Stephen T. Chen, PhD, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, has been a director since February 1996. Dr. Chen has over thirty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including an extensive background in pharmaceutical product acquisition and licensing, development of joint venture agreements, execution of business strategy, and leadership of start-up companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nutraceutical industries. Dr. Chen has held executive positions in R&D and business development at several major pharmaceutical companies, including Burroughs Wellcome (presently GlaxoSmithKline), Miles Pharmaceuticals (presently Bayer), ICI America (presently AstraZeneca), and Ciba-Geigy (presently Novartis). He received a PhD degree in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1977 with an emphasis on drug delivery systems.
Paul Tibbits was added to the Board of Directors in October 2010. Mr. Tibbits is a graduate of Western Kentucky University who joined the board after a career in the United States Army at Fort Knox and the Civil Service. Prior to retiring in 1997, Mr. Tibbits served in a management position with General Electric Company and owned his own business. Mr. Tibbits retired from Civil Service to raise cattle and farm.
Marian Tibbits joined the Board on April 15, 2011. Mrs. Tibbits is married to Paul Tibbits, an existing director of the Company. The addition of Marian Tibbits to the Board is significant as she is the first female director in the history of the Company. Mrs. Tibbits has been involved for many years in various volunteer activities for the education of children. Mrs. Tibbits previously held management positions in finance and accounting, and presently manages various business ventures.
Yasushi Chikagami joined the Board on June 8, 2012. Mr. Chikagami holds a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Engineering from National Taiwan University, and an M.S. Degree in Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Mr. Chikagami has principally been engaged in the technology industry during his business career. He continues to serve on several boards, and is currently serving as Chairman for Arise Corporation (Taiwan), Good TV Broadcasting Corporation (Taiwan), and ZMOS Technology, Inc. (US). Mr. Chikagami is also the founder of Kolyn Technology Corporation (US) and Aden Technology Corporation (Taiwan).