Chairman of the Board
Jonah Shacknai is the co-founder of Illustris Pharmaceuticals. In addition, he serves as Executive Chairman of DermaForce Partners, an aesthetics technology firm that develops and globally commercializes novel cosmetic and OTC products in multiple channels, including the new doctor-dispensed skincare brand SkinBetter Science. Prior to co-founding Illustris and DermaForce, Mr. Shacknai was the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Mr. Shacknai has an extremely well diversified public service, law and corporate background, with vast experience and expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Shacknai has been honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, the “National Award” from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, “Entrepreneurial Fellow” at the Karl Eller Center of the University of Arizona, the “President's Award” from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and “Lifetime Achievement” awards from several dermatology institutions.
Currently, Mr. Shacknai serves as Co-Chaiman of the Foundation Board of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and President of the MaxInMotion® Foundation, a non-profit organization assisting economically challenged and student athletes with disabilities. Mr. Shacknai earned a B.S. degree from Colgate University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.