The Drug Development Institute is led by a team of highly experienced research and drug development scientists with:

  • Diversified industrial experience along the drug development value chain
  • Proven track records of delivering novel compounds and technologies for clinical development
  • Experience in managing projects using data-driven, milestone-based project management
Jeff Patrick

Jeffrey Patrick, PharmD – Institute Director and Clinical Pharmacist 

Email: | Phone: 614-688-7329

Dr. Patrick is a residency-trained clinical pharmacist with nearly 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. He brings expertise in executive leadership, scientific and medical strategy and program building.


Chad Bennett, PhD – Senior Director of Chemistry

Email: | Phone: 614-685-9230

Dr. Bennett is a process and medicinal chemist with over 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck and Schering-Plough, working in both the discovery and early-development phases.

Gerard Hilinski

Gerard Hilinski, PhD – Senior Director of Biochemistry

Email: | Phone: 614-293-6851

Dr. Hilinski is a biochemist with over 13 years of experience in design and synthesis of conformationally stabilized peptides. Previously at FogPharma as scientific co-founder, he brings distinctive expertise and perspective to the DDI.

Soun Khountham, MS, CCRP – Project Manager

Email: | Phone: 614-685-5668

Soun is an experienced clinical research management professional. She brings over six years of project management expertise in high-accruing phase I-IV clinical trials that have led to FDA approvals.

Reena Shakya

Reena Shakya, PhD – Cancer Biologist

Email: | Phone: 614-293-1675

Dr. Shakya is Ohio State’s director of the Target Validation Shared Resource (TVSR). She brings extensive experience with cancer xenografts, GEM models and in vivo validation.

Christopher Coss

Christopher Coss, PhD – Preclinical Pharmacologist

Email: | Phone: 614-688-1309

Dr. Coss is an assistant professor in the Ohio State College of Pharmacy. Previously at GTx Inc., his experience ranges from preclinical models to late stage clinical assays.


Cindy Evans – Administrative Assistant

Email: | Phone: 614-685-6957

Cindy has over 20 years of experience in administrative management in a variety of roles from small business to academia.

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Phone: 614-685-6957 

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The DDI Team will be at the following conference.

AACR Annual Meeting

Atlanta, Ga.
March 30-April 3, 2019

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