Bio Innovation Conference | William Hearl, Ph.D.
Presented by Maryland Life Sciences, a division of the Maryland Tech Council, the Bio Innovation Conference is driving the future of life sciences in Maryland. This conference provides a forum for professionals from industry, academia and government to discuss trends and insight into Maryland’s burgeoning life sciences industry and topics related to funding, structuring, commercialization and government relations.
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William Hearl, Ph.D.

William Hearl, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc.

Dr. Bill Hearl is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (“ITI”). He is an experienced and successful scientific businessman and bio-entrepreneur, having founded both ITI and formerly Capital Genomix in 2000. Dr. Hearl has moved ITI steadily forward from an initial license agreement with the Geron Corporation in 2006 to an animal health license in 2012 and two license deals with Astellas Pharma for the treatment of allergies, one for Japanese red cedar and a second global allergy license. The second deal brought ITI an upfront payment of $300,000,000 and established the Company as one of the leading entities in nucleic acid research. Dr. Hearl most recently closed on a $61.3M financing led by HLB Co., LTD, a global pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel cancer drugs. Dr. Hearl funded the Company by following a strategy of seeking a series of angel investment rounds which raised in aggregate over $12 million to drive the development of its allergy products. Prior to founding ITI and Capital Genomix, he was a senior executive at Kirkegaard & Perry Labs and then held various R&D positions at Life Technologies and Pharmacia. Dr. Hearl holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee (Oak Ridge & Knoxville) and holds multiple patents in the field of gene immunization.