|Nominating & Governance Committee
|Lynne A. Bui, M.D.
|Sireesh Appajosyula, PharmD
|I = Independent Member
Corporate Governance Overview
Randy Milby has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors since inception in 2017. Mr. Milby is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive and served as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors at CorMedix Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products for the prevention and treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases, from May 2012 to December 2012 and from January 2013 until September 2016, respectively. Mr. Milby has served in various other positions including, but not limited to, Global Business Director – BioMedical and Global Business Director – Applied BioSciences of DuPont de Nemours, Inc.; Global Marketing Director of DuPont Crop Protection; Securities Analyst, Investment Research, Biotechnology of Goldman Sachs; and Senior Director of DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Milby received his BS in pharmacy from The University of Kansas and his MBA in finance/marketing from Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School. We believe Mr. Milby is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive experience in the biotechnology industry.
Leonard Mazur has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2021. In addition, since September 2014, Mr. Mazur has served as Executive Chairman of the board of directors and Secretary of Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXR) (“Citius”). Mr. Mazur also serves as the Secretary of Citius’ majority-owned subsidiary, NoveCite, Inc. Mr. Mazur is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Akrimax”), a privately held pharmaceutical company specializing in producing cardiovascular and general pharmaceutical products. Akrimax was founded in September 2008 and has successfully launched prescription drugs while acquiring drugs from major pharmaceutical companies. From January 2005 to May 2012, Mr. Mazur co-founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Triax Pharmaceuticals LLC (“Triax”), a specialty pharmaceutical company producing prescription dermatological drugs. Prior to joining Triax, he was the founder and, from 1995 to 2005, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Pharmaceutical, Inc. (“Genesis”), a dermatological products company that marketed its products through dermatologists’ offices as well as co-promoting products for major pharmaceutical companies. In 2003, Mr. Mazur successfully sold Genesis to Pierre Fabre, a leading pharmaceutical company. Mr. Mazur has extensive sales, marketing and business development experience from his tenures at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation as Executive Vice President, ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Knoll Pharma (a division of BASF), and Cooper Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Mazur is a member of the Board of Trustees of Manor College, is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was previously the chairman of the board of directors of LMB, Citius’ wholly-owned subsidiary. Mr. Mazur received both his B.A. and M.B.A. from Temple University and has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Lynne A. Bui, MD
Lynne Bui has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2021. In addition, since June 2017, she has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Khloris Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to revolutionizing medical treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases. Dr. Bui is a board-certified hematologist oncologist, seasoned entrepreneur, angel investor and drug developer, having unparalleled experience in basic, translational and clinical research spanning over 15 years with direct patient care and leading clinical development programs from preclinical IND enabling studies to Phase 1 to 3 registration studies for multiple approved drugs, including cabozantinib, carfilzomib and enzalutamide. In addition, she has held senior level positions at Exelixis, Inc., Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen Inc.) and Intellikine, Inc. (acquired by Millennium/Takeda in 2012) and has served as Chief Medical Officer and clinical development lead for multiple biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. She has experience with small molecules, antibodies, dendritic cell vaccines, gene therapies, embryonic stem cells, and cell therapies. As a clinician, Dr. Bui has previously been clinical attending at Stanford Hospital and UCLA Medical Center, and is the Founder and Chairman of Global Cancer Research Institute (“GCRI”), a community-based hematology/oncology clinical practice and clinical trial site. She is also the Founder and Chairman of GCRI Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding clinical research in cancer; and a former Fellow of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Bui received her B.A. in molecular and cell biology, with an emphasis in neurobiology from University of California, Berkeley and her M.D. from the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.
Sireesh Appajosyula, PharmD
Sireesh Appajosyula has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2021. Since April 2020, he has served as SVP, Corporate Development and Operations of 9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMTR) (“9 Meters”), a company focused on rare and unmet needs in gastrointestinal patient populations developing compounds with unique gastrointestinal biology, and since 2018 he has served as Managing Member of Highpoint Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a pharmaceutical research and development company. In addition, since 2015, Mr. Appajosyula has served as Managing Partner of Channel BioConsulting, LLC, a company that assists in enhancing search and evaluation efforts for complementary assets to be added to existing portfolios of biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining 9 Meters, Mr. Appajosyula spent approximately 8 years at Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Salix”) (Nasdaq: SLXP) in various roles in medical affairs, product commercialization and business development until its acquisition by Bausch Health (Nasdaq: BHC). Prior to Salix, he was involved in various roles at Amgen Inc., Critical Therapeutics, Inc. and Sanofi (formerly Aventis). Mr. Appajosyula received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University.