Michael Weiser M.D., Ph.D. has been a director of the company since 2005.
Dr. Weiser is currently founder and co-chairman of Actin Biomed, a New York-based healthcare investment firm advancing the discovery and development of novel treatments for unmet medical needs.
Prior to founding Actin Biomed in December 2006, Dr. Weiser was the Director of Research at Paramount BioCapital where he was responsible for the scientific, medical and financial evaluation of biomedical technologies and pharmaceutical products under consideration for development.
Dr. Weiser completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology at Cornell University Medical College and received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He performed his post-graduate medical training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Weiser also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine and received his B.A. in Psychology from University of Vermont.
Dr. Weiser is a member of The National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Weiser has received awards for both academic and professional excellence and is published extensively in both medical and scientific journals.
Dr. Weiser also currently serves on the board of directors for Ziopharm Oncology, Inc., (NASDAQ: ZIOP), as well as several privately held companies.
Dr. Weiser previously served as a director of Chelsea Therapeutics International, (NASDAQ: CHTP), Hana Biosciences, Inc., (currently known as Talon Therapeutics, Inc., OTCBB: TLON.OB), Manhattan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (OTCBB: TGTX), and Vioquest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (VOQP: OTC US).
Dr. Weiser has an M.D. and a Ph.D., his scientific, business and financial experiences, as well as his knowledge of the healthcare industry, capital markets, pharmaceutical products and biomedical technology development make him an asset to our Board of Directors.
Jacob Plotsker has been a director of the Company since March 2012. Mr. Plotsker is currently President of Cambridge Sage Group, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Plotsker was previously Head of Commercialization at ODH, Inc (an Otsuka Company). Prior to joining ODH in 2015 he served as Director of IUS Strategy and Life Cycle Management at Bayer HealthCare. From 2009 through 2012 he was Senior Director, Commercial Operations and Head of Marketing for Teva Pharmaceuticals Women’s Health Division. Prior to joining Teva, Mr. Plotsker was Senior Director, US and Global Marketing at Schering-Plough Corp (previously Organon BioSciences prior to being acquired by Schering-Plough Corp, which was subsequently acquired by Merck & Co., Inc) where he was responsible for commercialization of marketed brands and launch strategy for brands in development. From 1990 to 2006, Mr. Plotsker served in various Finance and Marketing roles at Pfizer, Inc. including Director/Team Leader of the company’s Antifungal Franchise. From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Plotsker was an Accountant at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Plotsker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting & Information Systems from Queens College of the City University of New York, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from New York University—Stern School of Business, and completed the Executive Development Program in General Management at the University of Chicago—Booth School of Business. From 2008 to 2014 Mr. Plotsker served on the Board of Directors of Sharsheret, a nonprofit 501©(3) organization providing support and resources to young women living with breast cancer, and served as President from 2009 through 2012. Mr. Plotsker’s experiences in marketing, and product commercialization in the pharmaceutical industry, and his affiliations with industry and healthcare related organizations make him an asset to our Board of Directors.
Mark H. Rachesky, M.D., has been a director of the Company since 2005. Dr. Rachesky is the founder and President of MHR Fund Management LLC, an investment manager of various private investment funds that invest in inefficient market sectors, including special situation equities. Dr. Rachesky is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:LORL), Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF), and Telesat Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) and Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI). Dr. Rachesky is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Business. Dr. Rachesky graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Molecular Aspects of Cancer. Dr. Rachesky’s extensive investing and financial background, his thorough knowledge of capital markets and his training as an M.D., make him an asset to our Board of Directors.