Mr. Brandt has served as a director since September 2010. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Noven Pharmaceuticals. Prior to leading Noven, Brandt spent 28 years at Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company. He served as Pfizer's President - U.S. Pharmaceuticals Operations, where he helped deliver revenue and earnings growth while engineering major change within Pfizer's U.S. pharmaceuticals organization. Prior to running the U.S. operations, he led the Latin American Pharmaceuticals Operations, as well as the following Pfizer Worldwide Pharmaceuticals functions: Finance, Information Technology, Planning and Business Development. He also oversaw the operations of Pfizer's care management subsidiary, Pfizer Healthcare Solutions. Mr. Brandt holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Columbia School of Business.
Mr. Beever has served as a director since May 2006. He is a Vice President of Booz & Company. He was a partner and Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. from 1993 to 2009, and served as staff member and Engagement Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton from January 1984 to October 2003. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Beever served as Plant Production Manager from October 1981 to January 1984, Industrial Engineering Manager from June 1979 to October 1981 and Production Supervisor from July 1978 to June 1979 at McGraw-Edison Company. Mr. Beever holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Kwang Soo Cheong
Dr. Cheong has served as a director since May 2006. He is a faculty member at the Department of Finance of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (Assistant Professor: 2001-2005 & Associate Professor: 2006 to date). Dr. Cheong was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii from 1994 to 2001, and he was a lecturer at the Department of Economics of Stanford University from 1993 to 1994. During the summer of 1995, Dr. Cheong was a Visiting Fellow in the Taxation and Welfare Division at the Korea Development Institute in Korea. Dr. Cheong holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Gil Price, M.D.
Gil Price, M.D., is a clinical physician trained in internal medicine with a long-standing interest in drug development, adverse drug reactions, drug utilization and regulation. Since 2017, Dr. Price has served as chief medical officer of the pharmacovigilance team of ProPharma Group, a global industry leader in comprehensive compliance services that span the entire lifecycle of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and devices. He previously served as chief executive officer and chief medical Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, a provider of solutions for clinical and drug safety operations, from 2002 until its acquisition by ProPharma Group in 2017. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Price was the director of clinical development for oncology at MedImmune, Inc., which is now the biologics subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc. Prior to joining MedImmune, Dr. Price worked in the contract research organization sector. Dr. Price began his pharmaceutical career at Glaxo Inc., which is now GlaxoSmithKline plc, where he worked for nearly nine years on both the commercial and research sides of that company. From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Price served on the board of directors of Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Price is a former member of the American Medical Association, the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and a past member of the American Society for Microbiology.
Mr. Rodgers was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of TESARO, an oncology focused biopharmaceutical company which he co-founded, from March 2010 until August 2013. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer from June 2009 to February 2010 of Abraxis BioScience, which was subsequently acquired by Celgene. Prior to that, Mr. Rodgers served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of MGI PHARMA, from 2004 until its acquisition by Eisai, in January 2008. He has held finance and accounting positions at several private and public companies, including Arthur Andersen. Mr. Rodgers also serves as a director for Ardelyx, Inc. Mr. Rodgers received a B.S. in Financial Accounting from St. Cloud State University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business.
Lara S. Sullivan, M.D.
Lara Sullivan brings more than two decades of experience and senior leadership in biopharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences, to Rexahn. Dr. Sullivan is a founder and from 2017 to 2018 served as president of SpringWorks Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining SpringWorks Therapeutics, Dr. Sullivan served as a vice president of Pfizer from 2011 to 2017. While at Pfizer she helmed strategy and portfolio operations for the company’s early-stage pipeline and led the work, inside Pfizer and with outside patient groups and partners, to create SpringWorks Therapeutics. Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Sullivan was an associate principal in the pharmaceutical and medical products practice at McKinsey & Company, where she advised biopharmaceutical clients on a variety of strategic and operational issues, with a particular emphasis on research and development productivity. Dr. Sullivan also served as a principal at Paul Capital Partners, where she led due diligence for investments in their healthcare fund, and earlier in her career worked in healthcare equity research and municipal finance at Credit Suisse First Boston. Dr. Sullivan holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in comparative literature from Cornell University.
Douglas J. Swirsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Swirsky was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2018. He joined Rexahn in January 2018 as President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Rexahn he was President, CEO and a director of GenVec, Inc., a publicly-traded biotechnology company, a position he held from 2013 through the sale of the company in 2017. He joined GenVec in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining GenVec, Mr. Swirsky was a Managing Director and the Head of Life Sciences Investment Banking at Stifel Nicolaus from 2005 to 2006 and held investment banking positions at Legg Mason from 2002 until Stifel Financial's acquisition of the Legg Mason Capital Markets business in 2005. He has also previously held investment banking positions at UBS, PaineWebber and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Swirsky is on the board of directors of Fibrocell Science, Inc., Cellectar Biosciences, Inc., and Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. Mr. Swirsky is a certified public accountant and a CFA® charter holder. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.