Stephen From, President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer, and director since October 2005. Prior to joining EyeGate, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Centelion SAS, an independent biotechnology subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis. Previously, Mr. From spent several years as an investment banker specializing in the biotechnology and medical device sectors as Director in the Global Healthcare Corporate and Investment Banking Group and Head of European Life Sciences for Bank of America Securities. Mr. From holds a BSc from the University of Western Ontario, an accounting diploma from Wilfred Laurier University and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Ontario, Canada.
Barbara Wirostko, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Barbara joined EyeGate in conjunction with its March 2016 acquisition of Jade Therapeutics, where she was a co-founder and served as Chief Scientific Officer since the Company’s inception in 2012. She is a former Senior Medical Director at Pfizer, where she led a successful EU regulatory EMA filing for Xalatan in pediatric glaucoma. She is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition to her role at EyeGate, Dr. Wirostko maintains an academic research and clinical practice with the University of Utah, Moran Eye Center, as a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in Ophthalmology and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Wirostko holds an M.D. from and completed her residency training at Columbia University, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology (with distinction) from Cornell University.
Sarah Romano, Chief Financial Officer
Sarah joined EyeGate Pharmaceuticals as Corporate Controller in 2016 and was appointed CFO in January 2018. Since joining the Company, she has been responsible for the Company’s accounting, tax, financial reporting, and internal controls. Prior to joining EyeGate, Ms. Romano served as Assistant Controller at TechTarget and Corporate Controller at Bowdoin Group, a healthcare-focused executive recruiting firm. Previously, she held financial reporting positions of increasing responsibility at SoundBite Communications until its acquisition by Genesys in 2013, and was a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst at Cognex Corporation, a publicly-traded manufacturer of machine vision systems, software and sensors. Ms. Romano began her career as an Auditor in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. A licensed CPA in Massachusetts, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from College of the Holy Cross and Masters of Accounting from Boston College.
Michael Manzo, Vice President of Engineering
Michael joined EyeGate in October 2006 and has served in his current role since 2008. Mr. Manzo has over 30 years of experience in product development and manufacturing in the medical device industry. Prior to joining Eyegate, Mr. Manzo was President and Chief Operating Officer (2002 – 2006) at Jenline Industries, Ltd., which is now part of Helix Medical, LLC. He has also worked with a number of start-up companies in areas such as cardiology, radiology, urology and laproscopic surgery. Mr. Manzo holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Brenda Mann, Ph.D., Vice President of R&D
Brenda has extensive experience with hydrogels for wound healing and drug delivery applications. She is a co-founder of SentrX Animal Care, focused on veterinary biomaterials and manufacturer of the CMHA-S material. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. She was a founding faculty member of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and now serves on its Advisory Council. Dr. Mann is also the Director of the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair and a registered patent agent.
Lisa Brandano, Vice President of Clinical Operations
Lisa joined the Company from Cato Research (CATO) where she served as Assistant Managing Director of their Boston Office and Director of Clinical Trial Operations. She was involved in the oversight and facilitation of global clinical operations. Her Clinical Research experience includes monitoring and project management of various neurology, hematology, and cardiovascular gene therapy studies spanning Phases 1, 2, and 3. Prior to this she held clinical research coordinator and laboratory science roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She holds a BS in biology from Emmanuel College, and since 2003, she has been a certified clinical research associate (CRA) with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).