Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Conrad became the Chairman of the Board of Matinas BioPharma in 2012. He also serves as a Director on the Board of Celldex and as an Advisor to the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Conrad was the former President of Roche Pharmaceuticals in the United States from 1982 until his retirement in 1993. Since then he has served on the boards of Pharmasset (Chairman), Savient, Dura, UroCor, GenVec (Chairman), Sicor, Bone Care International (Chairman), Sapphire Therapeutics (Chairman), the medical advisory board of Henry Schein, and he was a Director and Co-Founder of Reliant Pharmaceuticals. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Long Island University.
Patrick G. LePore
Mr. LePore has more than 30-years of extensive experience in all areas of executive management including executive development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisition, business development, investor relations and corporate governance. Most notably, Mr. LePore served as Chairman, CEO and President of Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: PRX) from September 2006 through November 2012. Par Pharmaceuticals, a fully integrated healthcare company, was a leader in the development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution of generic and branded drugs. During his tenure, Mr. LePore oversaw the management of over 2,000 employees with facilities in New York, California and Chennai India. He also oversaw the growth of its brand division, Strativa, its sales force and the acquisition of several products. Through Mr. LePore’s leadership, Par increased its value and market presence culminating in its sale to Texas Pacific Group (TPG), in a go private transaction, for approximately $2 billion. Mr. LePore transitioned to Chairman of the new company beginning in November 2012 and directed its eventual sale to Endo (NASDAQ: ENDP) for over $8 billion in 2015. He began his career with Hoffmann La Roche and then founded Boron LePore and Associates, a medical communications company, which he took public in 1997 and was eventually sold to Cardinal Health in 2002.
Jerome D. Jabbour
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jabbour is Chief Executive Officer of Matinas BioPharma. He served as President since March 2016 and since October 2013, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer and General Counsel. Mr. Jabbour has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, both domestically and internationally. Previously he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of MediMedia, a diversified health care services company. Prior to MediMedia, he was the Senior Vice President and Head of Global Legal Affairs for Wockhardt Limited, a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. Immediately prior to that, he served as Commercial Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Reliant Pharmaceuticals, a GlaxoSmithKline subsidiary. Earlier in his career, he held positions as counsel at Alpharma and in private practice at Lowenstein Sandler, PC. Mr. Jabbour earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey and a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Eric J. Ende, M.B.A, M.D.
Since 2009, Dr. Ende has served as president of Ende BioMedical Consulting Group, a privately-held consulting company which is focused on helping life sciences companies raise capital, identify licensing partners, and optimize corporate structure as well as analyzing both private and public investment opportunities for clients within the life sciences industry. Dr. Ende serves as Co-Founder, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of WellFit Holdings, LLC, a private company focused on developing fitness technologies. In addition, Dr. Ende consulted with Icahn Enterprises in their efforts to appoint board members at Forest Labs, Genzyme, Biogen IDEC, and Amylin. Dr. Ende served on the board of directors and as a member of the audit and risk management committee of Genzyme Corp. (NASDAQ: GENZ) from 2010 until it was acquired by Sanofi (NSYE: SNY) in 2011. Dr. Ende is currently serving on the Technology Transfer Committee of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners and served as the Chairman of the Unsecured Creditor's Committee overseeing the bankruptcy of Egenix, Inc. From 2002 through 2008, Dr. Ende was the senior biotechnology analyst at Merrill Lynch. From 2000 through 2002, Dr. Ende was the senior biotechnology analyst at Banc of America Securities and, from 1997 to 2000, he was a biotechnology analyst at Lehman Brothers. Dr. Ende received an MBA in Finance and Accounting from NYU - Stern Business School in 1997, an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1994, and a BS in Biology and Psychology from Emory University in 1990.
Matthew A. Wikler, M.D., M.B.A., F.I.D.S.A.
Dr. Wikler currently serves as the Principal of Infectious Disease Technology Development Consulting (IDTD Consulting) where he provides clinical, medical and regulatory strategic insight to companies developing new technologies for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. Prior to that from 2012 to 2015, Dr. Wikler served at The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) as VP, New Business Ventures and VP and Medical Director, Infectious Disease Care. During his time at The Medicines Company, Dr. Wikler was responsible for leading the clinical and medical teams and providing strategic direction for the US and EU clinical development and regulatory activities for oritavancin, which resulted in its approval in both the US and EU. Over the course of his career Dr. Wikler held senior leaderships positions for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including as Chief Development Officer of Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, President and Chief Executive Officer of IASO Pharma Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of antibacterial and antifungal therapeutics, the Institute for One World Health, Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Peninsula Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), ViroPharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical (a division of Johnson & Johnson). Dr. Wikler began his career at Smith Kline & French/Smith Kline Beecham where he held positions of increasing responsibilities over ten years. Dr. Wikler held a variety of positions at the FDA, including the Deputy Director of the Division of Anti-Infective Drug Products.
Dr. Wikler earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall, an M.D. degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Adam K. Stern
Mr. Stern has been Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital Corp. and CEO of SternAegis Ventures since 2012. Prior to Aegis, from 1997 to November 2012, he was with Spencer Trask Ventures, Inc., most recently as a Senior Managing Director, where he managed the structured finance group focusing primarily on the technology and life science sectors. Mr. Stern held increasingly responsible positions from 1989 to 1997 with Josephthal & Co., Inc., members of the New York Stock Exchange, where he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Private Equity Marketing. He has been a FINRA licensed securities broker since 1987 and a General Securities Principal since 1991. Mr. Stern currently serves as a Director of Dance Biopharm, Inc. and is a former Director of InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTCQB: NVIV), Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONVO) and PROLOR Biotech (formerly NYSE MKT: PBTH). Mr. Stern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from The University of South Florida in Tampa.
James S. Scibetta
Mr. Scibetta became a Director of Matinas BioPharma in November 2013. He is currently CEO of Maverick Therapeutics, a development stage immune-oncology company. Prior to Maverick, he was President at Pacira Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PCRX), where he oversaw global R&D, manufacturing and capacity expansion activities, as well as commercial and medical support activities. He joined Pacira as chief financial officer in 2008 and led the company's 2011 IPO and subsequent debt and equity financings. Prior to that, Mr. Scibetta was an executive with Bioenvision Inc. (Nasdaq: BIVN) a commercial stage oncology company acquired by Genzyme, and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, an oncology-focused systems biology company. Earlier in his career he spent over a decade in investment banking where he was responsible for sourcing and executing transactions for a broad base of public and private healthcare and life sciences companies. He serves as a Board director and chairman of the audit committee of MonoSol Rx. Mr. Scibetta received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.