Andrei Floroiu, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Andrei Floroiu has been a member of our board of directors since April 2020 and the CEO since 15th June 2020. Most recently, Andrei was with Agenus, Inc., an immuno-oncology and vaccine pioneer, where he held executive positions and was responsible for structuring strategic partnerships and other transactions, including the origination and execution of a $115 million royalty transaction based on GSK’s Shingrix vaccine.
Prior to Agenus, Andrei was a Managing Director at Exigo Capital providing strategic advice to C-suite executives and Boards. He also brings prior biopharma investment and advisory experience with The Invus Group, a leading healthcare investment firm, and McKinsey & Co, the leading management consultancy.
Andrei holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSc. from the University of Maryland, and a degree in Engineering from the Politechnica University of Bucharest.
Dr. Michael J. Finney, Ph.D.
Michael Finney has served as a member of Vaxart’s board of directors since July 2007 and as CEO from 2009 to 2011. Since October 2004, Michael has served as the Managing Director of Finney Capital, a venture capital firm and from 1986, he has served as a founder, director and/or investor in various life science companies. He currently sits on six private boards.
Michael received an AB in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in biology (genetics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bob Yedid has over twenty five years’ experience in healthcare as a buy-side analyst, portfolio manager, private equity investor and investment banker. Since 2014 has been Managing Director of LifeSci Advisors, the largest healthcare dedicated investor relations/public relations firm globally.
Bob worked as a Managing Director at ICR Inc., in their Healthcare IR from Dec. 2011-Oct 2014. Before working with companies on investor relations, he was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst at Principled Capital, a fund with $1.5 billion of AUM, and a Vice-President at Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s largest private equity and venture capital firms, investing in health care.
Bob has a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
W. Mark Watson
Mr. Watson is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in public accounting and auditing, having spent his entire career from January 1973 to June 2013 at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its predecessor, most recently as Central Florida Marketplace Leader.
He has served as lead audit partner and lead client service partner on public companies ranging from middle market firms to Fortune 500 enterprises.
Mr. Watson also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Inhibitor Therapeutics, Inc. He previously served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Sykes Enterprises, Inc and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
A member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mr. Watson is qualified to serve on the Board due to his expertise in public accounting and his experience with life science and pharmaceutical companies.
He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Marquette University.
Dr. David Wheadon
David Wheadon is a former senior executive of AstraZeneca Plc, having recently retired as senior Vice-President (SVP), global regulatory affairs, patient safety and quality assurance. He joined the board of Vaxart in April 2021.
David has had a long and distinguished career in the healthcare sector in senior leadership positions, including: Executive VP, research and advocacy at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; SVP, scientific and regulatory affairs at PhRMA; SVP of global pharmaceutical regulatory and medical sciences at Abbott Laboratories; SVP of US regulatory affairs at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals; Vice-President and director CNS/GI Clinical Research at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals; and clinical research physician at Eli Lilly and Company.
David has been integral to the successful development and approval of several important drugs for central nervous system diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and diseases in other therapeutic areas. He currently serves on the board of Karuna Therapeutics Inc. and ConnectiveRx.
David holds a M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an A.B. in Biology from Harvard University. He completed his post-doctoral training in Psychiatry at Tufts/New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Julie M. Cherrington, Ph.D
Julie Cherrington is an experienced life science executive with extensive insight in bringing drugs into the clinic and through to commercialization. She has been a key contributor to the successful development of multiple FDA-approved products, including SUTENT®, PALLADIA®, VISTIDE®, VIREAD®, and HEPSERA®.
She has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at several biotechnology companies, including QUE Oncology, Arch Oncology, Revitope Oncology, Zenith Epigenetics, and Pathway Therapeutics. Julie has also served as President and Executive Vice President, R&D at Phenomix Corporation, a diabetes and antiviral company. Earlier in her career, she was Vice-President of Preclinical and Clinical Research at SUGEN, a Pharmacia/Pfizer company.
Julie began her career at Gilead Sciences, where she held a range of positions of increasing responsibility. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Clearity Foundation and Rakovina Therapeutics, and an advisor to several start-up companies. She active in entrepreneurship initiatives through CLS, UC San Francisco, UC Davis and Equalize 2020/2021/2022 and currently serves on the Boards of Syncona Ltd, Sardona Therapeutics, Kisoji Biotechnology, MycRx, QUE Oncology and Mirati Therapeutics.
Julie holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in microbiology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.