Board of Directors
Steven King, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. King was nominated to serve as a director on August 21, 2020 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on August 31, 2020. Mr. King served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now known as Avid Bioservices, Inc.) (Nasdaq: CDMO) and its wholly-owned biomanufacturing subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc., for over 15 years, during which time the company advanced its lead compound through Phase III clinical development, while growing revenues to over $55 million.
Carlton M. Johnson, Jr., Director
Mr. Johnson has served as a director of the Company since 2001. From June 1996 through March 2013, Mr. Johnson served as in-house legal counsel for Roswell Capital Partners, LLC and related entities. Mr. Johnson has been admitted to the practice of law in Alabama since 1986, Florida since 1988 and Georgia since 1997. He has been a shareholder in the Pensacola, Florida AV- rated law firm of Smith, Sauer, DeMaria Johnson and was President-Elect of the 500 member Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. He also served on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Mr. Johnson earned a degree in History/Political Science at Auburn University and a Juris Doctor at Samford University - Cumberland School of Law. Mr. Johnson served on the board of directors of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc (now known as Avid Bioservices, Inc.) (Nasdaq: CDMO) from 1999 through November 2017. From May 2009 to March 2012, Mr. Johnson served on the board of directors of Cryoport, Inc., a publicly held company providing cost-efficient frozen shipping to biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. From November 2009 to December 2011, Mr. Johnson served on the board of directors of ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.
Gloria H. Felcyn, Director
Ms. Felcyn has served as a director of the Company since October 2002 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Since 1982, Ms. Felcyn has been the principal in her own certified public accounting firm, during which time she represented Helmut Falk Sr. and nanoTronics, along with other major individual and corporate clients in Silicon Valley. Following Mr. Falk’s death, Ms. Felcyn represented his estate and family trust as Executrix and Trustee of the Falk Estate and The Falk Trust. Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Felcyn worked for the national accounting firm of Hurdman and Cranston from 1969 through 1970 and Price Waterhouse & Co. in San Francisco and New York City from 1970 through 1976, during which period she represented major Fortune 500 companies. Subsequent to that, Ms. Felcyn worked in the field of international tax planning with a major real estate syndication company in Los Angeles until 1982 when she decided to start her own practice in Northern California. A major portion of Ms. Felcyn’s current practice is “Forensic Accounting”, which involves valuation of business entities and investigation of assets. Ms. Felcyn has published tax articles for “The Tax Advisor” and co-authored a book published in 1982, “International Tax Planning”. Ms. Felcyn has a degree in Business Economics from Trinity University and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Robert Garnick, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Garnick was nominated to serve as a director on August 21, 2020. Dr Garnick holds a PH.D in Natural Products / Organic Chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a Senior V.P. of Regulatory, Quality and Compliance at Genentech when he left in 2008. Dr. Garnick started at Genentech in 1984 and was directly responsible for the approval of a number of biotechnology products including such blockbusters as Rituxan®, Herceptin® and Avastin®. Dr. Garnick left Genentech in 2008 and founded Lone Mountain Biotechnology and Medical Devices Inc., a consulting company. Dr Garnick was co-founder of Bioanalytix in Boston and an early investor in Stemcentrx in San Francisco. Dr. Garnick has extensive drug and biologics development experience and was a frequent lecturer on biotechnology products and processes.
Robert A. Baffi, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Baffi was nominated to serve as a director on June 10, 2021. Dr. Baffi served as president of global manufacturing and technical operations at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., where he spent 20 years in various capacities overseeing the manufacturing, process development, quality, analytical chemistry, logistics and engineering departments. He established the technical operations infrastructure supporting the company's commercial production and distribution demands globally. Dr. Baffi developed innovative and successful chemistry manufacturing and controls strategies enabling the company to grow from research to commercialization. Prior to BioMarin, Dr. Baffi served for over 14 years at Genentech, Inc., holding positions of enhanced leadership and responsibility within quality and technical operations. He developed key procedures, controls and strategies to support the approval, launch or continuing supply of 16 commercial biotechnology products. As the single point of contact between technical operations and business development, he created an alliance management framework to coordinate all aspects of research and corporate partnerships from due diligence to program execution. Previously, Dr. Baffi worked for Cooper BioMedical as a research scientist and at Becton Dickinson Research Center as a post-doctoral fellow. He has contributed to more than 25 regulatory submissions for product approvals in the United States, Europe and Japan, with more than 50 regulatory submissions for investigational new drug testing. He currently serves on the board for the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training ("NIBRT") and Neurogene Inc. He has authored over a dozen publications and seven patents covering a diverse set of technologies. Dr. Baffi received a Ph.D., M. Phil and a B.S. in biochemistry from the City University of New York and an M.B.A. from Regis University.
Paul Lytle, Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lytle was nominated to serve as a director on August 21, 2020 and was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer on August 31, 2020. Mr. Lytle has over 25 years of finance and accounting experience, including 21 years of public company experience and 19 years of CFO experience in the field of biotechnology and medical devices. Mr. Lytle served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Breathe Technologies, Inc. (“Breathe”), a private venture-backed medical device company with an approved portable ventilator, from September 2018 to December 2019. During this period, Mr. Lytle played a key role in preparing the company for a successful exit for investors and in September 2019, Breathe was acquired by Hillrom Holding, Inc. (NYSE: HRC) through a reverse triangular merger. Prior to Breathe, Mr. Lytle served as Chief Financial Officer of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now known as Avid Bioservices, Inc.) (Nasdaq: CDMO) and its wholly-owned biomanufacturing subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc., for 18 years, during which time the company advanced multiple products in oncology and infectious diseases, including its lead compound through Phase III clinical development, while starting and growing a biomanufacturing business to over $55 million in revenue. Prior to joining Peregrine, Mr. Lytle was employed by Deloitte from 1992 to 1997.
Nicole F. Steinmetz, Ph.D., Director, Acting Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Steinmetz was nominated to serve as a director on August 21, 2020 and acting Chief Scientific Officer on August 31, 2020. Dr. Steinmetz is a Professor of NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego (July 2018 - present), where she also serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Nano-ImmunoEngineering. Dr. Steinmetz started her independent career at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she was promoted through the ranks of Assistant Professor (October 2010), Associate Professor (July 2016), Full Professor (January 2018). Dr. Steinmetz trained at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA where she was a NIH K99/R00 awardee and AHA post-doctoral fellow (2007-2010); she obtained her Ph.D. in Bionanotechnology from the University of East Anglia where she prepared her dissertation as a Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (2004-2007). Her early training was at the RWTH-Aachen University in Germany, where she obtained her Masters in Molecular Biotechnology (2001-2004) after completing her pre-Diploma from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (1998-2001). Dr. Steinmetz has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles (H Index 50), reviews, book chapters, and patents; she has authored and edited books on Virus-based nanotechnology. Research in the Steinmetz Lab is and has been funded through grants from federal agencies, including National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation (including an NSF CAREER), US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy, as well as private foundations, including Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Steinmetz has been awarded grants as PI and Co-PI totaling over $41 million in total funding. Dr. Steinmetz is a standing member of the NIH Nanotechnology study section. She serves on the Editorial Board of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) on Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology; she serves on the Advisory Editorial Board for the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, ACS Nano and RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Dr. Steinmetz has won many recognitions and awards; she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.