This excerpt taken from the ABII 8-K filed Nov 8, 2007.
Directors and Executive Officers
We expect that our board of directors following the distribution will be comprised of six directors who previously served as members of the Abraxis BioScience board. Only Dr. Soon-Shiong will serve as a director of both New Abraxis and New APP. Our executive officers will be the same individuals as the current Abraxis BioScience executive officers, other than executives that will remain executives of only New APP. Only Dr. Soon-Shiong and Ms. Gopala will serve as officers of both New Abraxis and New APP until such time as New APP can identify appropriate replacements. In connection with the private letter ruling, Old Abraxis has represented to the Internal Revenue Service that no person will serve as an executive officer of both New Abraxis and New APP one year following the distribution.
The following sets forth certain information as of September 30, 2007 with respect to those persons that we expect to become our directors and executive officers as of the distribution date.
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D. is expected to become our chairman and chief executive officer as of the distribution date. Dr. Soon-Shiong became the chairman and chief executive officer of Abraxis BioScience in April 2006. Dr. Soon-Shiong previously served Abraxis BioScience as president since July 2001 and chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors from its inception in March 1996. Dr. Soon-Shiong also served as president, chief financial officer and a director of American BioScience, Inc. (ABI) from June 1994 until April 2006 when American Pharmaceutical Partners and ABI were merged to form Abraxis BioScience. From June 1994 to June 1998, he served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of VivoRx, Inc., a biotechnology company. Dr. Soon-Shiong has devoted his career to developing next-generation technologies to treat patients with life-threatening diseases. Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the first encapsulated islet transplant in a diabetic patient and co-invented Abraxane® and our nab tumor targeting technology platform. Dr. Soon-Shiongs research has been recognized by noted organizations with numerous national and international awards such as the Association for Academic Surgery Award for Research, the American College of Surgeons Schering Scholar, the Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Research Award, the Peter Kiewit Distinguished Membership in Medicine Award, and the International J.W. Hyatt Award for Service to Mankind. Dr. Soon-Shiong received the 2006 Gilda Club Award for the advancement of cancer medicine and is a recipient of a 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a co-inventor of over 50 issued U.S. patents and has published more than 100 scientific papers. Dr. Soon-Shiong holds a degree in medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand and a M.Sc. in science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Soon-Shiong is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Soon-Shiong serves on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Transplantation, the Technology Council for the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, two advisory boards of the RAND Corporation (the Health Board and the Asia Pacific Policy Board) and the Board of Trustees for the Saint Johns Health Center.
Kirk K. Calhoun is expected to serve as a director on our board of directors as of the distribution date. Mr. Calhoun has served as a director of Abraxis BioScience since 2002. He joined Ernst & Young LLP in 1965 and served as a partner of the firm from 1975 until his retirement in June 2002 where his responsibilities included
both area management and serving clients in a variety of industries. Mr. Calhoun is a certified public accountant with a background in auditing and accounting. Mr. Calhoun is a director and chairman of the audit committee of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc. and Replidyne, Inc. Mr. Calhoun holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Southern California.
David S. Chen, Ph.D. is expected to serve as a director on our board of directors as of the distribution date. Dr. Chen has served as a director of Abraxis BioScience since June 1998. Dr. Chen has been a senior executive vice president of China Development Industrial Bank since February 2004. Dr. Chen also served as president of China Trust Venture Capital Corporation from October 2001 to May 2004 and was the chairman of Cypac Investment Management Limited from 1998-2001. He served as chief executive officer of Central Investment Holdings Company from July 1996 to February 2000, and CFO from May 1991 to February 1994. Dr. Chen holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from National Taiwan University, a M.B.A. from California State University at Long Beach and a Ph.D. in business administration from Nova University, Florida.
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. is expected to serve as a director on our board of directors as of the distribution date. Dr. Nimer has served as director of Abraxis BioScience since May 2001. Dr. Nimer has been associated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since 1993 and has been head of the division of hematologic oncology since 1996 and chief of hematology service since 1993. He has also taught medicine at the Cornell University School of Medicine since 1993. Dr. Nimer holds a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Leonard Shapiro is expected to serve as a director on our board of directors as of the distribution date. Mr. Shapiro has served as a director of Abraxis BioScience since July 2002. He has more than 50 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and founder of Shapco, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of pipe products, where he has been the chief executive officer since 1960. As chief executive officer of Shapco, he presided over the firms real estate investment activities in addition to its manufacturing and distribution operations. Shapco, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, employs over 300 employees in various locations throughout the western United States.
Lisa Gopalakrishnan (Gopala) is expected to serve as our chief financial officer as of the distribution date. Ms. Gopala joined Abraxis BioScience in July 2006 and was officially appointed as its chief financial officer in August 2006. As the chief financial officer of Abraxis BioScience, Ms. Gopala oversaw and managed all financial aspects of the company, including accounting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury and tax. Before joining Abraxis BioScience, from April 2005 to October 2005, Ms. Gopala served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Intermix Media, Inc., the former holding company of Myspace.com. Prior to Intermix Media, from October 1997 to April 2005, Ms. Gopala was vice president of finance and corporate controller of Ticketmaster, an IAC subsidiary. Ms. Gopala is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in business administration from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Carlo Montagner is expected to serve as our president of Abraxis Oncology as of the distribution date. Mr. Montagner became president of Abraxis Oncology at Abraxis BioScience in April 2006. Mr. Montagner joined ABI in January 2006 as president of the commercial development division and served in that position until the merger with ABI in April 2006. From February 2005 to January 2006, he served as executive vice president and head of the global oncology business unit of Schering, A.G., responsible for clinical development and commercial operations. Mr. Montagner served as oncology and cardiovascular business unit head and member of the board of management for Sanofi-Aventis Japan from June 2003 to January 2005 and as global business team leader Taxotere®/Taxanes for Aventis from June 2000 to May 2003. From September 1998 to May 2000, he served as commercial director oncology/cardiovascular, Aventis Australia. From April 1991 to August 1998, he served as various sales management and product/marketing management roles for Aventis. Mr. Montagner holds a B.B. Sc. from La Trobe University in Australia and a M.Sc. in psychology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Bruce Wendel is expected to serve as our executive vice president of corporate operations and development as of the distribution date. Mr. Wendel became the executive vice president of corporate development of Abraxis BioScience in March 2006. Mr. Wendel joined APP in 2004 as vice president of corporate development. He began his 14 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb as in-house counsel before shifting to business and corporate development, where he rose to vice president of corporate development for the pharmaceutical group. Before joining APP, he served as vice president, business development & licensing for IVAX Corporation. Previously, Mr. Wendel served in the legal departments of Playtex and Combe. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School where he was an editor of Law & Policy in International Business, and a B.S. from Cornell University.