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Athersys Inc (ATHX.OQ)

ATHX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gil Van Bokkelen

58 2000 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

William Lehmann

53 2006 President, Chief Operating Officer

John Harrington

51 2007 Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Director

Laura Campbell

55 2016 Senior Vice President - Finance

Lee Babiss

63 2013 Lead Independent Director

Hardy Kagimoto

42 2018 Director

Ismail Kola

62 2010 Independent Director

Lorin Randall

75 2007 Independent Director

Jack Wyszomierski

63 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gil Van Bokkelen

Dr. Gil Van Bokkelen Ph.D. is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Dr. Van Bokkelen co-founded Athersys in 1995 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director since the Company’s founding. Prior to May 2006, he also served as the Company’s President. Dr. Van Bokkelen is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine. He serves on the board of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (and served as chairman from 2010 through 2012), a Washington D.C. based consortium of companies, patient advocacy groups, disease foundations, and clinical and research institutions that are committed to the advancement of the field of regenerative medicine, and served ex officio from 2013 to 2014. He has served on a number of other boards, including the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s board of directors (from 2001 to 2004, and from 2008 to present). He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University School of Medicine, his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.A. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.

William Lehmann

Mr. William B.J. Lehmann Jr. J.D. is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Prior to that time, Mr. Lehmann was Athersys’ Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Finance from August 2002 until June 2006, when he became Athersys’ President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Lehmann was with McKinsey & Company, Inc., or McKinsey, an international management consulting firm, where he worked extensively with new technology and service-based businesses in a variety of industries. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a Silicon Valley law firm, and worked with First Chicago Corporation, a financial institution. Mr. Lehmann received his J.D. from Stanford University, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

John Harrington

Dr. John J. Harrington Ph.D. is an Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Director of the Company. Dr. Harrington led the development of the RAGE technology, as well as its application for gene discovery, drug discovery and commercial protein production applications. He is a listed inventor on over 20 issued or pending United States patents, has authored numerous scientific publications, and has received numerous awards for his work, including being named one of the top international young scientists by MIT Technology Review in 2002. Dr. Harrington has overseen the therapeutic product development programs at Athersys since their inception and is also focused on the clinical development and manufacturing of MultiStem. During his career, he has also held positions at Amgen and Scripps Clinic. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California at San Diego and his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University.

Laura Campbell

Ms. Laura K. Campbell is Senior Vice President - Finance of the Company. Ms. Campbell joined us as Controller from January 1998, followed by Director of Finance and Senior Director of Finance, and then served as our Vice President of Finance from June 2006 until March 2016. Prior to Athersys, she was at Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm, for eleven years in the firm’s audit practice. During her tenure with Ernst & Young LLP, Ms. Campbell specialized in entrepreneurial services and the biotechnology industry sector and assisted in several initial public offerings. Ms. Campbell received her B.S., with distinction, in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and is a certified public accountant.

Lee Babiss

Dr. Lee E. Babiss Ph.D. is Lead Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Babiss is currently Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Therapeutics Corp., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule medicines targeting the RNA epitranscriptome, where he has served since 2017. Previously, Dr. Babiss was the CEO of X-Rx, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the rapid and cost-effective discovery and development of small molecule medicines, where he served from 2012 until his appointment at Gotham Therapeutics. Dr. Babiss was the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Discovery Innovation of PPD, Inc., a clinical research organization, where he served from February 2010 to 2016. Dr. Babiss was formerly President and Director of Global Pharmaceutical Research at Roche, a pharmaceutical company, from 1998 until his appointment at PPD. Prior to Roche, Dr. Babiss spent seven years with Glaxo, Inc., now GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company, where he held senior positions, including Vice President of Biological Sciences and Genetics. Dr. Babiss received his doctorate in Microbiology from Columbia University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University, where he served as an assistant and associate professor. Dr. Babiss has received numerous fellowship awards and grants and serves on several scientific advisory committees and boards. Dr. Babiss has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Hardy Kagimoto

Dr. Hardy TS Kagimoto M.D. is Director of the Company. Dr. Kagimoto founded Healios (Tokyo Security Exchange Mothers: 4593), a biotechnology company leading the field of developing iPS cell-based products, where he serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Kagimoto is a serial entrepreneur and obsessed with the concept of curing as many patients as possible through technology. Dr. Kagimoto’s first biotech company was Aqumen Biopharmaceuticals, K.K., which he founded in 2005, and served as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Aqumen successfully launched BBG (Brilliant Blue G), which gained de-facto-standard status in the ophthalmology community, globally. He then founded Healios in 2011 with the vision to create a world-leading regenerative cell therapy company. He brought Healios public in 2015 and is currently running clinical trials for ischemic stroke and acute respiratory distress syndrome (“ARDS”) in Japan with MultiStem cell’s immune moderation effect. Healios holds the global exclusive rights for iPS cell-based retinal pigment epithelium cell implantation from the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, which is now running world’s first clinical research using both autologous and allogeneic, HLA-matched iPS cells for wet type age-related macular degeneration. Healios also holds the global exclusive rights for organ bud technology, which mimics the generation of organ, opening the door to supplement the shortage of donors of various organ transplantation. In addition to those developing products, Healios has begun working on the production of next-generation iPS cells with little risk of immune rejection regardless of the HLA type using gene editing technology and next-generation immune oncology cells by combining iPS cell technology and gene editing technology. Dr. Kagimoto received his medical degree from Kyushi University, which is where he developed BBG that was commercialized through his establishment of Aqumen.

Ismail Kola

Dr. Ismail Kola Ph.D. is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Kola was Executive Vice President of UCB S.A. in Belgium, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative medicines focused on the fields of central nervous system and immunology disorders, and President and Chief Scientific Officer of UCB New Medicines, UCB’s discovery research through to proof-of-concept in man organization, from November 2009 until his retirement in December 2017. Dr. Kola was formerly Senior Vice President, Discovery Research and Early Clinical Research & Experimental Medicine at Schering-Plough Research Institute, the pharmaceutical research arm of Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and Chief Scientific Officer at Schering-Plough Corporation, from March 2007 until his appointment at UCB. Prior to Schering-Plough, Dr. Kola held senior positions from January 2003 to March 2007 at Merck, a pharmaceutical company, where he was Senior Vice President and Site Head, Basic Research. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Kola was Vice President, Research, and Global Head, Genomics Science and Biotechnology, at Pharmacia Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Prior to his position with Pharmacia, Dr. Kola spent 15 years as Professor of Human Molecular Genetics and was Director of the Centre for Functional Genomics and Human Disease at Monash Medical School in Australia. Dr. Kola received his Ph.D. in Medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, his B.Sc. from the University of South Africa, and his B.Pharm. from Rhodes University, South Africa. Dr. Kola served on the board of directors of Biotie Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BITI) (and previously Synosia, who merged with Biotie) from February 2011 until May 2016 when it was sold to Acorda Therapeutics, where he also served on the compensation committee. Dr. Kola served on the boards of directors of Astex Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ASTX) from May 2010 until its sale to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in October 2013, Ondek Pty Ltd from 2009 to 2011, and Promega Corpo

Lorin Randall

Mr. Lorin Jeffry Randall is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Randall is an independent financial consultant and previously was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eximias Pharmaceutical Corporation, a development-stage drug development company, from 2004 to 2006. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Randall served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of i-STAT Corporation, a publicly-traded manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2004. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Randall was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CFM Technologies, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Mr. Randall currently serves on the boards of directors of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOR) since 2006, where he serves as audit committee chairman and serves on the nominations and governance committee, and since 2016, Aurinia, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUPH; TSX: AUP), where he serves as chair of the audit committee and lead independent director. He previously served on the boards of directors of Tengion, Inc. (OTCQB: TNGN) from 2008 to 2014, where he served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee, Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA) from 2007 to 2009, where he served as chair of the audit committee, and Nanosphere, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSPH) from 2008 to 2016 where he served as chairman of the board and chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Randall received a B.S. in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

Jack Wyszomierski

Mr. Jack L. Wyszomierski is Independent Director of the Company. From 2004 until his retirement in June 2009, Mr. Wyszomierski served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VWR International, LLC, a supplier and distributor of laboratory supplies, equipment and supply chain solutions to the global research laboratory industry. From 1982 to 2004, Mr. Wyszomierski held positions of increasing responsibility within the finance group at Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, culminating with his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1996. Prior to joining Schering-Plough, he was responsible for capitalization planning at Joy Manufacturing Company, a producer of mining equipment, and was a management consultant at Data Resources, Inc., a distributor of economic data. Mr. Wyszomierski currently serves on the board of directors of SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE: SITE) since 2016, where he serves as chairman of the nominations and governance committee and a member of the audit committee, Solenis, Inc., a privately held chemicals company since 2014, where he serves as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee, Xoma Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOMA) since 2010, where he serves as chairman of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) since 2004, where he serves as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominations and governance committee. Mr. Wyszomierski was also a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee at Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTC: UGNE). Mr. Wyszomierski holds a M.S. in Industrial Administration and a B.S. in Administration, Management Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Gil Van Bokkelen

1,701,620

William Lehmann

1,139,660

John Harrington

1,127,800

Laura Campbell

677,653

Lee Babiss

--

Hardy Kagimoto

--

Ismail Kola

--

Lorin Randall

--

Jack Wyszomierski

--
As Of  31 Dec 2018