Chief Executive Officer
Bringing two decades of leadership and product commercialization experience, James “Jamie” Levine joined Annai Systems in 2016. Prior to joining Annai Systems, Levine was the CEO of Sapphire Energy and Verenium Corporation – both leading biotech companies that developed products for diverse end-user markets – as well as a managing director in the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs & Co. where he served clients in the healthcare industry. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.
Chief Business Officer
As a part of Annai Systems since its formation in 2010, Michael Penley worked closely with the company’s founders to explore and define what has become the brand new market of genomics data management. Before joining Annai, Penley spent a decade working in the life sciences and biotechnology industry. During his career, he has done more than 100 life sciences and biotechnology transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions to strategic collaborations and public offerings. Penley holds a J.D. and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
James R. Appleman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Bioinformatics
Bringing over 20 years of experience in the application of information technologies to drug discovery and development, Dr. Appleman joined Annai Systems in October 2015. Prior to joining Annai, he was a co-founder of eFFECTOR Therapeutics, where he established both the bioinformatics infrastructure and technology base to support eFFECTOR’s unique drug discovery and development programs, which target dysregulated mRNA translation. Dr. Appleman previously served as chief scientific officer at Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he played pivotal roles in the invention, characterization, and clinical development of the company’s drug candidates Setrobuvir and ANA77. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of Anadys by Roche. Prior to joining Anadys, Dr. Appleman held positions at Gensia Inc., and its subsidiary Metabasis Therapeutics, and was a faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He received a doctorate in biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and completed his postdoctoral training at Dartmouth Medical School.
Founder and Director
An expert in high speed networking systems and semiconductor devices, Lawrence Ganeshalingam has more than 15 years of experience in engineering and development of hardware and software, including field applications engineering, sales, and business development. Mr. Ganeshalingam was the lead founder and visionary of Annai Systems and remains a key team member. He holds a VLSI design certification at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BSEE from San Jose State University.