Norbert G. Riedel, PhD - President & CEO
Norbert G. Riedel, PhD
President & CEO
Dr. Riedel was formerly corporate vice president and chief science and innovation officer at Baxter International. Earlier in his tenure at Baxter, Dr. Riedel was president and general manager of the recombinant proteins unit and vice president of research and development for Baxter’s Bioscience business. Previously, Dr. Riedel was head of worldwide biotechnology and core research functions at Hoechst Marion Roussel, now Sanofi. He also held a number of scientific management positions at Hoechst-Marion Roussel and Hoechst. Dr. Riedel serves on the boards of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Ariad Pharmaceuticals and the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization. Dr. Riedel is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois Innovation Council. Dr. Riedel received a Diploma and Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joseph R. Moskal, PhD - Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Joseph R. Moskal, PhD
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Moskal is also director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics and distinguished professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He previously served as a professor and director of the neurosurgery laboratories at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratories of Marshall Nirenberg and Michael Brownstein/Julius Axelrod. Dr. Moskal is well known for his research on the NMDA receptor. He discovered Naurex’s lead molecule, rapastinel (GLYX-13), and also discovered Naurex’s 2nd-generation series in conjunction with Dr. Amin Khan. He received his BSc and his PhD from the University of Notre Dame.
Ronald M. Burch, MD, PhD - Chief Medical Officer
Ronald M. Burch, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Burch has more than 20 years’ experience in various aspects of discovery research, drug development, regulatory affairs and new product assessment, including working on two NMDAR drug development programs. He has developed a number of CNS programs through successful product registration. Dr. Burch was previously founder and CEO of Biowave Corp., AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals and Cure Therapeutics, and has held senior positions at Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Zeneca, Rhone Poulenc-Rorer, Nova Pharmaceutical and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Burch received BS degrees in chemistry and marine biology from the College of Charleston, and PhD and MD degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina. He served as medical staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod.
James Schulz - Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Schulz was formerly a partner at Milestone Advisors, LLC and Upward Focus, LLC, providing senior level financial and accounting services to emerging companies. Previously, he was director of finance at Suros Surgical Systems, where he implemented operational and financial improvements and assisted in the company’s acquisition by Hologic, Inc. Prior to Suros, Mr. Schulz served in a number of financial and operational roles at Eli Lilly & Co. He began his career working with a variety of clients as an accountant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Schulz holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and is a licensed CPA.
David R. Houck, PhD - Vice President, Drug Development Operations & Quality
David R. Houck, PhD
Vice President, Drug Development Operations & Quality
Dr. Houck is an accomplished chemist and drug developer with nearly 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. His technical expertise is formulation development, manufacture, and quality control of new chemical entities. Most recently, Dr. Houck was CEO at Pharmakey LLC, a provider of regulatory, CMC, preclinical, and translational medicine services to biopharmaceutical companies. Previously, he held senior positions at Merck, Sanofi, OSI Pharmaceuticals, and Scynexis. Dr. Houck has authored or co-authored over 30 articles and is an inventor on more than 10 patents. He received a BS degree from Alma College, an MS degree from Purdue University, a PhD from Ohio State University, and served as a postdoctoral fellow in isotope and nuclear chemistry at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
M. Amin Khan, PhD - Vice President, Chemistry R&D
M. Amin Khan, PhD
Vice President, Chemistry R&D
Dr. Khan has over 20 years’ experience as a senior chemist at several biotechnology companies, including Elan and Gliatech. He discovered and developed multiple novel CNS molecules that have entered human clinical trials. Dr. Khan discovered Naurex’s 2nd-generation series of partial agonists of the NMDA receptor in conjunction with Dr. Joseph R. Moskal. Dr. Khan holds a BSc and BEd from the Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal, India, and MSc and PhD degrees from Kanpur University in India. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
Ashish Khanna - Vice President, Corporate Development
Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Khanna previously served as director of business development at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical start-up focused on applying pharmacogenetics to develop therapies for CNS disorders. At Vanda, he managed multiple transactions including the company’s $400+ million partnership with Novartis on Fanapt® for the treatment of schizophrenia. He was formerly a member of the cardiology strategic marketing team at Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant with the Palladium Group and with the Strategic Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young (now Capgemini). Mr. Khanna holds a BS in finance and BAS in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School.