Dr. Joan Fallon


Dr. Joan Fallon was working as a pediatric chiropractor specializing in children with disabilities when she noticed that most of her young patients with autism avoided eating protein. They favored what she called “The 10 Things Diet,” limited to bagels, waffles, cereals, and other tan foods. 

Autism experts told Fallon the behavior was a sensory issue. But Fallon had a hunch the cause was physiological. After additional clinical training, she began testing children with autism. Fallon discovered her subjects had low levels of a specific enzyme that’s key to digesting proteins. Further, that enzyme was related to neurological development.

Today, Fallon is the founder and CEO of Curemark, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Rye. CM-AT, an enzyme-replacement drug for autism that targets the gastrointestinal tract, is in its second Phase III clinical trial and has been fast-tracked by the FDA. The company is also exploring the link between the gut and other neurological conditions, like schizophrenia and Parkinson’s. 

A Yankees season-ticket holder since ’97, Fallon never imagined herself as an entrepreneur, let alone raising $60 million in venture capital for her own company. “What compelled me were the kids,” she explains. “Working one-on-one was great, but if I could help millions…that was something I needed to do.” 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive » 

Rudy Callegari


Dr. Joan Fallon


Salvatore Lagonia

Judge, Attorney, Musician, Pilot

Hillary and Bill Clinton


Dan, David, and Laureen Barber


Ginni Rometty


George Yancopoulos


Geri Pell

Wealth Advisor

Robert F. Kennedy Jr

Attorney, Professor, Environmentalist

Paul Feiner

Town Supervisor

Georgina Bloomberg


Heidi Davidson

Marketing/Communications Consultant

David Granger


Millie Hernandez-Becker

Airline Executive

Phil Reisman


Mariano Rivera


Audra McDonald

Broadway Star

Nancy Silberkleit

Comics Heir

Al Pirro


Rashid Silvera

High School Teacher

Martha Stewart

Multimedia Mogul

David Boies


Sandra Lee

TV Personality, Child Advocate

Ang Lee


Keith Safian

Healthcare and Business Consultant

Angelo Martinelli

Politician and Publisher

André Leon Talley

Fashion Editor
Edit Module