Robert E. Hoffman
President, CEO, CFO and Chairman of the Board
Robert E. Hoffman, age 57, has served as a director of the Company since April 2018, as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since June 2018, and as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President since November 2021. He has served as a member of board of directors of ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-held, clinical-stage immunology focused biopharmaceutical company, since October 2018, and as a member of the board of directors of FibroGenesis, a clinical-stage regenerative medicine company, since April 2021. He has also served as a member of board of directors, on the Audit Committee, and on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of Antibe Therapeutics Inc. (“Antibe”), a publicly-held clinical-stage biotechnology company, since November 2020, and as Chairman of Antibe’s board of directors since May 2022. Mr. Hoffman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-held pharmaceutical company, from April 2017 to October 2020. From July 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Hoffman served as Chief Financial Officer of AnaptysBio, Inc., a publicly-held biotechnology company. From June 2012 to July 2015, Mr. Hoffman served as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Arena”), a biopharmaceutical company, prior to its acquisition by Pfizer Inc. in March 2022. From August 2011 to June 2012 and previously from December 2005 to March 2011, he served as Arena’s Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer and in a number of various roles of increasing responsibility from 1997 to December 2005. Mr. Hoffman formerly served as a member of the board of directors of Saniona AB, a biopharmaceutical company, from September 2021 to May 2022, and as a member of the board of directors of Kura Oncology, Inc., a cancer research company, from March 2015 to August 2021.He also previously served as a member of the board of directors of CombiMatrix Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and Aravive, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company. Mr. Hoffman serves as a member of the steering committee of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers. Mr. Hoffman formerly served as a director and President of the San Diego Chapter of Financial Executives International and was an advisor to the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) for 10 years (2010 to 2020) advising the United States accounting rulemaking organization on emerging issues and new financial guidance. Mr. Hoffman holds a B.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University.
Greg A. Johnson
(Acting) Head of Operations
Greg Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in Biotech and Clinical Research, with recognized expertise in strategic planning, project management and operations management, as well as in electronic data capture and the implementation and use of computerized systems in a clinical research setting. Mr. Johnson is a principal with Cagley Johnson Consulting Inc. Prior to founding his consulting company, he was Chief Operating Officer then President and Chief Financial Officer for MedGenesis Therapeutix (2007-2017). Mr. Johnson previously held a number of senior roles at PRA International (1992-2007; now PRA Health Sciences) in four different countries. Mr. Johnson has an M.Sc. in Clinical Research from Liverpool John Moores University, professional certification (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and is a Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research (FICR).
Dennis M. Brown, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Dennis Brown, PhD, has been our Chief Scientific Officer since January 25, 2013. Dr. Brown is one of our founders and has served as Chief Scientific Officer and director of Del Mar Pharmaceuticals (BC) Ltd. since inception. Dr. Brown has more than thirty years of drug discovery and development experience. He has served as Chairman of Mountain View Pharmaceutical's board of directors since 2000 and is the President of Valent. Since March 2020, he has served as a director of Rakovina Therapeutics, Inc., a Canadian public company (TSXV:RKV). In 1999 he founded ChemGenex Therapeutics, which merged with a publicly traded Australian company in 2004 to become ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals (ASX: CXS/NASDAQ: CXSP), of which he served as President and a Director until 2009. He was previously a co-founder of Matrix Pharmaceutical, Inc., where he served as Vice President (VP) of Scientific Affairs from 1985-1995 and as VP, Discovery Research, from 1995-1999. He also previously served as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard University Medical School and as a Research Associate in Radiology at Stanford University Medical School. He received his B.A. in Biology and Chemistry (1971), M.S. in Cell Biology (1975) and Ph.D. in Radiation and Cancer Biology (1979), all from New York University. Dr. Brown is an inventor of many issued U.S. patents and applications, many with foreign counterparts.