Dietrich A. Stephan, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Stephan is an industry veteran having had a career in academia and in industry. Stephan served as Deputy Director for Discovery Research and chair of the neurogenomics division at TGen, and served as professor and chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC. He has had academic affiliations with Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and Children's National Medical Center. Stephan has identified the molecular basis of dozens of rare and common diseases. Stephan has founded or co-founded 14 biotechnology companies to chaperone novel innovations to market with a focus on molecular diagnostics and first-in-class therapeutics. Stephan co-founded Navigenics, Inc. (a pioneer in direct-to consumer genomic testing), was founding Chairman of the Board of Pendulum, Inc. (microbiome modulating therapies), was an early advisor to Guardant Health, Inc. (liquid biopsy), is founding Chairman of the Board Peptilogics, Inc. (deep machine learning to develop peptide therapies), was part of the team that developed Genia Technology, Inc.'s single molecule electrical detection DNA sequencing platform acquired by Roche, and others. Stephan received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and did his fellowship at NHGRI/NIH.
Eric J. Ende, M.D.
Dr. Ende currently is the President of Ende BioMedical Consulting Group. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Matinas BioPharma, where he is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Audit and the Nomination & Governance Committees, and of Avadel plc, where he is the Chairman of the Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Dr. Ende previously served on the Board of Directors of Progenics (acquired by Lantheus Holdings) and Genzyme (acquired by Sanofi-Aventis for $20 billion). During his time on Genzyme's Board of Directors, Dr. Ende was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees. Prior to Genzyme, Dr. Ende was a biotechnology analyst, previously serving at Merrill Lynch, BofA Securities, and Lehman Brothers. Dr. Ende received an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business, an M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a B.S. in biology and psychology from Emory University.
Dov Goldstein, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Goldstein has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Dr. Goldstein is currently a private investor. Dr. Goldstein previously was the Chief Financial Officer at Schrödinger, LLC from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018. Dr. Goldstein served as a Managing Partner at Aisling Capital, a private investment firm, from 2014 to October 2017, Partner from 2008 to 2014 and a principal at Aisling Capital from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Goldstein served as the Chief Financial Officer of Loxo Oncology, Inc. between July 2014 and January 2015, and was its acting Chief Financial Officer from January 2015 to May 2015. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Goldstein served as Chief Financial Officer of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Pfizer, Inc. in September 2005. Prior to joining Vicuron, Dr. Goldstein was Director of Venture Analysis at HealthCare Ventures. Dr. Goldstein also completed an internship in the Department of Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Goldstein serves as a director at ADMA Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADMA). He also previously served as a director of Loxo Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOXO), Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESPR), and Cempra, Inc. (which was acquired by Melinta Therapeutics, Inc.). Dr. Goldstein received a B.S. from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.
Gerald J. McDougall
Mr. McDougall’s passion is to link scientific breakthroughs to clinical application for the benefit of patients and society. For more than 25 years, he has been the driving force behind large-scale strategic alliances, joint ventures, and industry partnerships across the healthcare industry to advance innovations in precision medicine and cancer. He has spent almost his entire career as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he built and led the firm's Global Health Science consulting practice before retiring. He has worked across the entire ecosystem of the healthcare industry and advised an array of Fortune 500 companies, including leading global pharmaceutical companies. Mr. McDougall has been instrumental around the globe in building public-private partnerships to address human health imperatives. These include the creation and maturation of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Arizona's renowned bio-cluster; the design and launch of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC); the strategic plan for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Country of Luxemburg's biotechnology commercialization ecosystem.
Franklyn Prendergast, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Prendergast has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Dr. Prendergast retired from the Mayo Clinic in 2014 and is currently the Emeritus Edmond and Marion Guggenheim Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Mayo Medical School. At the Mayo Clinic, he served in several capacities, most significantly, as the Director for Research 1989 – 1992, inclusive, Member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Executive Committee 1991 – 2007, and Member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees from 1991-2009, inclusive. From 1994 to 2006, he served as a director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. He also previously held several other teaching positions at the Mayo Medical School from 1975 through 2014. Dr. Prendergast has served for the National Institute of Health on numerous study section review groups; as a charter member of the Board of Advisors for the Division of Research Grants, now the Center for Scientific Review; the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council; and the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. He held a Presidential Commission for service on the National Cancer Advisory Board. Dr. Prendergast also has served in numerous other advisory roles for the National Institute of Health and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the board of directors of Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGIX) and a member of the board’s audit, compensation and nominating committees. He is also a member of the board of directors of Medibio Limited (ASX:MEB) (OTCQB:MDBIF) and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), and he previously served on the board of directors of Eli Lilly & Co. from 1995 to 2017 and was a member of the board’s science and technology committee and public policy and compliance committee. Dr. Prendergast obtained his medical degree with honors from the University of West Indies and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning an M.A. degree in physiology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.
Eric Richman, M.B.A.
Mr. Richman has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Mr. Richman is CEO of Gain Therapeutics, and was previously a Venture Partner at Brace Pharma Capital, a life science venture capital firm, from January 2016 to September 2018 and is involved with several private and public biotechnology companies. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Tyrogenex Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Richman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of PharmAthene, Inc. (“PharmAthene”), subsequently acquired by Altimmune, Inc., between October 2010 and March 2015. He also served on PharmAthene’s board of directors, when the company was listed on the NYSE, from 2010 to 2017. Prior to joining PharmAthene, Mr. Richman held various commercial and strategic positions of increasing responsibility over a 12-year period at MedImmune, Inc. from its inception and was Director, International Commercialization at that company. Mr. Richman served as a director of Lev Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Viropharma) and as Chairman of its Commercialization Committee and served as a director of American Bank Incorporated (acquired by Congressional Bancshares). Mr. Richman currently serves as a director of Adma Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADMA) (as well as a member of such board’s audit, compensation and governance and nominating committees), Zyversa Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NovelStem International Corp. (OTCMKTS: NSTM), co-founder and director of InFuse Holdings and LabConnect, Inc. where he serves as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Richman received a B.S. in Biomedical Science from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (CUNY Medical School) and a M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management.