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Klaus VeitingerKlaus Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D.

CEO

Klaus Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D., is CEO of Promentis and is currently a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. During his prior 16-year pharmaceutical career, Dr. Veitinger held senior management positions in drug development, licensing and business development, strategic planning and M&A, as well as general management. Most recently Dr. Veitinger was a Member of the Executive Board of Schwarz Pharma AG and the Chief Executive Officer of Schwarz Pharma Inc. with responsibility for the U.S. and Asia businesses culminating in the ultimate sale of the Schwarz Group. Dr. Veitinger has served and currently serves on the boards of several private and public companies in the life sciences sector. For seven years he was a Director of PhRMA. Dr. Veitinger received his medical degree and his doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Heidelberg. He earned his MBA at INSEAD in France.


Thomas R. Beck, M.D.Thomas R. Beck, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Tom Beck is the Chief Medical Officer of Promentis and is an Executive Partner at F-Prime Capital. Tom joined F-Prime as an Executive Partner in September, 2007. Most recently he served as President, Chief Operating Officer at Dyax Corp. Prior to that, he held positions at UCB Pharma (Corporate Vice President, Director of Global Research and Development), CytoMed, Inc. (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), and Enzytech, Inc. (President). He began his industry career at Smith Kline and French, where he held positions in both clinical development and business development.

Dr. Beck is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry. He received his B.S. degree from Yale University and his M.D. from
Cornell University.

Since joining F-Prime Capital, Dr. Beck has been on the boards of NeuroTherapeutics Pharma, Topaz Pharmaceuticals, Vicept Therapeutics, and Dimension Therapeutics. He is currently on the boards of Mersana Therapeutics, Adagene, Ltd., Symbiomix Therapeutics, and Akriveia Therapeutics. He has been CEO of Topaz Pharmaceuticals and Dimension Therapeutics, and currently is Head, Research and Development at Symbiomix.

 

Daniel LawtonDaniel Lawton, J.D.
President

Daniel Lawton is the current President of Promentis Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Lawton has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Previously, Mr. Lawton was Group President at Dohmen Life Sciences, and Vice President and General Counsel of Schwarz Pharma, Inc. where he was also a member of the US senior management group. His previous work experience includes a number of senior positions at Abbott Laboratories supporting its US, Canadian, European and Japanese businesses, with a focus on new business development, licensing, acquisitions and related transactions. Mr. Lawton has practiced law at firms in Europe and the United States. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University (Economics under Professor Martin Feldstein).

 

Chad E. BeyerChad E. Beyer, Ph.D., MBA

Chad Beyer is Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Promentis. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the research, discovery and business development of medications aimed to treat CNS and neurological disorders. Prior to joining Promentis, Dr. Beyer served as the Head of Neurochemistry and led the Psychiatry Task Force at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Princeton, NJ. During his career at Wyeth, Dr. Beyer led several early-stage drug discovery teams and managed a group responsible for contributing to the commercialization and life-cycle management of two blockbuster medications: Effexor® and Pristiq®. Dr. Beyer holds a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from LSU Medical Center and an MBA from the Rutgers Business School. Notably, Dr. Beyer has authored more than 70 manuscripts, 3 patents, co-edited "Next Generation Antidepressants" and is co-founder of the journal "Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship." Dr. Beyer is also an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he teaches "Bioventure Management", a class focused on the business of doing science.



Michael P. NearyMichael P. Neary, B.S.

Michael Neary is currently Director of Research at Promentis. Since beginning work at Promentis in 2010, Mr. Neary has taken on an increasingly important role within the company; he now oversees the Promentis day-to-day research efforts, coordinates the activities of Promentis' collaborators, and continues to work toward advancing Promentis' scientific platform and lead molecules closer to the patients who suffer from these devastating disorders. Prior to joining Promentis, Mr. Neary worked at Roche Madison on programs focused on the development of RNAi delivery platforms. Mr. Neary holds a Biochemistry degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).



Sheldon Garrison, Ph.D. Sheldon Garrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Garrison joined Promentis in 2014 and serves as Director of Pediatric and Rare Diseases. He has 11 years of neuroscience research experience that has focused on neuromuscular development, sensory biology and pain. Dr. Garrison earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has received multiple competitive financial awards and has authored eight publications over the past four years. Dr. Garrison has previously worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin and has held biotech consulting positions with the Postdoc Industry Consultants (PICO), DNASTAR, Inc and Sequencing Singapore.

Dr. Garrison has also served as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

 

Stacy HollandStacy Holland

Stacy Holland is currently the financial and accounting advisor for the operations of Promentis Pharmaceuticals. She most recently served as chief financial officer for a multi-national subsidiary of Dover Corporation with responsibility for the Company's financial matters, regulatory compliance, and information technology services. She previously held auditing, accounting and management positions at Deloitte LLC, Rockwell Automation and Briggs and Stratton.

Stacy is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting.


 

Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Scientific Advisory Board


David Baker David A. Baker, Ph.D.
 

David Baker cofounded Promentis Pharmaceuticals in 2007 and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Baker is also Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University. He previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina in the laboratory of Peter Kalivas. Dr. Baker earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 1999 and his B.S. at Montana State University in 1992 working in the laboratories of Dr. Janet Neisewander and Dr. Michael Babcock, respectively. He has had an active research career examining the neurobiological basis of diseases of the brain. Since 2001, his research has focused on identifying novel therapeutic targets capable of normalizing brain circuitry that underlies compulsive disorders. During this time, Dr. Baker pioneered research implicating system xc- as a key component of pathological glutamate signaling; work that served as the scientific basis for Promentis Pharmaceuticals. His achievements have been featured in the Marquette Magazine cover story (Winter 2009 issue) "Searching for a Cure for the Brain's Darkest Diseases" and earned him the 2010 Daniel X. Freedman Award from NARSAD for outstanding basic research achievement. In addition, he has been the recipient of the Milwaukee Health Care Award in 2012 and The Business Journal's Forty under 40 Award in 2010, honoring Milwaukee's up-and-coming leaders.


Peter KalivasPeter W. Kalivas, Ph.D.

Dr. Kalivas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (1998-present). He is best known for his work to elucidate the brain molecules and neurocircuitry that underlie addiction, with a focus on characterizing the neuroplasticity produced by chronic use of addictive drugs in the prefrontal cortex and its glutamatergic projections to the basal ganglia. Dr. Kalivas' work is highlighted in over 400 publications and Dr. Kalivas has served as editor of six books that focus on the cellular mechanisms and brain circuitry mediating psychiatric disorders. He has received a great number of national and international awards and is a Distinguished University Professor at both the Medical University of South Carolina and Washington State University. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the Medications Development Program in the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He also serves as editor or is on the editorial board of six major journals in the field of neuroscience. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980.


Daniel C. JavittDaniel C. Javitt, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Javitt is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was an early proponent of the NMDA model of schizophrenia and is a leader in NMDA-based treatment development. He has published over 200 original research articles on topics related to schizophrenia, with over 4400 cumulative citations. He has received numerous honors for his work, including research awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society for Biological Psychiatry, and the Child Welfare League of America. His work has been supported by the National Institute of Health, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation.


Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Management + Founders

David BakerDavid A. Baker, Ph.D. 

David Baker cofounded Promentis Pharmaceuticals in 2007 and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Baker is also Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University. He previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina in the laboratory of Peter Kalivas. Dr. Baker earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 1999 and his B.S. at Montana State University in 1992 working in the laboratories of Dr. Janet Neisewander and Dr. Michael Babcock, respectively. He has had an active research career examining the neurobiological basis of diseases of the brain. Since 2001, his research has focused on identifying novel therapeutic targets capable of normalizing brain circuitry that underlies compulsive disorders. During this time, Dr. Baker pioneered research implicating system xc- as a key component of pathological glutamate signaling; work that served as the scientific basis for Promentis Pharmaceuticals. His achievements have been featured in the Marquette Magazine cover story (Winter 2009 issue) "Searching for a Cure for the Brain's Darkest Diseases" and earned him the 2010 Daniel X. Freedman Award from NARSAD for outstanding basic research achievement. In addition, he has been the recipient of the Milwaukee Health Care Award in 2012 and The Business Journal's Forty under 40 Award in 2010, honoring Milwaukee's up-and-coming leaders.


John MantschJohn Mantsch, Ph.D.

Dr. Mantsch co-founded Promentis Pharmaceuticals in 2007. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University.  Dr. Mantsch earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center with a specialization in neuropharmacology and his BS in Psychology at Allegheny College.  He received his postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Mantsch has received more than $3 million in funding from NIH.