Robin L. Smith, MD, MBA
Executive ChairmanRead Bio
Dr. Robin L. Smith was elevated to Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of NeoStem in January 2015 after having previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 2006 to 2015. Leveraging her expertise in medicine and business development, Dr. Smith has positioned NeoStem as a leader in the emerging stem cell industry, built on a successful business model that combines a proprietary therapeutic development business and a successful contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) which provides services to others in the regenerative medicine industry.
Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, NeoStem has successfully completed six acquisitions, one divestiture and has raised over 190 million dollars for research and development, expansion of business units, and strategic transactions. NeoStem ranked number one for two years in a row in the Tri-State region and number 11 nationally on Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. NeoStem was awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 North American Cell Therapeutics Technology innovation Leadership Award and, in 2010, NeoStem was awarded the New Economy “Best Stem Cell Company” award. Dr. Smith was selected as a winner of the 2014 Brava! Award, an award celebrating the distinguished achievements of top women business leaders in the Greater New York area. She was also honored as a finalist for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the New York area, recognizing entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dr. Smith publishes a regular column on The Huffington Post focused on topics in regenerative medicine and cellular therapy.
Dr. Smith has an extensive and diversified background in health care, sales and marketing, business development and management. Her previous experience includes serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of IP2M, a multi-platform media company specializing in healthcare, where under her leadership, the company was selected as being one of the 10 fastest growing technology companies in Houston. She also previously held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for HealthHelp, Inc., a National Radiology Management company that managed a large percentage of the healthcare dollars spent by large insurance companies. Dr. Smith has acted as a senior advisor to, and investor in, both publicly traded and privately held companies where she has played a significant role in restructuring and/or growing such businesses.
Dr. Smith has extensive experience serving in executive and board level capacities for various medical enterprises and healthcare-based entities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Signal Genetics (NASDAQ: SGNL) and the Board of Overseers of the NYU Langone Medical Center. She served on the Board of Trustees of the NYU Langone Medical Center and is past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. Currently, Dr. Smith is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Stem for Life Foundation, a non-profit entity that seeks to raise public awareness of adult stem cell therapies and their therapeutic applications. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Science and Faith STOQ Foundation in Rome, as well as on the Capital Formation Committee of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Smith earned her MD from Yale University and her MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
David J. Mazzo, Phd
Chief Executive Officer and DirectorRead Bio
David J. Mazzo was appointed as NeoStem’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors on January 5, 2015. Dr. Mazzo brings to the Company over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining NeoStem, Dr. Mazzo served from August 2008 to October 2014 as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Regado Biosciences, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antithrombotic drug systems for acute and sub-acute cardiovascular indications. Prior to his leading Regado, from March 2007 to April 2008, Dr. Mazzo was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Æterna Zentaris, Inc., a publicly held international biopharmaceutical company. From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Mazzo served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Chugai Pharma USA, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company which was the U.S. subsidiary of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Japan. Dr. Mazzo has also held senior management and executive positions in research and development and was a director of the Essex Chimie European subsidiary at Schering-Plough Corporation, a publicly held pharmaceutical company that was subsequently acquired by Merck & Co., Inc.; Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., the US subsidiary of Hoechst AG, which was subsequently acquired by Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceuticals company; and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a subsidiary of Rhone-Poulene SA, a French pharmaceuticals company, which was subsequently acquired by Hoechst AG. He currently serves on the boards of directors of pSivida Corp., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, in the role of non-executive chairman, and Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Mazzo earned a B.A. in the Honors Program (Interdisciplinary Humanities) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University. In addition, Dr. Mazzo received his M.S. in chemistry and his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was also a research fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Robert S. Vaters
President, Chief Financial Officer and DirectorRead Bio
Robert S. Vaters was appointed as NeoStem’s President and Chief Financial Officer on January 5, 2015. Mr. Vaters has over 25 years of financial, strategy, investment and capital-raising experience. Prior to joining NeoStem, Mr. Vaters was a managing partner with Carob Investments, a strategic, acquisition and investor consulting firm. He served from August 2011 to March 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Orthofix International N.V., a publicly-held global medical device company focused on innovative repair and regenerative solutions for the spine and orthopedic markets. Previously, Mr. Vaters served Orthofix as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President, Global Spine Business Unit from January 2011 through July 2011 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2008 until January 2011. Prior to joining Orthofix, Mr. Vaters had spent almost two years as General Partner of Med Opportunity Partners, a healthcare private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2006. At Med-Opportunity Partners, Mr. Vaters identified, negotiated, and closed on middle market healthcare buyouts and growth equity investments, specializing in pharmaceutical, medical device, biologic, medical technology and specialty health care service industries. Prior to that, Mr. Vaters served for almost four years as a senior executive at Inamed Corporation, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Corporate Development. Inamed Corporation, a global medical device company, was acquired by Allergan Inc. in March 2006. Mr. Vaters serves on the Board of Reliable Biopharmaceutical Corporation, a private healthcare company which was purchased during his time as a partner in a healthcare private equity firm. Mr. Vaters earned a B.S. from St. Francis College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
Richard Berman, who joined NeoStem’s Board of Directors in November 2006, currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He previously served as Chairman of the Audit Committee until March 2009, and as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee until February 2013. Mr. Berman’s business career consists of more than 35 years of venture capital, management and merger and acquisitions experience. He currently serves as a director of two other public companies: Advaxis, Inc. (OTC: NIVM.OB), and Lustros, Inc. (OTC: LSLD), and has served as a director and/or officer of more than a dozen public and private companies. His previous experience includes positions at Goldman Sachs and as Senior Vice President of Bankers Trust Company. Some of his more notable positions include his service from 2006-2011 as Chairman of National Investment Managers (OTC: NIVM.OB), a company with $12 billion in pension administration assets. In 2012, he became vice chairman of Energy Smart Resources, Inc., a privately-held company. From 2004-2010, Mr. Berman served as a Director of NexMed Inc., a public biotech company. In 2008, Mr. Berman became Chairman and CEO . In 2010 he merged the company with Apricus Biosciences. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Berman was Chairman and CEO of Internet Commerce Corporation (now Easylink Services (NASDAQ: ESIC)), and thereafter, Chairman until 2001. Mr. Berman arranged the company’s acquisition of Easylink Services International in 2007. The company was sold for more than $300 million in 2012, and he stayed on as lead director and a member of all three committees. He served as CEO of Prestolite Battery Company of Canada from 1984-1992, and in 1991 he was responsible for creating the largest battery company in the world by merging Prestolite with General Battery and Exide to form Exide Technologies (OTC: XIDEQ), an $800 million company. In 1992 he managed the company’s IPO.
Mr. Berman is a past director of the Stern School of Business of NYU, where he received his B.S. and M.B.A. He also holds two law degrees, a J.D. from Boston College and a Special Certificate from The Hague Academy of International Law.
Drew Bernstein was appointed to our Board of Directors on June 9, 2009 and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Bernstein also serves as a member of our Compensation Committee.
Mr. Bernstein co-founded Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP (B&P) in 1983 (now the managing member of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk (MarcumBP), a PCAOB-registered accounting firm headquartered in New York). His early recognition of the global marketplace and his extensive work in China resulted in the rapid expansion of the firm’s services to the PRC where he established associate offices to better serve client needs. In addition, his diverse experience in retail, manufacturing, hospitality, professional practices and real estate contributed to the expansion of the firm’s client base abroad. He is a frequent speaker at industry, investment banking and university conferences. Mr. Bernstein provides business advisory and specialized auditing and accounting services to public and non-public companies throughout the United States, China, Europe and Africa.
Mr. Bernstein has been responsible for more than 200 real estate transactions with an aggregate value in excess of US$3 billion. He is qualified to perform accounting and auditing services for public companies and has qualified as an expert witness. He is an active member of the board of directors and an officer of a prestigious foundation that was honored with the President’s Voluntary Action Award by the late President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Bernstein received his BS degree from the University of Maryland Business School, is licensed in the State of New York, Connecticut,California, Texas and Maryland and is a member of the AICPA, the NYSSCPA and the NSA. Mr. Bernstein is a director (and the chairman of the audit committee) for Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP), a holding company for a producer and distributor of paper products in China.
Martyn D. Greenacre
Martyn D. Greenacre was appointed to our Board of Directors on December 8, 2011 and serves on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Greenacre has served as Chairman of Life Mist Technologies, Inc. a privately-held fire suppression equipment company, since 2002. He previously was Chairman of the Board of BMP Sunstone Corporation, which was acquired by Sanofi-Aventis in February 2011. Mr. Greenacre also served as a director of Cephalon Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in October 2011, and Orchestra Therapeutics, an immuno-pharmaceutical company. He currently has the role of Chairman of the Board of Acusphere, Inc., a drug delivery company, and sits on the board of Curis, Inc., a biotechnology company.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Greenacre served as Chief Executive Officer and director of Delsys Pharmaceutical Corporation, a formulation and drug delivery system company, where he helped raise more than $50 million in equity and partnership financing and formed three development partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Greenacre served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Zynaxis Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for a critical acquisition, divesting a non-performing business and negotiating a strategic merger. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Greenacre was Chairman, Europe, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceutical Company. He joined SmithKline & French in 1973, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in its European organization.
Mr. Greenacre received a B.A. from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Steven M. Klosk
Mr. Klosk joined the NeoStem Board of Directors in 2014. He is a seasoned senior executive with extensive management experience in the life sciences industry. He is currently President, CEO & Director at Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM), one of the leading providers of active pharmaceutical ingredients, advanced intermediates and finished dosage form products to the branded and generic pharmaceutical markets. In his current role since May 2008, Mr. Klosk is responsible for all aspects of Cambrex’s global business with manufacturing and R&D facilities in the US, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, Germany and India. Since 2010, Cambrex sales have increased from $226 million to $317 million and market capitalization has tripled.
Mr. Klosk has also held other executive positions at Cambrex Corporation, including Executive Vice President & COO; as well as President, Pharma Business Unit (2007-2008) where he had full P&L and balance sheet responsibility for four operating units in North America and Europe. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President & COO Cambrex Pharma & Biopharmaceuticals Business Unit (2003-2007) where he was responsible for managing a highly profitable global business with six operating units in North America and Europe. Earlier in his career Mr. Klosk served as Vice President, Administration for the The Genlyte Group, Inc., a publicly traded $1.0 billion producer of lighting fixtures.
Mr. Klosk earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Steven S. Myers
Lead DirectorRead Bio
Steven S. Myers joined NeoStem’s Board of Directors in November 2006. He currently serves as Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance & Nominating Committee. He also serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics. He is a four-time serial entrepreneur, an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Software and Information Services, and a recipient of the California Governor’s Special Recognition Award.
Mr. Myers is a board director of several other public and private companies; including Quantumsphere, Inc. (qsinano.com) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of nano catalysts for applications in portable power, renewable energy and electronics. He has conducted business in a dozen countries in Europe and Asia. His private equity investment company, Dolphin Capital Holdings, Inc. invests in companies with innovative business strategies. Portfolio investments include regenerative medicine, biotechnology, medical devices, applied materials development, alternative energy, distressed debt, and for income real estate.
An Administration policy advisor on Cyber Security, he served in 2012 on the Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Cyber Security Resources and briefed then-DHS Secretary Napolitano on the Task Force recommendations. He was recently appointed to a third term on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, which advises the Secretary of State on foreign policy issues. At the Pacific Council on International Policy he serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of their National Security Member Committee.
Mr. Myers founded SM&A, an Aerospace & Defense Industry management consulting firm that over 25 years grew to some $100 million in annual revenue and over 800 employees; spearheading industry-changing innovations in competing for and managing U.S. Government contracts. During his tenure the company managed more than $360 billion in major program competitions. After conducting a successful NASDAQ listed IPO in 1998 he served as Chairman & CEO for another ten years. The company was sold to private equity in 2008.
An accomplished public speaker, and author, Mr. Myers is a nationally recognized thought leader on business competitiveness and is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business on entrepreneurship. He is a two time Air Force Veteran and a highly accomplished aviator.
Andrew L. Pecora, MD, FACP
Chief Visionary Officer - NeoStem, Chief Medical Officer - Progenitor Cell Therapy, Chief Scientific Officer - Amorcyte, and DirectorRead Bio
Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., F.A.C.P. was appointed to our Board of Directors on December 8, 2011. Dr. Pecora is co-founder and past Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC (“PCT”), which is a subsidiary of the Company. Dr. Pecora served as NeoStem’s Chief Medical Officer from August 17, 2011 until his appointment as NeoStem’s Chief Visionary Officer on August 5, 2013. He will retain his position as PCT’s Chief Medical Officer, which he has held since January 19, 2011 following the Company’s acquisition of PCT. Prior to the acquisition, Dr. Pecora had served from 1999 to 2011 as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of PCT, and as a member of PCT’s Board of Managers. Dr. Pecora is also Chief Scientific Officer of Amorcyte, Inc. (“Amorcyte”), a subsidiary of the Company acquired in October 2011, and held such position prior to the acquisition.
Dr. Pecora served as the Chairman and Director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) from 2001 to 2011, and commencing 2011 Dr. Pecora serves the John Theurer Cancer Center as Chief Innovations Officer, Professor and Vice President of Cancer Services. Since 1996 Dr. Pecora has been Co-Managing Partner of the Northern New Jersey Cancer Center, which is a private physicians practice group affiliated with HUMC. He has also been a Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey since 2004.
Dr. Pecora serves on the board of Cancer Genetics, Inc. and is chairman of the board of Tetralogics, Inc., a company developing small molecules to treat cancer. Dr. Pecora brings a variety of business development and practical business skills to NeoStem. He has worked with numerous companies in developing their products and manages a large clinical practice and the cancer department at a major health care institution. Dr. Pecora also has significant experience in the design of clinical trials (Phase 1 to 3), institutional review board practices, conduct of clinical trials, clinical research, and payor relationships both domestically and on a global basis.
Dr. Pecora received an M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, graduating with honors. He went on to complete his medical education in internal medicine at New York Hospital and in hematology and oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, both in New York City. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology.
Peter G. Traber, MD
Dr. Traber has extensive experience in medicine, science and the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2011 he has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Galectin Therapeutics, since 2010 Chief Medical Officer and since 2009 a member of its Board. Galectin is a publicly traded biotechnology company that is developing carbohydrate-based therapies for the treatment of fibrotic liver disease and cancer. He has been since 2008 President Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine, where he was Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008. Dr. Traber also has extensive big pharma leadership experience serving from 2000 to 2003 as Senior Vice President of clinical development and medical affairs and Chief Medical Officer of GlaxoSmithKline. He has also served as CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chief of Gastroenterology for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Traber has managed a molecular biology research laboratory and published more than 100 research articles, reviews, and book chapters. He received his MD from Wayne State School of Medicine, a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in medical leadership from Wharton Business School.
Eric H.C. Wei
Eric H.C. Wei was appointed to the NeoStem Board of Directors in October 2009. Mr. Wei is one of the founders and the Managing Partner of RimAsia Capital Partners, L.P. a private equity firm focused on the pan-Asian mid-market sector and a greater-than-5% stockholder of NeoStem. Prior to establishing RimAsia in January of 2005, Mr. Wei was a managing director of Gilbert Global Equity Partners, a US$1.2 billion global private equity fund; a founding partner of Crimson Asia Capital Partners, a US$435 million Asian private equity program; a founder and investment committee member of the US$800 million Asian Infrastructure Fund, and an investor and director of The Asian MBO Fund. Mr. Wei has also previously been an investment banker with more than 10 years of experience at Peregrine Capital, Prudential Securities, Lazard Freres and Citibank.
Mr. Wei received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Economics from Amherst College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton Graduate School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania.