Board of Directors

James Sapirstein – Chairman

 

Mr. Sapirstein was appointed as Executive Chairman on December 10, 2018. He is currently CEO, President and Board Chairman of AzurRx Biopharma. Mr. Sapirstein is a highly regarded pharmaceutical industry executive with more than 35 years of success in building companies and leading the commercial launch of nearly two dozen prescription drugs in the fields of GI, CNS, infectious disease, and cancer. He has worked at major pharmaceutical companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hoffmann-LaRoche and Eli Lilly, and has led commercial teams for successful biotech companies such as Gilead Sciences and Serono Laboratories. In recent years, Mr. Sapirstein has been the CEO of the early-stage biotech companies – Tobira Therapeutics, Alliqua Therapeutics and most recently, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, where he defined and executed corporate strategy, raised significant capital, advanced drug development programs, and built shareholder value. He sits on several boards including the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

Terry Brostowin, Esq. – Independent Director

 

Mr. Brostowin was appointed as an independent director on December 14, 2018. Mr. Brostowin is an accomplished attorney admitted to the Federal Courts in both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He has extensive expertise in contracts and commercial litigation. Mr. Brostowin has provided his opinion to the New York City Mayor’s office of judicial screening committees on judicial reappointments and was a compliance specialist ensuring the Department of Correction’s compliance with various Federal Court ordered mandates and ensured the financial integrity of various vendors doing business with the Financial Systems Division. Mr. Brostowin has been affiliated with the law firm Brostowin & Associates, PC, since 2009. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Brostowin was affiliated with the law firm Conway & Brostowin, LLC.

William Hearl, Ph.D. – Independent Director

 

Dr. Hearl is the founder of Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. and is an experienced and successful life science businessman and entrepreneur. Dr. Hearl is adept at brokering mutually beneficial partnerships and identifying non-traditional collaborations and investment opportunities.

 

The advent of the commercial development of LAMP technology came from discussions between Dr. Hearl and Dr. Tom August at Johns Hopkins University. Based on their mutual vision of the value of LAMP, ITI emerged and began operations in 2006. Dr. Hearl’s extensive experience in intellectual property management and business development led to the reward of a sub-license of the LAMP technology to Geron Corporation within 30 days of initiating operations and subsequent license agreements, valued at more than $300 million, in 2015 with Japan-based Astellas for next generation allergy vaccines based on the LAMP platform.

 

Dr. Hearl is also a founder of Capital Genomix, Inc. (CGI), a Maryland-based biomarker and drug discovery company and served as its first chief executive officer from inception in 2000 to late 2002 when he assumed the role of chief scientific officer. Dr. Hearl raised seed funds and Series A & B funding for CGI (approximately $5 million in cash/debt). He also acquired the Dynex Technologies division of Thermo Scientific in a leveraged acquisition deal. Dynex was subsequently divested and yielded a remarkable tenfold return to the company.

 

Dr. Hearl is also responsible for the acquisition and development of the core technologies of Capital Genomix: GeneSystem320™ was licensed exclusively from MD Anderson Cancer Center and the ImmunoMouse™ was invented by Dr. Hearl. Dr. Hearl also has an established record of scientific productivity over his 20 years of work in the biotech industry. He started his career as a bench scientist at Electro-Nucleonics, Inc. and developed blood-based diagnostics for HIV, HTLV-I and Hepatitis C. He later worked at Life Technologies and directed the immunodetection group. Under Dr. Hearl’s direction, the lab developed several innovative antibody-based detection kits and reagents. He moved into scientific management when he became the director of research and development at Kirkegaard & Perry Laboratories, Inc. in 1994.

 

Dr. Hearl earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee and B.S. from East Tennessee State University.

Julie Kampf – Independent Director

 

Julie Kampf is a global business executive and thought leader on talent and diversity, with 30 years of experience in the life science and retail/consumer fashion industries and on not-for-profit Boards of Directors. She is currently CEO of JBK Associates International, which she founded in 2003, and has grown to become a multi-million-dollar company as one of INC’s fastest growing private companies, four consecutive years, beginning in 2011. Julie has a reputation for delivering results that exceed expectations working with life science company CEOs and boards, ranging from companies included in the Fortune 100 to startup companies.

 

Prior to founding JBK and moving into the life science industry, Julie gained deep business knowledge in product development, marketing, sales, and organizational development, having started her 17-year career in the fashion industry as a Macy’s Executive Trainee with a subsequent series of roles of increasing responsibility at Warnaco Inc., Hartmann Inc and Michael Stevens, LTD, ultimately rising to Sr. VP with P&L responsibilities with a track record of consistently growing revenues and delivering strong profits.

 

Julie has significant not-for-profit board and advisory committee experience having served on Howard University’s School of Communications Board of Visitors, where she helped launch an entrepreneurial incubator and established an award for student entrepreneurs. Her not-for-profit board service spans the Linkage Diversity Summit, Enterprising Women magazine, International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment, Girl Scout Council of Bergen County, Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Additionally, she has served on the Executive Committee of Good Grief, a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families.

 

Julie has received numerous awards, including having been recognized as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business, an Enterprising Woman of The Year, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman and a Brava Smart CEO Winner. In 2013 and 2009, Julie was recognized as one of the PharmaVoice 100 Most inspiring people in the Life Science Industry.
Julie earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, where she minored in Marketing.

Dr. Vithalbhai D. Dhaduk – Director

 

Dr. Dhaduk has more than 30 years’ professional experience as neurologist who has served as Head of Neurology at Professional Neurological Associates for 20 years and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Commonwealth Medical College. Dr. Dhaduk currently serves as President and Chairman at Professional Neurological Associates (since 1987), Chairman of Dap Dhaduk 1 to 8 (since 1998), Chairman of Caritas International Trading Inc. (since 2011), President and Chairman of Caritas Real Estate Group (since 2011), President and Chairman of Core Hospitality LLC (since 2011), President and Chairman of Star Real Estate LC (since 2012), President and Chairman of Coracias Advanced Technology LLC (since 2016), as a Director on the Board of Directors at FNCB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNCB, since 2017), Board of Directors for The Wright Center (since 2017), and President and Chairman of CorePharma, LLC (since 2018). Previously, Dr. Dhaduk had served as Chairman of Global Pharma Analytics (2012 – 2019), as President and Chairman of Somahlution, LLC (2012 – 2019), President and Chairman of Apicore LLC (2005 – 2016), President and Chairman of R&D Future Aire Tech (2011 – 2013), President and Chairman of Neuron Biotech (2007 – 2013, and President and Chairman of Synerx Pharmaceutical (2007 – 2013). Dr. Dhaduk is a managing trustee of charitable trust and past President and Chairman of Saurashtra Patel Cultural Samaj.

 

Dr. Dhaduk received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1980 from M.P. Shah Medical College in Jamngar, India. Dr. Dhaduk has a Pennsylvania and New Jersey medical license (both since 1985), PGY-1 waiver on basis of excellence in post-graduation from the Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1984), FLEX (Federal Licensing Examination (1984) and ECFMG Certification (1981). Dr. Dhaduk has received the following awards: David Dunn Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching and Study of Neurology, Medical College of Pennsylvania (1986 – 1987) and Honors in Medicine, M.P. Shah Medical College, India (1980). Dr. Dhaduk has memberships in Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Lackawanna County Medical Society, American Medical Association, MS Society, Parkinson’s Support Group, National Headache Foundation, Alzheimer’s Support Group and Who’s Who Registry.

 

Dr. Dhaduk has published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry the following: Partial Ataxic Hemiparesis (1988) and Polyneuritis Cranialis in Lyme Disease (1987). He has presented at the following: CT Scan, EEG, and Brain Mapping in Acute Stroke at American Academy of Neurology (April 1987) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Intracranial Vascular Malformations at American Society of Neuroimaging (February 1986).