Kenneth L. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, President, General Counsel and Chairman of the Board:
Kenneth L. Waggoner has almost four decades of experience in management, business, operations and law. Mr. Waggoner started his career as an attorney in private practice. Notably he was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, named one of the top two law firms worldwide that provide services to biotechnology clients including Chiron, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Sangamo, Ligand, DepoTech and many others. He was the Managing Partner of Brobeck's Los Angeles office. Mr. Waggoner was also a member of the Executive Committee for almost ten years and on the Policy Committee for numerous years managing Brobeck's worldwide operations with annual revenues in excess of $750,000,000. While at Brobeck, Mr. Waggoner was the Co-Chairman of Brobeck's world-wide Environmental Law Group.
Further highlights of Mr. Waggoner's career include leadership and legal positions with several start-up companies during the last several years as well as working with Fortune 500 companies most of his professional career. During his tenure with Chevron, Mr. Waggoner served as the Vice President and General Counsel of its Global Downstream operations where he was responsible for the overall management of legal services to the North American, Latin American, Europe and Asian Products Companies. At Chevron he led a successful restructuring of the company's international Legal Department following Chevron's acquisition of Texaco.
Mr. Waggoner received his Juris Doctorate. with honors in 1973 from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles.
Prof. Dr. Walter H. Günzburg – Chief Scientific Officer:
Prof. Walter H. Gunzburg is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer of Austrianova. As well as being a full Professor of Virology at the University of Vienna since 1996, he has had many years of experience in the biotech industry. He was a scientific advisor to the international vaccine company, Bavarian Nordic, from 1994-2001 and was involved in their IPO. He has also been an scientific advisor to the German biotech companies, Paktis and Liponova, as well as the U.S. biotech company, Tocagen Inc., all of which developed/are developing advanced medicinal treatments for cancer. He was also the Director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Gene Therapeutic Vector Development from 2003-2011. Currently, he is a board member of ViruSure, a virus and prion testing company located in Vienna that he cofounded.
Prof. Gunzburg has been actively involved in European ethics and regulatory affairs in the fields of cell and gene therapy as well as xenotransplantation for many years. He was a member of the German Medical Association's Central Commission for Somatic Gene Therapy. He has also interacted with a number of regulatory agencies including the US FDA, EMA, TGA, HSA and Thai-FDA and was on the review panel for the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Langen, Germany. Prof. Gunzburg continues to be an active researcher and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications in international scientific and medical journals such as Nature, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and Cancer Research as well as co-authoring the first German language textbook on gene therapy. He is also a member of the editorial board of a number of international cell and gene therapy journals including Trends in Molecular Medicine, and continues to be an active reviewer for many top tier journals as well as grant funding agencies.
Gerald W. Crabtree, Ph.D. – Chief Operating Officer and Director:
Dr. Crabtree is the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. Since 1985, Dr. Crabtree has been involved with various biopharmaceutical companies where he has alternatively supervised and coordinated the development of multiple drug candidates, prepared clinical protocols, investigator brochures, monographs, research and review articles and served as project manager for development of major oncologic agents. He is a Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and also is a past member of research grant review committees for the National Institute of Health and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Crabtree established and directed, from inception, a department that monitored and coordinated the development of oncologic and immunologic drugs from initial discovery through regulatory approval in a major pharmaceutical company and served as project manager for the development of the anticancer agent, Taxol®.
Dr. Crabtree received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a National Cancer Institute of Canada Research Fellow. In addition, he served as Department Head of Molecular Pharmacology for the Nucleic Acid Research Institute, and prior to that as Associate Professor of Medicine with the Roger Williams Cancer Center at Brown University. Dr. Crabtree has also served as Director of Project Planning and Management (Oncology/Immunology) at Bristol-Myers Squibb and as Vice-President of Research and Development at ETEX Corporation. Most recently, Dr. Crabtree served as Interim CEO of PhytoCeutica, Inc., where he assisted in preparation and review of FDA documents, clinical study protocols, investment acquisitions and contracts and business plans.