Cardax, Inc. announced that Makarand Jawadekar, Ph.D., and Elona Kogan joined its Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2018.
Dr. Jawadekar spent 28 years at Pfizer Inc. in diverse roles, combining both technical and management functions. He brings to Cardax extensive experience in pharmaceutical research and development, alliance management, contracting, outsourcing, benchmarking, drug delivery, formulations, clinical supply manufacturing and packaging, clinical trial materials, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical sciences, and performance metrics. He also has deep knowledge and global experience working across the United States, Europe, India, and other parts of Asia, including Japan and China.
Ms. Kogan held senior legal and operating positions at both ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She played key business and transactional roles in the recent $5.2 billion sale of ARIAD to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and the $3.5 billion sale of Avanir to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company Limited. She has extensive experience in drug development and commercialization, including business development, with a focus on licensing, sales, marketing, compliance, corporate governance, and policy.
“We are pleased and honored to add these outstanding individuals to our Board,” commented Cardax Chairman George Bickerstaff. “As the Company continues work on its next generation products and moves into pharmaceutical development, their experience and background will help us create value from these important initiatives.”
“I have been working with Cardax as a consultant for several years and am impressed with the platform the Company has developed,” said Dr. Jawadekar. “I am delighted to support the Company in a different capacity as a member of the Board, and to contribute my experience and expertise to furthering the Company’s pharmaceutical development plans.”
“The Cardax pharmaceutical platform has the potential for broad application across multiple therapeutic areas through stand-alone projects or with partners,” said Ms. Kogan, “and I look forward to helping make that vision a reality.”
The Company’s pharmaceutical strategy complements its consumer health business featuring ZanthoSyn®, the Company’s premium astaxanthin dietary supplement for inflammatory health and longevity, which is available at more than 3,000 corporate General Nutrition Corporation (“GNC”) stores across the U.S.