Board of Directors
Sir Richard Sykes
Sir Richard Sykes has served on the Board since March 2019. Sir Richard has served as Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital since 2019. Sir Richard is also the President of the Research and Development Society where he has served since 2002. Sir Richard has been a member of the Joint Advisory Board for the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Grantham Research Institute at LSE since 2021. Prior to that, Sir Richard Sykes was the Chair of the UK Government Vaccine Task Force from 2021 to 2022, Chairman of UK Stem Cell Foundation from 2004 to 2022, Chancellor of Brunel University from 2013 to 2022, Chairman of the Singapore Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council from 2000 to 2022, a mentor at the Chairman Mentors international (CMi) from 2005 to 2021, Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from 2012 to 2018, Director at Economic Development Board International (EDBI) Pte Ltd Singapore from 2011 to June 2018, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain from 2010 to 2022, Chairman of NetScientific plc from 2010 to 2019, Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Eurasian National Resources Corp. from 2007 to 2011 (Deputy Chairman from 2009 to 2011), the Vice-Chairman of Lonza Group from 2005 to 2013, Rector of Imperial College London from 2001 to 2008 and Non-Executive Director at Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Ltd from 1997 to 2008 (Senior Independent Director from 2005 to 2008). Sir Richard joined Glaxo Research in 1972 as Head of its Antibiotic Research Unit. In 1977, Sir Richard moved to the US to join the Squibb Institute for Medical Research where he progressed to Vice President, before rejoining Glaxo in the UK as Chief Executive of Glaxo Group Research in 1986. In March 1993, Sir Richard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo, taking on the same roles at Glaxo Wellcome in 1994 following the acquisition of Wellcome. He subsequently led the company until 2002 through the formation of GlaxoSmithKline.
The board of directors believes that Sir Richard’s extensive leadership experience, experience in biopharmaceutical product development, deep understanding of pharmaceutical development, and broad experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Ilian Iliev, Ph.D.
Dr. Iliev has served on the Board since April 2020. Since 2020, Dr. Iliev has served as CEO of NetScientific PLC, a London Stock Exchange listed company investing in healthcare and sustainability companies internationally. Prior to that he was Managing Director of EMV Capital, a London-based investor in healthcare, energy and industries, which he founded. EMV Capital was acquired by NetScientific PLC in September 2020. Previously Dr. Iliev served as the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of CambridgeIP Ltd, a Cambridge, UK based boutique strategy consultancy focused on technology and IP commercialization. Dr. Iliev also serves on the Boards of several NetScientific Portfolio companies, including Martlet Capital (a Cambridge, UK seed investment Venture Capital fund), Vortex Biosciences Inc (liquid biopsy)., Sofant Technologies (satellite communications), Pointgrab (smart buildings), Q-Bot (robotics in construction) and Wanda Health (remote patient management). Dr. Iliev holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies. He received a Master of Commerce in Economics, and Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Economics and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
The board of directors believes Dr. Iliev’s industry experience as well as his experience as a founder and strategic leader provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Gregory Freitag, J.D., CPA
Mr. Freitag has served on the Board since March 2019. Mr. Freitag currently serves as a member of the board of directors of ZyVersa Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ZVSA), a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs to treat inflammatory and renal diseases. Mr. Freitag also serves as a member of the board of directors of Axogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXGN) and previously served as its Special Counsel until his retirement in April 2021, its General Counsel from September 2011 to December 2019, Chief Financial Officer from September 2011 to May 2014 and August 2015 to March 2016 and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Axogen from May 2014 until October 2018. Axogen, Inc. is a leading regenerative medicine company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. Mr. Freitag was Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a board member from June 2010 through September 2011 of LecTec Corporation, an intellectual property licensing and holding company that merged with Axogen in September 2011. Mr. Freitag is a principal of FreiMc, LLC, a healthcare and life science consulting and advisory firm he founded that provides strategic guidance and business development services. Prior to founding FreiMc, Mr. Freitag was a Director of Business Development at Pfizer Health Solutions, a former subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc. and worked for Guidant Corporation in their business development group. Prior to Guidant Corporation, Mr. Freitag was the Chief Executive Officer of HTS Biosystems, a biotechnology tools start-up company and was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Quantech, Ltd. Prior to Quantech, Mr. Freitag practiced corporate law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The board of directors believes that Mr. Freitag’s leadership, legal, corporate governance and accounting experiences and knowledge, as well as his familiarity with the life sciences industry and PDS, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Otis W. Brawley, M.D.
Dr. Brawley has served on the Board since November 2020. Dr. Otis Brawley, M.D. is a renowned oncologist and a seasoned pharmaceutical director who has served on several boards including the boards of companies developing and commercializing oncology products. Dr. Brawley is currently the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brawley served as the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society from 2007 through 2018, and is a former member of the FDA Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC). Dr. Brawley is a current member of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Board of Scientific Counselors. Formerly, Dr. Brawley was a professor in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine. He was also previously a senior investigator at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and NCI. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Brawley is currently a director at Jackson Laboratories, a nonprofit biomedical research center focused on developing genomic solutions to disease including personalized, tailored therapeutics for individual cancers; formerly, he was a Director for the Theragenics Corporation, a publicly traded company with commercialized medical devices for brachytherapy, surgery and wound closure. Dr. Brawley is also on the board of Incyte Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics, Agilent Technologies, an analytical instrumentation development and manufacturing company, and Lyell Immunopharma, Inc., a private biotechnology company. Dr. Brawley received an M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the NCI. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In 2019 he was given the American Medical Association Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Brawley is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
The board of directors believes that Dr. Brawley’s expertise in the field of Oncology as well as his experience on public company and non-profit boards and his educational background provide him with the qualifications and abilities to serve as a director.
Frank Bedu-Addo, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Dr. Bedu-Addo has served as director, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS since March 2019. Dr. Bedu-Addo is a veteran biotech executive with experience successfully starting and growing biotechnology organizations. He has been responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of both operational and drug development strategies in both large organizations and emerging biotechnology companies. Dr. Bedu-Addo was a member of the senior executive team at KBI BioPharma, Inc. As Vice President of Drug Development, he oversaw all operations including business development, drug development/manufacturing and profit and loss. Before his tenure at KBI, he successfully started and managed Cardinal Health’s East Coast biotechnology drug development and manufacturing 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 both his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Pittsburgh.
The board of directors believes that Dr. Bedu-Addo’s perspective and experience as our President and CEO, as well as his depth of operating and senior management experience in the pharmaceuticals industry and educational background, provide him with the qualifications and abilities to serve as a director.
Kamil Ali-Jackson, J.D.
Ms. Ali-Jackson has served on the Board since February 2020. Ms. Ali-Jackson brings nearly four decades of life sciences industry experience with public and private specialty pharmaceutical, biotech, and biopharmaceutical companies to PDS. Ms. Ali-Jackson has extensive domestic and international experience with strategic alliances, drug development and commercialization collaborations, and M & A transactions. Ms. Ali-Jackson is the co-founder of Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. and served as its Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary since its inception in 2012 until her retirement in January, 2022. In addition, Ms. Ali-Jackson co-founded and successfully transitioned several specialty pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies through multi-million dollar acquisitions by global pharmaceutical companies. In 2011, Ms. Ali-Jackson also co-founded NeXeption, Inc., a biopharmaceutical assets management company and was legal counsel for the company and its affiliated companies from 2011 until 2020. She has served as legal counsel and as a licensing business executive for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co. Inc., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Ali-Jackson currently serves on the board of directors, audit, finance and compensation committees for Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and as an independent director of Moda Operandi, a privately held online luxury retail company. She has also served on several nonprofit boards and currently serves as the Chair of the East Bradford Township Zoning Hearing Board.
The board of directors believes that Ms. Ali-Jackson’s leadership, legal, transactional, compliance and corporate governance expertise and knowledge, as well as her experience as an executive officer, legal counsel, and co-founder in the life sciences industry, provide her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Mr. Glover has served on the Board since April 2019 and is the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Glover is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal for Asclepius Life Sciences Fund, LP, and the Co-Founder, President and CEO of ZyVersa Therapeutics, a public NASDAQ company (ZVSA). ZyVersa is a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs to treat inflammatory and renal diseases. Mr. Glover has extensive experience executing biopharmaceutical company turnarounds and growing top line revenues, with a focus on pharmaceutical business strategy corporate development, product development, commercialization and business optimization. His vast experience spans Fortune 100, start up and entrepreneurial environments and his transaction experience covers over 25 transactions totaling over $10 billion. His strategic and operational experience, which covers most therapeutic classes of biopharmaceuticals, includes strategic planning, corporate development, operations management, product development, clinical and regulatory, product marketing and sales management. Prior to co-founding ZyVersa, Mr. Glover was Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Coherus BioSciences, a commercial biologics platform Company focused on delivering biosimilar therapeutics and novel oncology treatments which went public in 2014. Previously, he was President of Insmed Therapeutic Proteins and EVP and Chief Business Officer of Insmed Incorporated, where he was responsible for the creation of the Company’s biosimilar business unit and divestiture of that business to Merck and led the strategic review process that resulted in the merger of Insmed and Transave. Prior to joining Insmed, Mr. Glover held senior-level positions in sales, marketing and operations at Andrx Corporation, Roche Laboratories, Amgen and IMS Health. He currently serves as a Director of ZyVersa Therapeutics, and Asclepius, as well as a BOD member of the Coulter Foundation as the University of Miami U Innovation Life Sciences Office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Illinois State University.
The Board of Directors believes Mr. Glover’s broad industry experience as well as his experience as a founder and strategic leader provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.