Richard Franklin, M.D., Ph.D., CEO
Dr Franklin is a founder of Constant Pharmaceuticals and has served as its President and CEO since its inception. He is Chief Executive of Pathfinder Cell Therapy, Inc. a public company focused on developing a novel cell-based therapy for the treatment of diabetes, renal disease, myocardial infarction, and other diseases characterized by organ-specific cell damage, and was a director of Raptor Pharmaceuticals, until its sale to Horizon Pharma in 2016.
Elizabeth Wagner, MS, MBA, Chief Operating Officer
Miss Wagner has served as VP Corporate Development from October 2011 through 2015 and has been COO since then. She has over 15 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including clinical research experience at Genzyme Corporation and business development experience at Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Miss Wagner received her BS from the University of Notre Dame, her MA from Boston University Medical School, and her MS and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Benson, Finance Director
Mr. Benson has served as Finance Director since January 2012. He also serves as the CFO and Treasurer of Pathfinder Cell Therapy, Inc., a public company focused on developing a novel cell-based therapy. He served as controller of Pathfinder Cell Therapy from 2006 to 2011 and as controller of the spine products division of Stryker Corporation from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Benson is a certified public accountant with over thirty years’ experience in corporate accounting and finance. Mr. Benson holds a degree in accounting from Saint Bonaventure University.
Board of Directors
Joerg Gruber, Chairman
Mr. Gruber is a co-founder and the chairman of Constant Pharmaceuticals LLC in Boston and has served as the chairman of its predecessor companies since 2007. Joerg also co-founded Clubb Capital, a corporate finance and venture capital boutique, in 1995 in London and has been its executive chairman since 1999. He is on the Board of Canadian biotech Formation Biologics, Inc., a clinical-stage company developing drugs to treat cancer and fibrotic diseases and of Metriopharm, a Swiss-based clinical developer of drugs against immune-mediated chronic diseases. Joerg has a background in commercial and investment banking, working with UBS, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brother in Zurich and London, prior to leaving the banking industry in 1990 to pursue his interests in venture capital and small growth companies.
Richard Franklin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr Franklin is a founder of Constant Pharmaceuticals and has served as its President and CEO since its inception. He is Chief Executive of Pathfinder Cell Therapy, Inc., and was a director of Raptor Pharmaceuticals, until its sale to Horizon Pharma in 2016.
Andrew Blight, Ph.D
Served as Chief Scientific Officer of Acorda Therapeutics from 2004 to 2017 with previous roles of VP and EVP of Research and Development. He was a Professor at the University of North Carolina and Purdue University. He is co-chair of the Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor (SCOPE) a collaboration between academia, industry and non-profit and government funders of research in this area and has extensive experience in preclinical and clinical research in central nervous system diseases and conditions.
Gregg Lapointe, MBA, CPA
Current CEO and Co-Founder of Cerium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and on the Board of Trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Current and Past Boards include: SciClone, Immunocellular, Pharmaceuticals Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Raptor, Soligenix, Rigel, Cytori and Questcor. He was COO and CEO with Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., VP of Operations with AstenJohnson, Inc.. He has a B.A. in Commerce from Concordia University, a graduate diploma in Accountancy from McGill University and a M.B.A. from Duke.
Board of Advisors
Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD
Current CEO of The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and former Merck executive who now serves on SABs and as a consultant for biotech companies.
Bob Brown, JD, DPhil, MD
Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Medical School. Dr. Brown led the team that identified the first gene linked to ALS, SOD1.
Tony Caggiano, MD, PhD
Current Vice President of Research and Development at Acorda Therapeutics. Dr. Caggiano is responsible for leading the research, development, manufacturing, preclinical testing and early phase clinical planning.
Tom Carmichael, MD, PhD
Chair and Professor of Neurology at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Carmichael has an active laboratory and clinical interests in stroke and neurorehabilitation and how the brain recovers from injury.
Steven C. Cramer, MD, MMSc
Professor of Neurology at the University of California–Irvine School of Medicine, Professor in the Department Anatomy & Neurobiology at UCI and Professor in the Department Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Cramer’s research involves CNS Repair in Humans; Stroke; Spinal Cord Injury; Motor System; Plasticity after CNS Injury; Brain Imaging.
Seth Finkelstein, MD, PhD
Current Neurologist at MGH and former Head of CMS Growth Factor Research Lab at MGH and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Finkelstein is the former VP and Head of Neuroscience Division at Viacell, Inc., and current CEO at Stemetix, Inc.
Darryl Patrick, PhD, DVM
Over 25 years R&D experience as former Merck and Vertex VP responsible for preclinical safety programs, Toxicology, Drug Metabolism, and Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Patrick retired in 2011 and currently consulting.
Thomas Voit, MD
Current Director Designate of the Biomedical Research Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Child Health, University College London.
Thomas Walther, PhD
Chair in Pharmacology and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University College Cork. Professor Walther’s research helped discover the role of Angiotensin (1-7) as a ligand to the Mas receptor.