• Accomplished and seasoned senior executive with more than 20 years of highly successful research and education experience in the academia, pharmaceuticals, personalized healthcare, nutrition, and diagnostics industries and academia.
  • Led global research and education teams key in the discovery research, development, pre-clinical evaluation, and clinical development of products used in pharmaceuticals / drugs, therapeutics, nutrition (pharmekonutrition), and diagnostics (biomarkers) or personalized healthcare industries across multiple therapeutic areas.
  • Global research activities included creating strategic Road Maps / 15 year LRP (Long Range Plans) and strategic research initiatives, research-related technology/executive management, research operations, finances, innovation, scientific/research/education affairs, licensing, commercial, marketing, business development, partnerships, communications, legal (IP/ intellectual property), and regulatory affairs.
  • Created and managed several highly successful Global R&D programs (academic, drugs, nutrition/ pharmekonutritions, personalized healthcare / biomarkers) by setting new or innovative research directions, visions, and strategies.
  • Progressed and achieved several innovative products for the R&D pipelines; worth an estimated $1.8 billion.
  • Renowned scientist and academician on the International and National Stages. Former tenured, Professor and Director of Digestive Diseases Research and Education at RUSH University of Chicago.Recognized global expert in basic, clinical, and translational medicine areas, in particular immune/autoimmune and inflammatory disorders as well as a seasoned executive who has achieved tremendous success.
  • Led global Discovery Research and Development Units for not only personalized healthcare/diagnostics, but also for pharmaceuticals in multiple therapeutic areas, such as inflammation and immunology and oncology (among others) where oversaw the development of small molecule and biologic portfolio as well as attendant personalized healthcare strategies from idea to research through to clinical Proof of Concept and then launch.
  • Seasoned researcher and educator with proven track-record of successfully leading Research and Education programs, nationally and globally.
  • Author of 200+ peer-reviewed research publications, book chapters & abstract presentations; many national and international invited presentations; and inventor of 15 worldwide patents.


Ali (Cyrus) Banan

Professor of Medicine


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  • DEPARTMENTDepartment of Physiology and Biomedical Sciences
    University of South Carolina School of Medicine