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Board of Directors
Robert E. Baldini
Robert Baldini has over 50 years of experience as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1981 he joined Key Pharmaceuticals as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and was subsequently promoted to General Manager and eventually President. In 1995 he joined Kos Pharmaceuticals where he served as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief of Marketing and Sales until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 2006. From 2007 to the present, Mr. Baldini has served as Director/Consultant to Arisaph Pharmaceuticals, AccuBreak Pharmaceuticals, Derm Worxs and Espirit Pharmaceutical.
The Company believes Mr. Baldini is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive experience as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry and his prior service on pharmaceutical company boards of directors.
Gregory S. Bentley
Gregory Bentley served as our Company’s Senior Vice President, Law from June 2010 until his resignation, which became effective August 1, 2011. He also served as our Company Secretary from August 2010 through June 2011. Between 2006 and early 2009, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. From 1999 to 2006, he served as general counsel to aaiPharma Inc., a drug development services and pharmaceuticals company.
The Company believes Mr. Bentley is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions and with our Company, and his knowledge of legal and healthcare regulatory issues.
Mark A. Dow
Mark Dow is a CPA who retired from a 36-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in June 2008 where he served as a Partner and was the leader of its middle market tax practice. Mr. Dow has a B.B.A in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University. He currently serves on two Boards of Directors of non-public companies, Propper International, Inc. and Cepia, LLC, both with annual revenues of several hundred million dollars and growing. Mr. Dow also serves as the President of Dow Accounting Services, Ltd.
The Company believes Mr. Dow is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive knowledge and experience with tax and accounting issues, merger and acquisition structuring and tax due diligence.
David S. Hermelin
David Hermelin was our Company’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Operations Analysis from 2002 to December 2008; Vice President of Corporate Planning and Administration of our Company from 1995 to 2002; Manager of Strategic Planning and Administration of our Company from 1993 to 1995; and Manager of Business Development of our Company from 1990 to 1993.
The Company believes Mr. D. Hermelin is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and with our Company.
Joseph D. Lehrer
Joseph Lehrer, Lead Director, currently serves as Chairman of the Corporate Department for Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., a business law firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and a partner of its previous partnership since 1980. From 2001 through the present, he also served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law.
The Company believes Mr. Lehrer is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive experience advising clients with respect to merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, and in regard to venture capital and private financing transactions, including in the pharmaceutical industry and his prior service on boards of directors.
David Sidransky, M.D
Dr. Sidransky currently serves as the Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Research Division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has held this position since 1992. He also serves as a Professor of Oncology, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Urology, and Pathology at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital for more than the past five years. Dr. Sidransky is serving and has served on scientific advisory boards of MedImmune, Roche, Amge and Veridex, LLC (a Johnson & Johnson diagnostic company), among others. Dr. Sidransky founded, and is the Chairman of the Board of Champions Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Sidransky also serves as Chairman of the Board of Tamir Biotechnology, Inc. and serves as a Director on the Board of Rosetta Genomics. Dr. Sidransky served as Director (2005-2008) of the American Association for Cancer Research from 2005-2008 and as Director, Vice Chairman of Imclone Systems from 2005-2008.
The Company believes Dr. Sidransky is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on his extensive experience in clinical and medical oncology, his stature as a leading researcher in the field, and his experience with biotechnology companies.
Ana I. Stancic
Ms. Stancic has over twenty years of extensive and diversified finance, accounting and operational experience in the healthcare industry. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Enzon Pharmaceuticals. Between 2010 and 2011, Ms Stancic served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of M2Gen, a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the Moffitt Cancer Center. Ms. Stancic was recently named to the Board of Directors of Genta, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of cancer. From 2008 to 2009, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Aureon Bioscience, a life science company dedicated to enabling the advancement of predictive and personalized cancer treatment options. From 2007 to 2008, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., an international publicly traded biopharmaceutical company with marketed products in the biosurgical and passive immunotherapy fields, which was acquired by Johnson and Johnson. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Stancic was at ImClone Systems, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, where she served in various financial roles, including Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining ImClone, she was Vice President and Controller at Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Stancic began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Assurance practice where she had responsibility for international and national companies in the pharmaceutical and services industries. Ms. Stancic is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Champions Biotechnology.
The Company believes Ms. Stancic is well qualified to serve as a member of the Company’s Board based on her extensive experience in the medical industry, her knowledge of tax and accounting issues and her prior service on boards of directors.
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