Report: N.J. Doctor Tipped Martoma

Sep 6 2013 | 11:43am ET

A prominent New Jersey Alzheimer's disease doctor passed confidential information to a former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager, according to published reports.

Joel Ross is the man identified as "Doctor-2" in the revised indictment against Mathew Martoma, unsealed late last month. Unlike Martoma's other alleged source for tips about Alzheimer's drug trials, Ross has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Ross is the founder of the Memory Enhancement Center in Eatontown, N.J., a clinical professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a proponent of the use of experimental medicines to treat Alzheimer's. As with Sidney Gilman, the former University of Michigan medical professor who has admitted to passing Martoma tips, Martoma met Ross through an expert-networking firm which was not indentified.

And as with Gilman, Martoma's alleged primary interest with Ross was bapineuzumab, an Alzheimer's drug being developed by Elan Corp. and Wyeth LLC. Martoma is accused of illegally-trading shares of those company, earning or saving SAC a combined $276 million; the allegations are also at the heart of the criminal insider-trading case against SAC.

According to the indictment, Ross gave Martoma confidential information about drug trials, including those into bapineuzumab. The two men also met after Ross was briefed on those trial results.

In exchange, the indictment alleges, Martoma "would assist Doctor-2 in obtaining additional clinical trial business." Ross' identity was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Martoma has pleaded not guilty and refused to cooperate with prosecutors; he is set to face trial beginning Nov. 4.


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

Volkered: How Financial Sector Reforms are Creating Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Sep 16 2014 | 11:28am ET

New regulations have dramatically curtailed proprietary trading activity in investment...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.