John Cooper has served as a Director on our Board and Chair of the Audit Committee since September 2017.
Mr. Cooper’s career spans over 30 years of senior executive experience managing publicly-traded companies in the life sciences industry. He has played key leadership roles building companies with transformational medical technologies, including the first FDA approved synthetic peptide-containing pulmonary surfactant for premature infants with severe respiratory disease and the second FDA approved blood diagnostic test for HIV. Mr. Cooper has significant experience in corporate and organization development, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, investor relations, and corporate governance. Over his career, Mr. Cooper has raised approximately $1 billion in capital through various financing and strategic transactions. Currently, Mr. Cooper provides corporate development and financial advisory services to emerging public and private companies in the life sciences industry.
Mr. Cooper held executive leadership positions for Windtree Therapeutics (formerly Discovery Laboratories), a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on respiratory therapeutics, from 2001 to 2016. His roles included President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Discovery Labs, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Chrysalis International Corporation (acquired by Phoenix Life Sciences) and its predecessor DNX Corporation, where he managed its initial public offering and negotiated and integrated several strategic acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Cooper served in senior financial management and executive committee roles at ENI Diagnostics (acquired by Pharmacia AB).
Mr. Cooper received his B.S. in Commerce from Rider University and holds a CPA designation.