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CohBar Inc (CWBR.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Albion Fitzgerald

70 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Steven Engle

64 2019 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jeffrey Biunno

52 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary

Jon Stern

64 2016 Chief Operating Officer, Director

Kenneth Cundy

60 2014 Chief Scientific Officer

Philippe Calais

60 2019 Director

Phyllis Gardner

68 2019 Director

David Greenwood

2019 Director

Misha Petkevich

70 2019 Director

John Amatruda

74 2017 Independent Director

Nir Barzilai

63 2018 Independent Director

Pinchas Cohen

61 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Albion Fitzgerald

Mr. Albion J. Fitzgerald is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He 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 its acquisition 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, where he invented a cybernetic genome translated from biological models for the autonomic management of global-scale IT networks. 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 to Fortune 500 companies. 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. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Fitzgerald’s extensive experience in founding, funding and building emerging technology companies, the depth of his technology and business expertise, and his relevant experience as a director and officer of a publicly-traded enterprise software company make him a valuable contributor to our board of directors.

Steven Engle

Mr. Steven B. Engle is a Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He had served since September, 2011, as the Chief Executive Officer of Averigon Consulting, an advisory firm providing business development, fundraising, operational and other consultancy services to companies in the life sciences industry. From August, 2007 to August, 2011, Mr. Engle served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA), a publicly-traded biotechnology company. Mr. Engle served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC), a publicly-traded biotechnology company, from 1997 to 2006, and prior to that served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1997, and as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Engle also 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.

Jeffrey Biunno

Mr. Jeffrey Francis Biunno CPA is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary of the Company. He joined our Company in October 2013 as chief financial officer and was appointed secretary and treasurer in September 2014. Prior to joining CohBar, Mr. Biunno served as chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of ManageIQ, Inc., a provider of global cloud IT systems management solutions, from March 2012 until its acquisition by Red Hat, Inc. in December 2012. From February 2009 until March 2012 Mr. Biunno served as vice president and worldwide controller of Dialogic Inc., a provider of mobile telecommunications network software and hardware enterprise solutions then listed on Nasdaq. Mr. Biunno founded Scalable Financial Solutions, LLC, a financial consulting firm, and operated it from March 2008 to January 2009. From February 2005 to March 2008, Mr. Biunno worked at Geller & Company, a financial services consulting firm. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Biunno served as vice president and corporate controller of Novadigm, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVDM), an international provider of IT systems management solutions to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Mr. Biunno received a B.S. in accounting and an MBA in finance from Montclair State University. Mr. Biunno is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.

Jon Stern

Mr. Jon Leland Stern is Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. 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 March 2016, Mr. Stern assumed the role of chief operating officer. From 2009 to 2011 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, a 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. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Stern’s substantial experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive of growth stage companies as well as established businesses and his familiarity as an executive officer of our Company with the day-to-day operations of our business make him a valuable contributor to our board of directors.

Kenneth Cundy

Dr. Kenneth C. Cundy, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer of the Company. Dr. Cundy joined our Company as chief scientific officer in November 2014. From December, 2012 to November, 2014, Dr. Cundy served as the chief scientific officer for XenoPort, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of product candidates for the potential treatment of neurological disorders. He served XenoPort, Inc. as senior vice president of preclinical and clinical sciences from 2011 to 2012, as its vice president of preclinical development from 2004 to 2011, and as its vice president of biopharmaceutics from 2000 to 2004. From 1992 to 2000, Dr. Cundy was senior director of biopharmaceutics at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Prior to Gilead Sciences, from 1988 to 1992 Dr. Cundy was principal research investigator at Sterling Drug, a pharmaceutical division of Eastman Kodak Company. He received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Manchester and was registered as a pharmacist in the UK. He received a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Kentucky and postdoctoral training in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Philippe Calais

Dr. Philippe Calais Ph.D. is Director of the Company. He is no longer Interim Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective May 15, 2019. He brings to the CohBar team more than 30 years of large and small-cap biopharmaceutical experience in product development and commercialization, partnerships, collaborations and financings. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Isarna Therapeutics B.V., a developer of oligonucleotide therapeutics, where he led the company through a successful Phase 1 study of ISTH0036 in advanced glaucoma, and was responsible for a number of strategic licensing, partnering and asset sale transactions during his tenure. Prior to Isarna, Dr. Calais led several clinical stage 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. Earlier in his career, he had multiple roles of increasing responsibility over a ten year period at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, ultimately becoming Global Head of its Anti-Infectives, Dermatology and Anti-Fungals Business Unit, with direct responsibility over strategy, marketing, and licensing transactions. Dr. Calais received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy and his doctor of pharmacy from the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France.

Phyllis Gardner

Dr. Phyllis I. Gardner M.D. is a Director of the Company. 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. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Gardner served as strategist and then vice president of research and head of the technology institute of Alza Corporation. 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. Dr. Gardner’s industry and private equity experience, together with her experience serving on other healthcare companies Board, make her an important contributor to our Board.

David Greenwood

Mr. David Greenwood is a Director of the Company. Mr. Greenwood brings to CohBar more than 40 years of financial and operational experience in biotechnology and investment banking. From December 2010 until its merger with Gurnet Point Capital in November 2018, he served on the Board of Directors of Corium International, Inc. (formerly, NASDAQ: CORI), a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing transdermal healthcare products. Mr. Greenwood served as Corium International’s Executive Chairman from June 2012 to December 2014, and Chairman from December 2014 to November 2018. 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 (NASDAQ: GERN), 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 directors 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 biopharmaceutical and medical device fields. 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. Our Board believes that Mr. Greenwood’s financial and business expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve as a member of our Board.

Misha Petkevich

Mr. Misha Petkevich is a Director of the Company. He served as the Chief Investment Officer of V2M Capital LLC, an investment fund, since 2015, after founding V2M Capital LLC’s predecessor firm, BladeRock Capital, LLC, in 2005. Prior to founding BladeRock Capital, Mr. Petkevich founded The Petkevich Group, a biotechnology advisory firm, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Petkevich has also 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. Mr. Petkevich also serves on the board of directors of a private biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Petkevich received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his DPhil from the University of Oxford. The Board believes that Mr. Petkevich’s financial and business expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve as a member of our Board.

John Amatruda

Dr. John Amatruda, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. 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 four biotechnology companies (Prosciento, Spotlight, Continuum, 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. 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

Dr. Nir Yacov Barzilai is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Barzilai is the 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, the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research and the AFAR Wright Award. Dr. Barzilai’s leadership in gerontology research and his experience overseeing numerous research programs related to diseases of aging and mitochondrial biology makes him an important contributor to our board of directors.

Pinchas Cohen

Dr. Pinchas Cohen is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Cohen is 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. Our board of directors believes that Dr. Cohen’s leadership in gerontology research and his experience overseeing numerous research programs related to diseases of aging and mitochondrial biology makes him an important contributor to our board of directors.