Our People

 

Naia was founded by a team of experienced biopharmaceutical executives who have a proven track record in drug development, product sourcing, global operations and business transactions.

Management Team

H Daniel Perez MD
Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman

During his twenty-four years in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr Perez has developed wide-ranging experience driving R&D operations, clinical trials, collaborations, licensing deals, spin-outs and acquisitions. He has published extensively and has been elected to multiple scientific societies and nominated to the National Academy of Sciences, in addition to serving on numerous Boards of Directors, Scientific Advisory Boards and Investment Boards, both commercial and academic.

Dr Perez received his medical degree in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed his medical training at Beth Israel-Mount Sinai in New York and a fellowship in rheumatology and immunology at New York University. He went on to serve on the faculty at New York University as an assistant professor of medicine and at UCSF as a professor of medicine.

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Mark Bagnall
Co-Founder, CFO and COO

Mr Bagnall has held c-suite positions in public and private biotechnology companies for more than 20 years. During that time, he negotiated and managed five M&A transactions, raised more than $250 million in equity and debt financings and negotiated numerous licensing agreements.

Prior to co-founding Naia, Mr. Bagnall was chief financial officer of several public and private biotechnology companies and was responsible for many public and private financings, mergers and licensing transactions.

He was also one of the founders the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers, an international organization of life science CFOs. He is a CPA and started his career in the high technology/biotechnology practice of Ernst & Young.

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Board of Directors

Dr Sherine Helmy

Dr Sherine Helmy

Dr Sherine Helmy has 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is the chief executive officer of Pharco Pharmaceuticals, in addition to serving on various other Boards, both commercial and academic.

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Dr Omar Haffar PhD

Dr Omar Haffar PhD

Dr Omar Haffar PhD is a cell biologist with 28 years of experience in the biotechnology industry and is the president and chief executive officer of Eos Biosciences Inc, in addition to serving on the Naia Board of Directors.

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Robert Williamson III

Robert Williamson III

Robert F Williamson III is the CEO of privately held PharmAkea, a company involved in the development of fibrosis and oncology drugs, in addition to serving on the Naia Board of Directors.

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Evan Ng

Evan Ng

Evan Ng is co-Chair of Dorsey & Whitney’s life sciences and health care practice, co-Chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies practice and the Department Head of the Northern California Corporate practice group.

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Board of Advisors

Dr Jorge Puente MD

Dr Jorge Puente MD serves as chairman of Naia’s Board of Business Advisors. He has extensive experience in all areas of pharmaceutical development and financing and is also recognized internationally for his humanitarian work.

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Dr Ed Pezalla MD

Dr Pezalla MD is a national and international public policy, public affairs and healthcare innovations leader who is active in helping inform and shape systems and policy frameworks in the US, in addition to serving on Naia’s Board of Advisors.

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Lord Edward (Tim) Razzall CBE

Lord Razzall has more than 35 years of corporate finance experience in multinational and cross border transactions. He serves on numerous Boards and is currently the co-chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Treasury matters in the UK.

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Robert Williamson III

Robert F Williamson III is the CEO of privately held PharmAkea, a company involved in the development of fibrosis and oncology drugs. He is a member of the Naia Board of Advisors, in addition to serving on the Naia Board of Directors.

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