Board of Directors

Stephen From, Executive Chairman

Stephen transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman in early 2021, post the acquisition of Panoptes Pharma and previously served as EyeGate’s 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.

Paul Chaney, Lead Independent Director

Paul has served as a director since September 2007. He is co-founder, President & CEO of PanOptica, Inc, a private venture-backed biopharmaceutical company that licenses and develops drugs for the treatment of important ophthalmic conditions, and has held such positions since March 2009. Prior to founding PanOptica, Paul was Executive Vice President and President of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Eyetech, where he was responsible for the launch of Macugen, the first anti-VEGF treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet-AMD), and was part of the executive team which led Eyetech’s initial public offering in 2004 through the Company’s acquisition by OSI Pharmaceuticals. Paul has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and ophthalmic medical device industry, including a variety of senior management positions at Pharmacia Corporation. He began his career as a sales representative for The Upjohn Company in 1980. Paul earned a double BA in English and Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware.

Kenneth Gayron

Ken currently serves as Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President at Avid Technology. At Avid he has been responsible for driving strategic growth initiatives, capital allocation and repositioning the Company with the investment community. Prior to joining Avid, Mr. Gayron served as Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer for Numerex, where he played a significant role in the company’s acquisition by Sierra Wireless and was Chief Financial Officer for Osmotica Pharmaceutical Inc. Prior to his career in senior finance management, Mr. Gayron worked in investment banking with UBS Investment Bank and CIBC World Markets. Mr. Gayron earned his MBA from Cornell University and his B.S. in finance from Boston College.

Aron Shapiro

Aron is currently Senior Vice President and Partner in the Asset Development & Partnering group at Ora, Inc. He is responsible for Ora’s strategic partnering activities where he evaluates and performs diligence on new investment opportunities. Prior to moving to the Asset Development & Partnering group, Mr. Shapiro was responsible for establishing and leading clinical regulatory strategy and clinical operations across a number of anterior and posterior segment indications for Ora’s service business in ophthalmology and was responsible for Ora’s business development and international growth strategy. Mr. Shapiro earned his B.S. in biological chemistry from Bates College.

Praveen Tyle, PhD

Praveen has served as a director since June 2008. He is currently President & CEO of Invectys, Inc, a immuno-oncology company spun out of the world renown Pasteur Institute, Paris.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Research & Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Tyle until February 2016 was President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. He led and closed the merger of Osmotica with two other companies which closed in February 2016. He previously served as global Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Managing Director of Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp.’s Marietta, Georgia site. Prior to joining Osmotica, Dr. Tyle served as Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer for the United States Pharmacopeia (“USP”). Prior to joining USP, Dr. Tyle served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Business Development and Licensing at Novartis OTC, as well as Senior Vice President & Global Head of Research and Development. Dr. Tyle has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with the majority of his tenure in senior executive leadership positions in areas of research and development, manufacturing, quality, business development and operations. He also is a independent member of the board of Orient EuroPharma Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and member of the advisory board of Pharmascience, Montreal, Canada.  Dr. Tyle holds a doctorate in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor in Pharmacy (honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India.

Brian Strem, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer

Brian is a co-founder and the CEO of Okogen Inc. Prior to founding Okogen, Brian worked at Sound Pharmaceuticals, Allergan and Shire, responsible for business development and corporate strategy in ophthalmology, otology and regenerative medicine. Brian began his career at Cytori Therapeutics with elevating roles within the commercial and R&D departments. Brian received his BS in bioengineering from Cornell University and his PhD in biomedical engineering from UCLA.