Raymond J. Tesi, MD has been Chairman and Director since the formation of the Company in September 2015. Since, December 2016, Dr. Tesi has been a Director of Savant HWP, an addiction medicine company. From November 2011 until May 2015, Dr. Tesi was CEO, President and Acting Chief Medical Officer of FPRT Bio Inc., a development stage biotech formed to develop XPro1595 for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease and other inflammatory diseases. From November 2010 to October 2011, Dr. Tesi was Chief Medical Officer of Adienne SRL, an emerging biotech in Bergamo, Italy focused on products to treat patients with hematologic malignancy. From June 2007 to September 2010, Dr. Tesi was founder, CEO and President of Coronado Biosciences. Dr. Tesi received his MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Tesi has been a licensed physician since 1982 and Fellow of the American College of Surgery since 1991. Dr. Tesi’s significant experience with our licensed technology and his experience as a transplant surgeon, entrepreneur, investor and director of start-up biopharmaceutical companies were instrumental in his selection as a member of the board of directors.
Mark Lowdell, PhD. has been a Director of the Company since its formation in September 2015 and has been our Chief Scientific Officer since October 2015. Prof. Lowdell is Professor of Cell and Tissue Therapy at University College London where he has led a translational immunotherapy group since 1994. Since February 2009, Prof. Lowdell has also been Director of Cellular Therapy at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He received his PhD in clinical immunology from London Hospital Medical College, University of London in 1992 and is a qualified immunopathologist. Prof. Lowdell’s education and significant academic and clinical experience with cellular therapies were instrumental in his selection as Chair of the SAB.
David J. Moss, has been a Director of the Company since its formation in September 2015. Mr. Moss has founded, funded and taken public various companies in a variety of industries since 1995, most recently Tonix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TNXP). Mr. Moss was a founding investor in Reliant Service Group LLC which recently sold in 2015 to leading private equity firm. Mr. Moss previously served as Managing Director, Corporate Finance for a New York based securities firm where he advised companies on corporate strategy, financings and business development. He also served as Managing Partner at a Seattle based venture capital firm. Mr. Moss holds an MBA from Rice University and a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Moss was selected as a Director due to his extensive entrepreneurial background and his substantial financial and accounting experience.
Mr. Ganjei joined Cognate in 2011 as the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ganjei has over 20 years of experience within the life science, venture capital and IT sectors and has lead companies through various stages of development, ranging from the virtual start-up, to the mid-cap restart, through the exponential growth phase, and into a public exit. Prior to joining Cognate, Mr. Ganjei was Principal at an SBA venture capital firm where he was brought on to support deal flow into and out of the fund, with a specific focus on regenerative medicine, immunotherapy and cell therapy investment opportunities. While in this role, he helped the venture capital firm exit the SBA program and was the key driver of several other strategic deals for various portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Ganjei was the CEO and Co-founder of Remegenix, Inc. which transitioned to public exit with a $5 million funding commitment from Kodiak Capital. Prior to Remegenix, Inc., as the VP of Business Development at TissueGene, Inc., Mr. Ganjei helped close several tranches of TissueGene’s Series A and B funding and was responsible for developing the global informatics infrastructure for the company and its affiliates. Prior to TissueGene, Inc., he served as a Product Marketing Manager for LabVantage where he was the key technical sales and marketing lead for LabVantage’s life science software product offering globally and was responsible for the design of all life science product initiatives. Mr. Ganjei has published numerous scientific, peer-reviewed papers in a number of journals and has been an invited guest speaker and presenter at various business forums.
Mr. Ganjei received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1995 and began his career at NIH in May of the same year.
Timothy Schroeder, CEO and Founder of CTI, has over 35 years of clinical, academic, and industry experience in global drug and device development programs. CTI, founded in 1999, is a multi-national research firm with associates in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The firm has supported more than 100 drug and device approvals, and currently works on behalf of approximately 120 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Prior to founding CTI, Tim held numerous faculty positions with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was also the founding Executive Vice President of Clinical Development at SangStat Medical Corporation, which went public in 1995. Tim is currently a board member for over a dozen corporate and non-profit organizations, including Xavier University, which he attended. Tim was named as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and was recognized as Top Leader by the Enquirer Media in 2016.
Dr. Baracchini joined Xencor as its Chief Business Officer in January 2010. Dr. Baracchini has over 20 years experience in structuring and negotiating research and development partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and in-licensing agreements. To date, he has negotiated more than 80 business transactions with multinational and Asian pharmaceutical firms, biotechnology companies, and prominent universities, leading to transactions valued in excess of $5.3 billion. Additionally, Dr. Baracchini has been a key member of executive teams that have risen over $600 million in private and public financing, and have successfully completed two IPOs.
Most recently, Dr. Baracchini served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Metabasis Therapeutics form 2002 and until its merger with Ligand Pharmaceuticals in 2009. Prior to joining Metabasis, Dr. Baracchini held the position of Vice President of Business Development at Elitra Pharmaceuticals from 1999 to 2002. He served as the Director of Business Development at Agouron Pharmaceuticals from 1996 through it’s acquisition by Warner-Lambert in 1999. Dr. Baracchini was the Assistant Director of Business Development at Isis Pharmaceuticals from 1992 to 1996. From 1988 to 1992 Dr. Baracchini performed postdoctoral research at UCSD and The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Baracchini holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame.