Class I Director Nominated for Election
The following person has been nominated by our Board to be elected as a Class I director at the Annual Meeting:
Daniel J. O'Connor, J.D. has been a director since January 2019. He is the Chair of our Audit Committee and a member of our Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee. He is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of OncoSec Medical Incorporated. Prior to that, Mr. O'Connor served as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director and in other senior roles at Advaxis, Inc., a cancer immunotherapy company, from January 2013 until his resignation in July 2017. Prior to that, Mr. O'Connor was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for BRACCO Diagnostics Inc., a diagnostic imaging company, from 2008 until 2012; Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for ImClone Systems Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, from 2002 until 2008; and General Counsel at PharmaNet (now inVentiv Health Clinical), a clinical research company, from 1998 until 2001. Mr. O'Connor is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and currently serves as an Entrepreneur Trusted Advisor to its Dean. He graduated from the United States Marines Corps Officer Candidate School in 1988 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marines, attaining the rank of Captain while serving in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. Mr. O'Connor is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of BioNJ. In October 2017, Mr. O'Connor was appointed to the New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force by its Governor, and he was formerly a New Jersey criminal prosecutor. The Board believes Mr. OConnor is qualified to serve as a director based on the depth and diversity of his experience in senior management of pharmaceutical companies.
Class III Directors Continuing in Office until 2020
The following directors will continue in office until the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders, or until their earlier resignation or removal in accordance with our Bylaws:
Dr. Robin L. Smith has been a director since January 2019. She is a member of our Audit Committee and our Compensation Committee. Dr. Smith is a global thought leader in the regenerative medicine industry, one of the fastest growing segments of modern-day medicine. She received her M.D. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. She served as CEO of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (formerly NeoStem Inc.) (Nasdaq: CLBS), from 2006 to 2015. In 2007, Dr. Smith founded The Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF), a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to fostering global awareness of the potential for regenerative medicine to treat and cure a range of deadly diseases and debilitating medical conditions, as opposed to merely treating their symptoms, and has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Stem for Life Foundation since its inception and now the expanded Cura Foundation. Dr. Smith was appointed as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School in 2017. In addition, Dr. Smith has extensive experience serving in executive and board level capacities for various medical enterprises and healthcare- based entities. She has served on the Board of Directors of Rockwell Medical (Nasdaq: RMTI) since June 2016 and ProLung Inc. since February 2017, and has been Chairman of the Board of Mynd Analytics (Nasdaq: MYND) since August 2015. She has been co-chairman of the Life Sci advisory board on gender diversity since April 2016. She has been Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Science and Faith STOQ Foundation in Rome since 2015 and has served on Sanford Health's International Board since 2016 and the Board of Overseers at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York since 2014. She served on the Board of Trustees of the NYU Langone Medical Center from 2006 to 2014, was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases from 2004 to 2010 and was on the board of directors of Signal Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGNL) from July 2014 to February 2016 and BioXcel Corporation from August 2015 to June 2017. The Board believes Dr. Smith is qualified to serve as a director based on her scientific background and ability to contribute to the Boards understanding of technical matters relating to the Companys business, as well as Dr. Smiths broader business development and corporate experience.
Richard W. Pascoe has been a director since March 2013. He has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Histogen Inc., a private regenerative medicine company, since January 2019. He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from March 2013 to January 2019, our Secretary from February 2015 to January 2019, and our Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer from December 2016 to January 2019. He joined the Company following the merger of Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. with Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. Mr. Pascoe was the Chief Executive Officer of Somaxon from August 2008 until joining the Company and was responsible for the FDA approval of Somaxon's lead drug Silenor®. Prior to