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.
Mahboob U. Rahman, M.D., Ph.D., FACR
Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Clinical Development
Dr. Rahman received his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and rheumatology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston. He then joined the Harvard Medical School faculty and obtained an NIH Research Grant. His research interests included molecular mechanisms of joint destruction in inflammatory arthritides, as well as clinical research in various rheumatologic conditions. In early 2002, Dr. Rahman joined Centocor/Johnson & Johnson and was involved in the development of Infliximab, golimumab, ustekinumab and several small molecules as the Rheumatology Clinical Team Leader. In 2010, Dr. Rahman moved to Pfizer as a Vice President and the Therapeutic Area Head for Inflammatory Diseases and was involved in the development of tofacitiniband etanercept. In 2013, he joined Novartis as a Vice President and the Therapeutic Area Head for Immunology and Musculoskeletal Disease, where he was involved in the development of several compounds of which two achieved FDA and EMA approval for marketing, Canakinumab and secukinumab in several indications. In 2018, he joined Glenmark as an Executive VP of Clinical Development and within a month, he became the President and Chief Medical Officer, a position he held until joining Mesoblast in October 2019.
While working in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Rahman maintained his educational and clinical activities. He was an adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 2002 to 2016 and a Clinical Professor at the Rutgers RWJ School of Medicine, Rheumatology Division, from 2016 to 2018. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Michael D. Mulholland
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mulholland was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2020. 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. 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 debt and equity capital, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, SEC reporting, risk management, investor relations and corporate governance matters. In addition to his 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 to 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 to 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).
Senior Vice President, Global Oncology
Brian Brothen brings to CytoDyn over two decades of commercial pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device oncology experience. He has excelled in sales, commercial leadership, business development, strategic planning, and key opinion leader development. Prior to joining CytoDyn, Mr. Brothen was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for QT Ultrasound and Paradigm Dx, where he led the launch of the company’s new NGS cancer diagnostic test to help deliver personalized cancer therapy. Mr. Brothen has held numerous oncology sales and sales leadership positions at Agendia, Pharmion (Celgene), Sanofi, and Schering Plough. Mr. Brothen graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business and Communications.