Passion. Experience. Excellence.
CancerVAX is led by Ryan Davies, an experienced executive in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical space.
Ryan Davies – CEO
Ryan has had a successful career as an entrepreneur, business executive and public servant. Prior to joining CancerVAX, Ryan co-founded several biotech companies/technologies including a nitric oxide topical wound-care product, a medical device company (drug delivery system) and an antibiotic development company. Ryan has been an active investor individually, as an LP in an early-stage venture capital fund and as an executive at a private growth equity fund. Highlights of his career included serving as CEO of Curza, a small molecule therapeutics company focused on developing new antibiotics that target drug-resistant bacteria where he helped the company raise over $100 million in venture financing and government grants; Senior Vice President at Clarke Capital Partners, a private growth equity investment firm; Co-founding software/ecommerce company Found.com (acquired by CRS Retail Systems); Co-founding software/commodity exchange O2 Blue (acquired by Prebon Yamane); and raising over $250 million from various funding sources. Ryan was the youngest person elected to the Draper City Council (suburb of Salt Lake City) where he served a four-year term. During his tenure, Draper was named by CNN as one of the top 100 best-run cities in America. Ryan served in key volunteer roles for two U.S. Presidential candidates, a U.S. Senate candidate and two gubernatorial candidates. He was named by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 in 2012. Ryan has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business and Bloomberg and is regularly invited to present on various business and biotech panels. Ryan graduated from Ricks College with a degree in Business Management, where he served as student body president and was named Man of the Year and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science, where he served as student body vice president.
Lindsay Mann – Founder (retired)
For 37 years, Lindsay served in various capacities at Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, CA (“Kaweah Delta”), including the last 16 years as Chief Executive Officer. Kaweah Delta is the largest hospital and healthcare system in Tulare County. It is a teaching hospital with four campuses, 581 beds and is a certified level III Trauma Center. It employs more than 4,200 staff and healthcare professionals. As CEO, Lindsay worked actively with medical staff, hospital staff, the Board of Directors and members of the community in the development of this healthcare system. In 2017, Lindsay concluded his professional life to lead a three-year Church mission with his wife in Mexico. In 2021 he came out of retirement briefly to help launch CancerVAX. He is now back in retirement to spend time with his family.
Kids Cancer Research Team
The research team at UCLA are experts in their field who are passionate about improving Ewing Sarcoma patient care and clinical outcomes and advancing the field of cancer immunotherapy.