Aiman Shalabi, Pharm.D., MBA, BCOP

Chief Medical Officer
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Aiman Shalabi is a global executive with over 20 years’ experience in driving new treatments for patients with cancer. Aiman’s key strength is aligning multiple stakeholders in areas of complex science to develop a common vision and execute against that vision. He is currently the chief medical officer at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) where he provides strategic direction and integrated oversight for CRI’s cancer immunotherapy clinical trial program, the Clinical Accelerator.  

Previously, Aiman was the vice president, Global Medical Affairs group for Immune Oncology at AstraZeneca and was also the global product vice president at AstraZeneca leading the cross-functional development team for PD-L1. He also led multiple immuno-oncology programs at MedImmune including an accelerated PD-L1 program from first-in-human to phase III start in 14 months, supported the in-licensing and initiated development of tremelimumab and OX40 and initiated the IO combination studies early in the development cycle. He also served as the chair of the Joint Steering Committee and implemented novel external collaborations with the Cancer Research Institute, Friends of Cancer Research, SWOG, NCIC (Canada), and the National Cancer Institute (US).   

The majority of Aiman’s experience has been in global drug development (phase III transitions, regulatory applications, product launch, life-cycle management, and alliance management). During his 17 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, he has made meaningful contributions to four global medicines programs that delivered innovative treatments to cancer patients including durvalumab (anti-PD-L1), tremelimumab (anti-CTLA-4), OX40, Taxotere (docetaxel), Iressa (gefitinib), and Caprelsa (vandetinib). He has also gained experience in CD nominations, IND submissions, product in-licensing, first in human studies, and served as the US medical affairs director for a new product launch.  

Aiman entered the pharmaceutical industry in US Medical Affairs, after a successful career at the National Cancer Institute (CTEP, NCI) where he managed a portfolio of 26 agents and was a member of the review committee for research proposals from the NCI designated cancer centers and US cooperative groups.  He also led the National Cancer Institute Compassionate Use program.  During his time at the NIH, he received a national award for developing programs to provide patients with access to breakthrough medicines for leukemia (Gleevec) and breast cancer (Herceptin) prior to FDA approval.  Aiman also worked in clinical oncology practice with direct patient care responsibilities.     

Aiman has five university degrees including biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, a Doctor of Pharmacy, and recently completed an MBA at the Johns Hopkins University. He obtained Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP) in 1998.  

Aiman lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and three boys. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys water-skiing, boating, and offshore fishing.  


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