Leadership 2019-05-07T03:05:59+00:00


The HeritX team is ready to lead the charge, with unique experience and proven success in developing break-through therapies, deep expertise in oncology and relationships spreading broadly across academia, industry and government. The HeritX leadership team has a personal stake in preventing inherited cancer, turning their professional careers exclusively to this mission.

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Thomas A. Bock MD, MBA

Prior to founding HeritX, Thomas was a practicing oncologist and academic researcher whose research spanned leading academic centers as well as the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Research Institute (stem cell and genetic therapies). Thomas also holds an MBA from Columbia University and has served in executive management positions in leading biopharmaceutical companies including Amgen, Novartis, Celgene and Alexion. His passion for cancer prevention stems from his family’s BRCA mutation. His wife, Irina, is a BRCA1 breast cancer and melanoma survivor whose father and uncle died of pancreatic cancer. Thomas serves on the Board of Advisors at Columbia Business School and Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund at Rockefeller University. He is also Past President of FORCE, a national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer advocacy organization, and a former officer of Rotary International in Mendham, NJ. Thomas and Irina have three children and live in Morris County, NJ.

Joi Morris, JD
Senior Vice President of Alliances & Co-Founder

Joi joined Thomas in founding HeritX in 2015. She is a BRCA2 carrier and an experienced lawyer and patient advocate. She brings a wealth of  nonprofit governance experience as well as a passion for including the voice of the patient community in research. She is also the author of Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer, the first consumer guidebook on BRCA cancers, with Dr. Ora Karp Gordon. Joi serves as an Advocate in Science and grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is Past Vice President of FORCE, a national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer advocacy organization. She and her husband Matt have two children and live in Santa Monica, CA.

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Douglas Hager, PhD
Senior Vice President of Project Management and Operations

Douglas is a Harvard graduate and was previously the Global Head of Project Management at Novartis, responsible for the largest oncology product portfolio across the biopharmaceutical industry. As one of the top biopharmaceutical executives in his field, he brings a unique leadership experience in global project management and drug development from the stage of basic research to FDA approval as well as biomedical licensing and alliances. He and his wife Mary have two children and live in Morris County, NJ.

Howard Janzen (Chairman) – Energy and Telecom Technology Leader; Chairman of Cool Planet Energy Systems (CNBC Top 25 Disruptor); former President Sprint Business; former CEO Williams Communications; Member Oklahoma Governor’s Science and Technology Council; Trustee Colorado School of Mines Foundation

Theodora Ross, MD, PhD (President) – Oncologist and Cancer Geneticist who directs the Cancer Genetics Program at UT Southwestern in Dallas

Jay Rasulo (Treasurer) – Fortune 100 leader and former Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company; Board Chairman of Los Angeles Philharmonic

Kirk Patrick (Recording Secretary) – Retired partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Joi Morris (Corporate Secretary)– Experienced attorney and author of Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer, the first guidebook on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Thomas A. Bock (Trustee) – Global R&D leader in oncology and orphan diseases and member of the executive management team of Alexion (rated #2 in innovation across all industries, Forbes 2014)

Jan Livingston-Mokhtari (Trustee) – Global communications leader and Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director at FOX Networks Group (named Most Creative Woman in Advertising, 2013)

Thomas Hofstetter (Trustee) – Health Care Leader and Entrepreneur; Chief Executive Officer, Points Group, LLC; Co-founder of the US Women’s Professional Soccer League, WPSL

Margaret I. Cuomo, MD (Trustee) – National Cancer Prevention Expert and Advocate; Board-Certified Radiologist; Author of A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention

Rolf Altorfer – Chief Executive Officer, Kuehne + Nagel (Ret.)

Rainer Boehm, MD – Chief Commercial Officer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Ret.)

Bill Burke – President, Mendham Capital Management

Tom Dubin – Chief Legal Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Ret.)

Thomas Hofstetter – Chief Executive Officer, Points Group

Eric Mayer – Philanthropist, humanitarian and Holocaust survivor