Jeff Baxter, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Baxter joined VBI in September of 2009. Previously, he was a managing partner for the venture capital firm, The Column Group. Until July of 2006, Mr. Baxter was SVP, R&D Finance and Operations, of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In his 19 years of pharma experience, he has held line management roles in commercial, manufacturing and IT and the office of the CEO. His most recent position in R&D included responsibility for finance, pipeline resource planning and allocation, business development deal structuring and SROne (GSK’s in-house $125m venture capital fund). He also chaired GSK’s R&D Operating Board. Prior to GSK, he worked at Unilever and British American Tobacco. Mr. Baxter was educated at Thames Valley University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA).
David E. Anderson, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer
A dynamic and well-published immunologist with broad expertise in the areas of vaccine development, autoimmunity and tumor immunology, Dr. Anderson joined VBI full time in 2009 from Harvard Medical School, where he held a position as Assistant Professor. As a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of VBI, Dr. Anderson is an inventor of much of the Company’s intellectual property and actively manages its ongoing expansion. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.S. from the University of California at Davis.
Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Diaz-Mitoma is a renowned medical scientist and professor who most recently served as a professor of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (“NOSM”). While in this position, Dr. Diaz-Mitoma was Vice President of Research at Health Sciences North and founder of the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (“AMRIC”) and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist. AMRIC is focused on translational medical and vaccine development research. Prior to joining the faculty at the NOSM, Dr. Diaz-Mitoma was a professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, and Microbiology at the University of Ottawa. While in this position, he founded the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (“CHEO”), a pediatric health and research center. Dr. Diaz-Mitoma received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara, completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba, and earned a Ph.D. in Virology from the University of Alberta.
Egidio Nascimento, CA, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Nascimento joined VBI in 2005 with a wealth of experience in finance and accounting, having previously worked as VP of Finance at Genome Canada and as CFO of two start-up companies. Subsequent to starting and managing KPMG’s New & Emerging Business group in Ottawa, he has focused his career on managing and securing financing for leading-edge technology and biotechnology companies. During his career, he has played a key role in helping emerging companies and a funding agency raise over US$220 million in capital through twenty-three financings. Mr. Nascimento is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds a BComm from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Marc J. Kirchmeier, Ph.D., Vice President, Formulation Development
Dr. Kirchmeier joined VBI in April of 2010. He comes to VBI from Merck Research Laboratories, where he was a Director in Bioanalytical and Formulation Sciences. During his initial tenure, he was responsible for biologics formulation and later worked on biochemical and biophysical characterization of vaccines, proteins and carbohydrates. Dr. Kirchmeier’s career has been very focused on biopharmaceutical formulation and delivery. Prior to VBI and Merck, he was a Scientist at Corixa Corporation, now GlaxoSmithKline, where he formulated monoclonal antibodies in addition to particulate and adenoviral vaccines. Prior to Corixa he was Director of Drug Delivery Research at Oakwood Laboratories, where his group was responsible for developing sustained-release formulations of peptides and proteins. Dr. Kirchmeier holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Western Washington University.
Adam Buckley, Vice President, Business Development
In 2001, Mr. Buckley helped establish VBI. His efforts included attracting seed capital to VBI, developing its first business plan, protecting intellectual property and structuring the company. He had an active role in the company’s Series A financing, raising $35.7 million (U.S.), and has led several key technology acquisitions for the company. Mr. Buckley obtained his M.B.A. and Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University in Canada. Prior to joining VBI, he built experience in project management and corporate development at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario.
Nell Beattie, Director, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
Ms. Beattie joined VBI in 2015 after completing her M.B.A at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to receiving her M.B.A., she was a consultant at Artisan Healthcare Consulting, where she worked with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to develop financial and strategic analyses, as well as provided guidance and support for corporate and business development efforts. Ms. Beattie also holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.