Terren S. Peizer is the founder of our Company and an entrepreneur, investor, and financier with a particular interest in healthcare, having founded and successfully commercialized several healthcare companies. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since the Company’s inception in 2003 through April 11, 2021. Effective April 12, 2021, Mr. Peizer was appointed to serve as the Executive Chairman, and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. He resumed his role as Chief Executive Officer on August 12, 2022. Mr. Peizer is also the founder, and Chairman of BioVie, Inc., a biotechnology company with a focus on end stage liver diseases and inflammatory, neurological, and neuro-degenerative diseases. Mr. Peizer is also Executive Chairman of Verde, Inc., a company producing 100% plant-based, compostable, and biodegradable plastic. He is also Executive Chairman of the mobility company EVmo, Inc. and the mobility delivery company ZipMo, Inc. He also is Executive Chairman of the blockchain company, Casper Labs, Inc. Mr. Peizer is Chairman of Acuitas Group Holdings, LLC, (“Acuitas”) his personal investment vehicle, and holding company that is the owner of all of his portfolio company interests. Through Acuitas, Mr. Peizer owns Acuitas Capital, LLC, an industry leader in investing in micro and small capitalization equities, having invested over $1.5 billion directly into portfolio companies. Mr. Peizer has been the largest beneficial shareholder of, and has held various senior executive positions with, several other publicly traded growth companies, including having served as Chairman of Cray, Inc., a supercomputer company recently sold to Hewlett Packard, Inc. Mr. Peizer has a background in venture capital, investing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and previously held senior executive positions with the investment banking firms Goldman Sachs, First Boston, and Drexel Burnham Lambert. He received his B.S.E. in Finance from The Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
Richard A. Berman has served as the Company’s director since 2014. He is the Associate Vice President of Strategic initiatives for the University of South Florida Research and Innovation, visiting professor of social entrepreneurship in the Muma College of Business, and a professor in the institute of innovation and advanced discovery. As a recognized global leader, Mr. Berman has held positions in health care, education, politics and management. He has worked with several foreign governments, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Health and Welfare, the FDA, and as a cabinet level official for the state of New York. He has also worked with McKinsey & Co, NYU Medical Center, Westchester Medical, Korn-Ferry International, Howe-Lewis International and numerous startup companies. In 1995, Mr. Berman was selected by Manhattanville College to serve as its tenth President. Mr. Berman is credited with the turnaround of the College, where he served until 2009. Mr. Berman serves on the board of several organizations and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (Formerly known as the Institute of Medicine). Mr. Berman received his BBA, MBA, and MPH from the University of Michigan and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattanville College and New York Medical College.
Michael Sherman has served as the Company’s director since July 2017. He has worked in finance for over 30 years, having last served as a Managing Director in Investment Banking, at Barclays Plc. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Sherman was at Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Sherman specialized in equity capital markets and covered Healthcare companies, in addition to companies in other sectors. Mr. Sherman also is currently a Board Member at BioVie, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Sherman began his career in finance as a lawyer at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City and Hong Kong.
Mr. Messina is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Seattle Hill Ventures and x4 Capital Partners, which invest in, and support, startup ventures by providing business development, marketing, operating and technology support. Previously, Mr. Messina was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”). He was responsible for effectively servicing the needs of Premera’s customers with oversight of all operational functions, from customer service to claims processing. Mr. Messina also led Sales and Marketing, responsible for growth and earnings across all markets and business lines throughout the Premera family of companies. Prior to joining Premera, Mr. Messina served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CareSite Pharmacies. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthMarket, a consumer-driven insurance company. Mr. Messina also served in senior level roles at CIGNA and UnitedHealth Group.