Jonathan Kil, MD – CEO & CMO
Dr. Kil has led the R&D strategy and financings for SPI. He has served as the principal investigator on several NIH and Dept. of Defense (DoD) awards, and serves as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kil studied auditory neuroscience at UC Irvine where he graduated with honors and received the Ralph W Gerard Award for outstanding research. He began his MD/PhD studies at Georgetown University where he was an ARCS Scholar and received a Clinical Prize for his work on traumatic injury to the cochlea. He continued his graduate studies in Neuroscience and Medicine at UVA, where he received the Winn Scholarship in Otolaryngology.
Dr. Kil completed his NIH funded post-doctoral research on ototoxicity at the University of Washington, and in 1998, he co-founded Otogene, the first inner ear biotechnology company. As President and CEO, he transitioned its basic research involving p27Kip1 technology into a pre-clinical regeneration platform. In 2002, he co-founded SPI to translate some of his discoveries in to investigational products for the treatment of inner ear disease. He is a recognized leader in inner ear drug development and has served as an advisor to the DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence since 2012.