Jeffrey F. Eisenberg
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Eisenberg joined the Xenetic management team in December 2016 as Chief Operating Officer and has served on the Company's Board of Directors since July 2016. He is a seasoned life science executive with over 20 years of broad operational expertise. Over the course of his career, Mr. Eisenberg has led all crucial areas of R&D, operations, manufacturing/quality, business development, strategic partnering, product development, commercialization, and talent management. Prior to joining Xenetic, his most recent position was Chief Executive Officer of Noven Pharmaceuticals, where during his tenure as CEO revenues more than doubled, the company's cash increased by more than 300%, and two new products were launched following the successful filings of New Drug Applications (NDAs) submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Eisenberg also was responsible for leading Noven's Novogyne joint venture with Novartis (NYSE: NVS), an entity that generated over $300 million in revenue in its last full year of operation.
Roger Kornberg, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry - Studies of the Molecular Basis of Eukaryotic Transcription
Dr. Kornberg was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company in February 2016. Dr. Kornberg is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Winzer Professor of Medicine in the Department of Structural Biology at Stanford University. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Stanford in 1972. He became a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England and then an assistant professor of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School in 1976, before moving to his present position as professor of structural biology at Stanford Medical School in 1978. In 2006, Dr. Kornberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition for his studies of the molecular basis of Eukaryotic Transcription, the process by which DNA is copied to RNA. Dr. Kornberg is also the recipient of several awards, including the 2001 Welch Prize, the highest award granted in the field of chemistry in the United States, and the 2002 Leopald Mayer Prize, the highest award granted in the field of biomedical sciences from the French Academy of Sciences.
Adam Logal joins the Xenetic Board of Directors with over 15 years of experience in the biopharmaceuticals industry. Since April 2014, Mr. Logal has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of OPKO Health, Inc. and from March 2007 until April 2014 served as OPKO’s Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Logal is a director of VBI Vaccines, Inc. and serves as its Audit Committee Chairman. Prior to joining OPKO, Mr. Logal served in various financial management roles at Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Logal is a strategic finance executive with extensive experience in SEC compliance and reporting, domestic and international finance, strategic planning, cash flow management, budgeting, taxation, treasury and business development.
Dmitry Genkin currently serves on the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board and previously served on the Company’s Board of Directors from 2004-2016. He has the Russian equivalent of an MD in Internal Therapy and studied drug delivery under Professor Gregory Gregoriadis at The School of Pharmacy, University of London in 1992, as well as the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm from 1992 until 1993. Since 1993, Dr. Genkin has headed a number of Russia's largest pharmaceutical companies including Pharmavit, which had 27% of the Russian pharmaceutical market. In 1998, he was awarded the silver medal by the Russian Natural Science Academy. Dr. Genkin is currently Chairman of PJSC Pharmsynthez, a public company listed on the Moscow Stock Exchange and Xenetic’s majority stockholder.
James Eric Callaway, Ph.D.
James Eric Callaway, Ph.D., joins the Xenetic Board of Directors with over 30 years of experience in the execution of product development operations for biotherapeutics. Dr. Callaway has an established track record of achievement against challenging technologies and aggressive project timelines. He currently serves as a Corporate Strategy Consultant at Callaway Innovations. Dr. Callaway is a seasoned CEO within the venture-backed biotech community and over the course of his career he has built and operated two companies, transforming each from research companies to clinical stage operating entities. Prior to these efforts, Dr. Callaway held multiple senior leadership positions at Elan Pharmaceuticals, including simultaneously acting as Head of Development and overseeing the complex partnership with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the Alzheimer’s disease immunotherapy program. He has developed antibodies for a wide-range of therapeutic applications over the past two decades, including treatments of multiple sclerosis (Tysabri®: pharmaceutical development), Alzheimer’s disease (bapineuzumab: Program Executive), and blood-brain barrier transport, and has worked with the United Stated Food and Drug Administration on multiple orphan drug development programs.
Firdaus Jal Dastoor, FCS
Firdaus Dastoor was appointed non-executive Director of Xenetic in July 2007. Mr. Dastoor is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He began his career as the Company Secretary of the Poonawalla Group. He then took on assignments involved in business development strategies and operations. He is on the board of several companies in the fields of engineering products, life sciences and biotech, international trade, financial services and quality standards certifications. Currently, Mr. Dastoor is a Group Director of the Poonawalla Group of Companies and in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Roman Knyazev was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2014. Mr. Knyazev is an experienced financial professional and senior investment director at Rusano. Earlier, he worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Moscow and at Deloitte. Mr. Knyazev is a member of the SynBio Board of Directors and a Deputy Chairman at PharmSyntez, PETAR and Nanolek.