Bio Details

Sandra I. Coufal, MD

CEO, Toragen Biotechnologies

Dr. Sandra I. Coufal, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2013 and as a member of our Scientific Advisory Board since August 2013. Dr. Coufal is CEO of Toragen Biotechnologies., a pharmaceutical company that has developed small molecule drugs for the treatment of viral-induced cancers, since January 2022. Dr. Coufal is a co-founder and served as a co-manager of Sibling Capital Ventures LLC, an affiliate of one of our principal stockholders from 2013 until February 2022. Dr. Coufal was a co-founder and a co-manager of Sibling Capital, LLC from 2012 to 2016. From 2001 until February 2022, Dr. Coufal served as the Biomedical Advisor for the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Dr. Coufal served as the Head of the Division of Internal Medicine at the Torrey Pines site of Scripps Clinic from 1997 until 1999 and was a member of the board of directors of Scripps Green Hospital from 1997 until 1999. Dr. Coufal founded and served on Relypsa, Inc.’s Scientific Advisory Board from 2007 until 2013 and was a co-founder of Ilypsa’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Coufal has served on the boards of directors of BioAesthetics Corporation and SafetySpot Inc. since February 2016 and March 2017, respectively. On a volunteer basis, Dr. Coufal has served on the Advisory Board of the New Orleans BioFund since 2017. She has also served in a volunteer capacity on the Advisory Board of The Vision of Children Foundation since 2017. Dr. Coufal has been a Member of the Advisory Board of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund since 2015, serving as its Advisory Chair from 2016-2018. Dr. Coufal is a member of the Board of Trustees for La Jolla Country Day School since July 2020. Dr. Coufal served as Associate Faculty in the Division of Internal Medicine for the University of California, San Diego, unsalaried. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Coufal received her M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and received her B.S. in Science Preprofessional Studies from the University of Notre Dame and was designated a Notre Dame Scholar.