Board of Directors

Uwe D. Staerz, MD, PhD - Greffex Chief Scientific Officer annd Chairman of the BoardUwe D. Staerz, MD, PhD
Chairman of the Board

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University of San Diego and Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany

Uwe D. Staerz is a co-founder of Greffex, Inc.  He received his Bachelor of Science and MD degrees from the Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany. Subsequently he earned his PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California San Diego. He served on the faculties of the Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Uwe has extensively published in the areas of immune recognition and development, and has been a member of numerous scientific review committees of the NIH.


John R. Price, MPA

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Harvard University and Trinity University

John R. Price is a co-founder of Greffex, Inc. He received his Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University and his Bachelor if Science from Trinity University where he studied after graduating from Culver Military Academy. He has over thirty years experience in operations, management and finance.

John, a decorated Vietnam veteran, was a senior fellow at the Centre for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


William S. ConnollyWilliam S. Connolly - Greffex Executive Vice President

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Harvard University

William S. Connolly received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. He has more than 30 years experience in investment banking, primarily at JP Morgan & Company and Societe General Corporate and Investment Banking, including in Paris and London. He has been a member of Greffex’s Board of Directors for several years prior to joining Greffex full-time.

Bill has been the principal investment banker for a number of major pharmaceutical companies in the US and in Europe.


Greffex Scientific Advisory BoardSir Walter Bodmer, PhD, FRCPath, FRS

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University of Cambridge

Sir Walter is one of the leading human geneticists in the world today who received a knighthood in 1986.

Walter Bodmer read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge where he also received his PhD in Biology. He joined Joshua Lederberg’s laboratory in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University where he was appointed to its faculty. Subsequently he became the first Professor of Genetics at Oxford University, UK. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Pathology and the Royal Society. He received the Ellison-Cliff Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine.

Sir Walter was one of the first to suggest the idea of the Human Genome Project.


Jehan A. Al-Meer, MSC, PhD, MPA, MBA

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Dr Al-Meer has senior-executive experience in management of major Private, NGO and Public sector organizations in Qatar. Dr Al-Meer combines an advanced understanding of Biotechnology and related technologies with leading executive experience. She has investment and academic interest in the Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Economic Growth and Entrepreneurship.

She holds a joint degree of Master of Business Administration from New York University/London School of Economics and HEC Paris; she graduated with an MBA in September 2009. Prior to that she graduated from Harvard University in 2004 with a Master in Public Administration (MPA). She is also a graduate of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, with a PhD in Biochemistry in 1997 and a Master degree in Biotechnology (MS) in 1992. She has attended various advanced executive programs in Investment Portfolio Management including FAME program at Lausanne University in Switzerland (August 2004). 

Her professional experience includes: Innovation Capital Qatar (Feb 2010 – Dec 2013)– Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer; the Supreme Education Council (Dec 2004 – Nov 2007) – Executive Director of Higher Education Institute; Qatar University (2002-2004) – Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Supreme Council for Family Affairs (2000-2001) – President of the Technical Consultative Committee; Qatar University (1998-1999) – Assistant Professor of Biochemistry; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London, UK 1993-1997) – Doctor of Philosophy Student and Senior Research Fellow; Applied Research Centre Doha, Qatar (1992-1993) – Research Fellow.

Dr Al-Meer has completed a number of professional qualifications such as Chartered Portfolio Manager CPM – American Academy of Financial Management (2007); Certificate of Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME) University of Lausanne, Switzerland (August 2004) and Certificate of International Development Edward S. Mason Fellow John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (June 2004).

Dr. Al-Meer was a member of several national boards and committees such as: member in board of trustee of Qatar University 2004-2007; member of board of Al-Jazeera Network; member of National Election Committee 2003-2009 and member of National Committee of Women  (1999-2005) among others.

She has also received a number of awards: Aida Kayali Fellowship for Women Leaders at Harvard (2003-2004); HH Chair of Supreme Council of Family Award for Best Volunteer (2002); Fulbright Scholar at Tufts University (June 2000 – Sep 2000); Qatar National Scholarship (Sep 1993 – Dec 1997); Arab-British Charitable Foundation Award (1991-1992).