Dr. Phillip Frost, M.D.
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Frost has served as our Chairman of the Board since our inception. Dr. Frost has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Opko Health, Inc. (formerly known as eXegenics Inc.) since the consummation of its acquisitions of Acuity Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Froptix Corporation on March 27, 2007. Dr. Frost is a member of The Frost Group, a private investment firm. Dr. Frost was named the Vice Chairman of the Board of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Limited, or TEVA, in January 2006 when Teva acquired IVAX Corporation, or IVAX, for $9.2 billion, including assumed debt. IVAX was a multinational company engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of branded and generic pharmaceuticals and veterinary products. Dr. Frost had served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of IVAX since 1987. Dr. Frost was named Chairman of the Board of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., an American Stock Exchange-listed investment banking and securities brokerage firm, in July 2006 and has been a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. since March 2005. He serves on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, is a Trustee of each of the Scripps Research Institutes, the Miami Jewish Home for the Aged, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center and is Co-Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Frost is also a director of Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc., an American Stock Exchange-listed biotech pharmaceutical company, Continucare Corporation, an American Stock Exchange-listed provider of outpatient healthcare and home healthcare services, Northrop Grumman Corp., a New York Stock Exchange-listed global defense and aerospace company, and Modigene, Inc., a development stage biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Frost owns an equity interest in the general partner and in the limited partnership of Peregrine VC Investments II, a private venture capital fund based in Israel that invests primarily in early-stage Israeli technology companies, The Florida Value Fund LLP, a private equity fund focused on mid-market companies in the State of Florida, and Calex Equity Partners, LP, an equity fund with a value orientation. Dr. Frost holds a Bachelor's Degree in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Robert N. Fried
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
(310) 694-8150, ext.1
Mr. Fried has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Fried is a digital media entrepreneur and accomplished film producer. Since 1990, Mr. Fried has served as President of Fried Films, a motion picture production company he founded in 1990. Mr. Fried has produced or served as executive producer for 15 films, including "Man of the Year" and "Collateral." Mr. Fried's films have won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for the Live Action Short Film "Session Man," the ASCAP award for "Collateral," the Christopher Award for "Rudy," and Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe awards for "Winchell." Mr. Fried has founded several digital media companies, such as Spirit EMX, an internet video content company, and Ideation Mobile Media, a mobile advertising company which is unrelated to us other than through Mr. Fried. Mr. Fried has also served as consultant to numerous entities, advising them on studio slate financings, the formation of independent film production companies, computer animation, theatrical production, Internet planning and general strategic planning and business development. He was an investor in and served on the advisory board of WebTV Networks, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft Corporation for $425 million in 1997, and Intermix, Inc., owner of Myspace.com, which Intermix sold to News Corporation for $580 million in 2005. From November 1996 until June 2001, Mr. Fried served as Chairman of WhatsHotNow, Inc., or WHN, an e-commerce service provider to the entertainment and licensed merchandise industries, which he founded in 1996. WHN built and managed e-commerce and direct response commerce operations for major media companies, such as NBC, ABC, Fox, MTV, Comedy Central, Playboy, TV Guide, Sony Pictures, Universal and Paramount. WHN also built and maintained a business-to-business licensed merchandise retail exchange that managed the online product catalogs for over 130 licensee/manufacturers and had over 5,000 retail members. Mr. Fried also served as Chief Executive Officer of WHN from July 1999 until June 2001. From December 1994 until June 1996, Mr. Fried was President and Chief Executive Officer of Savoy Pictures, a unit of Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Fried led the turnaround of Savoy's motion picture and television departments, which included marketing, distribution, business affairs, creative development and physical production. Savoy Pictures Entertainment was sold to Silver King Communications, which is now a part of InterActive Corp, in 1996. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Fried held several executive positions including Executive Vice President in charge of Production for Columbia Pictures, Director of Film Finance and Special Projects for Columbia Pictures and Director of Business Development at Twentieth Century Fox. Mr. Fried holds an M.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Rao Uppaluri, Ph.D., CFA
Treasurer and Director
(310) 694-8150, ext.2
Dr. Uppaluri has served as our Treasurer and a member of our board of directors since our inception. He has served as the Chief Financial officer of Opko Health, Inc. (formerly known as eXegenics Inc.) since the consummation of its acquisitions of Acuity Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Froptix Corporation on March 27, 2007. He is also a member of The Frost Group. Dr. Uppaluri served as the Vice President, Strategic Planning and Treasurer of IVAX from February 1997 until December 2006. Before joining IVAX, from 1987 to August 1996, Dr. Uppaluri was Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer with Intercontinental Bank, a publicly traded commercial bank in Florida. In addition, he served in various positions, including Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Controller, at Peninsula Federal Savings & Loan Association, a publicly traded Florida S&L, from October 1983 to 1987. His prior employment, during 1974 to 1983, included engineering, marketing and research positions with multinational companies and research institutes in India and the United States. Dr. Uppaluri holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Andhra University in India and an M.B.A. and Ph.D in Finance from Indiana University.
Steven D. Rubin
Secretary and Director
(310) 694-8150, ext.2
Mr. Rubin has served as our Secretary and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Rubin has served as Executive Vice President-Administration and as a director of Opko Health, Inc. (formerly known as eXegenics Inc.) since the consummation of its acquisitions of Acuity Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Froptix Corporation on March 27, 2007. He is also a member of The Frost Group. Mr. Rubin served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of IVAX from August 2001 until September 2006. Before joining IVAX, from January 2000 to August 2001, Mr. Rubin served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of privately-held Telergy, Inc., a provider of business telecommunications and diverse optical network solutions. He was with the Miami law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson from 1986 until 2000, in the Corporate and Securities Department. Mr. Rubin was a shareholder of that firm from 1991 until 2000 and a director from 1998 until 2000. Mr. Rubin currently serves on the board of directors of Dreams, Inc., a vertically-integrated sports products company, and Cellular Technical Services, Inc., which recently acquired Safestitch LLC, a medical device company. Mr. Rubin holds a B.A. in Economics from Tulane University and a J.D. from the University of Florida.
Thomas E. Beier
Mr. Beier has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Beier served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of IVAX from October 1997 until August 2006. From December 1996 until October 1997, Mr. Beier served as Senior Vice President of Finance of IVAX. Before joining IVAX, Mr. Beier served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intercontinental Bank from 1989 until August 1996. Mr. Beier holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Miami.
Mr. Gold has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Gold has served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Content for MySpace.com since February 2006. Before joining MySpace.com, Mr. Gold co-founded Weblogs, Inc., a publisher of professional Internet blogs, where he served as Publisher from November 2004 until February 2006. From August 2000 until July 2002, Mr. Gold served as the President of eUniverse.com, an Internet media company. Before joining eUniverse.com, from early 1999 until August 2000, Mr. Gold served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications of WHN. From 1997 until 1999, Mr. Gold served as head of strategic planning at Rare Medium, where he created the inaugural interactive communication strategies for P&G, General Foods, Mattel and Nestle. From 1995 until 1997, Mr. Gold founded and served as general manager for Icon New Media's advertising division, publishing Word.com and Charged.com, where he created the first interstitial ads on the web and an industry-leading advertising system based on time rotation and contextual integration. He started developing interactive content in 1992 as a partner with TouchTunes Interactive, a telecommunications music marketing service in the USA, Japan and New Zealand. Mr. Gold holds a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University.
David H. Moskowitz
Mr. Moskowitz has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Moskowitz has practiced law at his firm David H. Moskowitz & Associates since 1984 and has practiced law for more than 40 years. Mr. Moskowitz holds a B.S. in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, an L.L.B. from Villanova University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.
Thomas H. Baer
Mr. Baer has served as a director of Medici Arts, B.V., or Medici, a Netherlands holding company, since its creation in September 2004, and as the Vice Chairman of Medici Arts, LLC since January 2007. Medici and its subsidiaries own EuroArts Music International and Idéale Audience, companies that produce and acquire audiovisual content in the classical and popular music fields and distribute libraries of audiovisual content that it owns or licenses, and Elektrofilm, a media services company engaged by content owners and producers to perform post production, distribution, digital media and library services. Before joining Medici, Mr. Baer served as a consultant to the chairman and chief executive officer of Liberty Livewire, predecessor to Ascent Media, a media services company, from 2000 until 2001, and as a director of Four Media Company, prior to its acquisition by Liberty Livewire in 2000. After serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1961 until 1966, Mr. Baer founded Baer & McGoldrick, now Schulte, Roth and Zabel, a law firm with offices in New York and London, where he practiced in the litigation, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and entertainment fields from 1969 until 1980, first as a member of the firm and then as counsel to the firm. Since 1983, Mr. Baer has been active as a motion picture producer and as an executive in the entertainment and media space in partnership with Michael H. Steinhardt. In 1994, Steinhardt Baer Pictures Company, of which Mr. Baer is a General Partner, acquired a minority interest in October Films, which has since been acquired by Universal Pictures. Since 1983, Mr. Baer has served variously as president of Kings Road Productions and as a contract producer at Orion Pictures Corporation and Universal Pictures. Mr. Baer is a graduate of Tufts University and Yale Law School.
Mr. Mohn, also known as Lee Masters, currently serves as Chairman of the Board of CNET, a on-line publisher of special interest content. Mr. Mohn also currently serves on the board of several media companies, including The E.W. Scripps Company, XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and MobiTV, a television programming provider for mobile telephone companies. Mr. Mohn founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Digital, Inc., a publicly-traded company that invested in mid-stage interactive television, cable networks and internet enterprises, from June 1999 until March 2002. Before joining Liberty Digital, from January 1990 until December 1998, Mr. Mohn founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of E! Entertainment Television. From 1986 until 1990, Mr. Mohn served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1. Prior to his career in television, Mohn enjoyed a successful 19-year career in radio, where he was a disc jockey, programmer, general manager and owner of a group of radio stations.
Barry A. Porter
Mr. Porter is a co-founder and a Managing General Partner of Clarity Partners L.P., a private equity firm focused on investments in media, communications and business services. Clarity's transactions have included growth investments, leveraged acquisitions and build-ups, joint ventures, and recapitalizations. Mr. Porter also serves on the investment committee of Clarity China, an affiliated private equity firm focusing on investments in the greater China region. Before the formation of Clarity, Mr. Porter was a Managing Director of Pacific Capital Group from 1993 until 1997. While at Pacific Capital Group, Mr. Porter was a co-founder of Global Crossing, a telecommunications company, and he served in a variety of senior executive positions at Global Crossing from 1997 to 2000 and on that company's Board of Directors. Before joining Pacific Capital Group, Mr. Porter was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. from 1986 until 1993, where he became a Senior Managing Director and was a co-head of the media and communications practice, head of the gaming industries group and an active participant in the firm's high-yield activities. Before joining Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Porter was an attorney at Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, Kuchel and Silbert in Los Angeles from 1983 until 1986, where he focused on media and entertainment matters. Mr. Porter currently serves as a director on the board of directors of BASE Entertainment, Liberation Entertainment and Westec InterActive. He is also involved in a variety of community organizations and is on the Board of the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs and on the Board of Public Counsel. Mr. Porter holds a J.D. and M.B.A from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Crames is a digital media entrepreneur and consultant. As co-founder and CEO of Lean Forward Media LLC, Ms. Crames produced the award-winning interactive movie CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE®: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, and co-developed the Up2U™ technology that enables viewers to control the storyline with their DVD remote control. Ms. Crames and her company have been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Harvard Magazine, the LA Times, and Life Magazine. Lean Forward Media won first place out of hundreds of entries in Venture Bowl 2004, the largest business plan competition in the country, resulting in a multi-million dollar venture capital deal. The same year Ms. Crames opened the NASDAQ, and was named by Forbes the Future Capitalist of the Year. Ms. Crames has worked for and consulted to Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Studios, Content Film, and a variety of industries in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Crames led online marketing and partnerships for EqualFooting/Equidity.com, and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Ms. Crames developed and communicated strategic plans to clients, including working on a global branding study, and leading a client team to launch a new $200 million marketing program. Currently, Ms. Crames serves on the advisory board of SPICE, a multi-billion dollar media conglomerate based in Asia, and on the Board of Directors of Cellebrum, a Lehman Bros.-funded mobile value added services provider based in Delhi. Ms. Crames also serves on the Board of Directors of the Film Advisory Board. Ms. Crames has a B.S. dual degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, and Hotel Management from Cornell University, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2003, where she was awarded the Robert F. Jasse Award by the Entrepreneurship faculty as the graduating student most exemplifying strong entrepreneurship and leadership skills.