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Board of Directors

Improving patient outcomes with innovative drug therapies.

Benjamin Wolin

Chairman of the Board

Benjamin Wolin, age 43, has been a director and our Chairman of the Board since March 2018. Mr. Wolin is also the chairman of the board of directors of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc., the largest independent provider of specialty pharmacy services in the United States. Mr. Wolin currently serves as an advisor to each of 3L Capital LLC, a growth-stage private equity firm, and Refinery 29 Inc., a leading global media company. Mr. Wolin was the co-founder, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Everyday Health, Inc., a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions, from January 2002 until its sale to a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc. in December 2016. Mr. Wolin holds a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College.

John G. Cooper


John G. Cooper, 59, is currently Founder and Principal of JGC Advisors, providing corporate development and financial advisory services to the life sciences industry. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Cooper served as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Windtree Therapeutics Inc. (formerly Discovery Laboratories, Inc.), a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2001 to 2013 at Discovery Labs, Mr. Cooper served in the following roles: President and Chief Financial Officer (2010 – 2013), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2002 – 2010) and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2001 – 2002). Prior to Discovery Labs, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Chrysalis International Corporation, a publicly traded drug development services company with operations in six countries, and its predecessor DNX Corporation, a public biotechnology company, where he managed its initial public offering and negotiated and integrated a number of strategic acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Cooper served in a senior financial management role at ENI Diagnostics, Inc. an international medical device and diagnostics company. Mr. Cooper earned a Certified Public Accountant credential in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from Rider University in 1980.

Dr. Robin L. Smith


Dr. Robin L. Smith, 52, has been a director since June 2016. She is a global thought leader in regenerative medicine, one of the fastest growing segments of modern-day medicine. She received her M.D. from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. During her tenure as CEO of the NeoStem family of companies (NASDAQ:NBS), which she led from 2006 to 2015, she pioneered the company’s innovative business model, combining proprietary cell therapy development with a successful contract development and manufacturing organization. Dr. Smith raised over $200 million, completing six acquisitions and one divestiture while the company won an array of industry awards and business recognition including a first-place ranking in the tri-state area (two years in a row), and eleventh place nationally, on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, and Frost & Sullivan’s North American Cell Therapeutics Technology Innovation Leadership Award. In 2008, Dr. Smith founded the Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF), a nonpartisan 501(c)3 educational organization devoted to fostering global regenerative medicine awareness. In 2017, Dr. Smith was appointed as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School.

Mark H. Ravich


Mark H. Ravich, 64, currently serves as President of Tri-Star Management, Inc., a commercial real estate management and syndication company that he co-founded in 1998. He is also a director of Orchids Paper Products Company, (NYSE:TIS), a national supplier of high quality consumer tissue products, where he serves as Chairman of its Governance Committee and a member of its Audit Committee. Previously, from 1990 until its sale in 1998, Mr. Ravich served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Universal International, Inc., a wholesale retail company. From 1978 to 1990, Mr. Ravich was a developer of commercial real estate and he currently serves as the chief manager of various real estate entities. Mr. Ravich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE and an MBA degree with a major in finance.

Lisa N. Colleran


Lisa N. Colleran, age 60, has been a director since March 2018. Ms. Colleran is the principal of LNC Advisors, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in assisting biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior to founding LNC Advisors, Ms. Colleran served as chief executive officer of LifeCell Corporation and a board member for Centaur Guerney L.P. (a holding company of LifeCell Corporation) from January 2012 to April 2013. Ms. Colleran also served as the global president of LifeCell Corporation from August 2008 to April 12, 2013. Prior to assuming the role of global president, Ms. Colleran served as LifeCell’s vice president of marketing and business development from December 2002 until July 2004 and as senior vice president of commercial operations from July 2004 until August 2008. Prior to joining LifeCell, Ms. Colleran served as vice president and general manager of Renal Pharmaceuticals for Baxter Healthcare Corporation from 2000 to December 2002 and served in various other sales and marketing positions at Baxter, from 1983 to 2000. Ms. Colleran currently serves on the board of directors for Establishment Labs, an innovative breast implant company, and Ariste Medical, a company developing a new class of drug eluting medical devices. Ms. Colleran holds an M.B.A. for Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S.N. degree from Molloy College.