Marlene Modi, Ph.D.

Head of Clinical Development and Clinical Pharmacology

Marlene Modi, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has served as Vice President of Preclinical Development at Optherion, Inc. and Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacology at Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For the previous 15 years, Dr. Modi worked at Hoffmann-La Roche in key management positions, including Site Head and Director of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Modi has extensive expertise in the areas of preclinical and clinical development of large molecules (e.g., proteins, monoclonal antibodies, aptamers and pegylated compounds). As a consultant to biotech companies, she has facilitated the IND submission of more than 10 compounds within the last 5 years.  Her work has included the therapeutic areas of ophthalmology, virology, infectious disease, neurology, oncology, diabetes and asthma. Her areas of expertise include drug-drug interactions, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationships, ocular and intraocular formulation development, and dose- and exposure-response relationships in special populations. She received a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.