Vaughn Smider, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Vaughn Smider has been our Chief Scientific Officer since May 2014 and was the founder and president of Fabrus, Inc. He is also a faculty member at The Scripps Research Institute, where he has directed protein engineering research since 2005. Before Scripps he was Chief Scientific Officer at Integrigen, Inc from 2001-2005. Dr. Smider received his MD and PhD degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Smider is on the Leadership Council for The American Cancer Society in San Diego and is a founder and board member of The Elizabeth Smider Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer
David Rector has been our acting Chief Executive Officer since January, 2015. Mr. Rector has been our director since February 2002 and also serves as a director and member of the compensation and audit committee of the Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange (formerly Superior Galleries, Inc.) Since January 2014 through present, Mr. Rector serves on the board of directors of MV Portfolios, Inc.(formerly California Gold Corp.) Since 1985, Mr. Rector has been the Principal of The David Stephen Group, which provides enterprise consulting services to emerging and developing companies in a variety of industries. From November 2012 through January 2014, Mr. Rector served as the CEO and President of Valor Gold. Since February 2012 through January 2013, Mr. Rector served as the VP Finance & Administration of Pershing Gold Corp. From May 2011 through February 2012, Mr. Rector served as the President of Sagebrush Gold, Ltd. From October 2009 through August 2011, Mr. Rector had served as President and CEO of Li3 Energy, Inc. From July 2009 through May 2011, Mr. Rector had served as President and CEO of Nevada Gold Holdings, Inc. From September 2008 through November 2010, Mr. Rector served as President and CEO Universal Gold Mining Corp. Since October 2007 through February 2013, Mr. Rector has served as President and CEO of Standard Drilling, Inc. From May 2004 through December 2006, Mr. Rector had served in senior management positions with Nanoscience Technologies, Inc., a development stage company engaged in the development of DNA Nanotechnology. From 1983 until 1985, Mr. Rector served as President and General Manager of Sunset Designs, Inc., a domestic and international manufacturer and marketer of consumer product craft kits, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reckitt & Coleman N.A. From 1980 until 1983, Mr. Rector served as the Director of Marketing of Sunset Designs. From 1971 until 1980, Mr. Rector served in progressive roles in the financial and product marketing departments of Crown Zellerbach Corporation, a multi-billion dollar pulp and paper industry corporation. Mr. Rector received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance from Murray State University in 1969.
Miguel A. de los Rios, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Development
Miguel A. de los Rios has been our Vice President, Research and Development since May 2014 and was previously the Vice President of Research and Development of Fabrus, Inc. Prior to Fabrus, he founded Chimeros, Inc., a venture-backed biologics therapeutic company in 2003. At Chimeros, he served as both the Chief Executive Officer as well as the Chief Scientific Officer from 2003-2011, and was the inventor of the company’s core technologies. Dr. de los Rios received his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. de los Rios currently advises several start-up biotechnology companies.
James Graziano, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
James Graziano has been our Chief Technology Officer since May 2014 and was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Fabrus, Inc. since the founding of Fabrus in 2007. Prior to Fabrus, he was a Staff Scientist at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KYTH) managing sponsored preclinical research activities from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Graziano received his PhD degree in Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2006 and concurrently served as a Graduate Fellow in the Protein Sciences group at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF). He received his BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. Before completing academic studies, Dr. Graziano served in the US Navy as a qualified Naval Nuclear Power Plant Mechanical Operations Supervisor.