Vuong Trieu, Ph.D.
Dr. Trieu, an expert in pharmaceutical development and commercialization, currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Autotelic consortium of companies including Oncotelic, Stocosil, IthenaPharma, LipoMedics, and Autotelic Inc. Previously he was President and CEO of Igdrasol, a developer of 2nd generation Abraxane, where he pioneered the regulatory pathway for approval of paclitaxel nanomedicine through a single bioequivalence trial against Abraxane. When Igdrasol merged with Sorrento Therapeutics, he became CSO and Board Director. At Stocosil he again pioneered the regulatory pathway for taking Olostar, a rosuvastatin/olmesartan FDC into the US as an NDA using only Korean data. He has also been Board Director of Cenomed, a company focusing on CNS drug development. Before that he was Director of Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, and Biology at Abraxis Bioscience, where he led the development of albumin encapsulated therapeutics along with building high throughput platform for small molecules, mirRNA, kinases. The Autotelic consortium of companies include the highly successful exit at Igdrasol where it was acquired for up to $1.2 billion by NantPharma and the $10 million equity stake in LipoMedics by Fangsheng Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. Dr. Trieu obtained his doctorate in Microbiology/Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Blech, an experienced biotechnology entrepreneur and investor, brings to Marina over 35 years of expertise in the biotech industry. He has founded and served on the board of a number of companies that have produced major advances in a broad array of diseases, including the diagnosis of chlamydia, herpes, syphilis and HIV, and the treatment of cystic fibrosis, sexual dysfunction, multiple myeloma and many forms of cancer and hematological disease. Among the companies he has established are Celgene Corporation, the world’s leading company in cancer and hematology, ICOS Corporation, which developed the drug Cialis and was purchased by Eli Lilly, Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation, which developed a new treatment for brain cancer, Gliadel, which was purchased by Johnson & Johnson, Pathogenesis Corporation, which developed the leading drug for cystic fibrosis and was purchased by Chiron, and Genetics Systems Corporation, which developed the first rapid accurate diagnostic for chlamydia and the first accurate test to safe guard the world’s blood supply from the AIDS virus and was later purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Among the boards Mr. Blech currently serves on are Cerecor, Inc., a CNS company, ContraFect Corporation, an infectious disease company and Edge Therapeutics, Inc., a company that treats life-threatening neurological conditions.
Dr. Philippe P. Calais
Lead Independent Director
Dr. Calais has over 28 years of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industry experience in North America and Europe. Prior to becoming CEO of Isarna Therapeutics, he managed several biopharmaceutical companies in Canada and in Europe and headed a large technology transfer organization, focusing on corporate strategic positioning, company deployment and sales optimization strategies. His management expertise, combined with extensive experience with large pharma companies, such as ICI Pharmaceuticals and Roche, covers the full scope of the drug chain – from discovery to clinical development, commercialization as well as partnership and franchise strategic marketing for several therapeutic areas. He has successfully raised significant financing internationally for private and publicly traded biotechs. A French citizen residing in Germany, he has a degree and doctorate in pharmacy from France.
Philip C. Ranker
Mr. Ranker has served as a director since January 2014. Currently, Mr. Ranker serves as Chief Financial Officer at Bioness, Inc. Previously he served as our Chief Accounting Officer from September 7, 2011 until September 30, 2011, and then served as our interim Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from October 1, 2011 until December 31, 2013. Before that, Mr. Ranker served as Chief Financial Officer of Suneva Medical, Inc., a start-up aesthetics company, from 2009 to 2011, and as Vice President of Finance at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2008 to 2009. Prior to Amylin, Mr. Ranker held various positions with Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (the predecessor to Marina Biotech) from 2004 to 2008, including Vice President of Finance from August 2004 until September 2005, and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from September 2005 until January 2008. From September 2001 to August 2004, Mr. Ranker served as Director of Finance for ICOS Corporation. Prior to working at ICOS, Mr. Ranker served in various positions in corporate accounting, managed care contracting and research and development, including Senior Finance Director, at Aventis Pharmaceutical and its predecessor companies during his nearly fifteen year tenure with the organization. From February 2006 until 2010, Mr. Ranker also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the chair of the Audit Committee of ImaRx Therapeutics, Inc., which executed an initial public offering during his tenure. Prior to Aventis, Mr. Ranker was employed by Peat Marwick (currently KPMG) as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Ranker holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kansas.
Donald A. Williams
Mr. Williams has served as a director since September 2014. Mr. Williams is a 35-year veteran of the public accounting industry, retiring in 2014. Mr. Williams spent 18 years as an Ernst & Young (E&Y) Partner and the last seven years as a Partner with Grant Thornton (GT). Mr. Williams’ career focused on private and public companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. During the last seven years at Grant Thornton, he served as the National Leader of Grant Thornton’s Life Sciences Practice and the Managing Partner of the San Diego Office. He was the lead partner for both E&Y and GT on multiple initial public offerings; secondary offerings; private and public debt financings; as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Williams served on the Board of Directors and is past President and Chairman of the San Diego Venture Group and has served on the Board of Directors of various charitable organizations in the communities in which he has lived. Mr. Williams is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree.