Mr. Brandt has served as a director since September 2010. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Noven Pharmaceuticals. Prior to leading Noven, Brandt spent 28 years at Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. He served as Pfizer’s President – U.S. Pharmaceuticals Operations, where he helped deliver revenue and earnings growth while engineering major change within Pfizer’s U.S. pharmaceuticals organization. Prior to running the U.S. operations, he led the Latin American Pharmaceuticals Operations, as well as the following Pfizer Worldwide Pharmaceuticals functions: Finance, Information Technology, Planning and Business Development. He also oversaw the operations of Pfizer’s care management subsidiary, Pfizer Healthcare Solutions. Mr. Brandt holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Columbia School of Business.
Dr. Chang H. Ahn is an internationally recognized drug development expert with over 20 years of experience in the fields of pharmacology and biotechnology. He founded Rexahn in 2001, and currently serves as the company’s Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientist. From 2001 to February 2013, Dr. Ahn also served as the company’s CEO. Prior, Dr. Ahn held dual positions as both Expert Regulatory Officer and Laboratory Chief at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. While at the FDA, Dr. Ahn represented the agency in the fields of Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapeutics and Multi-Drug Resistance, and served a key role as both author and co-author of several FDA guidance documents. Before joining the FDA, Dr. Ahn carried out cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and Emory University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Ahn organized and chaired the U.S.-Korea Bio Business and Partnership Forum, of which Maryland State and Montgomery County are partners. He has also served as president of the Society of Biomedical Research since 2000.
Mr. Beever has served as a director since May 2006. He is a Vice President of Booz & Company. He was a partner and Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. from 1993 to 2009, and served as staff member and Engagement Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton from January 1984 to October 2003. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Beever served as Plant Production Manager from October 1981 to January 1984, Industrial Engineering Manager from June 1979 to October 1981 and Production Supervisor from July 1978 to June 1979 at McGraw-Edison Company. Mr. Beever holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Carthy is the Managing Partner of Orion Equity Partners, LLC, a healthcare venture capital management and advisory firm co-founded by Mr. Carthy in 2008. Prior to founding Orion, Mr. Carthy was a Venture Partner and General Partner at Oxford Bioscience Partners, an early stage venture capital firm that provides equity financing and management assistance to companies within the life sciences, technology, energy and healthcare sectors. From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Carthy served as the Biotechnology Portfolio Manager at Morningside Ventures where he focused on early stage private equity investments. Previously, he was Chief Business Officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Senior Director of Business Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Carthy served as a member of the board of the New England Venture Capital Association from 2006 until 2013 and was listed on the Forbes Midas List in 2009 as one of the leading venture capitalists. He received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University College Dublin, Ireland, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Cheong has served as a director since May 2006. He is a faculty member at the Department of Finance of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (Assistant Professor: 2001-2005 & Associate Professor: 2006 to date). Dr. Cheong was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii from 1994 to 2001, and he was a lecturer at the Department of Economics of Stanford University from 1993 to 1994. During the summer of 1995, Dr. Cheong was a Visiting Fellow in the Taxation and Welfare Division at the Korea Development Institute in Korea. Dr. Cheong holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Mr. Rodgers was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of TESARO, an oncology focused biopharmaceutical company which he co-founded, from March 2010 until August 2013. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer from June 2009 to February 2010 of Abraxis BioScience, which was subsequently acquired by Celgene. Prior to that, Mr. Rodgers served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of MGI PHARMA, from 2004 until its acquisition by Eisai, in January 2008. He has held finance and accounting positions at several private and public companies, including Arthur Andersen. Mr. Rodgers also serves as a director for Ardelyx, Inc. Mr. Rodgers received a B.S. in Financial Accounting from St. Cloud State University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business.
Dr. Peter Suzdak joined Rexahn Pharmaceuticals in February 2013. Dr. Suzdak has over 25 years of diverse experience, including several management positions, in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Dr. Suzdak was Chief Scientific Officer of Corridor Pharmaceuticals, a company developing small molecule compounds to treat pulmonary and vascular disorders. Prior to Corridor Pharmaceuticals, he was co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Previous to Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Artesian Therapeutics, a company engaged in the development of small molecule therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Suzdak’s experience also includes his position as Senior Vice President of Research and Development of Guilford Pharmaceuticals, a company that developed therapeutics and diagnostics for neurological diseases and cancer, and as Director of Neurobiology for Novo Nordisk. Dr. Suzdak holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Connecticut.