William “Bill” Enright joined Vaxin in June 2008 and currently serves as President and CEO. Prior to joining Vaxin, Mr. Enright spent six years with GenVec, Inc. with increasing responsibilities including the Head of Business Development. Mr. Enright was responsible for helping to build GenVec’s vaccine business including approximately $140M of funding for vaccine related initiatives and moving four vaccines into clinical development. Mr. Enright brings 20 years of experience in a variety of positions within the life science/biotech industry. Mr. Enright was a self-employed consultant, where he provided business development and strategic marketing services to academic institutions, and a number of small to mid-size life science companies. Prior to becoming a consultant, and after spending several years as a bench scientist at SUNY at Buffalo, Mr. Enright spent 12 years with Life Technologies, Inc. (now Invitrogen), working in various licensing, business management, manufacturing and research roles. Mr. Enright received a Master of Arts in Molecular Biology from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Henrik Rasmussen, M.D., Ph.D. - CMO (consultant)
Dr. Rasmussen is a cardiologist by training and has more than 20 years of experience with both large pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Currently he is Founder and President of Rasmussen Pharma & Biotech Consulting. Prior to starting his
own business, Dr. Rasmussen was the VP of Clinical, Regulatory and Medical
Affairs for Novo Nordisk, Inc. He joined Novo Nordisk after having been
the CMO of several biotech companies including Nabi Pharmaceuticals, GenVec,
Inc. and British Biotech, Inc. At GenVec and at Nabi, Dr. Rasmussen had
responsibility for clinical and regulatory development of a number of
vaccine candidates. Dr. Rasmussen began his industrial career with Pfizer
at their central research facility in the U.K. where, eventually, he led
their worldwide cardiovascular clinical development programs.
Don MacPhee - Controller
Mr. MacPhee is a seasoned financial executive with
more than 35 years of experience in private and publicly traded companies
within and outside of the biotech community. Most recently, he was the
Controller for Environmental Tectonics Corporation where he was
responsible for SOX implementation and SEC reporting. Prior to his role with
Tectonics, Mr. MacPhee was with the Federal Market Group as an independent contractor
where he gained valuable government contracting and financial reporting
experience. Prior to this, Mr. MacPhee was the CFO of several publicly
traded biotech companies including Novavax and Immunogenetics.
Timothy J. Segers, J.D.
Corporate Counsel and Secretary, is a Partner with Balch & Bingham LLP. He is a member of the firm's Corporate, Tax and Finance section and Technology Law Counselors practice group. He is engaged primarily in a corporate and tax practice for clients ranging from emerging growth companies to publicly-traded companies. Mr. Segers corporate practice includes the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, business planning and general corporate matters. His tax practice is focused primarily on the federal and state taxation of corporations, partnerships and other pass-through entities.
Board of Directors and Officers
David J. Drutz, M.D.
Chairman of the Board. Dr. Drutz has an esteemed career in medicine, significant management and clinical development experience in both pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as successful venture capital experience. Dr. Drutz joined Vaxin’s Board in January 2010.
Dr. Drutz was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Gentris Corporation, Morrisville, NC (private), serves as a Director on two publicly traded companies DARA Biosciences (DARA:NASDAQ), Raleigh, NC, and MethylGene Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada (MYG:TSX) and recently resigned after 11 years as the Chairman of Tranzyme (TZYM:NASDAQ) after the filing of its IPO.
David J. Drutz, M.D., is President of Pacific Biopharma Associates, LLC, a biotechnology consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a co-founder and former General Partner of Pacific Rim Ventures Company Ltd., an international life science investment company based in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Drutz’s management experience includes tenures as VP Biological Sciences at Smith Kline & French Laboratories, VP Clinical Development at Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corporation, and CEO of several biotechnology companies. Earlier in his career, Dr. Drutz was Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and prior to that appointment was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Drutz received his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky and postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, serving subsequently as a research medical officer (infectious diseases) in the U.S. Navy. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts for presentation.
Chairman Audit Committee, is an experienced healthcare investment banker and capital markets professional with expertise in the life sciences sectors: biopharmaceutical, medical technology, specialty pharmaceutical, and diagnostics companies. He has strong execution capabilities across a broad range of products including equity and equity-linked offerings, private placements, and fixed income transactions.
He has served as the Managing Director - Life Sciences Investment Banking, Cannacord Adams, New York, NY; Managing Director Head of Healthcare Equity Capital Markets, Thinkequity Partners/ Thinkpanmure, New York, NY; Managing Director –Private Client Services, Bank of America, New York, NY; Managing Director, JP Morgan-Bear Stearns-Alex Brown & Song, New York, NY.
Ike Wan Lee, Ph.D.
Member of the Board, is currently the President/CEO, AnC Bio Holdings, Seoul, Korea. He has also served as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Alopax Consulting, Seoul, Korea; CEO, CHA Biotech, Seoul, Korea (currently CHA Biotecgh & Diostech); Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Cardio3 SA, Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium (currently Cardio3 Biosciences); Director of Technology, Ivrea Laboratories, Inc., and Cellentech, Quincy, Massachusetts; Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President, Anterogen Co., Ltd., Boston, Massachusetts and Seoul, Korea; Research Associate and Instructor, Cardiovascular Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and Senior Scientist, AlphaGene, Inc., Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Philip L. Hodges
Member of the Board and also currently serving as Chair of the Compensation Committee, is a co-founder and Managing Director of Redmont Venture Partners, located in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1997,
Redmont has invested capital into early stage companies primarily in the healthcare and information technology sectors.
His previous experience includes management positions at Atherotech, Tubular Products Corporation and HealthSouth.
Mr. Hodges currently serves as a Director for the following companies: Allvivo, Entegreat, and Reliant Medical
Brigadier General (ret.) Klaus O. Schafer, MD, MPH
Member of the Board, Brigadier General (ret.) Klaus O. Schafer, MD, MPH has over 30 years of leadership experience, having held senior positions in government and industry. His experiences include senior level strategy and programmatic management of DoD’s $1 billion annual chemical and biological defense program as the Deputy Asst. to the SecDef, for chem/bio defense. He retired from the Air Force as the Assistant Surgeon General responsible for medical readiness and after establishing the Science and Technology Office. His private sector activities include V.P. of business development for Compressus Inc., a telemedicine start up and most recently as CEO and cofounder of TessArae LLC, a biotech genetic testing diagnostics company. Today he is President & CEO of Touchstone Associates LLC, his private consulting firm helping small to medium sized businesses navigate government opportunities.
President and CEO - See Management Team above.
Scientific Advisory Board
John Petricciani, M.D.
is Senior Vice President, Medical and Regulatory Affairs at CancerVax Corporation. From 1992-1997, Dr. Petricciani
served as VP, Regulatory Affairs at Genetics Institute, Inc. Prior to that, Dr. Petricciani held senior positions in the public an
private sectors, including the FDA from 1973-1985, where he served as Director of the Office of Biologics, and the NIH
Gerald Quinnan, M.D., Ph.D.
had a 20-year career with the Biological Section of the FDA culminating in his being the acting Head of CBER for 3
years. He is now Department Head of Infectious Diseases at the Uniformed Medical Colleges in Bethesda, Md.
Richard Whitley, M.D.
is a distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Whitley also serves as vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics, is the co-Director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infections at UAB and currently is President of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). Dr. Whitley is one of the leading figures in the field of virology and infectious disease, and is internationally recognized for his contributions in antiviral research and the engineering of herpes simplex virus for gene therapy. He has served as author and co-author of more than 525 scientific writings in books and peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. He is editor of Antiviral Research, and associate editor of the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy. Dr. Whitley serves on numerous government and industry advisory committees, including VERBAC (FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee), the Board of Scientific Councilors for NIAID and on the working group for the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).