Sept. 25, 2020

2020: Year of the Patient

2020: Year of the Patient

Cancer research may yield a potential COVID-19 therapeutic. Dr. Bob interviews Dr. John Rothman of Tyme Technologies about the promising preclinical studies for a new therapeutic. Plus, Kate speaks with Michelle Whitlock, a two-time cervical cancer survivor who had a heart attack in her 40s. She shares the importance of self-advocacy in the doctor’s office.


John Rothman, Ph.D. Executive VP of Product Development, Tyme Technologies Inc. 

Dr. Rothman has more than 30 years of experience in product development across many disciplines and markets. He was a clinical scientist at the pharmaceutical companies, Schering Plough and Roche, where he was also a clinical director for a number of different therapeutic areas and senior director for all of Roche’s data acquisition, statistical analysis and report writing for all experimental and approved drugs in the Roche portfolio. His work on Interferon-α in AIDs-related Kaposi’s Sarcoma resulted in the approval of the first recombinant drug and AIDS treatment called Referon-A. 

Dr. Rothman later held R&D director positions at Roche and was associated with a number of development programs that resulted in marketed drugs, including Rocephin, Coactin, Rimadyl, Larotid, Dalmane, Rimantidine, Gantrisin, Versed, and more. Dr. Rothman was later an executive vice president of science and operations at the biotech company, Advaxis, where he was responsible for R&D, toxicology, regulatory, chemistry, data management, manufacturing, and intellectual property. Dr. Rothman has since held chief executive roles with several biopharmaceutical companies. During his career, Dr. Rothman filed numerous patents and managed a portfolio of over 80 issued patents and patent applications.


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Dr. John Rothman

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