Dr. Kumar, the inventor of our Cchek™ technology, has been an investor, founder, director and CEO of several technology enterprises, both public and private. As CEO, he took CombiMatrix Corporation public and ran it for a decade while listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. He has worked in venture capital with OAK Investment Partners, and has been an advisor to investment funds, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 companies. He was on the Board of Directors of Acacia Research Corporation from 2002-2008. Dr. Kumar is currently Chairman, President and CEO of ITUS Corporation and he sits on the Board of other public and private companies. He received his AB in Chemistry from Occidental College. After graduate studies at Stanford University and Caltech, he received his Ph.D. from Caltech and followed that with a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard.
Dr. Monahan is an experienced CEO-level executive and has served on a number of biotechnology company boards over the years. He is currently a Scientific Advisory Consultant for Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN) and from 2010 through 2015 he was the Sr. Executive Vice President of Research & Development Synthetic Biologics, Inc. He is also a director of Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX), a position that he has held since 2011, and was a director of Tacere Therapeutics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Benitec Biopharma Limited (Nasdaq: BNTC) from 2006 to 2015. In addition to his work with public companies, Dr. Monahan is also currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Agilis Biotherapeutics, Inc., a position that he has held since 2014, and is a board member of several other biotechnology companies. In addition, in 1992 he founded Avigen, Inc., a biotech company that pioneered the development of gene medicines based on adeno-associated virus vectors, now an industry standard. Over a 12-year period as its CEO, Dr. Monahan took Avigen public through an initial public offering raising over $235M and led the company through several Investigational New Drug (IND) applications. Prior to Avigen, Dr. Monahan served as Vice President - Research and Development at Somatix B.V., and Director of Molecular & Cell Biology at Triton Biosciences, Inc. He was also previously Research Group Chief, Department of Molecular Genetics at Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology at New York University. Dr. Monahan earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and a B.S. in Science from University College, Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Monahan has over 50 publications in scientific literature and has made hundreds of presentations in public TV appearances, to scientific groups, investors and the general public over the years.
Mr. Titterton previously served as a Director from August 2010 through August 2016, the last four years of which as Chairman of the Board. He also served as a Director from July 1999 to January 2003. Mr. Titterton's background is in high technology with an emphasis on health care. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of NYMED, Inc., a diversified health services company. Mr. Titterton founded MedE America, Inc. in 1986 and was Chief Executive Officer of Management and Planning Services, Inc. from 1978 to 1986. He holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany, and a BA degree from Cornell University.
Mr. Johnson previously served on our Board from August 2012 until August 2016. He has been a commodity trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for over 40 years. He served as a member of the board of directors of CME Group Inc. from 1998 to 2015. From 1969 to 2003, he served as President, Director and part-owner of Packers Trading Company, a former futures commissions merchant/clearing firm at the CME. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Crime Commission. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Marketing from Bradley University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
Mr. Williams, an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, has served as a consultant to emerging growth companies since 1980. He currently serves as a special advisor to the Chairman and CEO of ParkerVision, Inc., a NASDAQ listed wireless technology company, in the areas of business development, acquisitions, and investment banking. Mr. Williams was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sky Titan, Inc, a developer of air cargo aircraft from 2011 to 2013. He was a director of Iris International, Inc., a NASDAQ listed medical diagnostics company from 2003 to 2009, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2007. Under his guidance, Iris became the world’s largest automated urinalysis company with revenues of over $100 million. Previously, Mr. Williams served as a director and an executive of numerous companies in industries including software, telecommunications, oil and gas exploration, and consumer products. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. in Business and Finance from New York University.
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