Board Of Directors

William Jarosz, JD - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Andrew J. Rae, MBA - President, CEO and Director

W. John Meekison, CPA CMA, P.Log, CIM - Director

Susan Koppy, BSc - Director

 

William Jarosz, JD - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Partner, Cartesian Capital Group, LLC

William Jarosz is currently a Partner at Cartesian Capital Group, LLC, a global investment management firm. From 1997 until 2005, Mr. Jarosz served as Managing Director and General Counsel of AIG Capital Partners, a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., and as Managing Director of the AIG-Brunswick Millennium Fund. While at AIG Capital Partners, Mr. Jarosz oversaw global private equity transactions for the firm's various private equity funds. Prior to joining AIG in 1997, Mr.Jarosz practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in international private equity investment and Russian corporate and securities laws. Mr. Jarosz also served as a consultant to the World Bank on the regulation of Foreign Direct Investment in emerging markets. Mr. Jarosz is a graduate of the University of Montana, and received an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Andrew J. Rae, MBA - President, CEO and Director

Mr. Rae is President and CEO of iCo Therapeutics, Inc., an ocular development company he co-founded in 2005. Andrew has spent a decade in the biotechnology industry, formerly as CFO with Ability Biomedical Corporation (Irvine CA, Vancouver BC), acquired by Medarex, Inc. in 2004. Mr. Rae has also served as Vice President, Finance & Corporate Affairs at Active Pass Pharmaceuticals (Vancouver BC). In his various rolesMr. Rae has raised approximately $50M in venture, strategic and capital markets financingsengaged in a successful cross-border M&A transaction, and played a significant role in shaping multiple business development deals (Cambridge Antibody, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Medarex). Prior to his operational experiences, Mr. Rae served as Biotechnology Equities Analyst, Goepel Shields & Partners (now Raymond James Canada), covering Canadian biotechnology stocks including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, QLT Inc. and ID Biomedical.

Mr. Rae currently sits on the Dean's External Advisory Board for the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. In 2009 Andrew was Pacific Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Canada). Mr. Rae's degrees include a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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W. John Meekison, CPA CMA, P.Log, CIM - Director

Mr. Rae is President and CEO of iCo Therapeutics, Inc., an ocular development company he co-founded in 2005. Andrew has spent a decade in the biotechnology industry, formerly as CFO with Ability Biomedical Corporation (Irvine CA, Vancouver BC), acquired by Medarex, Inc. in 2004. Mr. Rae has also served as Vice President, Finance & Corporate Affairs at Active Pass Pharmaceuticals (Vancouver BC). In his various rolesMr. Rae has raised approximately $50M in venture, strategic and capital markets financingsengaged in a successful cross-border M&A transaction, and played a significant role in shaping multiple business development deals (Cambridge Antibody, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Medarex). Prior to his operational experiences, Mr. Rae served as Biotechnology Equities Analyst, Goepel Shields & Partners (now Raymond James Canada), covering Canadian biotechnology stocks including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, QLT Inc. and ID Biomedical.

Mr. Rae currently sits on the Dean's External Advisory Board for the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. In 2009 Andrew was Pacific Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Canada). Mr. Rae's degrees include a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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Susan Koppy, BSc - Director

Ms. Koppy has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and business development in the bio-pharmaceutical industry in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She has participated in the negotiation of numerous agreements with a multi-billion dollar aggregate commercial value and is a frequent speaker on business development issues in the industry. After 15 years working through progressive positions of responsibility in life sciences, Ms. Koppy joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG in Basel Switzerland in 2000 where she became the first woman on the global marketing management team. Between 2005 and 2008 she built and led strategy, business development and acquisition groups for Applied Biosystems, Inc., Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Transcept Pharmaceuticals where she successfully sourced and executed a major U.S. partnership with Purdue Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Koppy now consults with a variety of bio-pharmaceutical companies on business development strategy, search, and transactions in a broad variety of therapeutic areas both in- and out-licensing. She is a member of the National Association for Corporate Directors, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and Licensing Executive Society.

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