Board of Directors
David Platt, Ph.D.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Director
Dr. Platt, our President from the inception of the Company in August 2009 through November 2010. From 2001 toFebruary 2009, Dr. Platt was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company with shares traded on the NYSE Alternext US (formerly the American Stock Exchange) that he co-founded and for which he was the co-developer of their core technology. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Platt was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SafeScience Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company he founded. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Platt was the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and a founder of International Gene Group, Inc., the predecessor company to SafeScience. Dr. Platt received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1988 from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1989, Dr. Platt was a research fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and from 1989 to 1991, was a research fellow at the Michigan Foundation (re-named Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute). From 1991 to 1992, Dr. Platt was a research scientist with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Platt has published peer-reviewed articles and holds many patents, primarily in the field of carbohydrate chemistry.
S. Colin Neill
Audit Committee Chairman and Director
Mr. Neill, a Director of the Company since December 2013, became President of Pharmos Corporation in January 2008, and has served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of Pharmos since October 2006. He held these positions through November 2012. From September 2003 to October 2006, Mr. Neill served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Axonyx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that developed products and technologies to treat Alzheimer's disease and other central nervous system disorders, where he played an integral role in the merger between Axonyx and TorreyPines Therapeutics Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Neill served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of ClinTrials Research Inc.; a $100 million publicly traded global contract research organization in the drug development business, from 1998 to its successful sale in 2001. Following that sale from April 2001 to September 2003 Mr.
Neill served as an independent consultant assisting small start-up and development stage companies in raising capital. Earlier experience was gained as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BTR Inc., a $3.5 billion US subsidiary of BTR plc, a British diversified manufacturing company, and Vice President Financial Services of The BOC Group Inc., a $2.5 billion British owned industrial gas company with substantial operations in the health care field. Mr. Neill served four years with American Express Travel Related Services, first as chief internal auditor for worldwide operations and then as head of business planning and financial analysis. Mr. Neill began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP in Ireland and later with Price Waterhouse LLP as a senior manager in New York City. He also served with Price Waterhouse for two years in Paris, France. Mr. Neill graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a first class honors degree in Business/Economics and he holds a master's degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and a Chartered Accountant in Ireland. Mr. Neill served on the board of Galectin Therapeutics (formerly named Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) from May 2007 to October 2011 and from April 2004 to June 2008 on the board of OXIS International, Inc.
Dale H. Conaway, D.V.M.
Mr. Conaway, a Director of the Company since September 2009, is the Veterinary Medical Officer for the Office of Research Oversight, an office within the Veterans Health Administration under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Conaway was the Deputy Regional Director (Southern Region). From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Conaway served as Manager of the Equine Drug Testing and Animal Disease Surveillance Laboratories for the Michigan Department of Agriculture. From 1994 to 1998, he was Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Michigan Department of Public Health Vaccine Production Division. From May 2001 to February 2009, Dr. Conaway was a director of Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company with shares traded on the NYSE Alternext US. Dr. Conaway received a D.V.M. degree from Tuskegee Institute and an M.S. degree in pathology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.
Henry J. Esber, Ph.D.
Mr. Esber, a Director of the Company since December 2011, has been a Principal in Esber D&D consulting since 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Esber was a Senior Consultant, Business Development at Charles River Labs, Discovery and Development Services. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Esber was a consultant and from 2006, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer for Bio-Quant which he had co-founded. Dr. Esber was also the co-founder of BioSignature Diagnostics, Inc. and Advanced Drug Delivery, Inc. From December 2009 to January 2013, Dr. Esber was a director of Apricus Biosciences, Inc., a public company with shares traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market. From April 2006 to February 2009, Dr. Esber was a director of Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company with shares traded on the NYSE Alternext US. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of several biotechnology companies and is the author of more than 130 technical publications. Dr. Esber has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of oncology/tumor immunology and immunotherapy as well as strong knowledge in the field of toxicology and regulatory affairs. Dr. Esber received a B.S. degree in biology/pre-med from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. degree in public health and parasitology from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in immunology/microbiology from West Virginia University Medical Center. Dr. Esber was previously a Director of the Company from September 2009 through December 2010.
Dr. Rom E. Eliaz, Ph.D., MBA
Dr. Rom Eliaz has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology development experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, executive and venture capitalist. Dr. Eliaz was Chief Executive Officer of NasVax since October 2010. Prior to joining NasVax, Dr. Eliaz was the CEO of ImmCure Therapeutics (previously JJ Pharma) and Strategic Partner at The Colmen Group. Following an academic appointment as Assistant Professor at University of California San Francisco, he held various management positions at Alza. Following acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2001, he managed its investment portfolio in different pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, led to market several blockbuster drugs and also advanced more than 10 drug candidates from discovery research to clinical trials. He was Head of Product Development and Project Management at Rinat Neuroscience Corporation, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2006. He was VP of Development and Project Management at Intradigm Corporation, which was merged with Silence Therapeutics. He then founded Elrom Ventures Corp. a venture capital firm that specializes in the formation, financing and operational development of Medical devices, Green Technology and biotechnology-based companies.
Dr. Eliaz is (co)author of more than 40 publications mostly in the field of drug targeting, drug delivery and gene therapy, and is an inventor of several patents in these fields. He has made more than 30 invited presentations and chaired numerous sessions at international scientific and business conferences and venues.
Dr. Eliaz did his Post-Doctoral work at UCSF Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, focusing in the areas of drug delivery, drug targeting, tissue engineering and gene therapy. Dr. Eliaz received his Ph.D. (cum laude) in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences and Ben-Gurion University. He also holds M.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, both from Ben-Gurion University. He earned an M.B.A. (cum laude) from Harvard Business School and Boston University program at Ben Gurion University.
Conroy Chi-Heng Cheng
Mr. Cheng, a Director of the Company since December 2013, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Net Plus Company Limited. He serves as an Executive Director of Net Plus Company Limited. He has been an Executive Director of New World Development Co. Ltd. since June 2010. He serves as a Director of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited. He served as an Independent Non-executive Director of Hong Kong Energy Holdings Limited (alternate name JIC Technology Co. Ltd. & China Renewable Energy Investment Limited) from July 2002 to May 2007. Mr. Cheng has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada in 1999.
Jan Brinkman, M.D., Ph.D.
Jan Brinkman, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of the Biotechnology Business Strategies Committee with ABN-Amro Bank N.V. in London, New York and Hong Kong, reconciling global regulatory affairs. More recently, he has focused his financial expertise in biotech, becoming ABM-Amro’s liaison to Motorola Biochip, Harvard Medical, Merck, Serono, Teva, Bayer, Philips, Siemens, M.I.T. and the Mayo Foundation. He is also an advisor to the Mayo Foundation Comprehensive Cancer Program. Dr. Brinkman holds an M.D. degree from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, an MBA in international finance from INSEAD/ABNAmro, France/the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Florence, Italy.
Alan M. Hoberman, Ph.D.
Alan M. Hoberman, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Argus International, Inc., overseeing a staff of scientists and other professionals who provide consulting services for industry, government agencies, law firms and other organizations both in the U.S. and internationally. Between 1991 and 2013 he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility at Charles River Laboratories Preclinical Services (formerly Argus Research Laboratories, Inc.), most recently as Executive Director of Site Operations and Toxicology. He currently works with that organization to design, supervise and evaluate reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, inhalation and photobiology studies. Dr. Hoberman holds a Ph.D. in toxicology from Pacific Western University, an M.S. in interdisciplinary toxicology from the University of Arkansas and a B.S. in biology from Drexel University.