Chief Executive Officer
Michael D. West, Ph.D. became our Chief Executive Officer during October 2007, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. Prior to becoming our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. West served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., a company engaged in developing human stem cell technology for use in regenerative medicine. Dr. West also founded Geron Corporation of Menlo Park, California, and from 1990 to 1998 he was a Director and Vice-President, where he initiated and managed programs in telomerase diagnostics, oligonucleotide-based telomerase inhibition as anti-tumor therapy, and the cloning and use of telomerase in telomerase-mediated therapy wherein telomerase is utilized to immortalize human cells. From 1995 to 1998 he organized and managed the research between Geron and its academic collaborators James Thomson and John Gearhart that led to the first isolation of human embryonic stem and human embryonic germ cells. Dr. West received a B.S. Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1976, an M.S. Degree in Biology from Andrews University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1989 concentrating on the biology of cellular aging.
Senior Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Robert W. Peabody is our Senior Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Peabody has served as our Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer since 2007, and also served on an interim basis as our Chief Financial Officer from September 2010 until October 2011 before reassuming the role in May 2013. Prior to joining BioTime in October 2007, Mr. Peabody served as a Vice-President of Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., and also served on their board of directors from 1998 to 2006. Prior to joining ACT, Mr. Peabody spent 14 years as a Regional Controller for Ecolab, Inc., a Fortune 500 specialty chemical manufacturer and service company. He has also been an audit manager for Ernst and Young where he was a Certified Public Accountant on the audit staff serving the firm’s clients whose shares are publicly traded. Mr. Peabody received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
William P. Tew, Ph.D.
Chief Commercial Officer
William P. Tew, Ph.D. was appointed our Chief Commercial Officer in June 2011. Before joining BioTime, Dr. Tew was co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Glycosan BioSystems, Inc., which was acquired by BioTime’s subsidiary OrthoCyte Corporation in 2011. Dr. Tew founded Glycosan in 2006 and oversaw Glycosan’s development and commercialization of an array of hydrogel extracellular matrix products, generating growing revenues and building a substantial base of customers at leading research universities. In 1980, Dr. Tew founded Chesapeake Biological Laboratories (CBL), where he served as chairman and CEO for almost two decades (1981-1999), developing and manufacturing bulk pharmaceuticals, parenteral drugs, and medical devices in compliance with FDA regulations. CBL’s revenues and profits grew steadily under Dr. Tew’s leadership and the Company was acquired by Cangene Corporation for $42 million in 2001.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Dr. Stolz became our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development in August of 2013. She has 17 years of business and corporate development experience working for companies that are both technology platform and therapeutics focused. She was most recently Vice President Business Development at Sutro Biopharma, Inc. where she was responsible for all aspects of collaborations as well as fund raising during a three year period where the company entered into strategic collaborations and completed a significant Series C raise of $36.5M. Prior to Sutro Biopharma, Inc, she was with Sunesis Pharmaceuticals where she was Vice President of Corporate Business Development. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Director, Business Development for Aerovance, Inc. where she led efforts to partner the company’s Phase 2 asset for uncontrolled asthma. Lesley was Senior Director, Business Development for GPC Biotech AG of Germany from 2002 to 2006. She also served in senior management positions at Cell Genesys, Discovery Partners International and Axys Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Stolz received her Ph.D. in chemistry, and conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.
Jeffrey D. Janus
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Jeffrey D. Janus has been Vice President of Sales & Marketing at BioTime, Inc. since December 2012. Mr. Janus was most recently Senior Vice President of Operations at International Stem Cell Corporation, where he led the company to discover a process known as parthenogenesis resulting in functional human pluripotent stem cells without the use of fertilized human embryos, and was previously the CEO and founder of Lifeline Cell Technology, LLC, a subsidiary of ISCO. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding team that created Clonetics Corporation and the Clonetics brand of primary human cell products. In addition to his extensive experience in developing and selling cell-based products to the research market, Mr. Janus has led teams of scientists both internally and through external domestic and international collaborations with major academic institutions to conduct research. He has grown several biotechnology companies from the ground up, from licensing or patenting intellectual property, to building teams to develop, manufacture and market products profitably. He has a deep understanding of the process of creating and managing teams and has used the strategic planning process to great success. Mr. Janus has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Diego and a Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and is a published author of breakthrough papers in the field of parthenogenesis and stem cell research.
Hal Sternberg, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research
Hal Sternberg, Ph.D. has been our Vice President of Research since 1990 and is one of the co-founders of BioTime. Dr. Sternberg was a visiting scientist and research Associate at the University of California at Berkeley from 1985-1988, where he supervised a team of researchers studying Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sternberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Biochemistry in 1982.
Vice President of Administration, Corporate Secretary
Judith Segall is our Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary, and has served on the Board of Directors from 1990 through 1994 , and from 1995 through the present date. She was a co-founder of BioTime in 1990. Ms. Segall received a B.S. in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.
Alfred D. Kingsley, Chairman of the Board
Alfred D. Kingsley joined the Board of Directors and became Chairman of the Board during July 2009. Mr. Kingsley has been general partner of Greenway Partners, L.P., a private investment firm, and President of Greenbelt Corp., a business consulting firm, since 1993. Greenbelt Corp. served as our financial advisor from 1998 until June 30, 2009. Mr. Kingsley was Senior Vice-President of Icahn and Company and its affiliated entities for more than 25 years. Mr. Kingsley holds a B.S. degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. degree and LLM in taxation from New York University Law School.
Franklin M. Berger, CFA
Franklin M. Berger was appointed to our Board of Directors in May 2013. Mr. Berger is a consultant to biotechnology industry participants, including major biopharmaceutical firms, mid-capitalization biotechnology companies, specialist asset managers and venture capital companies, providing business development, strategic advisory, financing, partnering, and royalty acquisition advice. Mr. Berger is also a biotechnology industry analyst with over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial analysis. Mr. Berger worked at Sectoral Asset Management as a founder of the small-cap focused NEMO Fund from 2007 through June 2008. Previously, he served as Managing Director, Equity Research and Senior Biotechnology Analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities from May 1998 to March 2003. In this position, he initiated team coverage of 26 biotechnology companies and was responsible for technical, scientific and clinical due diligence as well as company selection. Mr. Berger served in similar capacities at Salomon Smith Barney from August 1997 to May 1998 and at Josephthal & Co. from November 1991 to August 1997. Mr. Berger serves as a director of Seattle Genetics, Inc., BELLUS Health, Inc. and Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc., which are publicly-traded biotechnology companies. In addition, Mr. Berger previously served as a director of VaxGen, Inc., Isotechnika, Inc. and Emisphere Technologies, Inc., all of which were publicly-traded companies during Mr. Berger’s service as a director. He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and an M.A. in International Economics and a B.A. in International Relations both from Johns Hopkins University.
Neal C. Bradsher, CFA
Neal C. Bradsher joined the Board of Directors during July 2009. Mr. Bradsher has been President of Broadwood Capital, Inc., a private investment firm, since 2002. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Whitehall Asset Management, Inc. from 1999 to 2002. Earlier in his career Mr. Bradsher was a Managing Director at Campbell Advisors, as well as a senior equity analyst at Alex Brown & Sons and Hambrecht & Quist. Mr. Bradsher holds a B.A. degree in economics from Yale College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Bradsher is also a director of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Stephen C. Farrell
Stephen C. Farrell joined the Board of Directors in March 2013. Mr. Farrell currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Convey Health Solutions (formerly known as NationsHealth, Inc.), a healthcare business process outsourcing company headquartered in Sunrise, Florida. Convey Health Solutions utilizes both technology and staff to manage end-to-end insurance processes for business clients. Before joining Convey Health Solutions in 2011, he served as President of PolyMedica Corporation, a publicly traded provider of diabetes supplies and related services that was acquired in 2007 by Medco Health Solutions. During his eight year tenure at PolyMedica, Mr. Farrell served as its President, Chief Operating Officer, and as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Treasurer. Mr. Farrell previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stream Global Services, Inc., a business process outsourcing company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Farrell served as Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Farrell holds an A.B. from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Mr. Farrell currently serves on the board and is chairman of the Audit Committee of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of patients with serious, difficult-to-treat autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.
Pedro Lichtinger joined the Board of Directors during August 2009. Mr. Lichtinger has been the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since May 2010. Mr. Lichtinger previously served as an executive of Pfizer, Inc. from 1995 to 2009, including as President of Pfizer’s Global Primary Care Unit from 2008 to 2009, Area President, Europe from 2006 to 2008, President, Global Animal Health from 1999 to 2006, and Regional President Europe Animal Health from 1995 to 1999. Before joining Pfizer, Mr. Lichtinger was an executive of Smith Kline Beecham, last serving as Senior Vice-President Europe Animal Health from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Lichtinger holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business and an Engineering degree from the National University of Mexico.
Henry L. Nordhoff
Henry L. Nordhoff was appointed to our Board of Directors in June 2013. Mr. Nordhoff retired as Chairman of the Board of Gen-Probe Incorporated, a clinical diagnostic and blood screening company, at the end of 2011, after serving as its Chairman since September 2002. Mr. Nordhoff also served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Gen-Probe from July 1994 until May 2009. Prior to joining Gen-Probe, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of TargeTech, Inc., a gene therapy and antisense company that was merged into Immune Response Corporation. Mr. Nordhoff earlier served in senior positions at Pfizer, Inc. in Brussels, Seoul, Tokyo and New York. Mr. Nordhoff is a director of MannKind Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, and served as a director of Gen-Probe until 2011. He received a B.A. in International Relations and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Judith Segall is our Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary, and has served on the Board of Directors from 1990 through 1994, and from 1995 through the present date. She was a co-founder of BioTime in 1990. Ms. Segall received a B.S. in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.
Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.
Dr. von Eschenbach was appointed to our Board of Directors in November 2011. Dr. von Eschenbach is the President of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc., a health care policy consultancy, and is an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. von Eschenbach previously served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was appointed Commissioner of the FDA after serving for four years as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. von Eschenbach previously served for over three decades as a physician, surgeon, oncologist, and executive; his roles have included serving as Chairman of the Department of Urologic Oncology to Executive Vice President and Chief Academic at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is an internationally renowned cancer specialist and author of more than 300 scientific articles and studies, and also was a founding member of the National Dialogue on Cancer. In 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people to shape the world,” and in both 2007 and 2008, he was selected as one of the Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician’s “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.” He also serves on the Chugai Pharmaceutical International Advisory Council and GE Healthymagination Advisory Board; on the Scientific Advisory Board of Arrowhead Research Corporation and Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science & Technology External Scientific Advisory Board; on the Board of Directors of Elan Corporation, plc, Histosonics, Inc., and Viamet Pharmaceuticals. He is also Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute and is a Senior Advisor to PWC Healthcare Services. Dr. von Eschenbach earned a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University in his native Philadelphia and a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. After completing a residency in urologic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he was an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.