President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2011; Chief Medical Officer since June 2010
Dr. Traber is President Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine, where he was Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008. From 2000 to 2003 he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of GlaxoSmithKline plc. Dr. Traber served as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Traber has also managed a molecular biology research laboratory and published over 100 articles of original research, reviews, and book chapters. Dr. Traber received his M.D. from Wayne State School of Medicine and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary
Dr. Shlevin is a bioscience industry executive with 25 years of senior management experience in the development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and vaccines. Before joining Galectin therapeutics, Dr. Shlevin led Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) as Principle and Manager of bioscience commercialization efforts, where he served as a catalyst for new bioscience startup companies. His leadership roles have included: President and CEO of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, where he oversaw the successful launch of the first topical testosterone gel product in the US; co-founder of CIBA Vision Ophthalmics, a specialty ophthalmic drug company, where he headed efforts leading to the approval of the first non-steroidal agent for treatment of ocular inflammation and several other drug products; founder, President & CEO of Tikvah Therapeutics, a company focused on clinical development of therapeutics for treatment of neurological diseases; and VP and Head of Operations & Commercial Development for Altea Therapeutics Corporation, a clinical-stage drug delivery company with platform technology applicable to the transdermal delivery of biologics. Dr. Shlevin earned his BA from Boston University and MS and PhD in physiology from the University of Rochester Medical School. He completed post-doctoral training in pharmacology at Mayo Clinic where he subsequently served as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology. He is a member of scientific and business societies including IEEE, Licensing Executives Society, Am. Physiological Society, Am. Society of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, and is an inventor on several issued and pending patents. Dr. Shlevin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ:CRME) and NeurOp, Inc. and as an advisor to Clearside Biomedical, Inc.
Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Development since 2003
Dr. Zomer was the founder of Alicon Biological Control, where he served from 2000 to 2002. He was Vice President of product development at SafeScience, Inc., from 1998 to 2000, and from 1987 to 1998 was Vice President of Research and Development at Charm Sciences, Inc. Dr. Zomer received a B.Sc. degree in industrial microbiology from the University of Tel Aviv, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1978, and did his post-doctoral study at the National Institutes of Health.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Callicutt has over 24 years of public and private company experience including more than a decade of audit, tax, and SEC registrant experience with a major accounting firm. He was most recently CFO for REACH Health, Inc., a telemedicine firm, where he completed a $4 MM private placement. Previous positions include CFO of Vystar Corporation, a public medical device company whose latex products are devoid of antigenic proteins, where he led all areas of financial reporting, accounting, treasury, risk management and administration and secured over $4.5 MM in financing. Previous experienc es also include CFO roles at private companies including IVOX and Tikvah Therapeutics, and at Coratus Genetics, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Callicutt is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated cum laude with a BBA degree in Accounting and Computer science from Delta State University.
Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Mr. Horton is an experienced industry professional with 20 years of management and leadership experience in global regulatory affairs matters including drugs, biologics and vaccines. He has broad range of regulatory affairs and quality leadership experience that is directly relevant to Galectin Therapeutics development programs, with expertise spanning preclinical development through new drug approvals in diverse therapeutic areas, including gastroenterology. He was most recently was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Chelsea Therapeutics, where he successfully led the organization through its first NDA filing and favorable FDA Advisory Committee Meeting. In past leadership roles at Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories, he led approval efforts for key products including Androgel® Stickpack, Creon® Capsules and Luvox® CR Capsules. He has also provided chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) regulatory leadership and support of INDs and NDAs, including Estrogel® and Androgel® Pump. Mr. Horton was a member of the executive leadership team that successfully implemented solutions to significant regulatory issues encountered by Solvay in its interactions with the FDA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in industrial/manufacturing & systems engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), Drug Information Association (DIA) and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).