Chief Executive Officer
John M. Climaco, Esq. is the 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.
Dr. Sandra L. Silberman
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sandra L. Silberman, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of CNS Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Silberman is a Hematologist/Oncologist who earned her B.A., Sc.M. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, respectively, and her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and then completed both a clinical fellowship in Hematology/Oncology as well as a research fellowship in tumor immunology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Dr. Silberman has played key roles in the development of many drugs including Gleevec™, for which she led the global clinical development at Novartis. Dr. Silberman advanced several original, proprietary compounds into Phases I through III during her work with leading biopharmaceutical companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, Imclone and Roche.
Chris Downs, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Downs will begin to serve as our chief financial officer upon the closing of this offering. From March 2018 until September 2019, Mr. Downs served as vice president of finance and treasurer of Innovative Aftermarket Systems, L.P., a privately held provider of finance and insurance solutions. Mr. Downs served as director of finance (from June 2011 to September 2013), vice president and treasurer (October 2013 to August 2016), executive vice president and interim chief financial officer (August 2016 to May 2017), and executive vice president, interim chief financial officer and member of the office of the president (May 2017 to March 2018) for InfuSystem Holdings, Inc., a supplier of infusion services to oncologists in the United States. Mr. Downs spent 10 years in investment banking with various firms including Citigroup. Mr. Downs is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned his Bachelor of Science. Mr. Downs earned his MBA at Columbia Business School and his Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Mr. Downs is a Certified Public Accountant in Utah and Texas.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Donald Picker, PhD, joined the CNS team in November, 2017 with over 35 years of drug development experience. At Johnson Matthey, Dr. Picker was responsible for the development of Carboplatin, one of the world’s leading cancer drugs, acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb and with annual sales of over $500 million. He also oversaw the development of Satraplatin and Picoplatin, third-generation platinum drugs currently in late-stage clinical development. Dr. Picker has significant experience in dermatological pharmaceutical discovery and development as well, having led projects for topical therapies in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and acne.