Dr. Duane Mitchell, M.D., P.hD

Dr. Mitchell is Co-Founder, President, and Chairman of iOncologi, Inc., a biotechnology ‘spinout’ company from the University of Florida (UF) specializing in immuno-oncology. Dr. Mitchell is the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery at UF. He serves as Director of the UF Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Co-Director of the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy. Under Dr. Mitchell’s leadership, the Wells Brain Tumor Center has grown to one of the largest brain tumor centers in the United States, with over 100 fulltime employees dedicated to brain tumor research and clinical care and drawing patients from over 39 states and internationally for novel brain tumor treatments. He graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/Ph.D.) at Duke University Medical Center and completed postgraduate training in pathology and neurooncology research prior to joining the faculty at Duke in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. He has advanced discoveries from his laboratory through the successful issuance of six FDA-approved investigational new drugs (IND) applications and has led the clinical evaluation of several novel brain tumor immunotherapies through ten first-in-human clinical trials and multi-center phase 2 studies. His research has been supported by the NIH, Department of Defense, and numerous private funding agencies Dr. Mitchell is an inventor of over 25 filed patents for novel cancer immunotherapies, several of which have been licensed by pharmaceutical companies for commercial development.

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