Steven B. Engle, M.S.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Engle joined CohBar as Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. From September 2011 until May 2019, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Averigon Consulting, an advisory firm providing business development, fundraising, operational and consultancy services to life science companies. From August 2007 to August 2011, Mr. Engle was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA), a publicly-traded biotechnology company. Previously, he held multiple executive management roles at La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC), a publicly-traded biotechnology company, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2006, President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1997, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Engle currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Prescient Therapeutics (ASX: PTX), and as a member of the board of directors at various private companies. Mr. Engle received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Kenneth C. Cundy, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Kenneth C. Cundy joined our Company as chief scientific officer in November 2014. From December, 2012 to November, 2014, Dr. Cundy served as the chief scientific officer for XenoPort, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of product candidates for the potential treatment of neurological disorders. He served at XenoPort, Inc. as senior vice president of preclinical and clinical sciences from 2011 to 2012, as its vice president of preclinical development from 2004 to 2011, and as its vice president of biopharmaceutics from 2000 to 2004. From 1992 to 2000, Dr. Cundy was senior director of biopharmaceutics at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Prior to Gilead Sciences, from 1988 to 1992 Dr. Cundy was principal research investigator at Sterling Drug, a pharmaceutical division of Eastman Kodak Company. He received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Manchester and was registered as a pharmacist in the UK. He received a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Kentucky and postdoctoral training in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeffrey F. Biunno, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer
Jeffrey F. Biunno joined our Company in October 2013 as chief financial officer and was appointed secretary and treasurer in September 2014. Prior to joining CohBar, Mr. Biunno served as chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of ManageIQ, Inc., a provider of global cloud IT systems management solutions, from March 2012 until its acquisition by Red Hat, Inc. in December 2012. From February 2009 until March 2012 Mr. Biunno served as vice president and worldwide controller of Dialogic Inc., a provider of mobile telecommunications network software and hardware enterprise solutions then listed on NASDAQ. Mr. Biunno founded Scalable Financial Solutions, LLC, a financial consulting firm, and operated it from March 2008 to January 2009. From February 2005 to March 2008, Mr. Biunno worked at Geller & Company, a financial services consulting firm. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Biunno served as vice president and corporate controller of Novadigm, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVDM), an international provider of IT systems management solutions to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Mr. Biunno received a B.S. in accounting and an MBA in finance from Montclair State University. Mr. Biunno is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.
Jon L. Stern, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Jon L. Stern served in senior strategic roles with our Company from August 2012 until he was named our chief executive officer in October 2013. He was also appointed to our board of directors in May 2014. In connection with the appointment of Simon Allen as our chief executive officer in March 2016, Mr. Stern assumed the role of chief operating officer. From 2009 to 2013 Mr. Stern was an active investor in information technology, media and real estate projects and companies. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Stern served as executive vice president of Integrated China Media, a Guangzhou, China-based provider of digital entertainment content. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Stern was a partner in Pacific Arts Group, a publisher of Chinese Contemporary Fine Art. Mr. Stern founded Digital Sparx in 1999, distributor of digital entertainment content to movie-goers, and served as president and chief executive officer of that company until 2002. In 1986 Mr. Stern founded Cine Coasters, Inc., a developer of sports stadium and movie theatre products, and served as its chief executive officer until its sale to a division of Liberty Media in 1998. Mr. Stern holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Investor Relations
Ms. Tarazi has over 10 years of public company investor relations experience. Before joining CohBar, Ms. Tarazi was the Director of Investor Relations at Fluent, a NASDAQ listed marketing services company, where she built a large institutional following and sell side research coverage while guiding the narrative through periods of significant change. Previously, she was the Director of Investor Relations at OncoSec Medical, a NASDAQ listed immuno-oncology company, where she built an investor relations program that attracted top healthcare institutions, analysts and media. She started her career at Rodman & Renshaw where she helped grow the global institutional investor base for publicly traded companies before moving to H.C. Wainwright & Co., where she aided in the development of corporate access capabilities and in the fundraising efforts for publicly traded companies. Ms. Tarazi graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University.