Dr. Catalano is a pharmaceutical industry executive with 22 years of experience in strategic and operational scientific leadership of neurobiology and oncology drug discovery and development programs. She is currently our chief science officer and member of our board of directors since co-founding our company in 2007. Dr. Catalano guided the discovery and development of CT1812. She also established the International Symposium on sigma-2 Receptors: Role in Health and Disease,” now in its fifth year, authored numerous publications and patents and continues to serve as principal investigator of several National Institute of Health, or NIH, awards, and has served on various NIH review panels in the areas of drug discovery and clinical development for neurodegenerative diseases and on the editorial board of Assay and Drug Discovery Technologies for over 10 years. Previously, she held scientific leadership positions at Acumen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2004 to 2007, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2001 to 2003, and Roche Biosciences from 1999 to 2001.
Dr. Catalano received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College and Ph.D. in Neurobiology from U.C. Irvine with postdoctoral training at U.C. Berkeley and Caltech.
Stephen SandsStephen Sands is the vice chairman of investment banking and chairman of the Global Healthcare Group at Lazard, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm. Mr. Sands has built a 25-year career providing strategic and financial advice to senior executives and boards of directors at leading healthcare and life sciences companies globally. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Sands was a partner in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company. During his career, he has co-founded two life sciences companies: Enzytech (acquired by Alkermes) and Opta Food Ingredients (acquired by Stake Technology). Mr. Sands has also served as director on the boards of several life sciences companies, including National Imaging Associates, Inc. (acquired by Magellan Health Services), and Isogen LLC (acquired by Monsanto). Mr. Sands is a member of the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Engineering & Applied Science National Counsel, the National Campaign Committee and the New York Regional Cabinet; a trustee and co-chair of the nominating and governance committee of the New York Hall of Science; and a member of the Columbia University Science Advisory Committee. He earned a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College, a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from New York University.