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Despite advances in medicine and technology, millions of patients worldwide with acquired brain injuries have limited therapeutic options to alleviate the cognitive, functional, and neuro-behavioral deficits facing them and their caregivers.
We at NeuroTrauma Sciences are passionate in our mission to develop therapies that address the full complexities of acquired brain injuries including ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurologic conditions. Employing a systems biology approach, science guides our development of unique and diverse multi-targeted small molecule drug candidates. We are working with the foremost scientific thought leaders, researchers, and clinicians in neuroscience to execute a rational, portfolio strategy of drug development and are advancing an innovative product pipeline.
In a space largely abandoned by big pharma, we believe we are in the right place at the right time, capitalizing on technological advances and our ability to use artificial intelligence, diagnostics, imaging, and biomarkers to better identify patients, optimize clinical trial design, and increase the likelihood of success for patients.
WHAT IS AN ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY?
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth and causes changes to the brain’s neuronal activity. ABIs can be categorized as traumatic or non-traumatic – with traumatic brain injury (TBI) most often caused by falls, assaults, motor vehicle accidents, sports and recreational activities, and military actions, and non-traumatic most often caused by stroke, infectious diseases, seizure, tumors, and metabolic disorders.
Immediately following brain injury, neuronal tissue reacts with a series of biochemical and other physiological responses that can cause further damage and destroy additional brain cells in what is called the secondary host response. Due to the variability and severity of the primary injury, patients experiencing acquired brain injuries suffer from a wide array of potentially debilitating and life-altering complications.
Brain injury and stroke are each among the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. It is estimated that approximately 4 million TBIs occur in the U.S. each year, with an additional 50 million occurring globally. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2014 nearly 3 million people sought care in the hospital emergency room for traumatic brain injuries. This likely significantly undercounts the total traumatic brain injuries, as many TBI sufferers choose to seek care from their primary care physicians, through telehealth services, at urgent care centers, or concussion clinics, or forego medical intervention altogether.
This incidence of stroke in the U.S. is relatively consistent, with 800,000 strokes occurring per year and approximately 7 million stroke patients affected by persistent long-term disabilities. Looking at these numbers worldwide, an estimated 15 million people suffer a stroke every year and more than 25 million show persistent signs of a stroke in their medical histories. With the aging of the Baby Boom generation, these epidemiologic numbers are expected to continue unabated, especially with limited therapeutic interventions available for the majority of stroke patients.
D. Carl Long
Chief Executive Officer
D. Carl Long co-founded NeuroTrauma Sciences in July 2016 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 30 years of finance and operating experience in various fields, including the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and has been part of the founding management team of several early-stage companies. As a global investor and financier, Carl’s expertise includes organizational management, financing strategies, venture capital, and the creation of shareholder value through the execution of effective exit strategies. Carl’s previous positions in life sciences included Co-Founder and President of Fluoromed Pharmaceuticals and Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and Director of Alliance Pharmaceuticals, where he assisted in leading the company to a successful IPO and towards building a world-class Research and Development management team. In addition, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Vice Chairman of Biofield Corp., a medical device company he also co-founded and assisted in bringing to a successful IPO. Carl studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, in addition to spending five years at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center and University of Nice, France conducting research in fluorocarbon-based oxygen delivery therapeutics and cancer diagnostics.
Judith Hedstrom, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Judith Hedstrom joined NeuroTrauma Sciences shortly after its founding as Chief Operating Officer. She is an accomplished executive leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in accelerating life science product development and growth. Judy’s strengths lie in her ability to prioritize investment decisions, build high-performing, cross-functional teams throughout all stages of portfolio development, identify and structure partnerships and commercial programs, and recruit senior talent. Judy has held numerous executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development and Chief Operating Officer of Alteon Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for APACHE Medical Systems, also a public company. Judy has consulted to biologics, pharmaceutical, and medical products companies and their investors on a variety of high-impact matters regarding operational and financial strategy, growth and profit optimization, due diligence, and interim executive leadership. Her prior experience includes McKinsey & Company, as a Senior Practice Expert, and The Wilkerson Group, as a Senior Consultant. Judy graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.
Anthony O. Caggiano, M.D., PhD.
Chief Medical Officer
Anthony O. Caggiano, MD, PhD, joined the Neurotrauma Sciences leadership team in January 2021 as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research & Development. Tony is a broad-based therapeutic development executive with experience across multiple therapeutic modalities and indications, with a focus on neurological disorders. During his more than 20 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, he has served in the role of Chief Medical Officer for Cognition Therapeutics, Constant Pharmaceuticals and Aeromics, Inc., clinical-stage companies respectively developing candidates for central nervous system disorders including stroke. Earlier, as senior vice president of research and development at Acorda Therapeutics, he oversaw a staff managing clinical and preclinical research and development programs in multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.
Among many advisory board and panel appointments, Tony chaired the National Institutes of Health’s small business special emphasis panel: Drug Discovery for Aging, Neuropsychiatric and Neurologic Disorders. Together with a team of experts, he reviewed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer Research (STTR) applications for psychiatric and neurological conditions. Tony earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in interdisciplinary studies, focusing on biology, chemistry and psychology. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.
David Lawrence, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Dave Lawrence, MBA, joined the NeuroTrauma Sciences leadership team in March 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. Dave has over 20 years of financial and operational leadership experience in the biotechnology industry. At Acorda Therapeutics he served in the role of several financial and operating positions including Chief, Business Operations and Principal Accounting Officer, as well as Chief Financial Officer and VP of Finance. While at Acorda, Dave managed the successful completion of the company’s IPO and managed several follow-on offerings and private placements raising a total of over $700 million. His prior experience includes financial management positions of Vice President and Controller and Finance Manager for several telecommunications companies including Tel-Air Communications, Southwestern Bell and Metromedia Telecommunications.
Dave received his B.A. in Accounting from Roger Williams College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Iona College. He was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and currently serves as Chair of the BIO Business Solutions Advisory Board.
Dean Murphy, RAC
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Dean Murphy, RAC, is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at NeuroTrauma Sciences. With more than 30 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, he has provided strategic and tactical regulatory direction along with quality compliance for all aspects of research and development and has successfully established and maintained state-of-the-art regulatory, quality assurance, and compliance programs for emerging and Fortune 500 companies. He has had extensive interaction with regulatory agencies (FDA, EMA) and develops pragmatic, innovative strategies and global regulatory programs relating to GxP (GLP, GCP and GMP), ISO, and best business/regulatory practices. Dean’s prior experience ranges from start-ups, including Alteon, Pharmacopeia/Ligand, through several multi-national large biopharmaceutical and device companies, including Wyeth, Glaxo, Novartis, Hoffman-La Roche, and Johnson &Johnson. Dean graduated from Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ, with a B.S. in Biology.
John-Claude Saltiel, MBA
Vice President of Corporate Development
John-Claude Saltiel joined NeuroTrauma Sciences in April 2018 as Vice President of Corporate Development and General Manager of the company’s subsidiary NeurExo Sciences. He brings more than 25 years of health care and life sciences experience, having advised on and implemented large, complex corporate initiatives as a strategy and management consultant, with a specialization in product launch and positioning, managed markets, operational excellence, and M&A strategy and integration. John-Claude served as a member of teams that helped successfully launch Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis biologic products, and, while at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, he managed the global launch of its blockbuster Soliris’ line extension into the refractory generalized myasthenia gravis market. John-Claude graduated with a B.S. from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from Columbia Business School.
David Poulsen, PH.D
Principal Scientific Advisor
David Poulsen, Ph.D., serves as NeuroTrauma Sciences’ Principal Scientific Advisor. David is a pioneer in the field of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and in research to develop neuroprotective and neurorestorative agents. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Prior to joining NTS, he held numerous academic and research positions and served as Chief Science Officer for Sinapis Pharma, a stroke and traumatic brain injury-focused company. Throughout his career, David has authored five patents and has secured $7.3 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other institutions to fund his stroke and TBI research. He has authored 68 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts/posters and is a sought-after speaker, having made local, state, national, and international presentations on neuroprotection and neurorestoration in stroke and TBI. David received a B.S. in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Virology from the University of Delaware.
R. Brent Miller, Ph.D., PMP
Senior Advisor, Small Molecule CMC
R. Brent Miller, Ph.D., PMP, is the founder of PharmSci Partners LLC, a consulting firm focused on advancing Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls (CMC) activities of small molecules from discovery through development. Brent has more than 25 years of drug development experience, including work with start-up companies, such as NeuroTrauma Sciences and MDS Tricon; mid-size pharma companies, including Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals, and Bio-Research Ltd.; and large pharma companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Fujisawa (now Astellas Pharma). Throughout this experience, he has led a wide variety of operational departments, including Technical Strategic Alliances & Due Diligence, Project Management Office, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Formulation Development/Analytical Development), Bioanalytical Development, Quality Control and Stability. Brent received his B.Sc. (Specialization in Chemistry) from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where he focused on bioanalytical neurochemistry, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a frequent invited speaker/panelist at conferences and has 29 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Allan Robins, PH.D.
Senior Advisor for Manufacturing and Process Development in Biologics
Allan Robins, Ph.D. serves as Senior Advisor to NeuroTrauma Sciences for Manufacturing and Process Development in Biologics. He has more than 25 years’ experience in Biotech startups focusing on development of manufacturing processes for cell therapies and biologicals. Allan was previously Senior Vice President, Science and Technology at ViaCyte, a private company a regenerative medicine company focused on the development of novel cell replacement therapies to treat diabetes, where he oversaw ViaCyte’s cell manufacturing and process development activities. He also served as ViaCyte's Acting CEO. Prior to ViaCyte, Allan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of BresaGen, a company focused on development of cell therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Under Allan’ leadership, BresaGen was awarded significant support for its stem cell research from the National Institutes of Health. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in South Australia.
Todd Verdoorn, Ph.D.
Senior Neuropharmacology Advisor
Todd Verdoorn, Ph.D. has more than 20 years of experience working with both public and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to develop new treatments for neurological diseases, with particular expertise in progressing pipeline products from preclinical development into initial human trials including Phase 2 proof-of-concept studies. Most recently, Todd held the position of Chief Scientific Officer with DiaMedica, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, where he oversaw early clinical development of a drug treatment for ischemic stroke and secured approval for an Investigational New Drug application to the U.S. FDA. His other experience includes five years working with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s stroke group and serving as Chief Scientific Officer for several private life sciences companies. Todd earned his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina, conducted post-doctoral research with Bert Sakmann, the 1993 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and served as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous publications and inventor on multiple patents and patent applications.
Warren Wasiewski, M.D.
Senior Medical Advisor
Warren Wasiewski, M.D., serves as Senior Medical Advisor to NeuroTrauma Sciences. He is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in pediatric neurology and more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. His pharmaceutical experience includes drug development across all phases of clinical advancement, establishing global regulatory strategies, assessing business development opportunities and mergers, and raising capital to support clinical programs. Most recently, Warren was Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Research and Development for Bioblast Pharma, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. Prior to that, he was Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Clinical Development for Neurotrope BioScience, leading its Alzheimer’s disease program as well as two pipeline programs in orphan indications. Previously, he was Vice President of Clinical Development for Neurology at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and, earlier, Senior Medical Director for AstraZeneca in Neurology. Warren’s clinical career includes both academic and private practice, as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State Children’s Hospital, and Chair of Pediatrics at Lancaster General Hospital. He received a B.A. from Rutgers College, an M.S. from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and an M.D. from State University of New York, Buffalo.
Margaret Zaleska, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Advisor, Stroke
Margaret M. Zaleska, Ph.D. is a consultant offering NTS expertise in bench-to-clinic translational strategies and in vivo models of central nervous system injury. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, developing compounds for neurological indications at Wyeth and Pfizer, and has led numerous drug discovery programs for small molecules and biologics from target inception and drug candidate validation to clinical development. Most recently, as a Portfolio Lead in Pfizer’s Neuroscience Unit, she led an alliance with the CHDI Foundation for the development of a PDE10 inhibitor successfully advanced into Phase 2 clinical development. While at Wyeth, she successfully led five project teams to deliver diverse drug candidates for the treatment of stroke from discovery to clinical development. Margaret is a standing member of the Neurological Sciences and Disorders Study Section Committee and the NINDS Special Emphasis Panel Scientific Review Group. She is also a member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation Therapeutic Pipeline Projects’ Review Board. Early in her career, she held a research faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Polish Academy of Sciences.