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Abeona Therapeutics Inc (ABEO.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Steven Rouhandeh

62 2015 Executive Chairman of the Board

Timothy Miller

47 2018 President, Chief Scientific Officer

Joao Siffert

55 2019 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Christine Silverstein

36 2019 Chief Financial Officer

Edward Carr

49 2019 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President

Neena Patil

2018 General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mark Alvino

51 2006 Independent Director

Stefano Buono

52 2018 Independent Director

Stephen Howell

74 1996 Independent Director

Richard Van Duyne

65 2018 Independent Director

Todd Wider

54 2015 Independent Director

Sofia Warner

2019 Director, Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Steven Rouhandeh

Mr. Steven H. Rouhandeh is an Executive Chairman of the Board Access Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Rouhandeh became our Executive Chairman (principal executive officer), on January 1, 2015. Mr. Rouhandeh has been a director and Chairman of the Board since March 4, 2008. He has been Chief Investment Officer of SCO Capital Partners, a group of New York based life sciences funds since 1997. Mr. Rouhandeh possesses a diverse background in financial services that includes experience in asset management, corporate finance, investment banking and law. He has been active throughout recent years as an executive in venture capital and as a founder of several companies in the biotech field. His experience also includes positions as Managing Director of a private equity group at Metzler Bank, a private European investment firm and Vice President, Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Rouhandeh was also a corporate attorney at New York City-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Mr. Rouhandeh holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Harvard University and a B.A. Political Science from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Rouhandeh’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his institutional knowledge of our Company and his extensive domestic and international financial experience in the healthcare industry.

Timothy Miller

Dr. Timothy J. Miller, Ph.D., is the President, Chief Scientific Officer of Access Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Miller became our President and Chief Scientific Officer on March 29, 2018. Dr. Miller was our President and Chief Executive Officer from May 15, 2015 to March 29, 2018. Dr. Miller was President & CEO of Abeona Therapeutics LLC from 2013 to 2015. He has 19 years of scientific research, product development, regulatory and clinical operations expertise, with a focus on transitioning novel biotherapeutics through pre-clinical phases and into Phase 1 and 2 human clinical trials. Dr. Miller was President & CEO of Red5 Pharmaceuticals from 2013 until 2015 and was Vice President, Business Development of BioEnterprise Inc. in 2015. He was Senior Director of Product Development at SironRX Therapeutics from 2010 to 2013. Between 1996 and 2010, Dr. Miller held various positions at several companies focusing on gene therapy and regenerative medicine. Dr. Miller earned his PhD in Pharmacology with a focus on Gene therapy/Cystic Fibrosis from Case Western University. He also holds a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Molecular Biology from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH). Dr. Miller’s qualifications to serve in his capacity include his leadership skills and his experience in the areas of scientific research, product development, regulatory and clinical operations in the biopharmaceutical field.

Joao Siffert

Dr. Joao Siffert, M.D., is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He joined Abeona as Head of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer in October 2018, bringing 30 years of combined experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, clinical care, and academia. In February 2019, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer after serving in the role on an interim basis from November 2018. In February 2019, he was also appointed to the Board of Directors. Dr. Siffert has successfully led multiple drug development programs from pre-clinical to regulatory approvals and commercial launches in the U.S. and Europe and has held several scientific leadership positions in biotech and pharma, including programs in gene therapy. In 2017, Dr. Siffert was appointed to the Board of Directors of gene therapy developer AveXis Inc., which was subsequently acquired by Novartis. Dr. Siffert began his career in industry at Pfizer, where he held medical roles of increasing responsibility from 2002 to 2005. He served as Chief Medical Officer of Avera Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2007, before holding the same position at Ceregene from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for clinical development of adeno-associated viral (AAV2)-based gene therapies for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Dr. Siffert also led the R&D, medical, regulatory, compliance, manufacturing and quality organizations at Avanir Pharmaceuticals from 2011 to 2016. Most recently, he was the Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for Nestle Health Science, where he led translational research, clinical development and operations, regulatory, medical affairs, and health economics from 2016 until October 2018. Before joining the industry, Dr. Siffert spent seven years in academic practice as a neuro-oncologist. Dr. Siffert earned his M.D. from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, as well as an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He completed medical residencies in pediatrics at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and in neurology at Harvard Medical.

Christine Silverstein

Ms. Christine Berni Silverstein is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Ms. Silverstein became our Chief Financial Officer on January 7, 2019. Ms. Silverstein transitioned to Chief Financial Officer from Senior Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations, in January 2019 and brings 15 years of experience in capital markets strategy, financial services, investor relations and healthcare media communications to the Company. Prior to joining Abeona, she served as Head of Investor Relations at Relmada Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage, publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company. Before that, Ms. Silverstein was a Managing Director at SCO Financial Group, a New York-based corporate advisory firm, where she focused efforts on helping clients build robust investor relations infrastructures and providing strategic financial counsel. Earlier in her career, she held senior positions at two boutique New York investor and public relations agencies, The Investor Relations Group (IRG) and Corporate Profile LLC. Ms. Silverstein’s core focus during her agency tenure included consulting C-level management on capital markets strategies, media, fundraising initiatives, crisis management and regulatory issues. She began her career in the financial services as a registered investment advisor (RIA) at Royal Alliance Associates before moving to the investor and corporate relations industry. A member of the National Investor Relations Institute, Ms. Silverstein holds a B.S. from the Peter Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University. Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Finance

Edward Carr

Mr. Edward Carr is Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of the company. He became our Chief Accounting Officer on January 7, 2019. Mr. Carr joined Abeona in 2018 as Vice President, Controller, bringing more than 25 years of corporate public accounting experience to the Company. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Assistant Controller at Coty Inc., a publicly-listed multinational company. Mr. Carr has significant experience managing various accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, tax and treasury matters. Prior to Coty, he served for more than 10 years as Chief Accounting Officer at Foster Wheeler AG. Mr. Carr, who is a Certified Public Accountant, began his career at Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a B.S. and Master of Professional Accountancy from West Virginia University.

Neena Patil

Ms. Neena Patil is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms. Patil brings nearly 20 years of global biopharmaceutical experience to Abeona. She most recently served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at Novo Nordisk. In this role, Ms. Patil developed legal and compliance strategies for the company and led the team responsible for providing comprehensive legal support to Novo Nordisk's U.S. business. Ms. Patil has worked extensively in corporate, regulatory, litigation and compliance matters across therapeutic areas, including in rare diseases. Her experience prior to Novo Nordisk includes various positions at other global biopharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Sanofi. Ms. Patil earned her J.D. and Master's in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Mark Alvino

Mr. Mark J. Alvino is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Alvino became a director in March 2006 initially as a designee of SCO Capital Partners LLC and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. He is no longer a designee of SCO Capital Partners LLC since 2013. Mr. Alvino is currently President of Hudson Square Capital LLC, since October 2014. From 2013 to October 2014, Mr. Alvino was leading the LifeSciences efforts of Bradley Woods & Co. Ltd. Mr. Alvino was Managing Director for Griffin Securities from 2007 to 2013. He previously worked at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, an Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Company, where he was Senior Vice President, responsible for managing both investor and corporate communications programs for many private and public companies and acted as senior counsel throughout the agency’s network of offices. Prior to working at FKH, Mr. Alvino served as Vice President of Investor Relations and managed the New York Office of Allen & Caron, Inc., an investor relations agency. His base of clients included medical devices, biotechnology, and e-healthcare companies. Mr. Alvino also spent several years working with Wall Street brokerages including Ladenburg, Thallman & Co. and Martin Simpson & Co. Mr. Alvino’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his leadership skills and his experience in the areas of financial management and business strategy in the biopharmaceutical field.

Stefano Buono

Mr. Stefano Buono is the Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Buono became a director in May 2018 and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Buono is an accomplished Italian physicist and alumnus of The European Organization for Nuclear Research. Until January 2018, Mr. Buono was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), an international radiopharmaceutical company he founded in 2002. During his tenure at AAA, the company expanded its presence to 13 countries, grew to 630 employees, established 21 manufacturing facilities, registered 8 diagnostic drugs and one therapeutic drug both in Europe and in the U.S., completed 13 acquisitions, and reached €150M in sales prior to the launch of its first therapeutic, Lutathera®, for the treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs), an orphan disease. Among Mr. Buono’s many accomplishments were bringing AAA public in November 2015, on the Nasdaq. The company traded under the ticker symbol AAAP, until it was acquired by Novartis in January 2018. Mr. Buono currently provides advisory services to Novartis. Mr. Buono’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his executive skills and experiences with other pharmaceutical companies.

Stephen Howell

Dr. Stephen B. Howell M.D., is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Howell has served as our director since 1996 and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Dr. Howell is a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. Dr. Howell has been Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego since 1977, and director of the Cancer Pharmacology Program of the UCSD Cancer Center since 2006. Dr. Howell is a recipient of the Milken Foundation prize for his contributions to the field of cancer chemotherapy. He has served on the National Research Council of the American Cancer Society and is on the editorial boards of multiple medical journals. Dr. Howell founded DepoTech, Inc. and served as a member of its board of directors from 1989 to 1999. Dr. Howell served on the board of directors of Matrix Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Howell received his A.B. at the University of Chicago and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Howell’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his technical expertise and strong commitment to promoting and advancing innovation in the healthcare industry as well as his experience as a medical doctor in oncology, his experience as director of several biotech companies and his executive skills and experience as a founder of a biotech company.

Richard Van Duyne

Mr. Richard B. Van Duyne is the Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Van Duyne became a director in May 2018 and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Van Duyne has held executive-level business development positions with Warner-Lambert, Med-Pointe, and Pharmacia, before joining Daiichi Sankyo in 2003 as Global Head of Business Development, working directly with senior management in Tokyo, the U.S. and Europe on key licensing and business development projects. From April 2013 through November 2017, he served in a senior advisor role, working with the CEO on special projects. He continues to work with Daiichi Sankyo as a consultant. Mr. Van Duyne serves on the boards of Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo) and Bionpharma Inc., a privately-held generics company based in Princeton, N.J. Mr. Van Duyne received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Stanford University. Mr. Van Duyne’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive domestic and international financial experience in the healthcare industry.

Todd Wider

Dr. Todd Wider, M.D., is an Independent Director of Access Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Wider became a director in May 2015 and serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Dr. Wider is a surgeon and has served as consultant to numerous entities in the biotechnology space. Dr. Wider holds an M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and a B.A. from Princeton University. Dr. Wider’s qualifications to serve our Board include his biotechnology expertise as well as his experience as a surgeon.

Sofia Warner

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