Meet Our Board of Directors

Rene Sindlev

Rene Sindlev


Chairman

 

Mr. Sindlev has been successfully self employed since 1985 from an age of 23. He has been an investor and entrepreneur since 1997 through his investment holding company, RS Group ApS. Since 2012, his holding companies have included RS Group ApS, RS Arving ApS, RS Family ApS and RS Newton ApS. In January of 2014, Mr. Sindlev established Dr. Smood ApS in Denmark, and Dr. Smood Group, Inc. in the United States, a chain of natural health-conscious restaurants, and since January of 2014 he has served as its chairman. Mr. Sindlev has previously founded, owned and sold more than 28 companies in the Jewelry, Aviation, Charter and Real Estate Business, such as World og Watches A/S, Pandora A/S, RS Aviation ApS, Gråbrødrestrœde ApS among others. In 2002 Mr. Sindlev co-founded Pandora Jewelry America ApS, and served as President, board member and advisor to the board until its IPO on Nasdaq Copenhagen in 2010. We believe Mr. Sindlev’s experience as an entrepreneur in successfully building start-up companies from the ground up qualifies him to serve as a director.

Dr. Mark Dybul


Executive Vice Chairman

 

Dr. Dybul has served as a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality since June of 2017. Dr. Dybul has worked on HIV and public health for nearly 30 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher, and administrator, most recently as the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2013 through May of 2017, and as the co-director of the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law from 2009 through 2012. Dr. Dybul was one of the founding architects in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009. Earlier in his career, after graduating from Georgetown Medical School in Washington D.C., Dr. Dybul joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a research fellow under director Dr. Anthony Fauci, where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimization, including the first randomized, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa. Dr. Dybul has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards, including a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from Georgetown University. Dr. Dybul is a member of the national academy of medicine. We believe Dr. Dybul’s extensive high-level clinical and institutional experience in the field of HIV/AIDS qualifies him to serve as a director.

Gregg H. Alton


Independent Director

 

At Gilead, Mr. Alton served as interim Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the company’s strategy, growth and operations. As Chief Patient Officer, he led Gilead’s patient outreach and engagement initiatives and the company’s efforts to facilitate access to its medicines around the world. He oversaw the corporate and medical affairs functions and developing world access programs, as well as its digital patient solutions and patient-centered outcomes groups and commercial operations in certain countries. Mr. Alton joined Gilead in 1999, and held a number of positions at the company with experience in legal, medical affairs, policy and commercial. He previously served as general counsel.
Prior to joining Gilead, he was an attorney at the law firm of Cooley Godward, LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnerships and corporate finance transactions for healthcare and information technology companies. Mr. Alton is a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Institute, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland, and the Partners in Health Board of Trustees. He serves on the U.S. government’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and the advisory boards for UCSF Global Health Group, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Collidion, Inc. Mr. Alton received a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Stanford University.

Carol L. Brosgart


Independent Director

 

Carol L. Brosgart, M.D. serves on the boards of privately held companies and public, not-for-profit, domestic and global health organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Galmed Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. and Abivax. Previously, she served as a member of Tobira Therapeutics’s Board of Directors from September 2009 until Allergan acquired it in November 2016; and, she was formerly on the Board of Juvaris, a vaccine company until Bayer Company acquired its assets. She is a consultant to Allergan, Dynavax, and a number of biotechnology companies in the areas of liver disease and infectious diseases. Dr. Brosgart is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Hepion (formerly “ContraVir”), a biotechnology company working in the area of HBV Cure. She also serves on the Board of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) and the ALF Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Northern California Chapter, the Steering Committee of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the Executive Committee of the Forum for Collaborative Research, and the Steering Committee of the HBV Cure Group at the Forum. She is a member of the Board of the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF); serves on Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Hepatitis B Foundation; and, is the Research Integrity Officer for the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute. She served for many years on the Boards of the SF AIDS Foundation and the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. She is active in the public policy arena for the following professional organizations: AASLD and IDSA/HIVMA. Dr. Brosgart served as Senior Advisor on Science and Policy to the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the CDC and the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition at the CDC Foundation from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Brosgart has also served as a member on the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco for the past four decades, where she is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Division of Global Health and Infectious Diseases. From March 2011 until August 2011, Dr. Brosgart served as Chief Medical Officer at biotechnology company Alios BioPharma, Inc. Prior to Alios, Dr. Brosgart served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California, from 2009 until February 2011. Previously, she served for eleven years, from 1998 until 2009, at the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc., where she held a number of senior management roles, most recently as Vice President, Public Health and Policy and earlier as Vice President, Clinical Research and Vice President, Medical Affairs and Global Medical Director, Hepatitis. She led the clinical development of a number of agents at Gilead, including Viread and Hepsera. Prior to Gilead, Dr. Brosgart worked for more than 20 years in clinical care, research, and teaching at several Bay Area medical centers. She was the founder and Medical Director of the East Bay AIDS Center at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, from 1987 until 1998 and served as the Medical Director of Central Health Center, Oakland, California, of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Dr. Brosgart received a B.S. in Community Medicine from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. Her residency training was in pediatrics, public health, and preventive medicine at UCSF and UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She has published extensively in the areas of HIV, HBV, CMV, and liver disease.

Evelyn D'An


Independent Director

 

Ms. D’An is an experienced independent director and experienced chair of audit, compensation and nominating/governance committees with various public companies. She has also worked as a CFO, as a former Big 4 Audit Partner and has been a Hispanic business leader in the community for many years. MS. D’An spent 18 years with Ernst & Young where she served clients in retail, consumer products, technology, financial services, media and other sectors. As President of D’An Financial Services, she has continued to provide a variety of financial and operational leadership support to her clients since 2004. Ms. D’An has a diverse background which offers a valuable combination of private equity ownership experience, along with public company corporate governance and reporting. Throughout her career, she has taken on financial and operational leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Brightstar Corporation, a $5B global distributor and service provider for the wireless industry. Ms. D’An also led and participated in several successful initial public offerings, debt restructuring, multiple mergers and acquisitions and transformation of a best in class accounting and financial reporting infrastructure. Ms. D’An has been serving on corporate boards since 2005. Since 2016, she has also served on the board of Summer Infant, a NASDAQ manufacturer of infant and juvenile products, with distribution into major retailers such as Target, Walmart and Amazon. She graduated with a Masters of Accounting from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of Albany. We believe Ms. D’An’s significant corporate governance, financial and accounting expertise qualifies her to serve as a director.

Henrik Grønfeldt-Sørensen


Member

 

Mr. Grønfeldt-Sørensen is has been the Chief Executive Officer of RS Group ApS, RS Arving ApS, RS Family ApS and RS Newton ApS since October of 2012, and he has served as a director of DrSmood Group, Inc. since January of 2014. Mr. Grønfeldt-Sørensen has over 10 years’ experience from different CEO & management positions; Danske Bank in Denmark, the Danish Bank Nykredit in France. RS Group of Companies, a family office in Denmark with global investments within real estate, charter business, food & beverage, private hospitals and biosciences. Mr. Grønfeldt-Sørensen holds a eMBA from University of Monaco (2011).

Carl Sandler


Member

 

Mr. Sandler is a serial tech and healthcare CEO who has built numerous consumer-facing technology and healthcare brands. He was the CEO of Enochian BioPharma, Inc. prior to its acquisition by the Registrant and has been the Manager of Weird Science, LLC since March of 2017. Mr. Sandler is a widely respected thought leader, journalist and speaker on issues related to public health, HIV / AIDS, sex and sexuality. He has spoken extensively at AIDS / HIV conferences worldwide about innovative uses of technology in public health. In addition to his journalism and speaking engagements and prior to his position with Weird Science, Mr. Sandler was the Manager of DH Services, LLC, an application developer, and the CEO of True Sons Grooming, a subscription service. We believe Mr. Sandler’s significant experience in the HIV/AIDS community and as an entrepreneur qualifies him to serve as a director.

James Sapirstein


Independent Director

 

Mr. Sapirstein joined the Board of Directors of the Registrant having served over thirty years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has been part of almost two dozen product launches and specifically either led or been a key member of several HIV product launches into a new class of therapeutics at that time. Most recently from March 18, 2014 until October 3, 2018, he served as the CEO of ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is a company specializing in the Hepatitis B space. After beginning his career in 1984 with Eli Lilly, he accepted a position at Hoffmann-LaRoche in 1987, where he served for almost a decade as part of its commercial teams in the US and abroad. He held a number of positions at Hoffmann-LaRoche, before moving to Bristol Myers Squibb in 1996 the Director of International Marketing in the Infectious Disease group. While at BMS, he worked on several important HIV/AIDS projects including Secure the Future. Mr. Sapirstein started his career in smaller biotech companies when he later joined Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) in order to lead the Global Marketing team in its launch of Viread (tenofovir) In 2002, he accepted the position of Executive Vice President Metabolic and Endocrinology for Serono Laboratories before becoming the founding CEO of Tobira Therapeutics in 2006. In 2012, after several years in the infectious diseases space, Mr. Sapirstein became the CEO of Alliqua Therapeutics at Alliqua, Inc., prior to joining Contravir. Mr. Sapirstein holds board positions with RespireRx Pharmaceuticals (RSPI) and Leading Biosciences. He is also the Chairman of BioNJ and a Board Director for BIO, where he sits on both the Health Section Governing and Emerging Companies Section Governing Boards. Mr. Sapirstein received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and B.Pharm. from Rutgers University. We believe Mr. Sapirstein’s extensive experience as a biotechnology executive and as a board member in biopharma industry and industry associations qualifies him to serve as a director.