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David J. Mazzo, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
David Mazzo
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David J. Mazzo, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc., having joined the Company in January 2015. He is a pharmaceutical executive and strategic leader with broad experience in both large and small companies gained from working in a variety of multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has held executive positions in R&D at large multinational companies such as Hoechst Marion Roussel and Schering-Plough as well as CEO positions in emerging pharmaceutical companies such as Chugai USA, Aeterna Zentaris and Regado Biosciences. He is recognized for his exceptional strategic, scientific and regulatory expertise, upon which he has amassed a track record of >35 years of successful global product development, registration and launch.

Dr. Mazzo is also a seasoned public and private company director having served on the boards of all the companies for which he was CEO plus Essex Chimie AG (EU subsidiary of Schering-Plough), Avanir Pharmaceuticals, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (where he was Chairman of the Board) and Seneca Biopharma. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Visioneering Technologies, Inc. (ASX:VTI), a developer and marketer of therapeutic contact lenses for pediatric myopia and presbyopia, and a Director of Feldan Therapeutics, a private company developing novel technology for the intracellular delivery of therapeutics. 

Dr. Mazzo earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry as well as an M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He also holds dual degrees [B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Honors (Interdisciplinary Humanities)] from Villanova University. He complemented his American education as a Research Fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.