Board of Directors
Mr. Glover joined PDS Biotech’s Board of Directors in April 2019 and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. 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 (formerly Variant Pharmaceuticals), 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. Mr. Glover 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 late-stage commercial biologics platform company focused on delivering biosimilar therapeutics 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, Incon 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.
Kamil 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 and compensation committee 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 on the board of trustees of Rosemont College, a private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Ms. Ali-Jackson received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University.
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.
Otis W. Brawley, M.D.
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.
Mr. Freitag has served on PDS Biotech’s board of directors since December 2014. Mr. Freitag currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) and previously served as its General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. 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 health care 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. Mr. Freitag is also a director of the Foundation Board of HealthEast Care System, a health care system in Minnesota. The board of directors of PDS Biotech believe that Mr. Freitag’s leadership, legal, and accounting experiences and knowledge, as well as his familiarity with the pharmaceutical industry and PDS Biotech, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Ilian Iliev, Ph.D.
Dr. Iliev is a Managing Director of EMV Capital, a London-based investor in B2B companies in the healthcare, transportation, energy and technology sectors. Dr. Iliev spun EMV Capital out of EcoMachines Ventures, which he co-founded. Prior to EMV Capital, he was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of CambridgeIP Ltd, a market- leading technology business intelligence provider in the United Kingdom. Dr. Iliev is a Non-Executive Director of NetScientific plc, a transatlantic healthcare IP commercialization group that funds and develops companies that are working to significantly improve the health and well-being of people with chronic diseases. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Sofant Technologies, Pointgrab, Q-Bot, Vortex Biosciences and Wanda Health. Dr. Iliev holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies. He also received a Master of Commerce in Economics, and Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Economics and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. He has published widely on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and market trends in healthcare and energy and is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The board of directors of PDS Biotech believe that Dr. Iliev’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist across multiple industries, including healthcare provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Sir Richard Sykes
Sir Richard Sykes has served on PDS Biotech’s board of directors since December 2014. He is currently Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Chairman of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, Chairman of Omnicyte, NetScientific and the investment board of Deepridge Capital. He was appointed Chancellor of Brunel University in 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Independent Director and non-executive Chairman of ENRC from 2007 to June 2011, Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010, Rector of Imperial College London from 2000 to 2008. He was a non-executive director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2007, and senior independent director from 2004 to 2007. He has over 30 years’ experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries field, serving as Chief Executive and Chairman of GlaxoWellcome from 1995 to 2000 and then as Chairman of GlaxoSmithkline until 2002. Internationally he is Chairman of the International Advisory Board, A*Star Biomedical Research Council, Singapore and a Board member of EDBI. He was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Singapore in 2004 for his contribution to the development of the country’s biomedical sciences industry. Sir Richard holds a number of degrees and awards from Institutions both in the UK and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians. He is also President of the R and D Society, a position he has held since 2002. He is a Fellow of Imperial College London and the Imperial College School of Medicine, King’s College London and Honorary Fellow of the Universities of Wales and Central Lancashire. Sir Richard received a Knighthood in the 1994 New Year’s Honours list for services to the pharmaceutical industry. The board of directors of PDS Biotech’s believe 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