David Stefansky, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Stefansky is a founder, principal and managing partner of Bezalel Capital Partners, LLC (“Bezalel”) a merchant bank that provides capital formation and strategic advisory services to midmarket private and small to midcap public companies in the healthcare, life sciences, and technology sectors since 2013. Prior to forming Bezalel, Mr. Stefansky was a founder and principal of Harborview Capital Advisors, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm (“Haborview”) from 2004 to 2013. Prior to Harborview, Mr. Stefansky worked as an investment banker at Robb Peck McCooey where he was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Jerome B. Zeldis, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Dr. Zeldis is the Chief Medical Officer and President of Clinical Development at Sorrento Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRNE), a biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for cancer, pain management, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases. Prior to joining Sorrento, Dr. Zeldis served as the Chief Medical Officer of Celgene Corporation (Nasdaq: CELG), where he played an instrumental role in helping the company grow into one of the largest global pharmaceutical firms. Dr. Zeldis also served as Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Global Health, an organization with a mission to develop and distribute therapeutics for diseases of the developing world.
Dr. Zeldis received his training in Internal Medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and was a clinical and research fellow in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell Medical School, and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswisk, NJ. Dr. Zeldis has published 112 peer reviewed articles and 24 reviews, book chapters, and editorials.
Andrew L. Salzman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Salzman is a physician, scientist, inventor, and biomedical entrepreneur. Dr. Salzman founded and built Inotek Pharmaceuticals, a 140-person biotech company that raised $92M in venture capital and concluded a $600M license with Genentech. As CEO of Inotek, Dr. Salzman brought numerous new chemical entities from conception to clinical stage testing, including a treatment for glaucoma that demonstrated clinical proof of concept in late Phase 2 clinical trials.
Dr. Salzman has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (“NIH”), authoring 75 federal grants and receiving $102 million in federal grant funding. In addition to 175 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Salzman holds 40 patents in the fields of medicine, pharmacology, organic chemistry, and medical devices.
Dr. Salzman received an undergraduate degree from Yale College, a degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School, and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed post-doctoral fellowships in pediatric infectious disease, neonatology, pediatric critical care, and mucosal immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot (Israel), Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Salzman serves as Founder and Chairman of Radikal Therapeutics, Salzman Capital Ventures, Salzman Lovelace Investments, Tisbury Pharmaceuticals, and Respirometics, and is the Director of Drug Development at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.
Ronald Erickson, Director
Mr. Erickson is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries. Mr. Erickson was the founder of Visualant, a developer of unique spectral pattern matching technology. He is formerly Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blue Frog Media, a mobile media and entertainment company; Chairman and CEO of eCharge Corporation, an Internet-based transaction procession company; Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of GlobalTel Resources, a provider of telecommunications services; Chairman, Interim President and CEO of Egghead Software, Inc., a software reseller where he was an original investor; Chairman and CEO of NBI, Inc.; and Co-founder of MicroRim, Inc., the database software developer. Earlier, Mr. Erickson practiced law in Seattle and worked in public policy in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Additionally, Mr. Erickson has been an angel investor and board member of a number of public and private technology companies. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Erickson serves on the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University where he received his BA degree. He also holds a MA from the University of Wyoming and a JD from the University of California, Davis. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington.
Jeff Paley, M.D., Director
Dr. Paley, has been an Active Clinician and Consultant in the healthcare industry for the past 22 years, during which time Dr. Paley has consulted for over 30 analysts and portfolio managers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, and medical technology arenas, reviewing the clinical, preclinical and regulatory pedigrees of numerous therapeutics and devices. Dr. Paley founded Access Medical Associates, PC in 2003, after spending five years on the full-time academic faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, where he served as a Director of Clinical Research at the Cornell Internal Medicine Associates. At Weill-Cornell, Dr. Paley was a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on several studies of diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol disorders, including the landmark ACCORD study of intensive hyperglycemia, hypertension and hyperlipidemia management. Additional clinical interests include, sleep disorders, weight loss, adult attention-deficit disorder, and cardiovascular disease prevention. He has served as a Director of Retrophin, Kellbenx Inc., and Remote Radiology, Inc. He trained at Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University.
Gary Leong, Director
Mr. Leong is the Chief Scientific Officer of Aphria Inc., a Health Canada licensed producer of medical cannabis products. Gary has a personal background in quality assurance, quality control, quality system audits, international and domestic regulatory affairs and product research and development. Gary currently is the president of Neautrical Solutions Inc. located in Surrey, British Columbia. Prior to that, he was the Chief Scientific Officer at Jamieson Laboratories Limited. He began at Jamieson in the year 2000 as the Vice President of Scientific and Technical Affairs. He also held the position of Quality Control Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Products: Quest Vitamins and Development Officer at Atomic Energy of Canada: Radiochemical Company. Gary’s educational background began with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and has taken him most recently to an MBA in Quality Management from City University of Bellevue Washington. Gary is currently affiliated with The Life Sciences Working Team of Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation. In the past, he was a member of the Natural Health Products Directorate Program Advisory Committee and a board member of the Ontario Ginseng Innovation and Research Consortium.
Robert Farrell, President, COO and CFO
Mr. Farrell has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device sectors. Mr. Farrell has had primary or significant responsibility for the completion of mergers & acquisitions, corporate partnerships, licensing transactions, and divestitures in both the U.S. and Europe. In addition, Mr. Farrell has many years of operational experience, including executive responsibility and responsibility for all financial operations.
Mr. Farrell has held senior positions with publicly listed companies, including Titan Pharmaceuticals, where he served as President and CEO from 2008 to 2009 and as Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2008. Mr. Farrell raised over $390M while at Titan via public equity and non-dilutive financings, including seven corporate partnerships. Previously, Mr. Farrell served as CFO, Corporate Group Vice President and General Counsel at Fresenius USA and Fresenius Medical Care, where he completed six corporate partnerships and M&A transactions totaling over $4B. Mr. Farrell received a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and is a member of the California State Bar.
Seth Yakatan, Co-Founder and Director
Mr. Yakatan brings more than twenty years of experience as a corporate finance professional, actively supporting emerging and established companies in achieving their corporate, financing, and asset monetization objectives. Over the past fourteen years as a co-founder of Katan Associates (KAI), Mr. Yakatan has successfully structured and managed strategic alliances and deals, based on his insight and expertise in the U.S. and Global Life Science sector, including numerous buy- and sell-side M&A transactions. Mr. Yakatan holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Irvine and a BA in History and Public Affairs from the University of Denver.