Mr. Pauls has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and director since 2010 and was Chairman of the board from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Pauls was previously the co-founder and Managing Director of CentreStone Ventures Inc., a life sciences venture capital fund. Prior to CentreStone, he was with Centara Corporation, another early stage venture capital fund. Before this, Mr. Pauls specialized in asset-backed securitization and structured finance at the General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Verdoorn has more than 26 years of experience working with both public and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to develop new treatments for neurological diseases, including five years working with Bristol-Myers Squibb's stroke group and as the former Chief Scientific Officer for several private life sciences companies. Dr. Verdoorn earned his PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina, conducting his post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute with Nobel Laureate Dr. Bert Sakmann, served as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is the author of numerous publications and patents. Dr. Verdoorn was formerly Vice President of Neuroscience with DiaMedica.
Mr. Kellen is a highly qualified senior executive with corporate board experience. He has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer within publicly traded healthcare companies, most recently as CFO for Sun Bio Pharma. In addition to the positions he has played, Mr. Kellen has significant experience with capital formation, public company reporting and corporate governance.
Mr. Kellen has held a Certified Public Accountant certificate, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.