: Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Seth Lederman, MD

Seth Lederman is a physician, scientist and founder and executive officer of innovative biopharmaceuticals companies. Prior to founding Tonix, among the companies Dr. Lederman founded was Targent Pharmaceuticals, which developed late-stage oncology drugs, including pure-isomer levofolinic acid (levoleucovorin). Targent’s assets were sold to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, which marketed levoleucovorin as Fusilev® for advanced colorectal cancer, where it gained significant market acceptance.  

Dr. Lederman served as an Associate Professor at Columbia University from 1996 until April 13, 2017. He joined the faculty of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1985, became Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1988, and Associate Professor with tenure in 1996 and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology in 1997. From 1988 to 2002, Dr. Lederman directed basic science research at Columbia in molecular immunology, infectious diseases and the development of therapeutics for autoimmune diseases. Dr. Lederman is author of numerous scientific articles, and inventor of technologies recognized by a number of issued patents. His fundamental work on the CD40-Ligand (CD154) elucidated the molecular basis of T cell helper function and has led to the development of therapeutic candidates for autoimmune diseases and organ transplant rejection in collaboration with Biogen and UCB. The successful defense of his CD154 patents has led to important precedents in defining the relationship of therapeutics and molecular targets. In collaboration with Prof. David Baltimore (then at Rockefeller University and later MIT), Dr. Lederman identified and functionally characterized the CD40 signaling molecule, TRAF-3. His early work on HIV contributed to the understanding of how the V3 loop of HIV gp120 was involved in fusion with CD4 cell membranes, an early and essential event in viral entry and infection. In addition to his research, Dr. Lederman served as attending physician in the Edward Daniels Arthritis and Autoimmunity Clinic on the Medical Service at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital from 1988-1996.  

Dr. Lederman represented U.S. Biotechnology at a Beijing Summit in September 2015 with China’s President Xi Jinping. The Summit was organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and involved a delegation of U.S. CEOs, former U.S. Cabinet officials and leading academic experts. 

Dr. Lederman earned an AB from Princeton in Chemistry cum laude in 1979 and an MD from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. Dr. Lederman trained in internal medicine and rheumatology at Columbia's Presbyterian Hospital. He was an NIH Physician-Scientist 1985-1990 at Columbia.

Rich Bagger is a Partner and Executive Director of Christie 55 Solutions, a New Jersey based consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to assist clients with business strategies and opportunities and with complex public policy and regulatory challenges at the state, federal and international levels. Rich is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Rutgers University.

Prior to joining Christie 55 Solutions, Rich worked in the health sector for over 25 years, including as the senior most global Corporate Affairs executive for two major biopharmaceutical companies and as legal counsel for a large health plan. From 2012 through 2019, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Market Access for Celgene Corporation, as well as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During a 16-year career with Pfizer Inc, Rich served from 2006 to 2009 on Pfizer’s senior most management team as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy. Prior to joining Pfizer, Rich was Assistant General Counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and before that practiced law with McCarter & English.

Rich has a record of public service that spans more than three decades. From 2012 until 2021, he served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was Chair of the Gateway Program Development Corporation for 2017. Rich was Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from 2010 to 2012, responsible for managing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and priorities. He was also elected to serve five terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he chaired the Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues as Majority Conference Leader. In 2001, Rich was elected to the New Jersey Senate and served there until 2003. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a Council Member and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.

Rich served as Board Chair of the National Pharmaceutical Council for 2019 and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he chaired the Global Innovation Policy Center from 2014 to 2018. He is also on the Board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Advisory Board for the Lerner Center for the Study of Pharmaceutical Management at Rutgers University Business School.

He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.

Margaret Smith Bell was a Vice President at Standard Life Investments where she was a portfolio manager and health care equity analyst. Previously, Ms. Bell was a Managing Director at Putnam Investments, and served as a senior health care analyst and a portfolio manager of the Putnam Health Sciences Trust. Ms. Bell's healthcare experience also includes equity research positions with State Street Research and Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. Ms. Bell is a past member of the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ms. Bell holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Goodman is a psychiatrist and scientist entrepreneur. Dr. Goodman was co-founder and CEO of PsychoGenics, a leading preclinical neuropharmacology company that combines its in vivo behavioral expertise with robotics, computer vision, and bio/cheminformatics to evaluate drug candidates for utility across the spectrum of neuropsychiatric disease indications. Using its unique technology platform, PsychoGenics identifies new therapeutic potentials for novel, discontinued and early stage compounds. Dr. Goodman was also co-founder and President of Resolvyx Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of resolvins, a novel class of therapies to treat inflammatory diseases. Dr. Goodman's ongoing research interests span a broad spectrum, from the design and development of novel small molecule compounds for neuropsychiatric and inflammatory diseases to the repurposing of existing drugs for new neuropsychiatric indications. In addition to his scientific interests, Dr. Goodman is a practicing physician with a private psychiatry and psychopharmacology practice in New York and Greenwich, CT, where he treats patients with cognitive, mood, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Goodman also maintains an academic appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Psychiatry Department at Cornell University Medical College, where he teaches medical students, residents and fellows.

He is a graduate of Yale College, Cambridge University, which he attended as a Churchill Fellow, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia Business School.

Brigadier General (BD) David Grange (U.S. Army retired) has been President and founder of Osprey Global Solutions, LLC (“OGS”), a Service Disabled Veterans Organization, since 2011.   BG Grange was Chief Executive Officer of Pharm-Olam International, Ltd. (“Pharm-Olam”), a contract research organization, from April 2017 to October 2019. Prior to founding OGS, BG Grange was a member of the Board of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPDI), a contract research organization, from 2003 to 2009, and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2011. Prior to PPDI he served in the McCormick Tribune Foundation for 10 years most recently as Chief Executive Officer and President, where he also oversaw the support of Veteran Programs.BG Grange served 30 years in the U.S. Army as a Ranger, Green Beret, Aviator, Infantryman and a member of special operating units. At the Pentagon, he was Director of Army Current Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization.BG Grange commanded the Ranger Regiment and the First Infantry Division (the Big Red One).BG Grange holds a master’s degree in Public Service from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Olukotun is the Chief Executive Officer of CR Strategies, LLC, which consults on clinical trial design and FDA strategy for pharmaceutical product development. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of EpiGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CardioVax, Inc. He is also co-founder of VIA Pharmaceuticals and served as the company's Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Olukotun has 30 years of experience in clinical research and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. Before CardioVax and VIA, he was Chief Medical Officer of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., a cardiovascular drug development company, until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2004. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Olukotun was Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Mallinckrodt Inc. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Dr. Olukotun spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, including time at Squibb prior to the merger with Bristol Myers in 1989. At Squibb, Dr. Olukotun was part of the team that won FDA approval for two revolutionary drugs: Capoten® (captopril) and Pravachol® (pravastatin). Capoten was the first rationally designed drug and the first angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor to win FDA approval. Pravachol was the second statin to win U.S. FDA approval. Both became blockbusters and are still widely prescribed today as generics. The inventor of pravastatin, Professor Akira Endo won the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award and the inventors of captopril, David Cushman and Miguel Ondetti won Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award. Dr. Olukotun received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Olukotun is a Board-Certified cardiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American Heart Association. Dr. Olukotun currently serves on the board of directors for Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ms. Taylor was a Partner at the Covington & Burling law firm for more than 15 years where she was a corporate attorney with a broad-based transactional practice. Ms. Taylor has also served as General Counsel of Strike Protocols, Inc. and Longitude, Inc.

Ms. Taylor received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Developing Editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Mr. Treco is a Managing Partner at First Chicago Advisors, Inc., a boutique financial advisory firm where he advises executives and boards of directors of a wide range of companies, from global, large-cap companies to emerging companies. During his career he has worked with various biotechnology companies. For the past decade, he has been involved with start-up companies affiliated with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH developing intellectual properties, a number of which have been sold and licensed to larger, publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining First Chicago Advisors, Mr. Treco was an investment banker with Gleacher & Company that previously operated an investment banking business, providing corporate and institutional clients with strategic and financial advisory services. Mr. Treco held various positions of increasing responsibility at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, where he used his extensive experience in the global capital markets to advise a wide range of clients. Mr. Treco earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.