Chair of the Board of Directors
Ms. Charles has been a corporate transactions and securities partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine, LLP, since 2010. She currently leads Thompson Hine’s Life Sciences practice and co-heads the securities practice, advising public and emerging biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Charles negotiates complex private and public financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and strategic collaborations.
Ms. Charles currently serves on the Board of Directors of Avenue Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of central nervous system diseases and on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Abeona Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing cell and gene therapies for life-threatening rare genetic diseases whose common stock is listed on the Nasdaq. From 2018 until October 2021, Ms. Charles served on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Entera Bio Ltd., a publicly-traded biotechnology company. Ms. Charles founded the Women in Bio Metro New York chapter and chaired the chapter for five years and served on the Women and Bio National Board for over 3 years. Ms. Charles is also a member of the Board of Red Door Community formerly Gilda’s Club New York City. She has been recognized as a Life Sciences Star by Euromoney’s LMG Life Sciences, has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star, and was named by Crain’s New York Business to the list of 2020 Notable Women in the Law.
President, CEO and Director
John M. Climaco, Esq. is the Chairman and CEO of CNS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For 15 years Mr. Climaco has served in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare companies. Recently Mr. Climaco served as the Executive Vice-President of Perma-Fix Medical S.A where he managed the development of a novel method to produce Technitium-99. Previously Mr. Climaco served as President and CEO of Axial Biotech, Inc., a DNA diagnostics company. In the process of taking Axial from inception to product development to commercialization, Mr. Climaco created strategic partnerships with Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and Smith & Nephew. Mr. Climaco currently serves as a director of several public companies including Moleculin Biotech, Inc., pharmaceutical company focused on anti-cancer drug candidates. Mr. Climaco also served as a director of PDI, Inc., a provider of outsourced commercial services to pharma companies, and InfuSystem Holdings, Inc., the largest supplier of infusion services to oncologists in the US.
Jeffry R. Keyes
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Keyes is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Custopharm, Inc., a private equity backed developer of generic sterile injectable pharmaceuticals, a role he has held since April 2018. From September 2012 to April 2018, Mr. Keyes was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Digirad Corporation, a publicly traded healthcare services and medical device company. From August 2011 until September 2012, Mr. Keyes was Corporate Controller of Sapphire Energy, Inc., a venture capital backed start-up renewable energy company. From April 2011 to August 2011, Mr. Keyes was the Corporate Controller of Advanced BioHealing, Inc., a venture backed provider of regenerative medicine solutions, until its sale to Shire, PLC in August 2011. Prior to April 2011 Mr. Keyes held a variety of leadership roles in healthcare and medical device companies in finance, accounting, and M&A support, and he started his career in public accounting. Mr. Keyes earned a B.A. degree in accounting from Western Washington University and is a certified public accountant licensed by the Washington State Board of Accountancy. Mr. Keyes is considered a financial expert under relevant rules of the SEC, the NYSE and NASDAQ.
Dr. Bettina Cockroft, M.D., M.B.A
Dr. Cockroft is a well-established industry executive with over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with clinical development expertise across multiple therapeutic areas. Over the course of her notable career, she has successfully led multiple clinical development programs and has a proven track record executing programs through drug development, commercial launch and beyond, having played a key role in the approval of several drugs for neurological, cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
Most recently, Dr. Cockroft has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc., overseeing all clinical development activities, clinical operations and drug safety. Prior to joining Sangamo, Dr. Cockroft served on the senior leadership team as Vice President, Clinical Research, Neurology at Cytokinetics, Inc., where she was responsible for clinical development of fast skeletal muscle troponin activators in diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Before that, Dr. Cockroft served as Chief Medical Officer of Auris Medical AG, where she led and grew the clinical development team responsible for two Phase 3 programs. Dr. Cockroft also held roles of increasing responsibility at Merck Serono S.A., Novartis Consumer Health and Menarini Ricerche earlier in her career. Additionally, she has authored or co-authored over 20 publications and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Annexon Biosciences. Dr. Cockroft received her M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her M.D. from the University of Genova.
Dr. George Gumulka, PhD
Dr. Gumulka has been retired since 2016. From 2001 until his retirement he served as a Global Technology Manager ASC, a Technology Manager, Special Projects/New Technology Platforms, Kraton Polymers US LLC and a Technical Director of Kraton Polymers do Brasil. Dr. Gumulka served on the Board of Directors of Moleculin LLC from 2010 through 2016. Dr. Gumulka received a PhD from the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
Mr. Evans has been retired since 2015. From 2011 until his retirement Mr. Evans was Executive Vice President – Exploration for KMD Operating Company, LLC. Prior to 2011, he managed international and domestic oil exploration and production projects for several oil companies, including British Petroleum, Texaco, and Pennzoil. Mr. Evans earned Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Andraczke is currently Chief Executive Officer of Pol-Tex Holdings, LLC, a role he has held since November 2012. He is also currently Chief Technology Officer of Syntech LLC (Ireland), a role he has held since November 2017. From March 2016 to April 2016 Mr. Andraczke served as an expert witness for the International Chamber of Commerce for downhole air hammer drilling of the well in volcanic rocks for a geothermal project in Slovakia. From March 2000 through November 2012 Mr. Andraczke was Vice-President of Pol-Tex Methane. Mr. Andraczke earned a M.Sc. in Engineering from Warsaw Technical University.