Nader Z. Pourhassan, Ph.D.
Director, President and CEO
Dr. Pourhassan 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. Dr. Pourhassan has authored three books.
His 20 years of business development experience set the stage for him to transform a publicly traded biotech company on the brink of bankruptcy, into a company on the cusp of potentially obtaining FDA approval for its first drug. If granted approval, the drug called leronlimab (PRO 140) could change the treatment paradigms in both HIV and metastatic cancer.
Dr. Pourhassan joined CytoDyn (CYDY) in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and by September, 2012, was appointed President and CEO. He was responsible for identifying significant opportunities for leronlimab, and single handedly raised enough capital for CytoDyn to complete an acquisition of PRO 140 from Progenics Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Pourhassan has overseen the rapid preclinical and clinical developments of leronlimab (PRO 140) as a therapy for HIV, from Phase 2 development into successful completion of Phase 3 trials. This includes the oversight of the development of trial protocols and interaction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Pourhassan also opened the door for exploring leronlimab (PRO 140) for other indications, most notably, he has been involved in the preclinical and clinical developments of leronlimab in indications for triple-negative breast cancer, colon cancer, GvHD, and NASH.
To advance the drug development of leronlimab, Dr. Pourhassan raised capital for CytoDyn of approximately $200 million over the last 5 years.
Scott A. Kelly, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Business Development and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Kelly was named Chairman of the Board in December 2018 and he has served as a director since April 2017. Dr. Kelly was named to the non-executive position of Chief Science Officer of the Company in July 2019. He was appointed Chief Medical Officer and Head of Business Development in April 2020. Prior to leaving clinical medicine to focus on CytoDyn, he 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 2018 by the National Consumer Advisory Board, Leading Physicians of the World in 2018 by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP), America's Most Honored Professionals in 2018 and 2019 by The American Registry, America's Best Physicians in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by The National Consumer Advisory Board, "Top Doctor" in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 by Castle Connolly, and "Top Doctor" by Atlanta Magazine in 2016, 2017 2018, and 2019. 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.
Nitya G. Ray, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer - Head of Process Sciences, Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Dr. Ray rejoined CytoDyn in December 2018 and previously served as the company's Senior Vice President of Manufacturing from November 2015 to June 2017. Most recently, Dr. Ray served as Executive Vice-President, Head of Product Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining CytoDyn in 2015, Dr. Ray was Senior Vice President at Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. During his 14-year tenure at Progenics he was responsible for manufacturing, process & analytical sciences & quality control. He possesses extensive knowledge of leronlimab (PRO 140) development. Dr. Ray successfully manufactured the first 10 batches of leronlimab at Progenics under GMP, which was approved by the FDA for use in all clinical trials.
Dr. Ray’s return to CytoDyn brings 30 years of progressive, hands-on experience in strategic planning and execution of process development and manufacturing of biologics, engineered tissue therapeutics, antibody drug conjugates, and small molecule and radiopharmaceutical drugs. He has demonstrated expertise in diverse technology platforms, product development, pre-clinical, clinical and commercial manufacturing, process and analytical sciences, quality control, global supply chain, quality systems and regulatory affairs. Dr. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University.
Christopher Recknor, M.D.
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Clinical Development
Dr. Recknor joined CytoDyn in August 2020 as Vice President, Clinical Development and was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Head of Clinical Development in March 2021. Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Recknor served as a principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials for numerous global pharmaceutical companies including Amgen, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck, Novartis and Pfizer. He is also the founder of IONmed Systems, a software technology company formed in 2006 with a focus on clinical trial recruitment and management, and a founder of the Center for Advanced Research & Education (CARE), a private research facility formed in 2002. Dr. Recknor was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Clemson University from 2002 to 2004, a medical director at United Osteoporosis Centers from 1998 to 2013 and was in private practice from 1998 to 2015. Dr. Recknor has a deep background in clinical research, with over 40 published research studies and co-authored several research abstracts. Dr. Recknor holds a B.A. from Furman University and received his M.D. from Medical University of South Carolina. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist.
Antonio Migliarese, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Migliarese has had various positions with increasing responsibilities since joining the Company on January 16, 2020. He has a wide array of experience including strategic planning, FP&A, SEC reporting, internal controls, process improvement, IT, preparing companies to go public, treasury, and debt, equity and M&A transactions. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Migliarese was the Controller for Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery, Inc., an Oregon winery, from 2018 to 2020, Corporate Controller for Lightspeed Technologies, Inc., a technology company focusing on audio-visual equipment for schools and similar organizations, from 2015 to 2018, and CFO of Hollister & Blacksmith, Inc., a cannabis industry consulting company, from 2014 to 2016. Hollister & Blacksmith, Inc. is the operating subsidiary of American Cannabis Company, Inc., a publicly listed company quoted on the OTCQB under the symbol “AMMJ”. Mr. Migliarese is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career in the assurance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Arian Colachis, J.D.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Colachis is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and brings over thirty years of public, firm and in-house legal experience to the company. Before joining CytoDyn in March 2020, Ms. Colachis served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD), a then $16.4 billion NASDAQ-listed public holding Company and its operating subsidiary and national bank, Washington Federal Bank, from June 2014 to November 2018, regulatory counsel to a multi-billion dollar family office in the Pacific Northwest between 2008 and 2012, a partner in a boutique securities regulatory compliance and litigation firm, and as an enforcement and regulatory attorney for five different federal and state governmental and quasi-governmental agencies here and abroad, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Attorney General for the State of Arizona, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Ms. Colachis received her undergraduate business degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review, and is licensed to practice law in Washington, California, New York, Arizona and the District of Columbia. Ms. Colachis serves on the board of two non-profit organizations supporting women writers worldwide and funding the design and construction of homes for adults with disabilities.
Michael D. Mulholland
Senior Vice President, Finance
Mr. Mulholland was appointed SVP-Finance in May 2021. He joined the Company in December 2012 and previously served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary until November 2019, at which time he assumed a new role as Executive Advisor to the CEO and Senior Vice President-Finance until April 2020. He was reappointed CFO and Treasurer in April 2020 and served in such capacity until May 2021. Mr. Mulholland brings to CytoDyn over 30 years of senior level financial leadership for public companies in the business services, retail and manufacturing industries. His broad experience includes strategic planning, corporate finance, including raising equity and debt capital, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, SEC reporting, risk management, investor relations and corporate governance matters. In addition to his senior financial management experience, Mr. Mulholland has also managed IP-asset development for the chemical inventions of a leading European scientific inventor for improving human health, working with IP counsel to evaluate and prosecute domestic and foreign patent applications. From 2011-2012, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Nautilus, Inc., a NYSE-listed developer and marketer of fitness equipment. He previously was Co-Chief Financial Officer of Corporate Management Advisors, Inc., a private holding company of various businesses and investments, including a majority interest in a publicly held manufacturing company, from 2010 to 2011; Vice President of Finance of Gevity HR, Inc., a former Nasdaq-listed professional employer organization, from 2008 until its sale in 2009; Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Barrett Business Services, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed business services firm, from 1994 to 2008; and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Sprouse-Reitz Stores Inc., a former Nasdaq-listed retail company, from 1988 until its dissolution in 1994. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Mulholland received a BS in accounting and a MBA in finance from the University of Oregon. He is a certified public accountant (inactive).