Leadership 2017-08-28T08:00:08+00:00

Gini Deshpande, PhD

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

A molecular biologist by training, Gini has more than 16 years of experience turning cutting-edge scientific concepts into products that benefit patients. As CEO of NuMedii, Gini structured the company’s critical partnerships with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies including Allergan, Astellas and Aptalis, and raised the initial rounds of financing. Before NuMedii, she helped companies identify optimal markets and whole-product solutions for their groundbreaking technologies, including Affymetrix and iPierian, and led innovation at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she focused on the creation of new devices for the tiniest of patients. Gini has helped commercialize early-stage technologies in research tools, diagnostics and therapeutics and has closed licensing deals worth several million. She received her MS from the University of Pune (India), her PhD in Biological Sciences from Purdue University, and did post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Asim Siddiqui, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

With an extensive background in bioinformatics, systems and software engineering, next-generation sequencing, and cancer and prenatal diagnostics, Asim is responsible for building and overseeing NuMedii’s highly predictive drug discovery technology platform. Before NuMedii, he was in charge of product management and bioinformatics at several leading organizations including Natera, Life Technologies, Sirius Genomics, and the Genome Sciences Centre, part of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. An inventor on several patents, he has been an author on more than 30 peer-reviewed publications including several published in Science and Nature. Asim has a PhD in Bioinformatics from Oxford University, and a BA and a MA in Physics with honors from Cambridge University.

Craig Webb, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Craig is responsible for NuMedii’s scientific direction, partnerships and drug discovery. He is one of the founding scientists at the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan and his research has resulted in the formation of four new companies in the areas of bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics and clinical trial coordination: TransMed Systems, Intervention Insights, The Center for Molecular Medicine and ClinXus. A former professor, Craig is an inventor on several patents, an author of numerous papers and book chapters, as well as an invited speaker at leading industry conferences. He has a BSc in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Surrey, a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of East Anglia and has done post-doctoral work in molecular oncology at the National Cancer Institute.

Linda De Young, PhD

Head, Product Development

Linda bridges the connection between technology and drug development at NuMedii. She brings 20 years’ experience leading drug development programs for industry leading and start-up biotechnology and life science companies across a variety of platforms – small molecule, protein, polymer, cellular and antisense therapeutics – as well as a range of drug delivery devices. In addition to 10 years as a principal at Virtualizing Drug Development and IND Enabling Consulting, Linda held senior leadership positions at several companies focused on cardiovascular disease and oncology including AeroGen and Genentech. Linda has a BS in Biochemistry from the UC Davis, a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from UC San Francisco, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz.

Linda Ara

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Linda is responsible for the company’s financial operations and infrastructure. A senior finance consultant for more than 17 years, she has worked with established and emerging public and private life sciences companies including KAI Therpeutics, Sorbent Therapeutics and Scios, Inc. (J&J), oftentimes serving as CFO. Prior to her consulting career, Linda was CFO at Power-Sonic Corporation, where she led a leveraged buyout of a competitor. She began her career in commercial banking with Wells Fargo and Union Bank, where she specialized in relationship management, middle market lending and international banking. Linda has a bachelor’s degree in American history from UC Berkeley.