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David Kabakoff

Executive Partner, Soffinova

David Kabakoff joined Sofinnova as an executive partner in 2007. He represents Sofinnova as the chairman of NextCure. He also serves as the director of Antiva Biosciences, Dauntless Pharmaceuticals, and Principia. He is chairman of Lineagen and a director of bioTheranostics. Earlier in his career, he served as the chairman of Trius Therapeutics and Amplimmune. He was a director of InterMune and Allylix. Kabakoff spent nearly three decades leading technology and product development programs in the areas of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and drug delivery.

ALMA MATER: Yale University, Case Western Reserve University

SCIENCE SUCCESS: A chemist by trade, as an operator some of his successes include development of the first yes/no color changing pregnancy test, the PSA test for prostate cancer and the rapid strep throat test.