Our Team

Guardion Health Sciences is directed by a Science Advisory Board with advice from a Medical Advisory Board consisting of practicing physicians. Both teams are committed to unraveling and validating the connections between health and nutrition and then developing products based on these findings. Their joint goal is the integration of a medical model incorporating nutritional therapy into clinical practice.

The GHS Science Advisory Board is a product development and research team of esteemed experts in the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, and clinical nutrition. In addition to developing products based on scientific studies in the public domain, the Science Advisory Board conducts and publishes its own evidence and uses this evidence in the precise formulation of all GHS products. As an elite team of scientists and researchers, the Science Advisory Board brings unmatched experience and judgment to the field of retinal health and nutrition.

richard_boneRichard A. Bone, BSc, PhD, FARVO, is a distinguished experimental biophysicist and professor in the department of physics at Florida International University in Miami. Highlights from his 30-year research career include discoveries that have changed the standard of care for both macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract treatment. With other researchers, he identified the biologic mechanisms responsible for the protective role of lutein and zeaxanthin in the eye (published in 2003 in the Annual Review of Nutrition) and devised a way to measure the protective pigments in the macula of the eye. These two related discoveries led to the invention of a non-intrusive device to measure macular pigment density and cataract formation and an eye-care supplement for cataract and AMD patients containing a specific combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin. He is co-owner of patents for both the device and the supplement formula, which he shares with fellow researcher John T. Landrum, Ph.D.

His current research continues to focus on the bioavailability of different macular carotenoid formulations and improved, non-invasive methods of measuring macular pigment density and cataract development.

Bone has published more than 40 scholarly articles in leading journals as well as a number of contributed chapters in books devoted to carotenoids, the health of the eye and the cumulative light distribution on the human retina. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants including continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health since 1984.

In 2010, he was invited to become a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO), the leading organization for vision and ophthalmology world-wide.

*Bone was just awarded The Presidential Award for achievement in macular pigment research and dedicated service to the carotenoid field.

john_landrumJohn T. Landrum, BS, MS, PhD, FARVO, is an internationally recognized research scientist and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University (FIU). He is among the world’s leading experts in the study of the carotenoid components of the human macula and the transport and metabolism of carotenoids. He served in 2004 as the vice-chairman for the distinguished Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids and in 2007 was chairman of that conference. He is the current treasurer for the International Carotenoid Society. Among his career accomplishments Dr. Landrum lists the identification of lutein and zeaxanthin in the human retina and the discovery, with his collaborator, Dr. Richard A. Bone, Ph.D. that meso-zeaxanthin is uniquely a protective component of the human macular pigment. In a 2001 landmark paper (1), Bone and Landrum published experimental evidence that the macular pigment is responsible for protection of the retina against age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Landrum’s demonstration that diet can effectively increase the levels of the protective carotenoids in the retina (2) has laid the foundation for reducing the risk for age-related macular degeneration using dietary supplements of lutein and zeaxanthin.

Active projects in his lab at Florida International University include research to understand the development of the macular pigment in young eye, study of the bioavailability of carotenoids in supplement formulations, and animal models of carotenoid transport and metabolism.

He is the editor of a recently published book, Carotenoids: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Functions and Properties and an associate editor for Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He and has served as the guest editor of three Highlight Issues on Carotenoids for that journal, including the recent December 1, 2010 Fourth Highlight Issue on Carotenoids. (3) Dr. Landrum has published over 50 research publications in prominent, peer reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is the co-owner of patents on supplement formulas and devices for measurement of the macular pigment with his colleague and collaborator, Richard A. Bone, Ph.D.

*Landrum was just appointed president of the International Carotenoid Society for the next 3 years.

(1) Richard A. Bone, John T. Landrum, Susan T. Mayne, Christina M. Gomez, Susan E. Tibor and Ewa E. Twaroska. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis Sci. (2001) 42:235-240. Macular Pigment in Donor Eyes with and without AMD: A Case-Control Study.

(2) Landrum, J. T.; Bone, R. A.; Joa, H.; Sprague, K.; and Moore, L. Exp Eye Res. (1997) 65, 57-62. A One Year Study of the Macular Pigment: The Effect of 140 Days of Lutein Supplement.

(3) Landrum, J. T. (editor) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. (2010) 504, 1-161. Fourth Highlight Issue on Carotenoids

SPONSELOphthalmologist William E. Sponsel, M.D., M.B., Ch.B., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.A.C.S., is driven by a passion to help save people’s eyesight. After establishing the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at Indiana University in 1991, he was recruited to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994, where he became Professor and Director of Clinical Research. He has been keynote lecturer at hundreds of scientific meetings worldwide, has won numerous honors, and has been regularly listed among The Best Doctors in America for the past 20 years. He is presently Professor of Vision Sciences at UIW and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UTSA in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Sponsel routinely performs innovative surgery upon a referral patient’s only functioning eye, on newborns with congenital glaucoma, and victims of ocular trauma. Dr. Sponsel has pioneered the design and placement of a new generation of retrobulbar tube shunts (JG 2014) and was among the fist American surgeons to perform artificial iris implantation (JCRS 2012).  He has helped lead new multidisciplinary research effort to extend our understanding of the forces at work in ocular trauma using empirical testing and supercomputer modeling (IOVS 2011a-c, 2014). His recent clinical research work bridges the basic and clinical sciences, with the first published glaucoma filtering surgery case series to document statistically significant visual field improvement (BJO 2013), and a refined data analysis of clinical data confirming that the two eyes and brain work together to conserve the binocular visual field in patients with bilaterally stabilized advanced glaucoma (TVST 2014). The latter work has received worldwide recognition and may help redirect approaches to combat a range of age-related neurodegenerative disorders that utilize biochemical mechanisms for programmed cell death similar to those at work in chronic glaucoma.

DONATIDr. Donati has a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He joined the faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 2004 and has been an Associate Professor for the past 5 years. He is the course director and instructor in the first year Human Physiology, Pathology, and Immunology course sequence. He has served on numerous committees and is currently the Chair of the ICO Institutional Review Board. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Donati is involved in a number of research projects that include studying the post-synaptic mechanisms of antidepressant action in collaboration with UIC and macular pigment density research at ICO.

mark_mccartyMark F. McCarty is a nutritionist and a researcher who obtained his undergraduate education in biochemistry at the University of California San Diego, Revelle College. He has published over two hundred articles on a wide range of biomedical topics in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He has been awarded seven U.S. patents for a variety of applied nutritional measures. McCarty co-founded NutriGuard Research and worked for many years as the research director for Nutrition 21.

During 20 years of affiliation with this company, he played a key role in the development and clinical testing of organic supplemental selenium (high-selenium yeast, L-selenomethionine) as well as chromium picolinate. This work culminated in two clinical studies of fundamental importance – Dr. Larry Clark’s ten-year chemoprevention study in which Nutrition 21’s high-selenium yeast was found to cut the cancer death rate of healthy elderly volunteers by roughly 50, and Dr. Nancy Cheng’s Beijing diabetes study in which chromium picolinate, at 1000 mcg chromium daily, was shown to be as effective as standard drugs for improving glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. Mark F. McCarty continues to author numerous technical publications.

His latest research at NutriGuard focuses on formulating integrative regimens for cancer control and developing PhyCB or PhyCB-enriched spirulina extracts as nutraceuticals, as part of a “Full-Spectrum Antioxidant Therapy” strategy to minimize excessive oxidative stress linked to numerous pathologies.

sheldon_hendlerSheldon Saul Hendler, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, FACN, FAIC – (1936-2012) was one of the world’s most respected authorities in biochemistry and clinical nutrition. He was the principal author and editor of the PDR for Nutritional Supplements, whose publication was considered a ground-breaking event and established him as the leading authority on the role that vitamins, minerals and other nutrients play in health, wellness, disease and aging. Now in its second edition, the PDR for Nutritional Supplements has become the most trusted research-based source of information by individuals who seek objective, scientific information about nutritional supplements.

Dr. Hendler was Clinical Professor (Voluntary) of Medicine, University of California, San Diego; attending physician (Internal Medicine) at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego; Professor (Honorary) of Biochemistry, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California; and Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Medicinal Food (Mary Ann Liebert, Publisher).

In addition to the PDR for Nutritional Supplements, he had authored several award-winning books in the area of dietary supplementation, including The Doctor’s Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia and The Complete Guide to Anti-Aging Nutrients. He had also published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and patents in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, cancer research, dermatology, and neurological research, among others.

He was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute where his research contributed to the discovery of the fine structure of the chromosome and to the development of the first antiviral and retroviral drugs. Dr. Hendler serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of Archer Daniels Midland and was a member of the AARP Pharmacy Nutrition Advisory Board and the Scientific and Nutrition Subcommittee of the United States Olympic Committee.

He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Columbia University, his M.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute.

Dr.Hendler passed away suddenly in November 2012. He was the founding head of GHS Science Advisory Board. Dr. Hendler supervised and completed all of the formulas for GHS in 2011. He remains the company’s spiritual and moral compass.

The GHS Medical Advisory Board is composed of clinicians who are active medical practitioners. Members of the Medical Advisory Board consult with the Scientific Advisory Board on the current standards of care. They objectively advise on trends, needs, and issues of concern within their specialties and help shape the direction of Guardion Health Sciences’ research and product development efforts.

RITCHDr. Robert Ritch holds the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and is Surgeon Director Emeritus and Chief of Glaucoma Services at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York City and Professor of Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He has devoted his career to broadening our understanding of the underlying etiologies and mechanisms of glaucoma and innovation in its medical, laser, and surgical treatment. When still a fellow in 1978, he performed the first laser iridotomy in New York and initiated the first course on laser treatment of glaucoma at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Ritch has co-authored or edited nine textbooks and over 1600 medical and scientific papers, book chapters, articles and abstracts. He has presented nearly 700 lectures worldwide, including 40 named lectures and has received over 40 awards.

Dr. Ritch has trained over 140 clinical and research fellows, many of whom occupy academic positions worldwide. The international training program that he established at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has hosted over 60 International Council of Ophthalmology fellows and more than 100 observers from over 40 countries. He has worked and lectured extensively at the international level and has organized many symposia and conferences both in the United States and abroad. He has dedicated much of his time internationally over the last 30 years, and has organized conferences and symposia, trained over 80 fellows, ICO fellows, and observers from Asia, helped to establish residency and teaching programs and has made fundamental contributions to the modernization of ophthalmology in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and other countries in Asia, and in Latin America. There are Asian, Brazilian, and International Ritch Fellows Societies.

OUR TEAMDr. Rosen is a vitreoretinal surgeon and consultant at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he serves as Vice Chairman and Director of Ophthalmology Research, as well as Surgeon Director and Chief of Retinal Services. Dr. Rosen is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Ican School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Visiting Professor in Applied Optics at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. His received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology at the University of Michigan and his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also did graduate work in psychophysics in the Laboratory of Neuromagnetism at New York University, and worked for several years as a professional photographer in New York City, with an interest in ophthalmic/scientific photography.

He serves on the Executive Board of the American Society of Ocular Trauma and the editorial boards of Retinal Physician and Ophthalmic Lasers, Surgery and Imaging. His research interests include new treatments for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, along with innovations in diagnostic retinal imaging and vitreoretinal surgical instrumentation. Through collaboration with the University of Kent and Ophthalmic Technologies, (OTI) he helped develop the first combined OCT/SLO instruments including versions that featured UltraHigh Resolution, combined OCT/SLO with integrated ICG Angiography, and OCT/SLO with integrated Microperimetry. His Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory is dedicated to application of novel technologies to address clinical challenges, including High Frequency and 3-D Ultrasound, Macular Pigment Densitometry, Retinal and Choroidal Blood Flow Monitoring, Retinal Oximetry and Metabolic Imaging, as well as the extremes of Anatomic Imaging. In Collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin, he has recently added Adaptive Optics Imaging to the Infirmary’s Einhorn Clinical Research Center, designed to provide easy access for patients in the Metropolitan Tri-state area to Single Cell Retinal Imaging.

john_hovanesian_0John A. Hovanesian, M.D., FACS has published two eye surgery textbooks — one on the subject of advanced cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery.

Dr. Hovanesian has been invited to lecture to surgeons on five continents, produced numerous surgical teaching videos, and written dozens of articles. He is faculty member at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, a board-certified ophthalmologist, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of corneal, cataract, refractive, and laser surgery.

He is the chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s online cataract surgery education committee and an editorial board member for five other eye journals. He has been honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for contributions to his field and has been recognized by Wyanoke Publishing as one of the 250 leading innovators in the field of cataract surgery.

STEPHENSONDr. P Dee Stephenson is a Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon with extensive expertise in micro-incisional cataract surgery and implantation of premium intra-ocular lenses, as well as custom femto cataract techniques.

Dr. Stephenson of Stephenson Eye Associates has been recognized by numerous institutions for her expertise including being named one of 250 in Premier surgeons list of leading Innovators for her contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOL’s and also in Who’s Who in Ophthalmology. She is continuously engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology and is at the forefront of research and development in the creation of specialized surgical instrumentation and techniques, as well as the development of the next generation of intra-ocular lenses. She passes on her knowledge through lecturing and instruction to ophthalmologists worldwide, and to ophthalmology residents, as an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Stephenson has been recognized by numerous institutions for her expertise. She is at the forefront of research and development in the creation of specialized surgical instrumentation and techniques, Dr. Stephenson is also involved in the development of the next generation of intra-ocular lenses.

She is also the current president (2015-2017) of the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES).

James_Davies-image1Dr. Davies is the Director of the Davies Eye Center and the Surgical Eye Care Center in Carlsbad, CA.

He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in his native Detroit, Michigan, completing his internship and residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and the Kresge Eye Institute.

He has been in private practice in the San Diego area since 1985 with an emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery.

Dr. Davies began implanting the Crystalens accommodating intraocular lens in 2003, shortly after FDA approval was granted, and has participated in numerous clinical trials, including the HD100 and Trulign Toric FDA trials. He is a consultant and clinical instructor for Bausch + Lomb Surgical, training eye surgeons in the use of this and other lens implant technologies.

He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Bausch + Lomb Surgical, Inc., and is a consultant for Glaukos, Inc., Optovue, Inc., and Guardion Health Sciences. He also serves as an advisor to the Charity Vision Foundation.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Davies and his wife Becky are the proud parents of seven children and nine grandchildren.

william_trattlerWilliam Trattler, M.D. received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Dartmouth College and his Doctorate of Medicine degree from University of Miami School of Medicine where he graduated with Distinction in Research. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute and then spent an additional year for subspecialty training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. During his Corneal Fellowship, Dr. William Trattler performed research on dry eye and oil gland problems of the eye. He is able to apply a variety of techniques to help those individuals with significant dry eye problems.

Dr. William Trattler has been invited to lecture across the U.S. on various topics such as: corneal infections of the eye, ocular allergy, dry eye, laser vision correction and sutureless cataract surgery techniques. Dr. Trattler is a Volunteer Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Trattler is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been an author of many articles and abstracts.

Dr. Trattler received the “Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award” from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and was elected President of the Miami Ophthalmology Society for 2006. In March 2006, Dr. Trattler was selected as one of the top 50 opinion leaders in Ophthalmology, as voted by his peers in a National survey.

Bridgitte-Shen-LeeDr. Bridgitte Shen Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin and her Doctor of Optometry magna cum laude degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She is the cofounder of Vision Optique. It is a well regarded high-end optical, an advanced contact lens practice, and a comprehensive ocular health center founded in 1999. Dr. Shen Lee is passionate about helping people see better and live better lives, and inspiring other eye care professionals. She enjoys sharing the latest technology in contact lens, ophthalmic lenses, Ocular Aesthetics℠ and Digital Eye Health℠. Dr. Shen Lee serves as an advisor on the topics of ocular health, lens innovations, medical social media, and anti-aging eye care℠.

Dr. Shen Lee immigrated to Dallas, Texas from Beijing at age 15. Both of her parents graduated from China’s most prestigious medical school, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). Her upbringing in medical academia helped to shape her own career in helping others with their sight. In addition to practicing at Vision Optique, Dr. Shen Lee also founded iTravelCE in 2010.

Unique in destination education, iTravelCE is a bridge between the Asian and the American/European optical industries. It brings optometrists to Asia for their continuing medical education and to gain a better understanding of the optical industry in Asia. Through iTravelCE, Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee is a consultant and a speaker for various optical industry companies to introduce eye care
professionals in the U.S. and Asia to the latest innovations in ophthalmic lenses, contact lens, luxury eye wear, Digital Eye Health℠, Anti-Aging Eye Care℠ and Ocular Aesthetics℠ products.

Dr. Shen Lee enjoys raising her young daughters to be global citizens and volunteering her time and talent at schools and in the Houston community. She served on the Houston Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and she currently serves on the Houston Ballet Foundation Board of Trustees.

joseph_andrewsJoseph S. Andrews, M.D. is a member of the Private Internal Medicine Center (PIMC) at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, San Diego and has diplomate board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Andrews graduated from New York Medical College with honors in surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine and radiology. He completed residency training at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Prior to that, he received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of San Diego and attended La Salle University School of Medicine in Mexico City.

He is currently a clinical mentor at St. Vincent de Paul Clinic and is a member of the AMA, American College of Physicians and the Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design. In 2009, he was listed among San Diego’s Top Doctors by San Diego magazine.

John_WaneboJohn Eric Wanebo, M.D., FACS, as the Director of Neurotrauma at the Scottsdale Healthcare System, specializes in cerebrovascular disorders, neurotrauma, skull base surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Additionally, he serves as a staff neurosurgeon and Director of the Moyamoya Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Phoenix, where he is also an assistant professor within the Division of Neurological Surgery. He has published over 30 articles and seven book chapters, and he is the lead editor of a forthcoming moyamoya textbook.

In 1983, he joined the Navy as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy to fly jets — and ended up going to medical school and doing a surgical internship. He then spent more than a year as a General Medical Officer at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, as part of the Naval Support Force Antarctica. He returned to complete neurosurgery residencies and a neurosurgery fellowship and spent six years as a Neurosurgeon at Naval Medical Centers in Maryland, San Diego and Germany and three years as the Head, Division of Neurosurgery at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

Dr. Wanebo is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society and the Joint AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery. He has been a principle investigator or co-investigator of several studies funded by NIH, NINDS, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and other research institutions. In addition to being a sought-after speaker, he is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals and medical texts and has served on numerous editorial boards as an ad hoc reviewer, most recently for Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology.

Guardion Health Sciences’ leaders bring decades of diverse experience and a history of success.

Michael FavishCEO, President and Director – Michael Favish has more than 30 years experience in founding, developing and managing private and public companies. He is an acknowledged and respected leader and innovator with hands-on experience in strategic marketing, brand building and product development.

Mr. Favish founded Fotoball USA, a pioneer in retail licensed products and marketing, in 1984.  In 1994, Mr. Favish transformed Fotoball into a publicly held company listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with 200 employees. Fotoball was acquired in January 2004 by an industry leading NSE company.

Mr. Favish founded Guardion Health Sciences (GHS) in 2009 with a strong belief that the healthcare industry has not focused enough on a proactive model of wellness for an expanding and increasingly affluent market.  Mr. Favish is a strong advocate of bringing research-validated technologies and solutions to the attention of the medical and patient markets.

Throughout his career, Mr. Favish has been a guest speaker at several leading universities and an advisor to companies in both the United States and Asia, advising them on branding, product development and marketing strategies.

OUR TEAMDirector – David Evans is the founder of VectorVision and the inventor of the CSV-1000. Dr. Evans is internationally known for his work in vision assessment and speaks widely at medical and scientific meetings.

Dr. Evans has also worked as a consultant and has participated in the development of study protocols and/or data analysis for clinical studies sponsored by AMO, Alcon, AcuFocus, Pharmacia, Otsuka, Novartis and others. He has published more than 30 scientific articles and book chapters in the areas of refractive surgery, glaucoma, ocular blood flow and visual function. He also holds 5 patents for optical and vision testing devices.

Dr. Evans was invited to sit on the FDA committee & working group for vision standards, responsible for establishing all clinical trial protocols for optical devices. He speaks widely about contrast sensitivity testing, including presentations at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Japanese Society of Refractive Surgery and the Chinese Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Evans co-founded an Internet medical marketing communications firm specializing in eye health in 1996, and later co-founded Ceatus Media Group LLC in 2004, for which he currently serves as CEO. Ceatus publishes a variety of consumer health sites catering to eye health, including Refractive Surgery News and Better Vision Guide.

OUR TEAMDirector – Mr. Weingarten, age 62, is an experienced business consultant and advisor with an ongoing financial consulting practice. Since 1979 he has provided financial consulting and advisory services to numerous public companies in various stages of development, operation or reorganization.  Mr. Weingarten received a B.A. Degree (Accounting) from the University of Washington in 1974, and an M.B.A. Degree (Finance) from the University of Southern California in 1975.  Mr. Weingarten is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California.

On April 29, 2014, Mr. Weingarten was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Cortex”), and was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cortex.

Mark GoldstoneDirector – Mark has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, encompassing operations, commercialization and consulting. He has executed numerous M&A, financing and strategic partnership transactions, (from both sides of the fence), for a broad array of middle market and emerging growth companies in technology, life sciences and healthcare services. Mark has a passion for new technology, new “stuff” generally and all things creative.

Mark was the Worldwide President of DDB’s healthcare business, where he was responsible for a global communications business spanning 40+ offices in over 36 markets. The business covered advertising, digital, integrated communications, HCP promotion, branding, naming, design, market shaping, med ed and scientific communications.

Mark has previously held senior positions at Publicis Healthcare Communications Group where he was responsible for the global sanofi-aventis business and at Interbrand where he was CEO of their global Healthcare business.

Mark moved to New York where he held senior positions at Robert A. Becker, Euro RSCG and Jordan McGrath Case & Partners, Euro RSCG and ultimately at Euro RSCG Worldwide Headquarters, where he helped devise and build their global healthcare business – Euro RSCG Life Worldwide (Now Havas Life).
Mark holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy. He is a board member of the prestigious Galien Foundation and a board member of G3 Global Genomics Group. He is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and is a past Co-Chairman of New York Corporate Development for the American Diabetes Association.

donald_gaglianoDirector – Don is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Chicago Medical School, Penn State University and the United States Army War College. Initially commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Company Commander. Following medical school, he completed a residency in Ophthalmology and a fellowship in Retinal Diseases and Surgery. He is the author of multiple publications and book chapters, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a longstanding member of the Retina Society and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.

Don has served at the CEO level of leadership as the Commander of a directed energy research laboratory, Commander of three hospitals, and Commander of the combat medical brigade during the initial occupation of Iraq. As the first Iraq Theater Surgeon, he was the architect and implementer of all components of medical operations and support in Iraq during the first year of the war, which included coordinating reconstruction with the Ministries of Health, Defense and Higher Education, as well as managing an integrated health care system for over 350,000 coalition forces from 33 nations and thousands of enemy prisoners of war and terrorist detainees in Iraq. He was individually recognized as having been “directly responsible for saving countless lives, both Coalition and Host Nation.”

Don subsequently served as the Chairman of the Medical Education and Training Campus Executive Committee and was responsible for overseeing the execution of $1B in the development of a new state-of-the-art military medical training facility and the implementation of the largest Joint training integration in the history of the Department of Defense. In November 2008, Don was appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs as the first Executive Director of the Joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) and was responsible for overseeing the clinical care, research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of military eye injuries in the DoD and VA healthcare systems. Under his leadership, the VCE successfully established the first ever Joint DoD and VA integrated database and clinical registry.

From 2009-2013 Don was appointed to the National Advisory Eye Council for the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institute of Health. The council advises the NEI about conducting and supporting research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs that address blinding eye diseases and disorders, visual function mechanisms, sight preservation, and health needs of visually impaired individuals. Don is an active advocate for Visually Impaired Veterans and currently serves on the Board of the Blinded Veterans Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington.

OUR TEAMController and CAO – has served as Controller since July 2016 and Chief Accounting Officer since March 2017. He has over 20 years of public and private company experience in industries including biotechnology, medical devices, and high-tech electronics manufacturing. Before joining the Company, Mr. Townsend worked at Cosmederm Biosciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company in 2016. From 2005 until 2015, he worked at Cytori Therapeutics, Inc., a stem cell therapy company. From 1996 to 2005, he worked at several high-tech companies, and he started his career at Deloitte (formerly Deloitte and Touche) after graduating from San Diego State University in 1993. Mr. Townsend is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

OUR TEAMGeneral Counsel and Corporate Secretary – is an experienced corporate attorney with over 17 years of experience serving as the General Counsel to public and private companies in the high-tech, healthcare, medical device, nutraceutical, and biotechnology industries. In addition to managing legal affairs, Vincent is very familiar with operating in highly regulated industries. Vincent recently completed a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property at the University of San Diego with honors. He received a Master of Laws in Business and Corporate Law from the University of San Diego, a Juris Doctor and an MBA from Temple University, a Master of Liberal Arts in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Marketing and Human Resources from Temple University.