Albion J. Fitzgerald
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Albion J. Fitzgerald has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2014 and was appointed as chairman in July 2014. Mr. Fitzgerald previously served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of ManageIQ, Inc., a provider of global cloud IT systems management solutions. Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed as a director of ManageIQ in 2007, and served as strategic consultant to the Company from 2007 until April 2012, and as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors from April 2012 until ManageIQ, Inc. was acquired by Red Hat, Inc. in December 2012. In 1992 Mr. Fitzgerald co-founded Novadigm, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVDM), an international provider of IT systems management solutions to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies with customers in 26 countries. He served as its chairman and chief technology officer from 1992 and chief executive officer from 1995 until its acquisition by Hewlett Packard in 2004. Prior to Novadigm, Mr. Fitzgerald founded and served as chief executive officer of Telemetrix, Inc., a provider of enterprise IT systems and network management solutions. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Fitzgerald was a strategic technology consultant to New York University responsible for architecting, building and managing the university’s computer center and campus-wide multi-media network. Mr. Fitzgerald began his technology career at IBM in 1966.
John M. Amatruda, M.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Amatruda, a CohBar co-founder, has over 25 years of experience as a senior pharmaceutical research executive and scientific consultant, together with over 40 years of experience in the practice and teaching of medicine. He currently sits on the board of directors of three biotechnology companies (CureDM, Prosciento, and Fractyl), and is a member of the scientific advisory boards of eight biotechnology companies. He has also been a consultant and scientific advisor to more than 20 additional biotechnology and leading pharmaceutical companies since 2009. As Senior Vice President and Franchise Head for Diabetes and Obesity at Merck Research Laboratories until 2009, Dr. Amatruda had end-to-end responsibility for drug compounds from target discovery to patent expiration, including basic research, experimental medicine, clinical development, external alliances and licensing. Prior to being named Franchise Head, Dr. Amatruda led drug development groups at Merck for diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Under his leadership, the development program and regulatory approvals of Januvia™ and Janumet™ - the first compounds in the important class of DPP-IV inhibitors for Type 2 diabetes, and two of Merck's leading revenue-generating drugs - were successfully initiated and completed, and worldwide submissions for Vytorin™, Januvia™ and Janumet™ were filed. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Amatruda was Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head for Metabolic Disorders Research at Bayer Corporation for ten years, where he assisted in the approval of Acarbose, and led the discovery and advancement of several compounds into clinical development. Dr. Amatruda has also had a successful career in academic medicine, formerly as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was head of the Clinical Research Center and a Principal Investigator on several NIH funded research projects; and currently as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, where he continues to see patients in a teaching capacity. In addition, Dr. Amatruda has co-authored over 160 publications, many of which have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and has served as a reviewer for several journals. Dr. Amatruda was educated at Yale University and The Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Nir Barzilai, M.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Barzilai co-founded our Company in 2007 and has served as a member of our board of directors since our conversion to a Delaware corporation in 2009. Dr. Barzilai is the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he also holds the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research, is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genetics and a member of the Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Barzilai is also director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Dr. Barzilai has received numerous awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award, the Paul F. Glenn Foundation Award, the NIA Nathan Shock Award, and the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research. Dr. Barzilai is the Director of the Institute for Aging research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, under the auspices of which he is the principal investigator of the largest of five Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Biology of Aging and the Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging.
Pinchas Cohen, M.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Cohen co-founded our Company in 2007 and has served as a member of our board of directors since our conversion to a Delaware corporation in 2009. He served as our President from 2009 until 2013. Since April 2012, Dr. Cohen has served as dean of the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He holds the William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology and acts as executive director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. Dr. Cohen was affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he was a member of the faculty until 2012. At the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Dr. Cohen served as director of endocrine/diabetes research and training (from 1999 until 2012), chief of endocrinology and diabetes (from 2001 until 2012) and as vice chair of research (from 2011 until 2012). Dr. Cohen was also co-director of the UCSD-UCLA Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center from 2007 until 2012. Dr. Cohen has received several awards for his work in the field of aging, including a National Institute of Aging EUREKA Award, the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award and the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He serves on the boards of several professional journals and societies, including the American Federation for Aging Research and the Growth Hormone Research Society.
Steven B. Engle, M.S.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Engle joined CohBar as Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. From September 2011 until May 2019, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Averigon Consulting, an advisory firm providing business development, fundraising, operational and consultancy services to life science companies. From August 2007 to August 2011, Mr. Engle was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA), a publicly-traded biotechnology company. Previously, he held multiple executive management roles at La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC), a publicly-traded biotechnology company, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2006, President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1997, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Engle currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Prescient Therapeutics (ASX: PTX), and as a member of the board of directors at various private companies. Mr. Engle received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Philippe P. Calais, Pharm. D., Ph.D.
Dr. Calais has over 30 years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience both in North America and Europe, and for the past 6 years has served as the president and chief executive officer of Isarna Therapeutics B.V. (“Isarna”), a developer of oligonucleotide therapeutics. Dr. Calais also served, from 2017-2018, as a board and audit committee member of Marina Biotech Inc. (OTCQB: MRNA), and has been an economic advisor to the French government, promoting business collaboration between the US, Germany and France, since 2013. Prior to becoming CEO of Isarna, Dr. Calais managed several biopharmaceutical companies in Canada and in Europe and headed Univalor LTD, a large technology transfer organization focused on commercializing innovations from the University of Montreal. In 2008, Dr. Calais became the President, CEO and Board Member of Ambrilia Biopharma (TSX:AMB), a biotech company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel treatments for viral diseases and cancer. Prior to Ambrilia, Dr. Calais served as president and board member of Neurochem International (NASDAQ:NRM). Early in his career Dr. Calais held senior management positions at F. Hoffmann-La Roche and Servier Canada. Dr. Calais received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and his doctor of pharmacy from the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France.
Phyllis Gardner, M.D.
Dr. Gardner was appointed to the Board in February 2019. Dr. Gardner has over 35 years of experience in the medical industry and academia. Dr. Gardner is currently a tenured professor at the School of Medicine at Stanford University, where she has served in various positions since 1984, and is a member of the board of directors of the Harvard Medical School of Fellows and Advisory Council on Education. Dr. Gardner has served as a director of Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVNC), a biotechnology company, since December 2008, and previously served on the board of directors of Corium International, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company formerly listed on NASDAQ, from November 2007 to November 2018. From September 2014 to September 2015, Dr. Gardner served as a director of Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd. (OTCMKTS: PARNF). From 1999 to 2014, Dr. Gardner served as an adjunct partner, then partner at Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, a healthcare growth equity and venture capital firm. She also served as an independent director of various biopharmaceutical companies from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Gardner’s research has centered on cardiac arrhythmias, ion channel biophysiology, cell biology, cystic fibrosis pathogenesis, gene therapy and diagnosis, and her clinical work has concentrated on medicine and cardiology. Dr. Gardner received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Mr. Greenwood brings to CohBar more than 40 years of financial and operational experience in biotechnology and investment banking. From December 2010 until its recent merger with Gurnet Point Capital in November 2018, he served on the Board of Directors of Corium International, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: CORI), a leading biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing transdermal healthcare products. During his tenure as Executive Chairman from June 2012 to December 2016, and Chairman beginning in 2016, Mr. Greenwood most notably led the company through a successful IPO and helped raised substantial capital in the equity and debt markets.
From 1995 through December 2011, Mr. Greenwood served in a number of executive and leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Geron Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine and cancer. Previously, he served as Chairman of both Geron Bio-Med Limited, and TA Therapeutics, Ltd., while also serving on the Boards of ViaGen, Inc., Clone International, Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd and Pacific Lutheran University. He currently serves on the boards of several private companies in the biopharma and medical device fields. Early in his career, from 1979 to 1995, Mr. Greenwood held various positions at the investment bank J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Greenwood received his bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Petkevich has more than 30 years of financial and investment experience in biotechnology and investment banking. Since 2015, Mr. Petkevich has been the Chief Investment Officer of V2M Capital, an investment firm funding life science companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of HingeBio, Inc., a biotechnology company developing bispecific and multispecific antibodies. In 2005, he co-founded BladeRock Capital, LLC, an investment firm specializing in life science companies. Prior to founding BladeRock Capital, Mr. Petkevich founded The Petkevich Group, a biotechnology advisory firm, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2005. Between 1989 and 1998, Mr. Petkevich served as Managing Director, as well as Head of Healthcare and Investment Banking at Robertson Stephens & Co. Mr. Petkevich began his career at Hambrecht & Quist, an investment bank, where he served as a Principal, Head of Healthcare Banking and as a biotechnology analyst covering Genentech, Chiron and others. Mr. Petkevich received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his DPhil from the University of Oxford.
Jon L. Stern, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Jon L. Stern served in senior strategic roles with our Company from August 2012 until he was named our chief executive officer in October 2013. He was also appointed to our board of directors in May 2014. In connection with the appointment of Simon Allen as our chief executive officer in March 2016, Mr. Stern assumed the role of chief operating officer. From 2009 to 2013 Mr. Stern was an active investor in information technology, media and real estate projects and companies. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Stern served as executive vice president of Integrated China Media, a Guangzhou, China-based provider of digital entertainment content. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Stern was a partner in Pacific Arts Group, a publisher of Chinese Contemporary Fine Art. Mr. Stern founded Digital Sparx in 1999, distributor of digital entertainment content to movie-goers, and served as president and chief executive officer of that company until 2002. In 1986 Mr. Stern founded Cine Coasters, Inc., a developer of sports stadium and movie theatre products, and served as its chief executive officer until its sale to a division of Liberty Media in 1998. Mr. Stern holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of California, Berkeley.