Michael S. Weiss, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael S. Weiss has served as the Company's Executive Chairman, and President and CEO since December 2011. Mr. Weiss is currently a director of the Company. Mr. Weiss is a co-founder of, and has been a managing partner and principal of Opus Point Partners since 2008. Mr. Weiss earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S. in Finance from The University at Albany. He began his professional career as a lawyer with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. In 1999, Mr. Weiss founded Access Oncology which was later acquired by Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) in 2004. Following the merger, Mr. Weiss remained as CEO of Keryx and grew the company to close to a $1BB market capitalization company at its peak. While at Keryx, he raised over $150MM in equity capital through public and private offerings, executed a $100MM+ strategic alliance, negotiated multiple Special Protocol Assessments ("SPA") agreements with the FDA and managed multiple large clinical trials.
Sean A. Power, Chief Financial Officer
Sean A. Power, CPA has served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer since December 2011 and currently serves as the CFO of Opus Point Partners. Mr. Power joined the Company from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (KERX), where he served as Corporate Controller from 2006 to 2011. During his tenure there, Mr. Power was involved in all capital raising and licensing transactions. He was also responsible for leading Keryx's compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. Prior to joining Keryx, he was with KPMG, LLP, independent certified public accountants, where he served as a senior associate. Mr. Power received a BBA in accounting from Siena College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Robert Niecestro, PhD., Executive Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory
Robert Niecestro, PhD. has served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory since December 2011. Dr. Niecestro is an experienced professional in the pharmaceutical industry with approximately 26 years of experience in regulatory affairs, and project management. Dr. Niecestro was the Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., where among other things he successfully negotiated six SPA agreements with the FDA. He has previously held numerous senior management positions including serving as Vice President of Clinical Development for Andrx Laboratories, Senior Director, Clinical Development and Therapeutic Head for Gastrointestinal, Oncology and Stroke at Eisai Inc. and as Director, Clinical Operations and NDA Planning for Organon Inc. While at Andrx, Dr. Niecestro was part of the team that developed the following approved drugs: extended-release metformin, extended-release lovastatin and valproic acid. At Eisai Dr. Niecestro played a pivotal role in the development and commercialization of Aciphex™ (rabeprazole sodium), the post-NDA program for Aricept™ (donepezil sodium), and started both the oncology and neurology franchises in the United States; and while at Organon was part of the team that developed and commercialized the following drugs: Zemuron™ (rocuronium bromide), Orgaran™ (danaparoid sodium), Humegon™ (FSH/LH), Follistim™ (recombinant FSH beta), and one birth control pill (Mircette™). Dr. Niecestro has been involved in the filing of over 45 Investigational New Drug (IND) applications, has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and holds three patents. Dr. Niecestro completed his graduate and post-graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.