Lijun Sun, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Silicon Therapeutics; Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Lijun Sun, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Silicon Therapeutics and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. 

Dr. Sun started his professional career in drug discovery and development and oversaw drug discovery at Shionogi BioResearch Corp as director of chemistry. He also served as a senior director and vice president of chemistry at Synta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as vice president of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences at Theracrine, Inc. 

Dr. Sun has more than 140 awarded and pending U.S. patents, and as a senior executive at three biotechnology companies, he discovered a number of novel small molecules drug candidates, including PIKfyve inhibitor apilimod (phase-2 in inflammatory bowel disease), ROS inducer elesclomol (Phase-3 in metastatic melanoma, co-development with GlaxoSmithKline) and CRAC channel blocker Ro-2959 (pre-clinical in arthritis, co-developed with Roche).

Dr. Sun earned a doctor of philosophy degree in organic chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta and completed postdoctoral training in biomaterial research at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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