People

Praetego’s team led the discovery and development of the Amadorins and offer extensive technical and operational experience in developmental stage drug companies. Our disease experts provide strategic guidance to expedite the development of our candidates. Our business advisors are fund raising veterans and expert strategists in the life sciences industry.

 


Management

Pepper Landson

CEO & Co-Founder

Pepper Landson has been a driving force in novel therapeutics for critical healthcare needs for three decades. She has a proven record of creating value in early stage companies. Combining her skills in business development and operations with an extensive drug development background, she is championing disease modifying treatments for the critical diseases of aging, chiefly Alzheimer’s Disease. She has worked exclusively on the Amadorin technology for neurodegenerative diseases and serious diabetic complications for the last decade. Pepper has raised millions in dilutive and non-dilutive funding and supported a successful IPO. 

 

Raja G. Khalifah, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Raja G. Khalifah, PhD, is a broadly trained chemist and biochemist who transitioned from academia to directing research at three startups founded on discoveries from his research. He leverages his extensive experience in medicinal chemistry and drug design, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, and preclinical and clinical studies. Dr. Khalifah is the primary co-inventor on 15 issued US patents in Amadorins and related fields.

 

Christopher J. Wohlberg, MD, PhD, FAHA

Advising Medical Director

Dr. Wohlberg is a clinician and product development specialist with 30 years of experience in clinical neurology and the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry. Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, he was involved in multiple areas of CNS and cardiovascular drug development over 20 years at Pfizer. He served as the Medical Director for Zoloft, Macugen, and later, Lyrica. In those roles, Dr. Wohlberg oversaw the medical team, developed the portfolio strategy for the therapeutics, provided medical support for the country medical and regulatory issues, and supported marketing support for the indication as well as support for the key opinion leaders.

 

Paul Boyer

Strategic Business Advisor

Paul has spent his career as a CFO and/or COO in Venture, Private Equity, and public company environments, from early stage through ~$1B in revenue, and has a passion for building great teams (critical) and companies, and understand the challenges of scaling. Paul has taken a company through a successful IPO, raised ~$1B in equity/debt, and have extensive M&A experience (17 transactions).

 

JoAnn Giannone

Drug Development Advisor

Ms. Giannone is a seasoned executive with extensive expertise in advising senior management on defining product development strategies and leading the execution of those strategies. She specializes in building high-performance development teams and ensuring milestones are met. Ms. Giannone has over 25 years’ experience effectively leading companies through the drug and medical device development process. Prior to founding CSTI, Ms. Giannone, held leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson (RW Johnson Research Institute) and Pharmacia.

 

 

 

Scientific / Clinical Advisors

Our Advisors include world renowned experts providing guidance in neurodegenerative diseases, drug development, and regulatory pathways.

Rayaz Malik, BSc. (Hons), MSc., MB ChB, PhD, FRCP

Weill Cornell School of Medicine

Rayaz Malik graduated in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen, obtained his MRCP (London), PhD from the University of Manchester, and was elected to become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His research focuses on the pathogenesis, assessment and treatment of diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies and central neurodegenerative disorders. The research is funded by the NIH, JDRF, QF, ECTRIMS and MJFF. Over ~20 years he has pioneered the use of corneal confocal microscopy, a non-invasive ophthalmic instrument, to quantify diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies and more recently used CCM to assess neuronal damage in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Dementia and Autism.

 

Alexander ‘Zan’ Fleming, MD

Kinexum LLC. Former head of the Division of Metabolic and Endocrinology Products, U.S. FDA

Dr. Alexander Fleming is Founder and Executive Chairman of Kinexum. At the US Food and Drug Administration from 1986-98, Dr. Fleming was responsible for the therapeutic areas of diabetes, other metabolic and endocrine disorders, growth and development, nutrition, lipid-lowering compounds, and reproductive indications. He led reviews of landmark approvals, including metformin and the first statin, insulin analog, PPAR-agonist, and growth hormone for non-GH deficiency indications. Dr. Fleming oversaw clinical review of the earliest biotech products, including human insulin and growth hormone. He also helped to shape FDA policies and practices related to therapeutic review and regulatory communication. Dr. Fleming has frequently published scientific articles and book chapters. He has been a member of many corporate and advisory boards to academic and commercial institutions and professional societies. He serves on the joint technology working groups of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and American Diabetes Association.