Knowledgeable, Experienced Leadership


The Third Coast Therapeutics leadership team has deep experience in many aspects of cancer research, development and treatment. They also understand how to navigate the regulatory, and the commercial planning complexities of bringing early-stage products to market.

Joseph Luminiello, Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Luminiello is a healthcare industry sales and marketing executive with nearly 30 years of commercial experience. He has served in key strategic management roles, leading and collaborating with senior executives in clinical development, market preparation, sales and marketing, payer strategies and strategic partnering. He has managed large and small sales forces, marketing teams, managed care contracting, merger integration teams, product launches, product life cycle management; and a foreign affiliate start-up.

In his most recent corporate role, Joe held the position of vice president of business development at Takeda USA. He brings an in-­depth understanding of market trends, cohesive team building, drug candidate development, and commercial excellence with emphasis in oncology, upper GI, and CV therapeutic areas.

Ray Bergan, MD – Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Raymond Bergan, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology at Oregon Health Sciences University Knight Cancer Institute. He is a medical oncologist with extensive early phase trials experience. He is also a cancer biologist. His research focuses upon understanding how cancer cells regulate their metastatic behavior and how that process can be therapeutically targeted.

Karl Scheidt, PhD – Vice President of Discovery

Karl is a Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of Northwestern’s Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery. Karl received his doctoral training at Indiana University and the University of Michigan and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.  He is an internationally recognized expert whose research focus lies at the intersections of catalysis, chemical synthesis, and therapeutic science. His laboratory has pioneered the development of cooperative catalysis and is heavily involved in the synthesis and application of bioactive small molecules towards clinical endpoints. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications and 10 patents (h index of 59), he is a Sloan Foundation Fellow, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Steve Hayes, PhD – Vice President of Operations

Steven Hayes, PhD has 15 years leadership/management experience in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors.  His academic training in cancer biology includes a fellowship in experimental therapeutics at Northwestern University, and a postdoctoral study in prostate cancer at Stanford University. Dr. Hayes led the technology transfer of drug discovery tools from Aurora/Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Life Technologies (now ThermoFisher), as well as the collaborative drug discovery services unit. As head of R&D at BellBrook Labs, he led the development of more predictive drug screening platforms for oncology, immunology and respiratory disease. His research there centered on the incorporation of more representative and complex cell models into earlier steps in the drug discovery process.

At Echogen, he directed development of small molecule and antibody drug conjugates for anticancer therapy utilizing a novel platinum delivery system. In addition, Dr. Hayes has served for years as consultant for several therapeutic-focused startup companies, and as an NIH grant reviewer. He has conceived, written and led the execution of phase I and phase II SBIR grants to help carry out a substantial portion of his research. His work at Third Coast Therapeutics has focused on developing integrated regulatory, clinical and preclinical strategies. He currently manages the 3crx98 translational studies that are supported through a grant from the US Department of Defense to Oregon Health and Sciences University.