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Frank Bedu Addo PDS

Frank Bedu-Addo, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dr. Bedu-Addo has served as a director, president and CEO of PDS Biotech since its inception in 2005. Dr. Bedu-Addo is a veteran biotech executive with experience successfully starting and growing biotechnology organizations. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of both operational and drug development strategies, supervising and managing both large organizations and emerging biotechnology companies. Dr. Bedu-Addo was a founding and senior executive at KBI BioPharma, Inc. As Vice President of Drug Development, he oversaw all business and drug development operations. Before his tenure at KBI, he successfully started and managed Cardinal Health’s East Coast biotechnology drug development operations. Prior to Cardinal Health, Dr. Bedu-Addo was an Associate Director at Akzo-Nobel, Senior Scientist at Elan (The Liposome Co.), and Principal Scientist at Schering-Plough. In these positions, he contributed to the development of numerous drugs, including antiviral and anticancer products. Dr. Bedu-Addo obtained his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Frank Bedu Addo PDS

Gregory Conn, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Conn has more than 35 years of drug-development expertise, including development of antiviral and anticancer drugs through to commercialization. He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he obtained both his M.S. and Ph.D., discovering novel angiogenic molecules in the human brain. Dr. Conn started his pharmaceutical career at Merck, Sharpe, and Dohme, where he continued his work on novel angiogenic factors, discovering and characterizing the VEGF family of growth factors, work which led to the development and commercialization of the anti-cancer drug Avastin. He was later a leading scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he established and headed various groups in the Cell and Molecular Biology and Drug Discovery departments. Dr. Conn subsequently became a Director in the Process Development department at Covance Biotechnology Services Inc., a contract research and development and drug manufacturing organization, where he supervised the analytical development teams responsible for drug characterization, method development and drug stability studies, and program teams responsible for developing drug manufacturing processes. Dr. Conn has expertise across all phases of the drug development process, including FDA and regulatory requirements, is the co-inventor of eight drug patents, and was a founding member of the PDS team as CSO.

Frank Bedu Addo PDS

Lauren V. Wood, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Wood joined PDS Biotech as Chief Medical Officer in February 2019.  She has overall responsibility for clinical development of the novel, immune activating Versamune® platform product pipeline targeting HPV-related pre-cancer and advanced cancers as well as a broad spectrum of solid tumors.  With 30 years of extensive clinical research experience at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Wood most recently was the Clinical Director of the Vaccine Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.  While there she oversaw the translational development of immune-based therapies for both cancer and HIV infection and was a co-inventor of two patented therapeutic cancer vaccine platforms targeting the TARP and HER tumor antigens.Prior to joining the Vaccine Branch, Dr. Wood was a Senior Clinical Investigator from 1992-2009 in the NCI Pediatric Oncology and HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branches, overseeing teams investigating antiretroviral, anti-infective, and immunomodulatory therapies for HIV-infected children, adolescents and young adults.  Trained in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with subspecialty training in Allergy and Immunology from NIAID, Dr. Wood received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine and B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College.

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