Don Bailey joined Asterias' Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board in February 2016. Mr. Bailey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from November 2007 until Questcor was acquired by Mallinckrodt in August 2014, and he also serves on Mallinckrodt's Board of Directors. Mr. Bailey has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of STAAR Surgical Company since April 2005. STAAR Surgical Company is a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of minimally invasive ophthalmic products employing proprietary technologies. Mr. Bailey was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comarco, Inc. from 1998 until 2007, where he served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1991 until 2000. Mr. Bailey holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Drexel Institute of Technology, an M.S. degree in operations research from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Steve Cartt joined Asterias in February 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cartt served as Chief Operating Officer of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from February 2012 until August 2014, when the company was acquired by Mallinckrodt plc. Mr. Cartt served as Chief Operating Officer of the Autoimmune and Rare Diseases Business Unit of Mallinckrodt plc on an interim basis following the merger with Questcor from August 2014 until October 2014. Mr. Cartt joined Questcor as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, during March 2005. He was later appointed Chief Business Officer before being appointed Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Cartt was a private consultant from August 2002 until March 2005. From March 2000 through August 2002, Mr. Cartt was the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for Elan Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Mr. Cartt held a variety of R&D and Commercial positions at ALZA Corporation during the period July 1985 to March 2000. Mr. Cartt holds a B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis in Biochemistry, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Nat Ricciardi spent his entire 39-year biopharmaceutical career at Pfizer Inc, retiring in 2011 as a member of the Pfizer Executive Leadership Team after holding the positions of President, Pfizer Global Manufacturing, and Senior Vice President of Pfizer Inc. In addition to his corporate leadership role, he was directly responsible for all of Pfizer's internal and external supply organization, a global enterprise that grew to more than 100 manufacturing facilities supplying small and large molecule pharmaceuticals, vaccines, consumer, nutrition and animal health products. Mr. Ricciardi maintained responsibility for global manufacturing activities from 2004 through 2011. Previously, from 1999 to 2004, he had oversight for Pfizer's US manufacturing operations and from 1995 to 1999 was Vice President of Manufacturing for Pfizer's Animal Health Group.
Richard LeBuhn joined the Asterias Board of Directors in April, 2014. Mr. LeBuhn has served since June 2006 as Senior Vice President of Broadwood Capital, Inc., the investment manager of Broadwood Partners, L.P. Previously, Mr. LeBuhn was Principal of Broadfield Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm, from 2005 to 2006, and Vice President of Derchin Management, a private investment firm, from July 2002 to May 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. LeBuhn founded and was Managing Member of Triple Eight Capital, LLC, an investment analysis and financial advisory firm, was Managing Director of Craig Drill Capital, Inc., a private investment firm, and served as an operating business manager for Chubb and Son, Inc., the property and casualty insurance division of The Chubb Corporation. Mr. LeBuhn received a MBA in Finance with Distinction from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1996. He received a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University in 1988. Mr. LeBuhn currently serves as a director of Comarco, Inc. (CMRO).
Andy Arno has 30 years of experience working with emerging growth companies. He is currently Managing Director of Emerging Growth Equities, an investment bank, and Vice President of Sabr, Inc., a family investment group. He was previously President of LOMUSA Limited, an investment banking firm. From 2009 to 2012, Andy served as Vice Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer of Unterberg Capital, LLC, an investment advisory firm that he co-founded. He was also Vice Chairman and Head of Equity Capital Markets of Merriman Capital LLC, an investment banking firm, and served on the board of the parent company, Merriman Holdings, Inc.
Alfred D Kingsley
Alfred D. Kingsley joined our Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the Board from September 2012 to February 2016. Mr. Kingsley is Chairman of the Board of BioTime. 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 BioTime's 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 BS 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.
Adi Mohanty is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of BioTime, having joined the company as its first Chief Operating Officer in December 2014, and he also serves as a Director of the OncoCyte Corporation. Mr. Mohanty was formerly with Shire plc, a biotechnology company focused on research, development and commercialization of novel biological products for rare diseases, where he served in a number of executive positions, including as President/Head Regenerative Medicine from 2013 to 2014, as Senior Vice President, Business and Technical Operations from 2012 to 2013, and as Global Franchise Head MPS from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Mohanty served as VP at Transkaryotic Therapies from 2002 to 2005 when it was acquired by Shire. Before joining Transkaryotic Therapies, Mr. Mohanty held a number of management positions in the Bioscience Division of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Mohanty received an MBA from Saint Mary's College and has an MS and BS in Chemical Engineering.
Howard Scher, M.D.
Howard Scher, M.D., has extensive experience in the design of clinical trials for novel anti-cancer agents. He has been affiliated for the past 35 years with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he is currently Chief of the Genitourinary Oncology Service at the Sidney Kimmel Center for Urologic and Prostate Cancers and holds the D. Wayne Calloway Chair in Urologic Oncology. He also serves as a Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. As a member of the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Working Group, Dr. Scher led two international efforts to standardize development of the design, conduct, and analysis of phase 2 clinical trials in prostate cancer, so clinicians can better evaluate new therapeutics and assess their effectiveness using novel imaging modalities and other blood based biomarkers. The recommendations were incorporated and contributed to the successful development of ZYTIGA® and XTANDI®. Dr. Scher is the principal investigator of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Prostate Cancer SPORE (Specialized Program on Research Excellence) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and Principal Investigator of the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium, a 13-center research collaborative headquartered at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Dr. Scher has published 490 peer-reviewed articles and holds an M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine.
Michael D. West, Ph.D.
Michael D. West, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Technology Integration of Asterias and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. West has been Chief Executive Officer of BioTime (NYSE MKT: BTX) since October 2007, and has served on BioTime's Board of Directors since 2002. Prior to becoming BioTime's 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, and from 1990 to 1998 he was a director and Vice-President of Geron, 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 hES 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.