Lan Huang, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Chairman & CEO
Lan Huang, Ph.D. is our Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has been a member of the board of directors since November 2014. Dr. Huang brings over ten years of entrepreneurial experience in the Chinese and United States biotechnology industries. In 2010, Dr. Huang founded Wanchun Biotech, the former holding company of our U.S. subsidiary. In 2007, Dr. Huang co-founded Wuxi MTLH Biotechnology Co. Ltd, where she served as CEO in 2010 and continues to hold a directorship. The rights related to the development and marketing of the peptide drug in China, which drug Dr. Huang designed while at Wuxi MTLH Biotechnology Co. Ltd, were sold to Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group in 2010. Additionally, in 2008, Dr. Huang co-founded Paramax International Inc., a CRO that conducts clinical trials for global biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Paramax International Inc. was acquired by ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in 2009. Dr. Huang was trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1998 to 2002, where her research in cancer signaling pathways involving P53 degradation was published in Science. Her translational research in cancer signaling pathways involving Ras was published in two Nature papers. She has invented and holds patents for a number of biotech products for oncology and dermatology indications and in 2009, she was the recipient of China’s “Thousand Talent Innovator Award.” Dr. Huang received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Lawrence University, where she served as a trustee from 2012 to 2015. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, where she won the international-level Women’s Opportunity Award given by Soroptimist International. She also studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Ramon Mohanlal, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ramon Mohanlal, M.D., Ph.D. has served as our Chief Medical Officer since October 2015. Most recently, from July 2015 to October 2015, Dr. Mohanlal served as a consultant for AstraZeneca on its immuno-oncology programs to help support and manage several Phase 1/2 and 2/3 studies. Prior to that, from January 2012 to July 2015, Dr. Mohanlal served as the Clinical Head of Established Products Oncology for Novartis AG, a global healthcare company. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Mohanlal was a consultant for Syntium Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for partnering, deal-making and creating business plans around drug development assets. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Mohanlal served as CEO and Chief Medical Officer for BioPremiere, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing biologics for serious diseases, where he was responsible for fundraising and partnering activities. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Mohanlal managed drug development and diagnostic development as Chief Medical Officer of Interleukin Genetics, Inc., a personalized health company that develops genetic tests for use in the personalized health market. Dr. Mohanlal received his M.B.A. from the American Intercontinental University in Illinois and earned both his M.D. and Ph.D. in experimental CV pharmacology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
Richard A. Brand, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Richard A. Brand, MBA has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2016. Mr. Brand is currently a Director of Globaloria, a start-up company engaging students in computer sciences, where he also served as acting Chief Financial Officer during 2015. Mr. Brand previously served as the acting Chief Financial Officer of KenCast, Inc., a company providing software and hardware for secure file transmissions, from 2015 to 2016. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Brand founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Point Capital, Inc., an affiliate of Whalehaven Group, an investment management business. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Brand served as the regional Vice President of Andrews Securities, LLC, a company providing capital raising activities. Mr. Brand received a B.A. from the University of Iowa where he was Vice President of the Council of Academic Colleges. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is on the Board of the University of Chicago’s New York Alumni Association.
G. Kenneth Lloyd, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
G. Kenneth Lloyd, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since June 1, 2015. Dr. Lloyd also served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Wanchun Biotech, the former holding company of our U.S. subsidiary, from 2013 to 2014. From 2012 to 2015 Dr. Lloyd served as a scientific consultant for Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a company focused on clinically enabling and out-licensing oncology assets. From 2000 to 2012, Dr. Lloyd served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Nereus, where he oversaw the company’s research and development and drug discovery programs including the company’s development of Plinabulin. In addition to serving as a director of GKOL Inc., a consulting firm he co-founded, Dr. Lloyd also holds a directorship at Verne Mendel Medical Corporation, a company focused on developing pharmaceutical product candidates to treat mitochondrial degenerative diseases. He is widely published in journals that include Science, Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Lloyd received his undergraduate education and M.S. in biochemistry at McGill University and earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Toronto. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, a global healthcare company in Basel, Switzerland.
Gordon L. Schooley, Ph.D.
Chief Regulatory Officer
Gordon L. Schooley, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Regulatory Officer since September 2016. Dr. Schooley also served as our Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs from 2013 to September 2016. Dr. Schooley served as President of Advanced Analytics and Informatics LLC from June 2008 to June 2016. From 2008 to 2009 Dr. Schooley served as a director of Progen Pharmaceuticals and from 2005 to 2009 he served as Regulatory and Biostatistical Consultant. Dr. Schooley served as Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at both SkyePharma PLC and Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from January 1999 to June 2008. Dr. Schooley received his undergraduate training and M.S. at Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. in biostatistics and medical care organization and administration at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
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