for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Memphis. Bonnin succeeds Bob Eoff, who retired in December. Bonnin has served as associate vice president of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing since 1999.

SHAW

Melvin Shaw has been honored as a Memphis Living Legend for 2012 by New Sardis Baptist Church. Shaw is principal of Saad & Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services.

The Association of Women Attorneys has announced its 2012 board officers. They are Emily C. Taube, president; Lucie K. Brackin, immediate past president; Frances M. Riley, president-elect; Jennifer Himes, vice president; Lisa Gill, secretary; Brittan W. Robinson, treasurer; and Tracy Bradshaw, historian. AWA committee chairpersons include Keating Lowery, Diana Comes, Erin Phillips, Louise Chandler, Jennifer Himes, Mary Morgan Whitefield, Michele Howard-Flynn, Megan Arthur, Ashley Martin and Judge Kay Spalding Robilio. The organization awarded Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding legal achievement.

COLLINS

Elizabeth T. Collins has been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Collins is a partner in the firm Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC and has been practicing law in Memphis for 23 years.

Lauren Reaves has been promoted to account executive at archer-malmo. Ben Helm and Matt Whitaker have been promoted to senior art directors.

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