VINCENT F. SIMMON, PH.D.; VICE PRESIDENT OF REGULATORY & CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Dr. Simmon received his doctorate from Brown University and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University.  He was employed by SRI International for six years rising to Assistant Director in the Department of Toxicology.  He then joined Genex Corporation in 1979 and was Senior Vice President, Research when he was hired by W.R. Grace & Co to manage all of their biotechnology assets.  After five years at Grace, Dr. Simmon became CEO of Alpha 1 Biomedicals, Inc.  His next career move was to Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was appointed CEO until 2002.  After three years as COO of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, he returned to Irvine, CA, as CEO of Xytis, Inc.  Dr. Simmon has been affiliated with the biotechnology industry for over 33 years with two of the companies, namely, Cortex and Xytis, being involved specifically with the central nervous system (CNS).

Dr. Simmon received his B.A. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Amherst College, M.Sc. in Plant Physiology from University of Toledo, and Ph.D. in Molecular and Microbiology from Brown University.  He has also completed coursework at the MBA Executive Management Programs at Stanford University and W.R. Grace.