Hao Li, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Li is an expert in nanotechnology and biomaterial research, also with extensive experience in commercialization of biotech. As a co-founder of Nanova Inc, he led a team to develop multiple innovative medical devices cleared by FDA. He will be in charge of the general management of the company, coordinating business plan, IP and communication with medical community and FDA, supervising the nanotechnology based drug delivery research.
David Anderson, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Anderson has deep expertise in target-based drug discovery/development & personalized molecular diagnostics. He built and managed innovative drug discovery and development companies, including Signal Pharmaceuticals from start-up (focused on kinases and other gene-regulating targets) to acquisition by Celgene Corporation and Proprius Pharmaceuticals from start-up (focused on Personalized Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics) to acquisition by Cypress Bioscience. David has held senior positions at major pharmaceutical companies (Johnson & Johnson; Celgene; Searle) and biotechnology companies (Ignyta, Eclipse Therapeutics, Visionary Pharmaceuticals). He was leader or member of teams responsible for development of five approved drugs (Procrit®, Leustatin®, and Revlimid® for hematology/oncology indications, Zubrin® for veterinary arthritis use, and Surfaxin® for respiratory distress syndrome), nine INDs, and two Personalized Dx products (AVISE-PG® & AVISE-MCV®) for rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Anderson has also held academic positions at The University of Colorado, The Scripps Research Institute, and The University of Missouri. He will supervise the drug discovery and development efforts.
Hongmin Sun, PhD
Scientific Advisor for Microbiology Drug Discovery
Dr. Sun is an Associated Professor at University of Missouri. Dr. Sun has extensive experience in molecular Biology, Genetics, microbiology and High throughput Screening research. She started working on the roles of streptokinase in S. pyogenes pathogenicity (Science 305:1283-6， 2004), which forms the foundation of the green antibiotics discovery. Dr. Sun will continue leading the R&D research in efficacy, mechanism of action and animal studies.
Stephen Barnes, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Barnes is an academic surgeon and researcher with significant clinical experience and expertise in the care of the acutely ill and injured and research experience and expertise in human trials. He presently fills leadership roles within the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma with a research funding history through both the Department of Defense and the Coulter Translational Partnership Program. As a board certified trauma surgeon, he began his career with the United States Air Force, caring for those injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and today serves as the Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Missouri’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr Trauma Center. Routinely caring for the gravely ill and injured, Dr. Barnes’ clinical practice includes the management of infections of all types. He will contribute his core expertise in both the animal and clinical trial design and execution and will advise on the format for delivery of topical agents for wound care.
David Ginsburg, MD
Dr. Ginsburg is James V. Neel Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Ginsburg is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a world renowned expert in hemostasis and thrombosis and in human genetics. Dr. Ginsburg will provide general advice in the R&D work and suggestions for other experts in the academic scientific and medical communities.
Scott Larsen, PhD
Dr. Larsen is Joseph Burckhalter Collegiate Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of the Vahlteich Medicinal Chemistry Core at University of Michigan. Dr. Larsen has over 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry (The Upjohn Co, Pharmacia, Pfizer), during which time he developed novel therapeutic agents in multiple disease areas, including anti-virals and anti-bacterials. He has been associated with four clinical candidates and is familiar with both early- and late-stage drug development. He has been working on optimization of the antivirulence compounds in collaboration with Dr. Hongmin Sun since 2007. Dr. Larsen will provide leadership of the Medicinal Chemistry work.
Steven C. Gilman, PhD
Dr. Gilman is the CEO of ContraFect, a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing therapeutic proteins and antibodies for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases. Prior to this, he was the Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, which developed Sivextro® and Zerbaxa® and was acquired in January 2015 by Merck for $9.5B. Prior to Cubist, Steve served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of ActivBiotics. Previously, he worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he held a number of senior leadership roles including Vice President and General Manager of the inflammation franchise. Steve was also Group Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where he was responsible for drug discovery for the allergy, respiratory, arthritis, immunology, and antibacterial therapeutic areas. Dr. Gilman has also held scientific, business, and academic appointments at Wyeth, Cytogen Corporation, Temple Medical School, and Connecticut College. He will advise on drug development, clinical studies, and marketing efforts.