The Bexson Team

Bexson’s experienced team has a strong background in health innovation, clinical development and IP creation.

Leadership
Board of Directors
Advisors
Corporate Partners

The Leadership

Gregg Peterson

Chief Executive Officer

Gregg has over 20 years of experience developing pharmaceutical, medical device, biologic and combination products, leading to launch of 12 products globally. He was previously a Global R&D Program Lead for S&P500 company with a focus on US, EU and AsiaPac. He has a successful history directing R&D programs from market need analysis and ideation, through Phase III clinical trials, and to regulatory approval. Gregg is a veteran of multiple startup companies including Evolus (IPO), TargeGen (sale to Sanofi-Aventis) and Somaxon (IPO). He holds a B.S. from University of Puget Sound and a M.A. from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jeffery Becker, MD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Becker has over 20 years of research and clinical experience in NMDA-receptor pharmacology and clinical use. He was one of the first MDs in U.S. administering and documenting ketamine for depression in the clinic, and is a world recognized speaker and expert in the clinical use of ketamine. His expertise led to development of an effective nutraceutical product addressing NMDA-receptor abnormalities. He received his B.S. from UC Berkeley and M.D from UCLA. He maintains a clinical practice focused in Functional Psychiatry and novel treatment approaches to mental health challenges.

Matthew Pigeon

Chief Financial Officer

Matt has extensive experience in financial strategy as an investment banker and as an operator of high growth companies. Prior to Bexson, Matt was the SVP for Business Development and Finance for the public company, Inogen. Prior to Inogen, Matt was CFO for the venture backed, IoT technology start up, Adero, and CFO for medical technology company, Sientra, leading the company’s successful IPO. Matt was also an Investment banker with extensive merger and acquisition, and equity capital markets experience. Matt received his BA in economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and his Master’s in Business Administration from University of Southern California.

Sheldon Moberg, MS

Sr. VP Drug Delivery

Mr. Moberg is Bexson’s Sr. VP Drug Delivery, and lead for the Company’s wearable infusion device development work. He has an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and 30-years experience developing innovative medical devices and combination products. Mr. Moberg has 136 US patents, the majority of which apply to commercialized products. He was previously VP Drug Delivery at Amgen where he oversaw drug delivery strategy and development.

Jason Wallach, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Wallach is a medicinal chemist with world recognized expertise in NMDA receptor pharmacology. As faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, his research includes characterizing dissociative and psychedelic class chemistry, he has synthesized over 100 novel compounds, and has published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Wallach heads Bexson’s discovery division, helping develop the chemical basis behind Bexson’s three lead ketamine candidates for subcutaneous delivery, and efforts to synthesize new chemical entities with a polypharmacology approach. Dr. Wallach’s research in drug development spans a wide range of valuable therapeutic areas, including neuropathic pain, neurodegenerative diseases, depression and cancer.

Rosemary Gonzales

VP of Quality

Rosemary Gonzales is Bexson’s VP of Quality, and leads the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the Company’s Quality Management System. She has over 20 years of life science industry experience in drug-device combination product development. She has guided quality and compliance strategies across the product lifecycle of several successful programs. She has a B.S. in Biology from Pepperdine University and has served on various technical committees.

She was previously the Executive Director of Final Product Technologies at Amgen accountable for creating and leading a team to provide quality oversight and technical expertise from early development throughout the lifecycle of combination products. Prior to Amgen she was VP of Regulatory and Compliance at SHL Medical where she provided strategic leadership to advance the regulatory and compliance framework for the global organization in Sweden.

Kevin Bruhn

VP of Clinical Development

Kevin is a PhD scientist with a background in developing novel therapies for patients. He has over 15 years of experience in basic and translational research in the fields of infectious disease, cancer immunotherapy, and vaccine development. Most recently Kevin spent over 5 years in the rapidly expanding area of decentralized clinical trials, working with both small and large drug development companies to employ new strategies to enhance trial efficacy. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA.

Brent Walsh

Director of Business Development

Brent has led commercial organizations in multiple countries with teams responsible for revenue, strategy, licensing, and marketing within Fortune 20 companies along with growth phase businesses. Prior to joining Bexson, Brent has been a Director and Advisor for groups in the broad healthcare space since 2012 including behavioral health and virtual clinical trials. Brent’s experience includes 12 years with the McKesson Corporation culminating as VP of International Operations for their global imaging business. Brent also worked for KRW International as a Partner in the Leadership & Executive Management practice.

Board of Directors

Warren Wright

Board of Directors

Warren Wright is a Managing Partner with the Noetic Fund, a VC firm focused on emerging and early-stage wellness, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies around the globe. It is Noetic’s mission to nurture the scientific advancement of emotional, psychological and physical health by investing in alternative modalities, therapies and sciences committed to optimizing the human condition. Mr. Wright has over 20 years of asset management experience specifically focused on alternative strategies. He was most recently a Partner at The Carlyle Group, where he was the Chief Investment Officer of the Carlyle Liquid Market Solutions and responsible for delivering unique portfolio solutions for institutional investors. Mr. Wright has a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in finance from Bishop’s University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.

Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA

Board of Directors

Dr. Danovitch is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His research is focused on the treatment of substance use disorders and the integration of medical and mental health services, and has research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters, and co-editor of two books on substance use disorders. Dr. Danovitch is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. He has also served on multiple corporate boards. In 2016 he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, MD from UCLA, and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jeffery Becker, MD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Becker has over 20 years of research and clinical experience in NMDA-receptor pharmacology and clinical use. He was one of the first MDs in U.S. administering and documenting ketamine for depression in the clinic, and is a world recognized speaker and expert in the clinical use of ketamine. His expertise led to development of an effective nutraceutical product addressing NMDA-receptor abnormalities. He received his B.S. from UC Berkeley and M.D from UCLA. He maintains a clinical practice focused in Functional Psychiatry and novel treatment approaches to mental health challenges.

Gregg Peterson

Chief Executive Officer

Gregg has over 20 years of experience developing pharmaceutical, medical device, biologic and combination products, leading to launch of 12 products globally. He was previously a Global R&D Program Lead for S&P500 company with a focus on US, EU and AsiaPac. He has a successful history directing R&D programs from market need analysis and ideation, through Phase III clinical trials, and to regulatory approval. Gregg is a veteran of multiple startup companies including Evolus (IPO), TargeGen (sale to Sanofi-Aventis) and Somaxon (IPO). He holds a B.S. from University of Puget Sound and a M.A. from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Advisors

Robert S. Langer, ScD

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. Dr. Langer has written over 1,500 articles and has over 1,400 issued and pending patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 400 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He served as a member of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s SCIENCE Board from 1995–2002 and as its Chairman from 1999-2002. Dr. Langer has received over 220 major awards including the United States National Medal of Science (2006), the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011), and the Charles Stark Draper Prize (2002), considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers.

William Carson, MD

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Carson is the current Chairman of the Board, and former President & CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization. He is an internationally recognized pharmaceutical and biotechnology leader, who guided global approval of several drugs and digital medicines. These therapies have generated significant value while also improving the lives of patients, their families, and society. Dr. Carson is a member of the board at Excision Biotherapeutics, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Internet2. He is also a co-founder of ExtendATouch, a free, virtual community with a mission to assemble millions of caregivers using technology to enable them. Dr. Carson received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a Board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Sandhya Prashad, MD

Advisor

Sandhya Prashad is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in interventional modalities for treatment resistant disorders, with particular expertise in ketamine therapy. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and remains on faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Prashad began a private practice in the Houston area, utilizing intravenous ketamine in clinical care since 2016. She co-founded the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners (ASKP3), where she sits as current President. She presents frequently, on a national level, to the public and physicians on the use of ketamine for psychiatric disorders. Prashad serves on several advisory panels and educational initiatives for ketamine related research, and she remains passionate about expanded access to treatment and education in the safe and effective use of ketamine in mental health disorders.

Will Siu, MD, DPhil

Advisor

Will Siu completed medical training at UCLA, and a doctorate in Immunology at the University of Oxford, School of Pathology. He continued with psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, where he remained on faculty for two years before moving to New York City to study and practice ketamine and psychedelic assisted medical care.  His expertise has been featured in Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, DoubleBlind, and The Goop Lab on Netflix.  His work as an educator has reached a wide audience through speaking, writing and social media outlets.  Siu is co-principal investigator on a pilot research study exploring MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for Fibromyalgia. He maintains a clinical office in Los Angeles, for patient care and training psychologists and psychiatrists in ketamine and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.

Gita Vaid, MD

Advisor

Gita Vaid, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with expertise in ketamine assisted psychotherapy, currently practicing in in New York City.  She is co-founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence, a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to psychedelic psychotherapy innovation in clinical practice.  Vaid is on faculty at NYU Medical Center, where she completed residency training before continuing her training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York.  She also trained as a fellow in clinical psychopharmacology and neurophysiology at New York Medical College, and completed a research fellowship at NYU Medical Center.  Outside of clinical practice, Vaid now serves as the Director of Psychedelic Awareness at The Chopra Foundation, and she is on faculty at The Ketamine Training Center.

Moshe Barkan, M. Sc., MBA

Advisor

Moshe Barkan has been in the medical device drug delivery field for 45 years, and is currently Strategic Advisor to the CEO for Bexson Biomedical. Between 2004 and 2018 he served as VP of Strategic Growth Platforms at West Pharmaceuticals (WST) where he was responsible for strategic initiatives within the Pharma Device Systems Group. While there, he led the development of the first Wearable Injection Pump that was commercialized through a collaboration between West Pharmaceuticals and Amgen, as well as other commercial devices that support a variety of treatments. Prior to this he was CEO of Migada Inc, an Israel-based start-up acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Barkan holds an M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Jerusalem University, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

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