The names of our directors and executive officers, and certain additional information with respect to each of them, are set forth below.
|Nola E. Masterson||Chairman of the Board||2004|
|Katherine A. Anderson, C.P.A.||Chief Financial Officer||-|
|Daniel F. Cain||Director||2004|
|Joseph S. Podolski||President and Chief Executive Officer, Director||1992|
|Jaye Thompson, Ph.D.||Sr. VP Clinical & Regulatory||-|
|Joachim F. Wernicke, Ph.D., M.D.||Chief Medical Officer||2013|
|Ronald Wiehle, Ph.D.||Vice President, Research and Development||-|
|Michael G Wyllie, Ph.D., DSC.||Director||2011|
Ms. Masterson was elected a director in 2004 and became chair of the board in 2009. Since 1982, she has been the chief executive officer of Science Futures Inc., an investment and advisory firm. Ms. Masterson is currently Managing Member and General Partner of Science Futures LLC, I and II, which are venture capital funds invested in life science funds and companies. She serves on the audit committee, nominating committee and the compensation committee for Repros Therapeutics Inc. Ms. Masterson was the first biotechnology analyst on Wall Street, working with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Merrill Lynch, and is a co-founder of Sequenom, Inc., a genetic analysis company located in San Diego and Hamburg, Germany. Ms. Masterson is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Bio Institute, a 501(c) 3 part of BayBio, which promotes science education, workforce development and best practices as well as entrepreneurs in the bioeconomy. Ms. Masterson began her business career at Ames Company, a division of Bayer, and spent eight years at Millipore Corporation in sales and sales management. Ms. Masterson has 33 years of experience in the life science industry. She received her Masters in Biological Sciences from George Washington University, and continued Ph.D. work at the University of Florida.
Ms. Anderson originally joined us in 2002 as an independent contractor controller and, effective October, 2009, assumed the additional position of Chief Accounting Officer. She has been Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. Ms. Anderson is a certified public accountant with 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. Ms. Anderson earned a B.S. degree in accounting from The University of Houston.
Mr. Cain was elected a director in 2004 and was chair of the board of directors from 2005 to 2008. Since October 1994, Mr. Cain has provided consulting services for small businesses. Since May 2000, he has also served as acting chief executive officer of Wireless Medical, Inc., a Colorado-based medical device company. From 1969 to 1994, Mr. Cain held various positions with Miles Laboratories, Inc., Hexcel Corporation, Scripps-Miles, Inc., Synbiotics Corporation and Heska Corporation. Mr. Cain has 38 years of broad business experience including 28 years with medical companies. Sixteen of these years were with three different biotech startup companies, one of which he co-founded. Mr. Cain has held a wide variety of executive level management positions including chief executive officer, president and chief financial officer. Mr. Cain earned a B.S. degree from LeTourneau College and a M.B.A. degree from Indiana University.
Mr. Podolski has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a director since 1992. He joined us in 1989 as Vice President of Operations. Previously, Mr. Podolski spent twelve years in various engineering, product development and manufacturing positions at G.D. Searle, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company. Before joining Monsanto, Mr. Podolski held positions in manufacturing, engineering, quality control and development of fine chemicals, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and hospital products with Abbott Laboratories, Dearborn Chemical Company and Baxter Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Podolski holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and a M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ms. Ramasastry was elected a director in March 2013 by the other members of the Board following their decision to bring in additional members with appropriate experience. Ms. Ramasastry is the Founder and Managing Partner of Life Sciences Advisory, LLC, a firm that provides strategic business advice for the biopharmaceutical industry. Previously, Ms. Ramasastry was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co., where she was responsible for originating M&A, strategic and capital markets transactions in the biotechnology industry. Prior to Merrill Lynch, she worked in the M&A group at Wasserstein Perella & Co. Ms. Ramasastry currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Board of the American Liver Foundation, the Board of Directors of Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ: SGMO) and the Board of Directors of Pain Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTIE). Ms. Ramasastry received her B.A. in Economics with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University, and advanced degrees in Management Science & Engineering and Management Studies from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge where she serves on the Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Council.
Mr. Suesserman was elected a director in December 2013 by the other members of the Board. Mr. Suesserman is currently the Managing Director of Cello Health, PLC and brings over two decades of experience in launching, building and developing pharmaceutical marketing platforms, including those for megabrands Lipitor and Viagra. His breadth of experience in commercializing pharmaceuticals also spans the entire product lifecycle, including portfolio prioritization, product development, US and Global product management, life-cycle extension as well as reimbursement and market access. Additionally, Mr. Suesserman also has extensive experience in a number of therapeutic areas, particularly urology and was responsible for the commercial development of Pfizer’s Sexual Health franchise strategy, re-positioning and re-launching Viagra in the face of the global introductions of Cialis and Levitra, and creating access and formulary placement for Detrol LA in the US. Mr. Suesserman spent 18 years of his career at Pfizer, Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility, including US Team Leader for Lipitor, Global Team Leader for Lipitor and VP of Managed Markets Group in the US. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Clark University and his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Dr. Thompson joined us in 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory after serving as a member of the board of directors of the Company since 2009. Ms. Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in the clinical research industry and prior to joining us served as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs with Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to joining Opexa, she was the Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Emerging Biotechnologies at inVentiv Clinical Solutions, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of inVentiv Heatlh (NASDAQ: VTIV), a full-serve contract research organization. Prior to its acquisition by inVentiv in 2006, Dr. Thompson was President and Founder of SYNERGOS, Inc., a leading contract research organization based in The Woodlands, Texas. Under her leadership, SYNERGOS (founded in 1991) grew and gained a reputation as one of the foremost clinical research organizations in the region. She started her career as a Biostatistician and Project Leader for Applied Logic Associates. Dr. Thompson holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University and an MS and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She serves on the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization Executive Board, the MD Anderson Technology Review Committee and the BioHouston Associate Advisory Board.
Dr. Wernicke joined us in 2013 as the Chief Medical Officer and has over 30 years of experience in clinical development and regulatory matters. From 2004 until his in retirement in 2012, Dr. Wernicke was part of the Global Patient Safety group at Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”) where he was at various times responsible for Cymbalta, Strattera, Zyprexa, Symbyax, and Effient. He was also involved in the development and approval of Strattera and Cymbalta between 1999 to 2004 and clinical development and regulatory matters related to Prozac and other central nervous system drugs between 1984 and 1990. During his career, he has also served as the VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Cyberonics, Inc. and as a consultant for various pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Dr. Wernicke received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from U.C.L.A. in 1974, and an M.D. from U.C. Irvine in 1979, followed by a child neurology fellowship.
Dr. Wiehle originally joined us in 1996 and now serves as the Vice President, Research and Development. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Biochemist at the IIT Research Institute in Chicago on animal models of human cancer. He has over 30 years of experience in biomedical sciences which includes projects involving male and female reproductive biology, cancer biology, virology, and cell biology. Previously, Dr. Wiehle served as the lead scientist for all of the company's hormonally-based programs and was instrumental in the licensing of a series of SPRMs from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Wiehle received a B.S., in Chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wiehle earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The University of Louisville School of Medicine/Health Science focusing on hormone receptors in human breast cancer. He earned a post doctoral award under a Sonderesforshungsgemeinshaft (SFG) at the Institut fuer Molekularbiologie und Tumorforshung (IMT) of the Phillips University in Marburg, Germany to study the use of recombinant retrovial vectors to transform mammalian cells. He has held faculty positions at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center/University of Louisville and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He has been awarded research grants by the NIH and local and national clinical/scientific organizations. He has authored more than 25 publications and has delivered invited lectures.
Dr. Michael Wyllie was elected a director in October 2011 by the other members of the Board following their decision to bring in additional members with appropriate experience. Dr. Wyllie has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a director and founder of Global Pharma Consulting and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. While Director of Biology at Pfizer, he was involved in the discovery, development, regulatory filing and marketing of eight major pharmaceutical products including doxazosin (Cardura), darifenacin (Enablex) and sildenafil (Viagra). Subsequently, Dr. Wyllie has been involved in founding several start-up companies and the successful listing of four of these on the London Stock Market. He is founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Plethora Solutions, Plc, which has a product, PSD502, undergoing regulatory review in the EU for premature ejaculation. He is Chairman of Glycomar Ltd, the Oban-based marine biotechnology company and a member of the Clinical Trials Committee for the International Consultation in Sexual Medicine.