Board of Directors
Meet our board of directors
Michael H. Tardugno
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Tardugno’s career has been focused exclusively in healthcare, with 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Mr. Tardugno was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Celsion on January 3, 2007, and was elected to the Board of Directors on January 22, 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Tardugno served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mylan Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Mylan Laboratories, a transdermal drug company. He was a founding member of management of Songbird Hearing, Inc., a privately held startup, and held the positions of Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Manufacturing for Bausch & Lomb. Mr. Tardugno began his career in 1977 with Abbott Laboratories, where he held positions in pharmaceutical operations. Mr. Tardugno holds a BS in Biology from St. Bonaventure University and completed the Harvard Business School executive program.
Augustine Chow, MSc, PhD
Director since March 2007
Dr. Augustine Chow was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2007. Dr. Chow is the Chairman of Harmony Asset Management Limited in Hong Kong as well as a Director of Medifocus Inc. (TSX Venture: MFS). From 1996-2015, Dr. Chow was the Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Asset Limited, a Hong Kong listed investment company. Between 2008 and 2016 he served as Executive Director of Kaisun Energy Group Limited. From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Chow was the Chief Executive Officer of Allied Group of Companies based in Hong Kong which included a number of publicly-listed companies spanning various industries. Prior to this, Dr. Chow held a senior position with Brunswick Corporation and Outboard Marine Corporation and was responsible for all business activities in South East Asia and China. Dr. Chow has extensive experience in managing publicly-listed companies that are involved in manufacturing, marketing and financial services. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Chow’s qualifications include a number of Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Among these are a MSc from London Business School, a PhD from the University of South Australia, and an Engineering Doctorate and PhD on Biology from City University of Hong Kong.
Robert W. Hooper
Director since August 2010
Robert W. Hooper was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2010 and currently serves as President of Crows Nest Ventures, Inc., an advisory and consulting services firm to the healthcare industry. From 1997-2001 he served as President, North America, for IMS Health, the global leader in healthcare information and market research. From 1993-1997 Mr. Hooper served as President of Abbott Laboratories Canada, based in Montreal. From 1989-1993 he served as Managing Director, Australia/Asia for Abbott Laboratories. Prior to 1989 Mr. Hooper served as Director of Manufacturing and Plant Manager for Abbott’s Nutritional and Hospital Products Divisions. Mr. Hooper began his career with E.R. Squibb and Sterling Winthrop Labs. He received a BA in Biology from Wilkes University.
Alberto Martinez, MD
Director since December 2010
Alberto Martinez, MD, has served as a Director of the Company since December 2010. He is currently a consultant to the healthcare industry. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Martinez served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Talecris Biotherapeutics, a publicly traded life science company. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations for CSL Behring, the company formed by the 2004 acquisition of Aventis Behring by the Australian company CSL. He was Vice President and General Manager for Emerging Markets for Aventis Behring from 1996-2000 and served as President of Aventis BioServices from 2000-2004. Dr. Martinez began his career with Sandoz Ltd. (known today as Novartis). He spent twenty years working with Sandoz in a variety of roles across the world, including Director and Head of Corporate Strategic Planning in the United States, Head of the Latin America Business Operations in Switzerland, Director of Marketing and Sales in Spain, and Head of Marketing and Clinical Research in Brazil. Dr. Martinez completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Sao Paulo and received his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo in 1973. After completing his residency in Pediatrics in 1975, he studied Business and Marketing Administration at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Frederick J. Fritz
Director since July 2011
Frederick J. Fritz was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2011. He is the CEO and Founder of NeuroDx, a development-stage diagnostic device company focused on the neurosurgery market. Mr. Fritz joined NeuroDx from Valeo Medical, a biotech company he founded in 2003, to develop the world’s first noninvasive diagnostic test for endometriosis. Prior to that, Mr. Fritz was President and CEO of Songbird Hearing, a medical device company spin-off of Sarnoff Corp. Mr. Fritz began his career in marketing management and new product development. He joined Schering Plough’s Wesley Jessen in 1985 as Vice President, Marketing and Sales in 1986. He was promoted to general manager of Schering’s OTC pharmaceutical business in 1988 and of the podiatric products business in 1990. Additionally, Mr. Fritz was President of Coleman North America from 1995-1997. He holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, from which he was graduated Summa Cum Laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Donald Braun, PhD
Director since December 2015
Donald Braun, PhD, joined Celsion in 2015 and brings over 30 years of research expertise in oncology, with a focus on immunotherapy and effectiveness and impact of chemotherapy protocols on various cancers and tumor types. Prior to his retirement in 2016 Dr. Braun served as Vice President Translational Research and Chief Science Officer at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Prior to the CTCA, he was the Scientific Director of the Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine and Immunology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, and the Administrative Director of the Cancer Institute and a Professor of Surgery with tenure at the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Braun has been appointed to and served on more then a dozen federal government and public advisory committees on oncology and immunology. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center in Chicago.
Andreas Voss, MD
Director since December 2015
Andreas Voss, MD, joined Celsion in 2015 and currently serves as Vice President of Clinical Affaires in Europe at Caris Life Sciences, a biotechnology company focused on implementing personalized medicine in oncology through its liquid biopsy technology. Prior to joining Caris in 2010, he was responsible for the global clinical development of Avastin® and a member of the Corporate Drug Safety Board at F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Before joining Roche in 2006, he was Medical Director for the Lung Cancer Disease Area at AstraZeneca, and from 2000 to 2003 he was the Medical Director for Anti-invectives and Oncology at Bayer GmbH. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Voss was Head of Medical Research, Oncology at Asta Medica AG. Dr. Voss received his M.D. from the University of Hamburg Medical School and was postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego. He is board certified in internal medicine.