Irish Times Business Person of the Month for October
Dr Elaine Sullivan, co-founder and chief executive of early-stage life-sciences company Carrick Therapeutics, has been chosen as The Irish Times Business Person of the Month for October, an award run in association with KPMG.
Carrick last month obtained the rights to develop and commercialise a new groundbreaking ovarian cancer treatment known as CT900. Discovered by the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Carrick has already commenced preparations for additional clinical trials for the drug, which Dr Sullivan says has the potential to be a “highly effective treatment for women with ovarian cancer”.
Carrick also strengthened its board in October with the appointment of Dr George Golumbeski, a former vice-president of biopharma giant Celgene, as its chairman.
Dr Sullivan, a former vice-president for research and development at US drugs giant Eli Lilly and its British peer AstraZeneca, founded Carrick two years ago. The company, which raised $95 million (€83.2 million) in an initial funding round to coincide with its launch, is focused on developing pioneering treatments to defeat many of the most aggressive and resistant cancers.
Carrick’s backers include Arch Venture Partners, Woodford Investment Management and GV (formerly Google Ventures).
In what was a busy period for Dr Sullivan, she ended the month by being named “best emerging entrepreneur” in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.