David J. Mazzo, PhD
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Hans Keirstead, PhD
Senior Vice President, Research and Chief Science Officer
His previous management experience includes founding and serving as CEO of Ability Biomedical, a company that developed technology that was later sold to Bristol Myers Squibb. In 2000, Dr. Keirstead joined the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the University of California, Irvine (“UCI”) where he founded the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, and served as Full Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He was awarded the Distinguished Award for Research, the UCI Academic Senate’s highest honor, as well as the UCI Innovation Award for innovative research leading to corporate and clinical development. He has served as a Scientific Advisory Committee Member of the California Stem Cell Initiative that resulted in a $3 billion stem cell fund.
Dr. Keirstead received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada for which he received the Cameron Award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the country. He conducted four years of Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, with both Canadian and British Fellowships. He received the distinct honor of election to two senior academic posts, Fellow of the Governing Body of Downing College, and Senate Member of the University of Cambridge, and was the youngest member to have been elected to those positions.
Dr. Keirstead has testified at Federal and California Senate Hearings on several occasions, is an avid scientific correspondent for public education. He serves on the editorial boards of several major journals. He is also the founder of several clinics and educational centers in Guinea, Africa, which focus on health and community development in rural Africa.
Douglas W. Losordo, MD, FACC, FAHA
Senior Vice President, Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Losordo is well regarded for his career-long efforts to develop novel therapeutics and as a scientist he obtained over $35 million in National Institutes of Health funding, for discovering and developing new therapeutic concepts in the laboratory, providing the basis for clinical studies. He has led first in human studies in multiple gene and adult stem cell therapies in patients with cardiovascular diseases, including therapies now in Phase 3 testing. He is a highly sought after speaker, having given over 200 international lectures. He is an associate editor of Circulation Research, the basic science journal of the American Heart Association and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Prior to Caladrius Biosciences, Raj Prabhakar served as Vice President and Head of Business Development for Celsion Corporation from 2004 to 2015, including the acquisition of EGEN, Inc. a gene therapy and delivery company. At Celsion-EGEN, he led partnerships for immune-oncology gene therapy, small molecules, new formulations, and oligonucleotide delivery for DNA, RNA and gene editing candidates. Raj has particular transaction experience in Asia-Pacific with leading pharmaceutical companies in Japan and China. Prior to Celsion Raj was employed at PATH Global Vaccine Development Group, Protiveris, Osiris Therapeutics, and Harvard Medical School-Brigham & Women’s Hospital in multiple corporate development, business development, commercialization and research roles. Raj holds and an MBA from the Harvard Business School and dual Bachelors of Science Degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert A. Preti, PhD
Senior Vice President, Development and Technical Operations and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Preti built PCT to meet a recognized need for high quality manufacturing and development services in an emerging industry. As the cell therapy field has grown, so too has PCT— the company has now served over 120 Clients and performed more than 20,000 cell therapy procedures. His leadership has been instrumental in creating PCT’s Client-focused model that helps bridge the gap between discovery and patient care through efficient transfer of cell-based therapies from laboratory into clinical practice. His vision for PCT includes expansion of its manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and Europe, as well as the development of new technological and engineering innovations that will help streamline and automate many cell processing techniques, leading to faster scale up, appropriate cost of goods, and robust quality for the industry.
Before assuming his role at PCT, Dr. Preti held a number of positions within the cellular therapy and blood banking fields. From 1996 to 1999, he was the director of hematopoietic stem cell processing and applied research at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. He served in several capacities with the New York Blood Center from 1990 to 1997, including tissue bank director, director of hematopoietic stem cell processing, scientific director and associate investigator. He also worked as a research scientist for Marrow-Tech Incorporated, which went on to become Advanced Tissue Sciences (ATIS), where work in his laboratory initiated the Dermagraft product currently marketed by Organogenesis.
Dr. Preti began his career in academics, teaching first as an elementary and secondary level educator, then as an adjunct assistant professor and lecturer at Hunter College, an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College, and then adjunct assistant professor at York College. He also has served as clinical assistant professor of medicine for New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.
Also active in the public health arena, Dr. Preti has served on the Stem Cell Banking Committee and Cord Blood Subcommittee of the New York State Department of Health and on the New Jersey State Department of Health’s Blood Bank Advisory Committee, chairing the Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Processing Subcommittee. In addition, he has served in a leadership capacity for many professional organizations, including treasurer and founding member of the International Society of Hematotherapy and Graft Engineering, now called ISCT (International Society for Cellular Therapy). He has published and presented extensively on a variety of topics relating to cellular therapies. He recently completed a five year term as a director for AABB, and is currently Vice Chairman for the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), where, among other activities, he co-chaired the Standards and Technology Committee.
Dr. Preti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fordham University, and a Master of Science degree and Doctorate, both in biology, from New York University
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Caladrius, from 1996 to 2010 Mr. Talamo held various senior positions at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer, diabetes and obesity, most recently as Vice President and Corporate Controller. At OSI, Mr. Talamo helped build the accounting and finance infrastructure to support the clinical development and commercial launch of Tarceva®, OSI’s targeted therapy approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. Prior to OSI, Mr. Talamo worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 1995 to 1996 in the Financial Reporting and Consolidations Group, and at KPMG from 1993 to 1995 in the Health Care and Life Sciences Audit Group.
Mr. Talamo received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Hofstra University. Mr. Talamo is a certified public accountant in the State of New York.
Todd Girolamo, JD
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Girolamo began his legal career as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and concluded his tenure in private practice at Reid & Priest, where he gained expertise as a general commercial litigator, practicing in the areas of intellectual property, securities law, employment law and bankruptcy. In addition to over a decade of experience as both corporate counsel and private practitioner, Mr. Girolamo spent 12 years on Wall Street where he specialized in therapeutic healthcare equity securities at Oppenheimer & Co., CIBC World Markets, Leerink Swann & Company and Summer Street Research Partners.
Mr. Girolamo received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Schloss comes to Caladrius (formerly NeoStem) with a strong resume of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Prior to joining Caladrius, he served as SVP, Human Resources with PLUS Diagnostics (acquired by Miraca Life Sciences). Prior to PLUS Diagnostics, Mr. Schloss led human resources for OraPharma from 2011- 2012, a private equity owned specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oral health care. Mr. Schloss helped grow the company and was instrumental in its acquisition and integration by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Prior to OraPharma, from 2009-2011, Mr. Schloss was Vice President, Human Resources for Eurand Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company based in Italy that develops, manufactures and commercializes pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products. While with Eurand, Mr. Schloss helped build the commercial organization that launched Zenpep® for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis. Eurand was acquired by Aptalis in 2011.
From 2007-2009, Mr. Schloss led human resources for ImClone Systems, a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company, engaged in the development and commercialization of a portfolio of targeted biological oncology treatments. He also led ImClone System’s human resources through its acquisition by Eli Lilly in 2008. Additionally, Mr. Schloss spent 17 years with GlaxoSmithKline in a number of senior level HR roles across the US and internationally.
Before beginning his career in human resources, Mr. Schloss was an attorney practicing in the representation of management in all phases of labor relations and employment law. He earned a BA from Clark University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School Of Law. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Board of the Devereux Foundation, a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that provides support and services to children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges.