Board of Directors
Dr. Carleone was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2017, and currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. Dr. Carleone was Chairman of the Board of AMPAC Fine Chemicals LLC, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical active ingredients from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this position, Dr. Carleone was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of American Pacific Corporation, a leading custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals and propulsion products. Dr. Carleone has also served or currently serves as an officer and/or a director of several directly or indirectly wholly-owned subsidiaries of American Pacific Holdings, LLC. Dr. Carleone received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968; his master’s degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1970; and his doctorate degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1972. Dr. Carleone has served as a director of Sensient Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SXT) since 2014, and is currently the Lead Director of the Sensient Board and member of the Audit and Scientific Advisory Committees.
Mr. Bamforth was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2017. Since October 2019 Mr. Bamforth has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arranta Bio Holding Company, LLC, a contract development and manufacturing company (“CDMO”) providing services for life sciences companies. Previously, Mr. Bamforth served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Brammer Bio, LLC, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a cell and gene therapy CDMO with over 600 employees that he founded in 2015 and merged with Florida Biologix, an established, 10-year old CDMO, in March 2016. Brammer Bio was sold to Thermo Fisher Scientific on April 30, 2019. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gallus Biopharmaceuticals, LLC (“Gallus”), in St. Louis, Missouri, a company that he founded in 2010. Gallus was a process development, clinical and commercial, mammalian cell based bulk biopharmaceuticals CDMO which tripled in size through organic growth and the acquisition of Laureate Biopharma, prior to its acquisition by DPx Holdings B.V., the parent company of Patheon, in 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Bamforth worked 22 years with Genzyme Corporation, in Cambridge Massachusetts, in roles of increasing responsibility, the last ten years of which were as senior vice president of corporate operations and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Bamforth earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Strathclyde University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Mr. Hancock was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2017 and served as our interim President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2019 to July 2020. Mr. Hancock has worked in the biologic CDMO industry for over 30 years in various operational and executive roles, serving most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Althea Technologies, Inc., a large molecule CDMO producing a wide range of biologics, vaccines and parenteral products. In addition to Althea, Mr. Hancock has held senior management positions at The Immune Response Corporation, and Hybritech Inc. (now part of Eli Lilly & Company), and he is currently the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Argonaut Manufacturing Services, Inc., a privately-owned CDMO focused on the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Mr. Hancock received a B.A. in Microbiology from Miami University.
Dr. Mackey was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2019. Dr. Mackey is an experienced leader, director and advisor with more than 30 years of research and development and operations experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural industries. Currently she is Chairman of the Board of Cour Pharma, a clinical stage company focused on reprogramming the immune system. She is also a member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Remuneration Committee of GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ:GWPH), a commercial stage company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, and a member of the Board of Directors of Poseida Therapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ:PSTX), a clinical stage company leveraging proprietary next-generation, non-viral gene engineering technologies to create novel therapeutics. Dr. Mackey previously served as Senior Vice President of Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development and Director of Pfizer’s La Jolla Laboratories, where she built Pfizer La Jolla into one of Pfizer’s main pharmaceutical research and development sites with over 1,000 employees and a robust drug pipeline. Prior to that role, she served as head of Strategic Alliances and Genomic and Proteomic Sciences for Pfizer. Dr. Mackey spent the first part of her career in agricultural biotechnology, including as Vice President of DEKALB Genetics, Inc., an international researcher, producer, and marketer of agricultural seed. Dr. Mackey received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from Cornell University.
Gregory P. Sargen was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2017. Gregory P. Sargen most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy of Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM) (“Cambrex”), a global manufacturer and provider of services to life sciences companies, from 2007 until early 2020, when Cambrex was acquired by a private equity company. Mr. Sargen previously served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President, Finance of Cambrex. Prior to Cambrex, Mr. Sargen served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Expanets, Inc., Vice President of Finance – Chemicals Manufacturing Division of Fisher Scientific International Inc. (n/k/a Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.) (NYSE:TMO), and held positions with Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Heat and Control, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Sargen also serves on the board of Protara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TARA), a drug development company. Mr. Sargen is a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing) and holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Ms. Thoma was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2020. Ms. Thoma is a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive with more than 30 years of experience spanning product development and commercialization, as well as operations and supply chain management. She most recently served as president and chief executive officer of SPI Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceuticals ingredients company and an innovative solutions provider of ingredients and drug delivery systems. Prior to SPI, Ms. Thoma held positions of increasing responsibility at Lonza AG, a Switzerland-based biotech company, most recently as president and chief operating officer of the microbial control business sector. Before joining Lonza, she spent 14 years within the pharma solutions business at BASF Corporation, during which time she held various leadership positions in the areas of sales, marketing and operations. Ms. Thoma is a member of the board of advisors for the Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) and currently sits on the board of directors of ANI Pharmaceuticals.