Cyrus Arman, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Arman was named President in July 2022 and has previously held positions with a number of biotechnology companies, most recently serving as Chief Business Officer of Nimble Therapeutics, Inc., a company focused on engineering peptides. Prior to Nimble he was Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy of NEUVOGEN, Inc., an immuno-oncology company developing therapeutic whole cell cancer vaccines, from 2019 until 2021. Beginning in 2017, he served as co-founder and managing partner of BioVega Capital, LLC, a life sciences hedge fund. From 2014-2019 he served in a variety of strategy roles at Amgen, a leading independent biotechnology company, including as Director of Corporate Strategy and Global Director and Head of Competitive Intelligence and Strategy. Prior to Amgen he was a Principal at Deallus Consulting, a global lifesciences competitive strategy consulting firm. He received an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Scott A. Kelly, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Business Development and Director
Dr. Kelly served as Chairman of the Board from December 2018 until January 2022, 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. Before leaving clinical medicine to focus on Livimmune, 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 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 the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his medical residency at Emory University.
Nitya G. Ray, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Ray rejoined CytoDyn in December 2018 as Chief Technology Officer and previously served as the Company's Senior Vice President of Manufacturing from November 2015 to June 2017. Prior to CytoDyn, 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.
Bernie Cunningham, Ph.D., MRPharmS, PMP
Vice President of Operations
Dr. Cunningham, a certified Project Management Professional with extensive experience in development of investigational medicinal products (IMP) including solid oral dosage forms, cell therapies, radiopharmaceuticals and monoclonal antibodies, joined CytoDyn as Executive Director of Supply Chain and Project Management in June 2020 and was promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain and Project Management in 2021. Prior to joining the Company, she held positions of increasing responsibilities at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Mesoblast and Actinium Pharmaceuticals. She possesses extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical product development and has expertise in establishing systems and processes in growing companies. Dr. Cunningham received her B.Sc. degree in Pharmacy and Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry from Aston University and is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Senior Director of Clinical Operations
Mr. Meidling joined CytoDyn in March of 2021 as Senior Director of Portfolio and Project Management and in May of 2022 was appointed Senior Director of Clinical Operations. Prior to joining CytoDyn, Mr. Meidling spent nearly 22 years at Merck where he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in Drug Development. He was a director in Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine and led the Pharmacogenomics and Biorepository group before moving on to become the site lead for Merck’s Kenilworth facility and was responsible for Merck’s Early-Stage Development portfolio and resource planning. Mr. Meidling has a BS in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from Montclair State University.
Christopher Recknor, M.D.
Senior Director of Research and Development
Dr. Recknor joined CytoDyn in August 2020 as Vice President, Clinical Development and subsequently served as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Clinical Development from March to October 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).