Board of Directors
Carl W. Rausch
Chief Executive Officer
From 2008 to present, Mr. Rausch has served as an independent consultant for biopharmaceutical industrial clients, university based development facilities and contract research organizations for preclinical and clinical strategic management of investigative biological materials for registration with the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Rausch was a principal with Biotechnology Partners, which provided advisory services to biotechnology clients. Mr. Rausch served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Biopure Corporation ("Biopure") from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Rausch cofounded Biopure in 1984. From 1984 until 2002, Mr. Rausch served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Following Mr. Rausch's resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Biopure, the SEC filed a Complaint against, Biopure, other senior management and Mr. Rausch. However, on September 24, 2005, simultaneously a settlement with final judgment was entered with Mr. Rausch only. Without admitting or denying the allegations of the Complaint, Mr. Rausch and the SEC settled with an agreement to avoid any future violations of Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rules 12b-20, 13a-11 and 13a-13 thereunder and to pay a civil penalty of $40,000 in installments. Prior to Biopure's founding, Mr. Rausch was Vice President, Preparative and Process, at Millipore Corporation. He holds an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in medical engineering and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University.
Conroy Chi-Heng Cheng
Mr. Cheng, a Director of the Company since December 2013, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Net Plus Company Limited. He serves as an Executive Director of Net Plus Company Limited. He has been an Executive Director of New World Development Co. Ltd. since June 2010. He serves as a Director of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited. He served as an Independent Non-executive Director of Hong Kong Energy Holdings Limited (alternate name JIC Technology Co. Ltd. & China Renewable Energy Investment Limited) from July 2002 to May 2007. Mr. Cheng has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada in 1999.
S. Colin Neill
Audit Committee Chairman and Director
Mr. Neill, a Director of the Company since December 2013, became President of Pharmos Corporation in January 2008, and has served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of Pharmos since October 2006. He held these positions through November 2012. From September 2003 to October 2006, Mr. Neill served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Axonyx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that developed products and technologies to treat Alzheimer's disease and other central nervous system disorders, where he played an integral role in the merger between Axonyx and TorreyPines Therapeutics Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Neill served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of ClinTrials Research Inc.; a $100 million publicly traded global contract research organization in the drug development business, from 1998 to its successful sale in 2001. Following that sale from April 2001 to September 2003 Mr.
Neill served as an independent consultant assisting small start-up and development stage companies in raising capital. Earlier experience was gained as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BTR Inc., a $3.5 billion US subsidiary of BTR plc, a British diversified manufacturing company, and Vice President Financial Services of The BOC Group Inc., a $2.5 billion British owned industrial gas company with substantial operations in the health care field. Mr. Neill served four years with American Express Travel Related Services, first as chief internal auditor for worldwide operations and then as head of business planning and financial analysis. Mr. Neill began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP in Ireland and later with Price Waterhouse LLP as a senior manager in New York City. He also served with Price Waterhouse for two years in Paris, France. Mr. Neill graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a first class honors degree in Business/Economics and he holds a master's degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and a Chartered Accountant in Ireland. Mr. Neill served on the board of Galectin Therapeutics (formerly named Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) from May 2007 to October 2011 and from April 2004 to June 2008 on the board of OXIS International, Inc.
Dr. Rom E. Eliaz, Ph.D., MBA
Dr. Rom Eliaz has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology development experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, executive and venture capitalist. Dr. Eliaz was Chief Executive Officer of NasVax since October 2010. Prior to joining NasVax, Dr. Eliaz was the CEO of ImmCure Therapeutics (previously JJ Pharma) and Strategic Partner at The Colmen Group. Following an academic appointment as Assistant Professor at University of California San Francisco, he held various management positions at Alza. Following acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2001, he managed its investment portfolio in different pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, led to market several blockbuster drugs and also advanced more than 10 drug candidates from discovery research to clinical trials. He was Head of Product Development and Project Management at Rinat Neuroscience Corporation, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2006. He was VP of Development and Project Management at Intradigm Corporation, which was merged with Silence Therapeutics. He then founded Elrom Ventures Corp. a venture capital firm that specializes in the formation, financing and operational development of Medical devices, Green Technology and biotechnology-based companies.
Dr. Eliaz is (co)author of more than 40 publications mostly in the field of drug targeting, drug delivery and gene therapy, and is an inventor of several patents in these fields. He has made more than 30 invited presentations and chaired numerous sessions at international scientific and business conferences and venues.
Dr. Eliaz did his Post-Doctoral work at UCSF Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, focusing in the areas of drug delivery, drug targeting, tissue engineering and gene therapy. Dr. Eliaz received his Ph.D. (cum laude) in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences and Ben-Gurion University. He also holds M.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, both from Ben-Gurion University. He earned an M.B.A. (cum laude) from Harvard Business School and Boston University program at Ben Gurion University.