Our People

Leadership Team

Paul Giusti

President & CEO, MMRF / MMRC

Paul Giusti is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a world-renown cancer-research organization. Prior to the MMRF, Mr. Giusti worked as a Chief Executive Officer, leader, executive and entrepreneur for over 30 years; he has founded, managed and led a variety of businesses. Early in his career, Mr. Giusti worked as an executive for GE where he held a number of management positions with a wide range of responsibilities. Mr. Giusti has worked closely with the MMRF since its founding in 1998. In addition to chairing the successful $100 million capital campaign, he has served as a consultant for a number of foundation projects, led several MMRF outreach efforts and spoken on behalf of the MMRF. Mr. Giusti holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Harvard University.

Peter Kosa

Managing Director

Peter Kosa joined the MMRF as the Managing Director of the Myeloma Investment Fund (MIF) in March 2019. Dr. Kosa was Senior Director of Business Development at bluebird bio, where he led a business development team which expanded the company’s presence in cellular immunotherapies for multiple myeloma and other cancer and blood diseases through partnerships. Prior to that he was Director of Oncology Strategic Alliances at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where he had global responsibility for Search and Evaluation of oncology partnerships. He previously worked in business development at XOMA, where he led multiple deals partnering the company’s antibody platform technologies, in business development at Bayer Healthcare where he worked in hemophilia and cardiovascular partnering, and in venture capital at Connecticut Innovations where he served as the Lead Life Science Advisor for venture investments through the nonprofit’s Bioseed and Eli Whitney venture funds. He was a Damon Runyan Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and earned his B.A. in Biochemistry from Swarthmore College, Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University, and MBA from MIT/Sloan.

Board of Directors

Thomas Conheeney

Retired President, SAC Capital

Tom was appointed President of SAC Capital in July 2008. He joined SAC in October 1999 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SAC, Tom was President of Investment Management Services, Inc (“IMS”) from 1996 to 1999. He retired from SAC December 2014, but remains an active member of the MMRF leadership team.

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Dana LaForge

Partner, Brera Capital Partners, LLC

Dana LaForge is a Partner at Brera Capital Partners, a private equity fund, and the Founder and Managing Partner of Colonnade Financial Group, a private equity services firm. Prior to Brera and Colonnade, Dana was head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking and Chief of Staff of Banking and Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank and its predecessor companies. LaForge was one of the earliest Directors of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation joining the Board in 1999 and helping guide the Foundation from start up through today serving as the organization’s only Chairman since being elected in 2003.

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Hugh Martin

President & CEO, Lacuna Technologies Inc.

Hugh Martin joined Verizon through the acquisition of Sensity Systems by Verizon in October 2016. Hugh created the vision for Sensity Systems and the Light Sensory Network and is responsible for steering the company’s strategic course. His 35-year track record as an entrepreneurial leader of cutting-edge technology companies, new ventures, and high-growth businesses includes serving at the helm of numerous highly successful organizations. In 2011, he was named CEO for Fortune magazine’s ‘Executive Dream Team: The startup edition,’ acknowledged for his ‘management chops’ and for successfully taking public two companies, in two different industries. Most recently, the World Economic Forum recognized Hugh and Sensity as a Technology Pioneer.

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William S. McKiernan

Former Chair & CEO, CyberSource Corporation

William McKiernan is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CyberSource Corporation. Prior to founding CyberSource, Mr. McKiernan was President and Chief Operating Officer of McAfee Associates, now Network Associates; Mr. McKiernan held this position during the company’s initial public offering.

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