Leading the Charge
Meet Our Best & Brightest
Bringing products to market for patients with rare diseases. Managing quality and regulatory compliance for a global biotech company. Overseeing clinical development for top-flight pharmaceutical companies. These are the back stories of just some of the bright minds you’ll find in the lab, meeting room and, beyond at Dova Pharmaceuticals.
Alex Sapir President & CEO
Role at Dova: Helping to support the talented bright minds we have brought together to bring treatment options to those individuals affected by thrombocytopenia.
Brightest professional “light bulb” moment: For me, my “light bulb” moment was when I received a call in November 2016 about a virtual company called Dova Pharmaceuticals that was looking to assemble a team to further develop its late stage asset, avatrombopag. Since joining the team in January 2017, it has been one of the most exhilarating and rewarding times of my professional life.
Greatest accomplishment outside of work: After leaving United Therapeutics in the summer of 2016 after having been there for over 10 years as their Head of Global Commercial Operations, I volunteered at a camp for kids with Muscular Dystrophy. Those boys taught me the importance of perseverance and making the best of the cards you have been dealt.
Favorite quote: “Press On. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge
Defining piece of art, media or pop culture: My favorite book is “Good to Great” by James Collins. I love the way the author talked about the importance of doubling down on humility especially when everything with the business is going great.
What you do when you’re not here: Love spending time with the family. Even though I have two teenagers, they still tell me they like hanging out with their Dad. Might have something to do with still paying them a monthly allowance!
Education: I have a BA in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College (1988) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1997) though my greatest learning took place when I worked as a second shift packaging supervisor at GlaxoSmithKline back in the late 1980s. There I learned the importance of treating everyone around you with respect, kindness and dignity.