Angelo K. Baskaran
Treasurer and Vice President for the US operations of President Petroleum Company PLC, a London listed international oil and gas company. From 2006 to 2011 he was the Chief Financial Officer of President Petroleum Company PLC (formerly, Meridian Petroleum plc). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of London Court Limited, a UK basedmerchant bank since 1990. Mr. Baskaran has broad experience in oil and gas and private equity, as well as, trading derivative hedge funds in the commodities markets, globally. He served as Executive Vice President of MBf Asia Capital Corporation, a diversified financial services company operating in Hong Kong from 1992 to 1996 and as Vice President of The Chart Group LP, a private equity and a hedge fund firm in New York from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Baskaran is involved in structuring and raising private equity and debt in relation to mid-market companies in the US and has managed The Iona Fund, a futures trading fund. Mr. Baskaran holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from the City University CASS Business School in London. He is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales.
Roger K. Baumberger
Managing Director, Corporate Finance of Spencer Trask Securities, Inc. He has over twenty fiveyears of corporate finance experience, focused principally on emerging growth companies throughout the United States. Prior to joining Spencer Trask, Roger Baumberger held senior corporate finance positions at Josephthal Lyon & Ross, Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co., the Equitable Life Assurance Society, BDO Seidman and Marine Midland Bank. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, Association for Investment Management and Research, and Executive Forum at New York University. He is a Director of Rx Technologies, Inc., a vaccine development company. Mr. Baumberger, a Chartered Financial Analyst, received an M.B.A. degree with distinction from the New York University Stern School of Business and has an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College.
Christopher D. Gee
Director of International Sales and Marketing, Radient Pharma Corp. Mr. Gee is a successful technology and biotech executive with extensive sales, marketing, and distribution management experience. He has held executive positions and managed projects in the USA and internationally overseeing product development, marketing, sales, licensing, and distribution partnering. His purview has spanned domestic and global operations including negotiated licensing and distribution agreements with top tier companies. Mr. Gee’s background includes serving as a senior analyst at New York University, Stern School of Business - IT department and working as an executive at Apple Inc., to manage business development, sales activities, and enterprise computing projects. He has also served as a principal in start-up companies. Mr. Gee received his M.A. from King’s College, University of London and his B.A. from New York University.
Dr. Richard S. Matthews
brings 40 years of experience in the medical and scientific fields including teaching at Syracuse University, and research positions at both Pfizer and Amgen. Dr. Matthews had responsibility for the study of worldwide licensing opportunities at Pfizer Medical Systems, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Amgen. As a patent chemist at Pfizer, he prepared applications and testified on infringement issues. At Pfizer Medical Systems, Dr. Matthews also represented Pfizer at the Bureau of Radiological Health Section of the FDA and was a liaison with the Department of Commerce for export license negotiations. Dr. Matthews was responsible for evaluating the first whole body MRI device, numerous bone cements products, heart valves, insulin delivery systems, and artificial joints. He was also responsible for coordinating the committees on Acquisitions, Strategic Analysis, Acquisition Candidate Analysis and Venture Fund Candidate Analysis, and was the principal RDIT liaison for R&D Operations. In 1973, he designed the first computer program to analyze medical opportunities by combining market size and development costs to determine pricing. Modern variations of this program are widely used even today throughout the industry. At the Licensing Department of Central Research he conducted therapeutic analyses in the areas of cardiovascular medicine, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, ulcer therapy,asthma and CNS. In 1998 he moved to Amgen as the Director of Licensing. There, Dr. Matthews supervised a team of scientists, overseeing their interactions with small research companies and recommending potential licensing opportunities for Amgen. He received a BA from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. at Columbia University in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Dr. Matthews resides in Connecticut and California.
William D. Priester, M.D.
Has been in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Cardiology since 1983. He has been the Medical Director of the Lenox Hill Physicians Hospital Organization in New York City and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lenox Hill Health Network. Dr. Priester is also the President of Lenox Hill Cardiology Associates, P.C., which is a group of 16 physicians who interpret all non-invasive cardiology procedures at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Priester received a B. A. from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Diane M. Smith
Principal. Ms. Smith joined Darby in December 2007, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in domestic and emerging market private equity investing, fund management and banking, including the launching and management of several new private equity and mezzanine investment businesses in both the U. S. and Latin America. Prior to forming her own firm to advise early stage entrepreneurs seeking private growth capital, Ms. Smith served as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for Electra Investment Trust PLC of the U.K., playing a key role in building the firm’s new U. S. principal investing business to over half a billion dollars in equity and mezzanine investments in a wide variety of industries. Joining Electra in 1991, Ms. Smith focused on growth financings and leveraged buyouts in middle market-sized companies in a broad range of sectors, with emphasis on consumer products and services, telecom and broadcast media, transportation operations and service providers, specialty industrial manufacturing and healthcare.
In the late 1990’s, Ms. Smith spearheaded Electra’s expansion into South America, targeting infrastructure privatizations and related service providers as well as specialty manufacturers and consumer products and services. Prior to joining Electra, Ms. Smith was involved in building the new leveraged buyout business for a NewYork based thrift, as well as serving in international banking and corporate finance roles with Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Before joiningMHT she spent several years in Spain developing export markets for Spanish producers of industrial and consumer products. Ms. Smith holds a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of global Management and a B.A. in Communications from Washington State University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.