Board of Directors
Mr. Glover joined PDS Biotech’s Board of Directors in April 2019 and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Glover is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal for Asclepius Life Sciences Fund, LP, and the Co-Founder, President and CEO of ZyVersa Therapeutics (formerly Variant Pharmaceuticals), a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs to treat inflammatory and renal diseases. Mr. Glover has extensive experience executing biopharmaceutical company turnarounds and growing top line revenues, with a focus on pharmaceutical business strategy corporate development, product development, commercialization and business optimization. His vast experience spans Fortune 100, start up and entrepreneurial environments. Mr. Glover transaction experience covers over 25 transactions totaling over $10 billion. His strategic and operational experience, which covers most therapeutic classes of biopharmaceuticals, includes strategic planning, corporate development, operations management, product development, clinical and regulatory, product marketing and sales management. Prior to co-founding ZyVersa, Mr. Glover was Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Coherus BioSciences, a late-stage commercial biologics platform company focused on delivering biosimilar therapeutics which went public in 2014. Previously, he was President of Insmed Therapeutic Proteins and EVP and Chief Business Officer of Insmed Incorporated, where he was responsible for the creation of the Company’s biosimilar business unit and divestiture of that business to Merck and led the strategic review process that resulted in the merger of Insmed and Transave. Prior to joining Insmed, Mr. Glover held senior-level positions in sales, marketing and operations at Andrx Corporation, Roche Laboratories, Amgen and IMS Health. He currently serves as a Director of ZyVersa Therapeutics, Incon and Asclepius, as well as a BOD member of the Coulter Foundation as the University of Miami U Innovation Life Sciences Office. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Illinois State University.
Kamil Ali-Jackson co-founded Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. and has served as its Chief Legal Officer since 2012. Ms. Ali-Jackson also serves as its Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary. In addition, Ms. Ali-Jackson has served as the Chief Legal Officer of NeXeption II, LLC, NST, LLC, and NST Consulting, LLC since 2013, 2013 and 2014, respectively. From January 2014 to December 2015, Ms. Ali-Jackson served part-time as the Chief Legal Officer of Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company. From 2011 until its acquisition by Actelion US Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Actelion Ltd., in 2013, Ms. Ali-Jackson served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Ceptaris Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 2010 to 2011, she was a consultant to a private specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2006 to 2010, she served as General Counsel and Secretary of Ception Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Cephalon, Inc. Previously, Ms. Ali-Jackson served as legal counsel and a licensing business executive for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co., Inc., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Ali-Jackson received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and A.B. degree in Politics from Princeton University. Ms. Ali-Jackson currently serves on the board of Rosemont College, a private liberal arts college located in Pennsylvania.
Frank Bedu-Addo, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Dr. Bedu-Addo has served as a director president and CEO of PDS Biotech since its inception in 2005. Dr. Bedu-Addo is a veteran biotech executive with experience successfully starting and growing biotechnology organizations. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of both operational and drug development strategies, supervising and managing both large organizations and emerging biotechnology companies. Dr. Bedu-Addo was a founding and senior executive at KBI BioPharma, Inc. As Vice President of Drug Development, he oversaw all business and drug development operations. Before his tenure at KBI, he successfully started and managed Cardinal Health’s East Coast biotechnology drug development operations. Prior to Cardinal Health, Dr. Bedu-Addo was an Associate Director at Akzo-Nobel, Senior Scientist at Elan (The Liposome Co.), and Principal Scientist at Schering-Plough. In these positions, he contributed to the development of numerous drugs, including antiviral and anticancer products. Dr. Bedu-Addo obtained his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Otis W. Brawley, M.D.
Dr. Brawley is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. A renowned oncologist, Dr. Brawley is a current member of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Board of Scientific Counselors. Formerly, Dr. Brawley was a professor in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Emory University School of medicine, he worked as an oncologist and senior investigator at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and NCI, served as the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society, and is a former member of the FDA Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC). In 2013, he was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Brawley is also a seasoned pharmaceutical director and has served on the boards of various companies with commercialized oncology products. He is currently a director at Jackson Laboratories, a nonprofit biomedical research center focused on developing personalized, tailored therapeutics for individual cancers; formerly, he was a Director at the National Coalition for Cancer Research, and for the Theragenics Corporation, a publicly traded company with commercialized medical devices for brachytherapy, surgery and wound closure.
Dr. Brawley received an M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the NCI. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Mr. Freitag has served on PDS Biotech’s board of directors since December 2014. Mr. Freitag currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) and previously served as its General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. AxoGen, Inc. is a leading regenerative medicine company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. Mr. Freitag was Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a board member from June 2010 through September 2011 of LecTec Corporation, an intellectual property licensing and holding company that merged with AxoGen in September 2011. Mr. Freitag is a principal of FreiMc, LLC, a health care and life science consulting and advisory firm he founded that provides strategic guidance and business development services. Prior to founding FreiMc, Mr. Freitag was a Director of Business Development at Pfizer Health Solutions, a former subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc. and worked for Guidant Corporation in their business development group. Prior to Guidant Corporation, Mr. Freitag was the Chief Executive Officer of HTS Biosystems, a biotechnology tools start-up company and was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Quantech, Ltd. Prior to Quantech, Mr. Freitag practiced corporate law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Freitag is also a director of the Foundation Board of HealthEast Care System, a health care system in Minnesota. The board of directors of PDS Biotech believe that Mr. Freitag’s leadership, legal, and accounting experiences and knowledge, as well as his familiarity with the pharmaceutical industry and PDS Biotech, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Ilian Iliev, Ph.D.
Dr. Iliev is a Managing Director of EMV Capital, a London-based investor in B2B companies in the healthcare, transportation, energy and technology sectors. Dr. Iliev spun EMV Capital out of EcoMachines Ventures, which he co-founded. Prior to EMV Capital, he was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of CambridgeIP Ltd, a market- leading technology business intelligence provider in the United Kingdom. Dr. Iliev is a Non-Executive Director of NetScientific plc, a transatlantic healthcare IP commercialization group that funds and develops companies that are working to significantly improve the health and well-being of people with chronic diseases. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Sofant Technologies, Pointgrab, Q-Bot, Vortex Biosciences and Wanda Health. Dr. Iliev holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies. He also received a Master of Commerce in Economics, and Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Economics and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. He has published widely on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and market trends in healthcare and energy and is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The board of directors of PDS Biotech believe that Dr. Iliev’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist across multiple industries, including healthcare provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Sir Richard Sykes
Sir Richard Sykes has served on PDS Biotech’s board of directors since December 2014. He is currently Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Chairman of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, Chairman of Omnicyte, NetScientific and the investment board of Deepridge Capital. He was appointed Chancellor of Brunel University in 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Independent Director and non-executive Chairman of ENRC from 2007 to June 2011, Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010, Rector of Imperial College London from 2000 to 2008. He was a non-executive director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2007, and senior independent director from 2004 to 2007. He has over 30 years’ experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries field, serving as Chief Executive and Chairman of GlaxoWellcome from 1995 to 2000 and then as Chairman of GlaxoSmithkline until 2002. Internationally he is Chairman of the International Advisory Board, A*Star Biomedical Research Council, Singapore and a Board member of EDBI. He was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Singapore in 2004 for his contribution to the development of the country’s biomedical sciences industry. Sir Richard holds a number of degrees and awards from Institutions both in the UK and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians. He is also President of the R and D Society, a position he has held since 2002. He is a Fellow of Imperial College London and the Imperial College School of Medicine, King’s College London and Honorary Fellow of the Universities of Wales and Central Lancashire. Sir Richard received a Knighthood in the 1994 New Year’s Honours list for services to the pharmaceutical industry. The board of directors of PDS Biotech’s believe that Sir Richard’s extensive leadership experience, experience in biopharmaceutical product development, deep understanding of pharmaceutical development, and broad experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director