Board of Directors
Mr. Jeffrey N. Peterson is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also the CEO of Target Discovery, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA), a Personalized Medicine Diagnostics company leveraging proprietary proteomics tools, to identify and leverage the "missing link" in biochemical pathway control and biomarker utility: the specific modification states of proteins (isoforms). Mr. Peterson serves as Chairman of TDI's majority-owned subsidiary company Veritomyx, Inc., developing breakthrough tools in accurate peptide, protein, isoform and metabolite identification and characterization.Mr. Peterson brings broad executive general management, multi-functional, multi-business and international experience to these roles. Prior to Target Discovery, he served as CEO of Sharpe, Peterson, Ocheltree & Associates, an international business development consulting firm assisting Fortune 500 and many smaller firms in business expansion and strategy. He spent 9 years in key management roles in Abbott Laboratories’ Diagnostics and International (Pharmaceuticals, Hospital Products, Nutritionals, Consumer) businesses, last serving as CEO and General Manager of Abbott South Africa, where he doubled the sales and tripled the income of this 50 year-old business in 3.5 years, during the tumult of South Africa’s political transition. He played an earlier pivotal management role in Abbott’s successful introduction and support of multiple new diagnostics instrument and reagent systems in the history-making X-System series, including the IMx (the highest global sales diagnostic system in history). Mr. Peterson's experience prior to Abbott included 11 years with General Electric’s Engineered Materials and Plastics businesses, spanning roles in strategic planning, business development, technology licensing, marketing/sales, operations/quality and R&D. He holds BSChE and MSChE (Chemical Engineering) degrees from MIT. Mr. Peterson is Chair Emeritus of the BayBio Institute, a non-profit organization serving the regional life science community, and serves on the Board of BayBio, the trade association for the life sciences industry in Northern California. He is a co-founder of the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine, and of BIO's Personalized Medicine & Diagnostics Group.
Dr. Urdea has devoted his 30-year career to human diagnostics in a variety of capacities. He has been involved in the discovery of new biomarkers, the development of new technologies for biomarker discovery, validation and commercialization, diagnostic test development, manufacturing and marketing, and the management of companies involved in these activities. Dr. Urdea founded and is a Managing Partner for Halteres Associates, a biotechnology consulting firm. He also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Tethys Bioscience, a proteomics-based diagnostics company involved in preventative personalized medicine. Tethys’ first product was the protein-based PreDx Diabetes Risk Score Test, which was introduced in 2008. Additionally, Dr. Urdea is a founder and the Chairman of Catalysis Foundation for Health, an organization addressing gaps in global healthcare caused by inefficiencies in disease diagnosis and monitoring. He serves as an expert consultant to the life sciences industry and is on the scientific advisory boards and boards of directors of a number of biotechnology, diagnostics, venture capital and philanthropic organizations.
Prior to his current business activities, Dr. Urdea founded the Nucleic Acid Diagnostics group at Chiron Corporation, and with colleagues, invented branched DNA molecules for amplification of signal in nucleic acid complexes. Application of this technology resulted in the first commercial products for quantification of human hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency viruses (HBV, HCV, and HIV, respectively). He then became business head of the Molecular Diagnostics group and Chief Scientific Officer at Bayer Diagnostics. He was also a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Diagnostic Forum. Dr. Urdea is an author on nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, nearly 300 abstracts and international scientific presentations, and more than 100 issued and pending patents. He received his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and his Ph.D in Biochemistry from Washington State University in Pullman.
Mr. Vito Mangiardi Energy product and service sectors. He is a strong P&L performer and corporate strategist in General Management, Operations, Sales/Marketing, and Science. Mr. Mangiardi has held positions as a Research Chemist for Bio-Rad Laboratories; Sales & Marketing Director for Baxter Travenol, Inc.; Executive VP and COO for Quintiles Transnational; President and CEO of Diagnostics Laboratories, Inc., Clingenix, Inc., and Bilcare, Inc.; and President of AAI Pharma, Inc. More recently he was the COO/Deputy Director of Operations and Production at the University of California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Joint Genome Institute. Mr. Mangiardi has experience with three start-ups, two midsize, and several mature companies, and has international experience leading and managing organizations on four continents. He has vast experience in leading alliances, acquisitions, due diligence, and post-acquisition assimilation.
Mr. Mangiardi has been on the Board of Directors of three companies and has proven success in working with both national and international investment groups to raise funds. Mr. Mangiardi earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry from Eastern Illinois University and two MBA degrees from Golden Gate University - in General Management and in Marketing. Mr. Mangiardi is an inventor on four patents and is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Mr. Kevin Pollack, Esq., M.B.A., Director Mr. Pollack is Chief Financial Officer of Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OPNT-OTCQB), a speciality pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for substance use, addictive, and eating disorders. He has been an investment banker and securities attorney at Banc of America Securities LLC and Sidley Austin LLP (formerly Brown & Wood LLP), respectively, and has previous asset management experience at Paragon Capital LP. Mr. Pollack is a magna cum laude graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. Currently, he sits on the Boards of Directors of Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and MagneGas Corporation (MNGA-NASDAQ), an alternative energy company. Mr. Pollack also is President of Short Hills Capital LLC.
Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, the founder of our Company, has served as a director of Pressure BioSciences since the formation of its legacy business, Boston Biomedica, Inc., in 1978. He has served as CEO of Pressure BioSciences since April 2004 and President since September, 2004. He previously served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Boston Biomedica from 1992 to February, 2003 and as President from 1986 to August 1999. Mr. Schumacher served as the Director of Infectious Disease Services for Clinical Sciences Laboratory, a New England-based medical reference laboratory, from 1986 to 1988. From 1972 to 1985, Mr. Schumacher was employed by the Center for Blood Research, a nonprofit medical research institute associated with Harvard Medical School. Mr. Schumacher received a BS in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.