Argos’ internal management team and Board of Directors have extensive experience with both the science and business of biotechnology, ranging from preclinical to clinical development, product launch and marketing, to manufacturing commercial products.
Jeffrey D. Abbey has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 2010. Mr. Abbey served in various other positions at our company from September 2002 to February 2010, including as our Vice President of Business Development from February 2004 to January 2009 and as our Chief Business Officer from January 2009 to February 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Abbey served as Vice President of Business Development and Finance at Internet Appliance Network, an information technology company, from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Abbey was a partner at Eilenberg and Krause, LLP, a corporate law firm, from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Abbey received an A.B. in mathematical economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Frederick M. Miesowicz, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing since February 2005. Dr. Miesowicz served as our Vice President of Manufacturing from May 2003 to February 2005. Prior to joining us, Dr. Miesowicz served as Vice President of U.S. Operations for Gamida-Cell Ltd., a stem cell company, from 2000 to 2003; Senior Vice President and General Manager at Hybridon Specialty Products, a manufacturing division of a biotechnology company, from 1998 to 2000; and Vice President and General Manager at Cellcor, a subsidiary of Cytogen Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Miesowicz received a B.S. in chemistry from Siena College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Charles A. Nicolette, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since December 2007 and as our Vice President of Research and Development since December 2004. Dr. Nicolette served as our Vice President of Research from July 2003 to December 2004. Prior to joining us, Dr. Nicolette served in various positions at Genzyme Molecular Oncology, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 1997 to 2003, most recently as Director of Antigen Discovery. Dr. Nicolette received a B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and cellular and developmental biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, completing his doctoral dissertation and post-doctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Lori R. Harrelson has served as our Vice President of Finance since July 2011. Ms. Harrelson served as our Director of Finance and Accounting from January 2007 to July 2011 and as our Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting from September 2004 to January 2007. Prior to joining us, Ms. Harrelson served as Finance Manager at LipoScience, Inc., a diagnostic company, from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Harrelson received a B.S. in finance from East Carolina University and is a C.P.A.
John D. Menditto has served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations since May 2015. Prior to joining us, he spent a number of years as a communications consultant, including, more recently, as Head of Investor Relations, The Americas, at the Imagination Group. He served as Director, Investor Relations in North America at Novartis Corporation, from 2001 until 2008 and Senior Global Director of Investor Relations at Medco Health Solutions, from 2008 until 2009. He holds a B.A. in public relations and a B.S. in finance from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Douglas C. Plessinger, RPh, joined as our Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs effective October 2011, after serving as a clinical consultant for Argos since October 2007. Prior to joining us, Mr. Plessinger served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Axcelo MSL Solutions, LLC, an oncology consulting company, from August 2008 to September 2011 and founding partner and Managing Director of its predecessor company, venn5 BioConsulting, LLC, from 2007 to 2008. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President, Account Services at The Navicor Group, LLC, a healthcare advertising agency and a division of inVentiv Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, from 2004 to 2007; Oncology Medical Science Liaison at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2002 to 2003; and in various Medical Affairs and Product Development roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology, a pharmaceutical company, from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Plessinger received a B.S. in pharmacy from Northeastern University.
Joan C. Winterbottom, has served as our Chief Human Resources Officer since February 2015. Prior to joining Argos Therapeutics she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., from 2012 to 2014 and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2011 to 2012. Earlier Ms. Winterbottom held human resources leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson from 2001 to 2011, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Over-the-Counter/Nutritionals/Wellness and Prevention global business unit and before that as Vice President of Human Resources for J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Company. She also served as Global Director, Head of Human Resources for the J&J Biologics, Immunology, and Oncology Research & Development unit, Centocor. Ms. Winterbottom earned a B.S. in business and economics from Lehigh University, and a graduate level certificate in organization development from Saint Joseph’s University.