Gerald E. Commissiong
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Commissiong is President & CEO, Co-Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. Mr. Commissiong has been responsible for leading the Company's strategic transactions, licensing, research collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, and fund raising. He has raised over of $25 million to acquire and develop assets to build a robust therapeutics and diagnostics pipeline. Prior to becoming CEO in October 2011, Mr. Commissiong was the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to co-founding Amarantus, Mr. Commissiong played professional football for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Mr. Commissiong received a B.Sc. in Management Science and Engineering with a focus on Financial Decisions from Stanford University.
John W. Commissiong, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Commissiong has served as the Chief Scientific Officer and a Director of Amarantus since co-founding the company in 2008. Prior to Amarantus, Dr. Commissiong served as the CSO of Neurotrophics, Inc. and Prescient Neuropharma, Inc. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Commissiong has been focused on the discovery of novel neurotrophic factors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases as well as understanding the fundamental underlying biology of protoplasmic type-1 astrocytes that secrete neurotrophic factors. He was Chief of the Neural Transplantation Unit, NINDS-NIH, from 1989-94 where his research focused on identifying therapeutic approaches to spinal cord injury. Dr. Commissiong was Head of the Neurotrophic Factors Group, NINDS-NIH, from 1994-97 where he focused on developing technologies to systematically identify novel neurotrophic factors with applications for specific Central Nervous System disorders. He co-founded Prescient Neuropharma in 1999, and discovered MANF in 2003. The work pioneered by Dr. Commissiong has led to significant advancements in the field of astrocyte-neuron biology. Dr. Commissiong did his Postdoctoral work in the Lab Preclin Pharmac, NIMH-NIH, concentrating on the application of quadrupole mass spectrometry in the analysis of neurotransmitters. He holds a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the University of Southampton, a M.Sc. in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Southampton, and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of the West Indies.
Steven Spence has over 30 years of experience in capital markets, business development and as a corporate advisor. Mr. Spence joined Joseph Gunnar as Managing Director in July 2018. Previously Mr. Spence was a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman from 2014 to 2018. After 3 years brokering swaps and FRAs at Eurobrokers International Ltd., Mr. Spence began a 17-year career at Merrill Lynch where he created, developed and managed various listed derivative operations for Merrill Lynch in the United States, Switzerland, France and throughout Asia. He returned to New York to run Global Listed Derivatives and subsequently to London where he served as COO of Merrill Lynch Security Services International. After leaving Merrill Lynch in 2003, Mr. Spence was an independent business consultant to public and private companies, serving as COO, independent Director and advisor to various companies and financial institutions. Mr. Spence is a graduate of Columbia University. Mr. Spence currently holds the series 7, 79, 24 and 66 FINRA Licenses.
Donald D. Huffman
Mr. Huffman currently serves as a Director of Dance Biopharm Inc., a diabetes company entering Phase 3 clinical development with an inhaled insulin program. Previously, Mr. Huffman served as the Chief Financial Officer of Wafergen Biosystems Inc., a publicly-held emerging genomic analysis company and was its Co-President from September 2011 to March 2012. Before that, Mr. Huffman served as the Chief Financial Officer of Asante Solutions, Inc., a medical device company with an approved wearable insulin pump. Mr. Huffman also served as Chief Financial Officer of Guava Technologies, Inc., a life science instrumentation company acquired by Millipore Corporation and then Merck & Co., Inc. Previous to that he served as Chief Financial Officer and principal of Sanderling Ventures, a biomedical venture capital firm. Mr. Huffman has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of three other public companies: Volcano Corporation (formerly known as EndoSonics Corporation), Microcide Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Celtrix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Insmed Incorporated in 2000. Mr. Huffman earned a B.S. degree in Mineral Economics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed the Financial Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Robert L. Harris
Independent Director, Compliance Officer
Mr. Harris has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Amarantus since December 2010. Harris is a retired vice president of Environmental, Health, Safety, Technical and Land Services at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where he worked from September 1972 to January 2007. In 1985, he became the first and only lawyer in PG&E's history to argue and win a case for it in the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, he became the first lawyer in the nation to convince the Supreme Court that a corporation, like an individual, has negative First Amendment rights.
He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1965 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of California School of Law at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1972. He was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1972 and argued and won a case in the United States Supreme Court in 1985. Harris also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business Advanced Management Program and the Management Development Program at Duke University's School of Business.