C. Richard Piazza, PhD.
Dr. Piazza was appointed as a member and the Executive Chairman of the board of the Company in November 2020. Dr. Piazza has also served since 2017 as President and CEO of IGL Pharma Inc., the licensor of CycloSam®, and a consultant to IsoTherapeutics Group, LLC, the inventors of the technology. Dr. Piazza also currently serves on the board of directors of NovaScan LLC, a privately-held cancer detection and diagnostics company. Prior to his work with IGL Pharma, from 2014 to 2016, he was CEO of SynVivo, Inc., a cancer diagnostics company. Dr. Piazza has more than 48 years of healthcare experience in both medical devices and pharmaceutical/biotech and has led several technology companies to market success including numerous FDA approvals in both sectors. Previously, he served in general management positions in both public and private international companies including Ohmeda, Smith & Nephew Pharmaceuticals, Marquest and VitaGen (world’s first bioartifical liver). Over his career, he has provided advisory services to some of world’s leading institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, University of California San Diego, University of Chicago and Kings College Hospital (London). In 2019, he co-founded QSAM Therapeutics, Inc. with Douglas Baum, our CEO. Dr. Piazza obtained a BS in Economics and a BS in Speech Pathology from the State University of New York and MA & PhD in Economics from the University of Buffalo and Leeds University.
Douglas R. Baum
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Baum was appointed to the board of the Company in January 2020 and to the position of CEO in November 2020. He brings to the Company over 30 years of experience in the bioscience and biotech industries, including development, FDA/EMA approval and commercialization of multiple drugs and medical devices. Over his long senior executive tenure, he has overseen 15 product approvals through the FDA and EMA and raised over $85 million in capital to fund breakthrough technologies. Between 2017 and 2020, Mr. Baum consulted with multiple medical schools, biotech and pharmaceutical companies; and between 2012 and 2017, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Xeris Pharmaceuticals Inc. (currently, NASDAQ: XERS). Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Macuclear Inc., and other executive level positions with clinical trial research firms including SCIREX and Premier Research Group, Inc. He holds a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization and BBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Texas.
Mr. Nelson has been General Counsel and director of the Company since 2015, and was also its President from 2016 to November 2020. In these roles, he has overseen corporate and governance legal matters, finance and business development for the Company. He has also served since 2016 as Managing Director of GreenBlock Capital LLC in Palm Beach, Florida, a boutique mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in bio-technology, ag-technology and similar sector business combination transactions; and since 2019 as General Counsel for Earth Property Holdings, LLC, a private equity-backed company engaged in soil health and compost manufacturing in Texas and Florida. Mr. Nelson has practiced law in Florida for over 26 years, and during that time has represented many start-up, early stage and established businesses seeking financing, acquisitions and general growth management counseling. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Nelson was an associate with Greenberg Traurig PA, and between 1995 and 1997 an associate with Akerman Senterfitt PA, both in Miami, Florida. At both firms he served in their corporate and securities practice, representing NYSE and NASDAQ companies. Mr. Nelson received a BA from Princeton University, and JD from University of Miami School of Law, and is a member of the Florida Bar.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. King currently serves as CFO for the Company. Mr. King is the founder and CEO of King Consulting Group, where he provides a range of financial and reporting services for clients that include Vice President of Finance for large private equity-backed international companies to CFO of small start-ups. Before founding King Consulting Group in January 2021, Mr. King was the CFO for Netsertive, a venture-backed digital marketing company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. From 2016 to 2018, he was the Office Managing Audit Director for BDO’s Greenville, SC office, in addition to Audit Director in Raleigh, NC, and Boston. While at BDO, Mr. King worked with various clients, from Tech and Life Science start-ups to large billion-dollar publicly traded companies. Before his time at BDO, he served as the Director of Revenue Assurance and Internal Controls at Bandwidth.com and an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young. Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Elon University and is a CPA in Raleigh, NC.
Ms. Chand has held the position of VP - Operations with the Company since November 2020. Ms. Chand brings 20 years of experience and a diverse foundation in administration, marketing, operations and business development within non-profit and for-profit sectors. Initially focusing her career in large organizations, she held leadership positions in marketing and corporate relations at Nestle, Beam Suntory, Aetna and BFAS, a leading national animal welfare organization, to build brand awareness, improve operational efficiency and drive overall growth. Ms. Chand later entered the life science space and joined La Jolla Capital Partners in 2011 where she assisted small to midsize healthcare companies through various stages of development with special emphasis on capital formation, operations, supply chain, clinical trials, marketing and business development. Most recently, Ms. Chand led Investor Relations and Business Development for Ryca International, an innovative dental product company that entered into a joint venture with a leading global medtech company. In addition to leading operations at the Company, Ms. Chand serves on the Advisory Board of a number of early-stage biotech companies.