Board of Directors
Anthony D. Caracciolo
Mr. Caracciolo was appointed to the additional role of Executive Chairman in January 2017, while retaining his position as Chairman, which he has held since June 2013. Mr. Caracciolo has served as a Director since December 2011. Mr. Caracciolo was formerly employed at Gilead Sciences, Inc. ("Gilead"), a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need, from 1997 until retiring in October of 2010. During his tenure, Mr. Caracciolo served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations and was a senior member of Gilead's executive committee, which was responsible for the strategic and operational direction of Gilead. During Mr. Caracciolo's tenure at Gilead, Gilead grew from 300 employees to approximately 4,000 worldwide, with commercial activities in 38 countries. In addition, Gilead's sales rose from $200 million to over $7 billion. While at Gilead, Mr. Caracciolo had responsibilities of directing operational and strategic imperatives for two manufacturing sites, development of a portfolio of contract manufacturing organizations, producing over fifty percent of Gilead's commercial products, informational technology, compliance assurance associated with aseptic processing, product development, optimization, technology transfers, and supervision of over 600 employees at six global locations. Mr.Caracciolo received a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science from St. Johns University in 1978.
Nader Z. Pourhassan, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Dr. Pourhassan was appointed a Director in September 2012 and as President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. He Previously served as the Company's Managing Director of Business Development in June 2011. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer from May 2008 to June 2011. Born in Tehran, Iran in 1963, Dr. Pourhassan immigrated to the United States in 1977 and became a U.S. citizen in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1985, his Masters of Science from Brigham Young University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1998. Prior to joining the Company from 2006 to 2008, Dr. Pourhassan was an instructor of Mechanical Engineering at The Center for Advanced Learning in Oregon, and from 2005 to 2006 was an instructor at Mount Hood Community College. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Pourhassan has also managed a family-owned export/import and manufacturing business.
Denis R. Burger, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman and Chief Science Officer
Dr. Burger was appointed a Director in February 2014, named Vice Chairman in August 2014 and Chief Science Officer in January 2016. He is a life sciences executive with over 30 years of extensive scientific, operational and financial experience in the biotech industry. As CEO or chairman of several biotechnology companies, Dr. Burger has led numerous corporate financing transactions and public securities offerings and has experience leading R&D, GMP manufacturing and clinical development functional areas. Dr. Burger is currently a Director of Aptose Biosciences Inc., a cancer therapeutics, NASDAQ-listed company. Dr. Burger co-founded Trinity Biotech, a NASDAQ-listed diagnostic company, in June 1992, served as its Chairman from June 1992 to May 1995, and is currently lead independent director. Until March 2007, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AVI Biopharma Inc. (now Sarepta Therapeutics), a NASDAQ listed RNA therapeutics company. He was also a co-founder of Epitope Inc. (now Orasure Technologies, NASDAQ listed), serving as its Chairman from 1981 to 1990. Dr. Burger previously held a professorship in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery (Surgical Oncology) at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. Dr. Burger received his undergraduate degree in Bacteriology and Immunology from the University of California in Berkeley and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Arizona.
Carl C. Dockery
Mr. Dockery has been a Director since September 2014. He is a financial executive with years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry and more recently in 2006 as the founder and president of a registered investment advisory firm, Alpha Advisors, LLC. Mr. Dockery is an active investor in various healthcare and early-stage companies through Alpha Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Alpha Advisors. Mr. Dockery’s 20-year career as an insurance executive began in 1988 as an officer and director of two related and closely held insurance companies, including serving as secretary of Crossroads Insurance Co. Ltd. of Bermuda and as vice president of Gulf Insurance Co. Ltd. of Grand Cayman. Familiar with the London reinsurance market, in the 1990s, Mr. Dockery worked at Lloyd’s and the London Underwriting Centre brokering various types of reinsurance placements. In April 2016, Mr. Dockery became a director of Aytu BioScience, Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization of novel products in the field of urology. Mr. Dockery graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.
Gregory A. Gould, CPA
Mr. Gould has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry for over 20 years. He currently is the Chief Financial officer at Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQX:AYTU). Prior to joining Aytu BioScience on a full-time basis, he split his time between Aytu and Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from April 2015 until June 2017. Prior to joining Ampio Pharmaceuticals in June 2014, he provided financial and operational consulting services to the biotech industry through his consulting company, Gould, LLC. Mr. Gould was Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of SeraCare Life Sciences from November 2006 until the company was sold to Linden Capital Partners in April 2012. During the period from July 2011 until April 2012, Mr. Gould also served as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of SeraCare. Mr. Gould has held several other executive positions at publicly traded life sciences companies including the Chief Financial Officer role at Atrix Laboratories, Inc., an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on advanced drug delivery. During Mr. Gould’s tenure at Atrix, he was instrumental in the negotiation and sale of the company to QLT, Inc. for over $855 million. He also played a critical role in the management of several licensing agreements including the global licensing agreement with Sanofi-Synthelabo of the Eligard® product line. Mr. Gould was the Chief Financial Officer at Colorado MedTech, Inc., a publicly traded medical device design and manufacturing company, where he negotiated the transaction to sell the company to KRG Capital Partners. Mr. Gould began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP. He currently serves on the board of directors of CytoDyn Inc., a publicly traded drug development company pursuing anti-viral agents for the treatment of HIV. Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Scott A. Kelly, M.D.
Dr. Kelly was appointed a Director on April 10, 2017. He is a practicing physician and writer. Dr. Kelly is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has served at Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics since 2002, including as Director of the Safety Council since 2013 and as Medical Director of the Resurgens Orthopaedics’ Spine Center since 2007. He is a fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also is a member of the Spine Intervention Society, Georgia Society of Interventional Spine Physicians, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has received numerous honors including being named as America’s Best Physicians in 2016 and 2017 by The National Consumer Advisory Board, “Top Doctor” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Castle Connolly, and “Top Doctor” by Atlanta Magazine in 2016. He is the author of What I’ve Learned from You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients. He received his BA in Psychology from Emory University, his medical doctorate from Medical College of Georgia and completed his medical residency at Emory University.
A. Bruce Montgomery, M.D.
Dr. Montgomery was appointed as a Director of the Company on September 27, 2013. Dr. Montgomery is a prominent biotech entrepreneur with an extensive background in product development and clinical studies. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Genoa Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology firm focused on treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. From 2010 to 2016, he was the CEO of Cardeas Pharma, with a focus on multidrug resistant bacteria causing pneumonia in patients on ventilation. Before joining Cardeas Pharma Corporation in 2010, Dr. Montgomery founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Corus Pharma, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company, from 2001 until 2006. In 2006, Gilead acquired Corus Pharma, Inc., and Dr. Montgomery continued at Gilead, serving as Senior Vice President, Respiratory Therapeutics, from 2006 until 2010. He previously held positions in clinical development with PathoGenesis Corporation and Genentech. Dr. Montgomery is a board member of Alder Biotherapeutics, Xencor, Vicis, and M3Bio. He has previously served on the boards of ZymoGenetics, Inc., Pacific Science Center, the Washington State Biotechnology BioMedical Association and was a Trustee for the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund for 10 years. Dr. Montgomery received a B.S. degree in chemistry and his M.D. from the University of Washington, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington and fellowships at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Montgomery brings extensive pharmaceutical research, development, and patent experience to the Board, as well as his skills in fundraising and as a serial entrepreneur.
Jordan G. Naydenov
Mr. Naydenov has been a Director of the Company since June 2009. Mr. Naydenov immigrated to the U.S. in 1982 from Bulgaria where he was a competitive gymnast. Mr. Naydenov purchased a gymnasium, Naydenov Gymnastics, which he developed into a successful business, and sold in 2005. Since 2001, he has served as the Vice President and a Director of Milara, Inc., since 2006, he has served as the Treasurer of Milara, Inc., and since 2006, he has served as a Director of Milara International. Milara Inc. and Milara International are leading providers of stencil and screen printing systems for the surface mount and semiconductor industries.