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Management Team

ESI BIO Management


Jeffrey D. Janus, Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey D. Janus is Chief Executive Officer of ESI BIO. Mr. Janus previously served as the CEO and founder of Lifeline Cell Technology, LLC, now a subsidiary of International Stem Cell, Inc., and was a member of the founding team that created Clonetics Corporation and the Clonetics brand of primary human cell systems, now owned by Lonza. In addition to his extensive experience in developing and selling cell-based products to the research market, Mr. Janus has led teams of scientists both internally and through external domestic and international collaborations with major academic institutions to conduct stem cell research. Mr. Janus has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Diego and a Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis. He is a published author of breakthrough papers in the development of parthenogenetic stem cells and cell-based assays.

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Scientific Advisor

Michael D. West, Ph.D.

Michael D. West, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of BioTime, Inc, ESI BIO's parent company, has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. Dr. West served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., a company engaged in developing human stem cell technology for use in regenerative medicine. Dr. West also founded Geron Corporation of Menlo Park, California, and from 1990 to 1998 he was a Director and Vice-President, where he initiated and managed programs in telomerase diagnostics, oligonucleotide-based telomerase inhibition as anti-tumor therapy, and the cloning and use of telomerase in telomerase-mediated therapy wherein telomerase is utilized to immortalize human cells. From 1995 to 1998 he organized and managed the research between Geron and its academic collaborators James Thomson and John Gearhart that led to the first isolation of human embryonic stem and human embryonic germ cells. Dr. West received a B.S. Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1976, an M.S. Degree in Biology from Andrews University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1989 concentrating on the biology of cellular aging.

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