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.
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.
Deborah Andrews joined our Board of Directors during April 2014. Ms. Andrews has served as Vice President-Chief Accounting Officer of STAAR Surgical Company since 2013, and served as STAAR Surgical’s Vice President-Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2013, as its Global Controller from 2001 to 2005, and as its Vice President-International Finance from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Andrews previously worked as a senior accountant for a major public accounting firm. Ms. Andrews holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from California State University at San Bernardino.
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 served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from May 2010 to February 26, 2013. 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.
David Schlachet joined our Board of Directors during April 2014. Mr. Schlachet serves as a director of several public and private Israeli companies. Mr. Schlachet served as chairman of Syneron Medical Ltd., an Israeli aesthetic medical device company, from April 2013 to February 2014 and prior to that, he served as Syneron Medical’s Chief Executive Officer from November 2005 to May 2007, after serving as its Chief Financial Officer beginning in June 2004. From November 2008 to November 2012, Mr. Schlachet served as a director of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and Chairman of its Audit Committee. From 2000 to June 2004 Mr. Schlachet served as Managing Partner of Biocom, a venture capital fund specializing in the life sciences field. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Schlachet served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Strauss Elite Holdings, an Israeli packaged food group, and from 1997 to 2000 he also served as active Chairman of Elite Industries, an Israeli coffee, confectionary and salty snacks manufacturer. From 1988 till 1995 Mr. Schlachet served as Vice President of Finance and Administration of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel’s premier post-graduate scientific research institute, and as Chief Executive Officer of its technology transfer company Yeda Research and Development Company, Ltd. Mr. Schlachet serves as a director of Syneron Medical Ltd, EzChip Semiconductor Ltd, Taya Investments Ltd (Chairman), Mazor Robotics Ltd and BioCancell Ltd. Mr. Schlachet also serves as Chairman of the Board of our subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd. Mr. Schlachet holds a B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering and an M.B.A. from the Tel-Aviv 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.