Founder, Chairman and CEO
Jeffrey Wolf is founder and CEO of NightHawk Biosciences. He also founded Seed-One Ventures, a firm focused on the systematic formation and management of new biomedical companies founded on breakthrough ideas and technology.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wolf has specialized in building new life-science companies from the ground up and plays an active role in supporting the growth of his companies. Mr. Wolf's start-ups include Avigen (co-founder and director), a NASDAQ-listed gene therapy company; TyRx Pharma (co-founder and chairman), which was focused on the development of novel biocompatible polymers and acquired by Medtronic; and EluSys Therapeutics (co-founder and founding CEO), a biodefense company focused on the development of Anthim® antibody therapeutic, an approved medical countermeasure to mitigate the effect of anthrax exposure after a natural incident or intentional attack.
Mr. Wolf received his M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Chicago where he graduated with honors in economics.
Chief Medical Advisor
U.S. Army, COL (ret) George E. Peoples, MD, FACS, serves as CMO for NightHawk Biosciences and its subsidiary companies, Heat Biologics and Pelican Therapeutics. Dr. Peoples is currently Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct Professor of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). He is also the founder and director of Cancer Insight, LLC, a clinical research and development organization dedicated to the discovery, development, and testing of emerging biotechnologies, with a focus in cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Peoples recently retired from 30 years of active duty as a surgeon and research scientist in the military. He has previously served as Chair of the Cancer Program at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and Deputy Director of the United States Military Cancer Institute. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Surgical Oncology at Walter Reed Amy Medical Center (WRAMC) and SAMMC. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Peoples completed his surgical training at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and during that time, also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Biologic Cancer Therapy at Harvard Medical School. He then completed a surgical oncology fellowship at MDACC. Dr. Peoples has written extensively on the immune response to cancer in over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters.
Chief Scientific Advisor
Dr. Manning brings over three decades of experience in immunology and autoimmune disease research and development. Most recently, Dr. Manning served as Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on biologic therapeutics for the treatment of rare immune-mediated diseases. At Momenta, Dr. Manning provided strategic leadership to all research activities, including the discovery and development of three novel autoimmune drug candidates. Momenta was recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson for approximately $6.5 billion. Prior to Momenta, Dr. Manning served as Senior Vice President of Research and Preclinical Development at Aileron Therapeutics, where he oversaw target selection, lead identification and optimization, clinical candidate selection, and IND-enabling studies. Before Aileron, Dr. Manning served as Vice President and Head of Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease Research at Biogen, and as Vice President and Global Therapy Area Head of Inflammation, Autoimmunity & Transplantation Research at Roche. Dr. Manning is a member of the Board Directors of Palatin Technologies, Inc, Chairman of the Institute for Biomedical Entrepreneurship, and an Advisor to the Harvard Medical School Therapeutics Initiative. He is an author and inventor on over 120 publications and patents relating to autoimmune disease and novel drug discovery.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ostrander has over 22 years of experience in financial management at public and private companies. Mr. Ostrander previously served as Executive Director of Finance at Liquidia Technologies, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director of Finance and Accounting at KBI Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical contract services company. He also served as Manager of Finance at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a data analytics solutions company. Prior to that, he served as Controller of Seisint Inc., a private information products company that was acquired by LexisNexis. Other previous roles include Senior Manager of Finance and various other accounting and finance positions for Boca Research, a data communications hardware manufacturer. Mr. Ostrander holds a B.S. in Finance from Central Michigan University.
Senior Vice President of Product Development and Portfolio Strategy
Paul Tebbey is a pharmaceutical development strategy leader with over 25 years of healthcare and management experience across the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors at companies such as Abbvie, Baxter, Centocor/Johnson & Johnson, and Wyeth/Pfizer. Dr. Tebbey’s research, development, and commercial launch experiences include novel monoclonal antibodies (STELARA® first-in-IL-12/23 class, REMICADE® & HUMIRA® anti-TNF mAbs), complex vaccines (PREVNAR® novel conjugated vaccine, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus), biosimilars, and targeted oncolytic small molecules (VENCLEXTA®). Dr. Tebbey received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from East Carolina University School of Medicine where his research focused on T lymphocyte cell signaling, immunosuppression, and transformation. Subsequent to his postdoctoral studies at Vanderbilt University, which focused on the regulation of gene expression, he then graduated with a M.B.A. in Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Tebbey’s publications include over 40 peer-reviewed articles that span immunology, immune-mediated and infectious diseases, clinical trial design, and pharmaceutical strategy planning and brand success.
Vice President of Clinical Development
As Vice President of Clinical Development, Bill Arana oversees the strategic and operational aspects of clinical drug development for NightHawk Biosciences and its subsidiary companies.
Mr. Arana has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, holding director and management positions in clinical development and operations. At Emergo Therapeutics he worked on a novel immunological treatment for influenza-like infection. While at Argos Therapeutics, Mr. Arana led the clinical department in conducting a phase 3 clinical trial of an autologous cellular immunotherapy for oncology and was responsible for planning the clinical development strategy and regulatory authority interactions for the program. At Kowa Research Institute, he initiated the first clinical trial the company conducted in the United States and grew the Clinical Operations department. Prior to joining Kowa, he worked in CROs where he managed international clinical trials in infectious diseases for large and mid-sized pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Arana also worked at Trimeris, Inc., managing the conduct of the proof-of-concept trials for Fuzeon, the first fusion inhibitor approved to treat HIV infection. He began his career in clinical research as a CRA, working initially for a CRO and later as an independent contractor. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, he worked as a senior research technician at Duke University Medical Center in the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Mr. Arana holds an M.S. Degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from East Carolina University and B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice President of Research
As Vice President of Research, Matthew Seavey holds over a decade of preclinical drug development experience. Originally trained as an immunologist, Dr. Seavey is an expert in early drug development and has been involved in the development of different drug modalities (biologics, small molecules, cellular therapeutics, vaccines) across multiple therapeutic areas, including GI, CNS, immuno-oncology, respiratory, inflammation and cardio-metabolics. He has held former positions as Drug Discovery Team Leader at Cephalon, Global Pharmacology Project Leader at Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Oncology Program Director at United Therapeutics. Dr. Seavey is a co-inventor on several patents and has contributed to the intellectual property base of Advaxis and founding of Oncoceutics. Most recently, Dr. Seavey served as Director of Preclinical Pharmacology for CinRx Pharma and founding partner of BioPoint Consulting, LLC. Dr. Seavey holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Vermont, an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from West Chester University.
Vice President of Strategic Development
As Vice President of Strategic Development, Dr. Michalek leverages scientific, clinical, and program management expertise to drive organizational growth through the alignment of projects with corporate objectives, the identification of strategic risks, and the development of partnership opportunities.
Dr. Michalek received his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Wake Forest University with a focus on redox regulation of T cell activation. Subsequent postdoctoral studies at Duke University included foundational studies on the metabolic regulation of T cell differentiation, while biochemical profiling work with Metabolon resulted in publications encompassing cancer, autoimmune disease, and diabetes. Dr. Michalek’s experience also includes oversight of early and late phase clinical trials across several treatment modalities (cell and gene therapy, immunotherapy, small molecule inhibitors) with previous roles as the therapeutic area head of oncology for Pharm-Olam, co-chair of the Gene Therapy Operational Center of Excellence at PPD, and project leadership within IQVIA and Chiltern.
With over 30 peer-reviewed publications, ~5,000 citations, a previous appointment to the NIH Biomarker Consortium steering committee for Inflammation and Immunity, and awards from the Cancer Research Institute and American Association of Immunologists, Dr. Michalek is committed to identifying and advancing medical breakthroughs.
Senior Business Development Advisor
Dr. Kwok is a senior biopharmaceutical executive with broad operational expertise who has executed over 150 transactions including M&A, strategic partnerships, licensing, divestitures, spin-offs, and project financing. Since 2011, Dr. Kwok has served as Managing Partner and Founder of Linear Dreams LLC, a management consultancy for the life sciences industry. The firm engages a broad range of business and corporate development activities for 49 biopharmaceuticals companies, contract research and non-profit organizations, research institutes, and investors across USA, Europe, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Poniard Pharmaceuticals Inc., Dr. Kwok established corporate and business development, strategic and commercial planning, new product planning, competitive intelligence, and forecasting functions. Previously, she served as Director of Business Development at Celera Genomics Inc., where she led the business development efforts for Celera's small molecule therapeutics, including the divestiture of the oncology pipeline (including Imbruvica® [ibrutinib]) to Pharmacyclics, Inc. (now an AbbVie Company). Dr. Kwok has held business development positions of increasing responsibility at Exelixis, Inc., where she initiated multiple partnerships and served as the alliance manager for the GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) collaboration. Prior to joining Exelixis, Inc., she held various research management, technology assessment, and alliance management roles at SmithKline Beecham PLC (now GSK).
Dr. Kwok received a bachelor's degree with first class honors in Biotechnology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of London, UK, a Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK, and has earned the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) credential. At present, Dr. Kwok is serving on the Board of Directors of Chinese-American Biopharmaceutical Society (CABS) and serves on the Standards, Admissions & Recertification committee of Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.