Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Greenleaf has served on our Board since May 2017. Until February 2018, Mr. Greenleaf served as Chief Executive Officer and was a member of the board of directors of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), positions he held since March 2014. Sucampo was focused on the development and commercialization of medicines to meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide and was sold in February 2018 to U.K. pharmaceutical giant Mallincrodt PLC. From June 2013 to March 2014, Mr. Greenleaf served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Histogenics Corporation, a regenerative medicine company. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Greenleaf was employed by MedImmune LLC, the global biologics arm of AstraZeneca, where he most recently served as President. From January 2010 to June 2013, Mr. Greenleaf also served as President of MedImmune Ventures, a wholly owned venture capital fund within the AstraZeneca Group. Prior to serving as President of MedImmune, Mr. Greenleaf was Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations of the company, responsible for its commercial, corporate development and strategy functions. Mr. Greenleaf has also held senior commercial roles at Centocor Biotech, Inc. (now Jansen Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson) from 1998 to 2006, and at Boehringer Mannheim G.m.b.H. (now Roche Holdings) from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Greenleaf currently chairs the Maryland Venture Fund Authority, whose vision is to oversee implementation of InvestMaryland, a public-private partnership to spur venture capital investment in the state. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), where he serves on the Governing Boards of the Emerging Companies and Health Sections. Mr. Greenleaf earned a M.B.A degree from St. Joseph's University and a B.S. degree from Western Connecticut State University. Our Board believes that Mr. Greenleaf's experience in the biopharmaceutical industry makes him a valuable member of our Board.
Mariam E. Morris, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mariam E. Morris joined Cerecor, Inc. as chief financial officer (CFO) in 2015, leading the Company through its initial public offering. Ms. Morris also serves as the Cerecor's Secretary and Treasurer. Ms. Morris is a seasoned financial executive with more than 20 years of blended in-house and consulting experience. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Morris founded and led a consulting firm, guiding life science clients at various stage of operation, and often serving in out-sourced CFO and CBO roles. Prior to leading her firm, Ms. Morris served as CFO of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals. (NASDAQ: SCMP). Ms. Morris' broad experience include strategic planning, investor relations, internal controls for public and private companies, SOX compliance, and oversite of human resources and information technology. Ms. Morris also has significant SEC reporting, tax, acquisition, technical accounting, budgeting, treasury, operations and project management experience. Ms. Morris is a member of the AICPA and TSCPA.Ms. Morris earned an M.A. in Taxation from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.
Matthew V. Phillips
Chief Commercial Officer
Matthew V. Phillips is the Chief Commercial Officer of of Cerecor, Inc. Mr. Phillips is responsible for strategic development and tactical execution of the Company's franchise of prescription medications and dietary supplements. Previously, Mr. Phillips served in various roles of increasing responsibility with Zylera Pharma Corp, where he most recently served as President. Prior, Mr. Phillips was an integral member of the management teams at Victory Pharma, Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eisai Co, Ltd. Mr. Phillips earned his bachelor's degree in Business from Central Michigan University, completed the University of Michigan - Executive Education Leadership Development Program and currently maintains an Appointed position on the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Heather Fraser, Ph.D.
Vice President, Clinical Operations & Project Management
Dr. Fraser has served as Vice President, Clinical Operations and Project Management since October 2012, following her addition to the Company as Senior Director of Project Management earlier that year. Prior to joining Cerecor, Dr. Fraser served as the Senior Director of Preclinical and Clinical Sciences at Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc.. Previously, Dr. Fraser served in a variety of roles at CV Therapeutics, Inc., which was acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2009. Dr. Fraser earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Fraser also earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia and a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Montana.
Robert E. Swedberg, CPA
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller
Robert E. Swedberg, CPA joined Cerecor Inc. as Director of Financial Reporting in 2013, playing a key role in the Company's initial public offering (IPO), and currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller. Mr. Swedberg is an experienced executive with over 30 years in industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy and real estate. Prior to Cerecor, Mr. Swedberg was the Chief Financial Officer of ComRent International, a heavy equipment rental company. He previously assisted in the IPO of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals as Controller and held roles at Optelecom, The Rouse Company, Ryland Homes and Main Hurdman. Mr. Swedberg has also enjoyed serving in various consulting capacities utilizing his expertise. His years of experience include controllership, SEC reporting, technical accounting, financial planning and analysis, budgeting, internal controls and SOX compliance. Mr. Swedberg earned a B.A. in Accounting from The University of Baltimore and is a member of the AICPA.
James A. Harrell, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Marketing and External Communications
Mr. Harrell has a broad breadth of biopharmaceutical industry experience. Since May 2013 he has been an owner and principal with the NSCI Group, Inc., a privately held medical communications and education company where he focused on new business development and brand strategy. Prior to moving into the private sector, Mr. Harrell was Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Pharmaceuticals for Covidien running 350-person commercial operations group in the area of Pain Management from 2011 to 2013. From 2007 to late 2010 he was the Vice President of Marketing with MedImmune, Inc., responsible for their Global Pediatric Infectious Disease franchise. From 1999 until February 2007, Mr. Harrell held various commercial positions with Centocor, Inc. with increasing levels of responsibility and management focused on the marketing of Immunotherapy and Cardiovascular products. He began his career in field sales and hospital sales at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer in 1991. Throughout his career he has helped to commercialize and market 3 blockbuster brands. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and Economics, from Samford University.