THOMAS ZINDRICK, JD
Executive Vice Chairman
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Thompson joined Aeromics as Chief Operating Officer after first serving Aeromics as a business development consultant through Pullan Consulting where he works with clients on their financing and partnering strategy execution. Prior to Pullan Consulting, Mr. Thompson was the VP of Corporate Development for Abeome, a small biotechnology company focused therapeutic antibodies and brings over 15 years of finance and operations experience to the role of COO for Aeromics.
MARC F. PELLETIER, MSC, PHD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Pelletier co-founded Aeromics at Yale School of Medicine with Dr. Walter Boron, and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer from 2006 - 2019. He initiated Aeromics' drug discovery and development program, and as Chief Scientific Officer, continues to oversee strategic scientific operations. In 2015, he co-founded Iridia, Inc., a company developing the first molecular information storage technology (MIST) or DNA-based storage technology. Dr. Pelletier has over 27 years of experience in life sciences.
PAUL R MCGUIRK, PHD
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. McGuirk brings to Aeromics 27 years of pharmaceutical industry leadership experience. Prior to joining Aeromics, Paul as a principal medicinal chemist and Director of Infectious Diseases Medicinal Chemistry at Pfizer was responsible for leading the discovery and development of two marketed drugs: danofloxacin/Advocin® and trovafloxacin/Trovan®. He chaired the Allergy and Respiratory Early Clinical Management Team, solving numerous development challenges while progressing the inhaled PDEIV inhibitor tofimilast into Phase 2 studies. As Director Paul led the nearly 100 person interdisciplinary team that pioneered Pfizers’ADME/tox program. As Group Director of Chemical Technologies Paul co-led the large matrix multi-company team that helped build a successful 3 million compound HTS library. As Executive Director Dr. McGuirk led the global review and evaluation of 310 clinical candidates, over a 10-year period, as a prerequisite to their entry into formal development. The candidate reviews spanned 10 therapeutic areas and included several successful drugs such as Maraviroc®, Chantix®, and Zeljanz®. Paul is an expert on NCE attributes needed for success in drug development.
GEORGE FARR, PHD
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Farr brings to Aeromics over 30 years of experience in biochemistry, biophysics and pharmacology. While at Case Western Reserve University, he discovered the eukaryotic cytosolic chaperonin and subsequently moved to Yale School of Medicine as an Associate Research Scientist in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. At Yale Dr. Farr continued to elucidate the mechanism of chaperonin-assisted protein folding and investigated animal models of neurodegenerative disease where protein misfolding is the underlying cause.
board of directors
JEFFREY P. DRAIME
Mr. Draime has served as Aeromics’ Chairman since October 2017. Jeff is the son of D.M. Draime, the founder of Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) and has served in various roles with Stoneridge prior to serving as a member of their Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2004. He also currently holds positions on the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Draime provides independent business consulting services and serves as President of AeroMax Aviation Holdings, LLC.
THOMAS ZINDRICK, JD
Executive Vice Chairman
Mr. Zindrick was elected to the position of Executive Vice Chairman at Aeromics in March 2019, and is responsible for strategic business operations at Aeromics. Mr. Zindrick brings over 25 years of executive experience in the life sciences and biotechnology and also currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Genelux Corporation since 2014. Mr. Zindrick retired from Amgen, Inc. in 2009 after a distinguished 16-year career. While at Amgen, he held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. As Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Mr. Zindrick led intellectual property, licensing and regulatory law teams and served on cross-functional business and product development teams. These teams were responsible for acquisitions totaling over $20 billion and the licensing and development of six therapeutic products and numerous clinical candidates. As Chief Compliance Officer, he reported to the Board of Directors and led the Corporate Compliance Program, which oversaw the compliance activities of numerous company functions including product development, manufacturing and marketing.
PETER AGRE, MD
Science & Technology Committee Chairman
Dr. Agre is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Dr. Agre served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009-10). In 2003, Agre shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the Aquaporin water channels.
Dr. Agre was previously Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1992-05), Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology at Duke Medical Center (2005-07), and he served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009-10). He received clinical training in internal medicine and hematology and basic science training in cellular and molecular biology. His research has focused upon molecular aspects of human diseases, including hemolytic anemias, blood group antigens, and malaria.
Dr. Agre received his B.A. in Chemistry from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and his M.D. in 1974 from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
PETER LONGO, CPA, CFA
Mr. Longo is the Senior Managing Director of Investments at Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI) and has spent over 23 years in numerous roles at CI. Mr. Longo is currently responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, structuring investments and monitoring portfolio companies through active board participation. Peter’s past CI investments include: Achillion Pharmaceuticals (IPO), Cardium Health (acquired by Centene), CYA Technologies (acquired by enChoice), eTouches (acquired by HGGC), NeuVis (acquired by Rational Software), Nufern (acquired by Rofin-Sinar), SilverSky (acquired by BAE Systems), PCC Technology Group (acquired by Clearview Capital) and Post-N-Track.
MARC F. PELLETIER, MSC, PHD
Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder
JOSEPH SCHINDLER, MD
Dr. Schindler is a nationally recognized stroke expert and has served as a principal investigator on many clinical trials studying novel therapeutics for acute stroke and secondary prevention. Dr. Schindler serves as the Clinical Chief of the Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine where he is an Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery. He serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is the founding Director of the Yale New-Haven Telestroke Service which has greatly extended access to stroke services throughout the state of Connecticut. Additionally, he is the Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital & Yale University School of Medicine.