Biographical Information Regarding Directors and Executive Officers
DR. ELAZAR RABBANI, Ph.D. is an Enzo Biochem's founder and has served as the Company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 1976 and Secretary since November 25, 2009. Dr. Rabbani has authored numerous scientific publications in the field of molecular biology, in particular, nucleic acid labeling and detection. He is also the lead inventor of many of the Company's pioneering patents covering a wide range of technologies and products. Dr. Rabbani received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.
BARRY W. WEINER, President, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Director and a founder of Enzo Biochem. He has served as the Company's President since 1996, and previously held the position of Executive Vice President. Before his employment with Enzo Biochem, he worked in several managerial and marketing positions at the Colgate Palmolive Company. Mr. Weiner is a member of the New York Biotechnology Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Boston University.
DAVID C. GOLDBERG, Vice President of Corporate Development for Enzo Biochem and President of Enzo Clinical Labs, has been employed with the Company since 1985. He has held several managerial positions within Enzo Biochem. Mr. Goldberg also held management and marketing positions with DuPont-NEN and Gallard Schlesinger Industries before joining the Company. He received a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University.
ANDREW R. CRESCENZO, CPA, Senior Vice President of Finance for the Enzo Biochem since May 2006. Before joining the Company, Mr. Crescenzo was an Executive Director from 2002 to 2006 and a Senior Manager from 1997 to 2002 at Grant Thornton LLP. From 1993 to 1997 he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of D'Addario & Co, Inc. and was employed at Ernst and Young LLP from 1984 to 1993. Mr. Crescenzo is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Adelphi University.
Andrew P. Whiteley, Chief Operating Officer for Enzo Life Sciences since June 2008. Before his employment at Enzo, Mr. Whiteley previously held the position of CEO at Vitra Biosciences from 2003 to 2005 and CEO of InforMax from 2002 to 2003 which was acquired by Invitrogen. Prior to that Mr. Whiteley held various positions at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech (now part of GE Healthcare) including, VP Bioinformatics and VP Sequencing Business. Mr. Whiteley graduated from Nottingham University, England with a joint honors degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry.
HERBERT B. BASS, Vice President of Finance for the Company and is also Senior Vice President of Enzo Clinical Labs. Before his promotion in 1989 to Vice President of Finance, Mr. Bass served as the Corporate Controller of the Company. Mr. Bass has been with the Company since 1986. From 1977 to 1986, Mr. Bass held various positions at Danziger and Friedman, Certified Public Accountants, the latest of which was audit manager. Mr. Bass received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College.
BERNARD L. KASTEN, M.D. has been a Director of the Company since September 2008 and serves on the Audit, Nominating/Governance and the Compensation Committees and since January 2011 serves as the Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Kasten has served as a director and Executive Chairman of GeneLink Inc. since 2007 and CEO since December 2010 (GNLK: OTCBB). He served as Chairman of the Board of Cleveland Biolabs, Inc. (CBLI: NASDAQ) from 2006 to 2013. From 1996 to 2004, Dr. Kasten served at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX: NYSE) where he was Chief Laboratory Officer, Vice President of Business Development for Science and Medicine and most recently as Vice President of Medical Affairs of its MedPlus Inc. subsidiary. Dr. Kasten served as a Director of SIGA Technologies (SIGA: NASDAQ) from May 2003 to December 2006, and as SIGA's Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through April 2006. Dr. Kasten is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. His residency was served at the University of Miami, Florida and he was awarded fellowships at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology with certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and sub-specialty certification in Medical Microbiology.
GREGORY M. BORTZ, has been a Director of the Company since January 2010 and currently serves on the Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Governance Committees and since November 2, 2010 has served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Bortz is the founder of and has been the managing partner of Creo Capital Partners, LLC ("CREO"), a private equity firm that provides capital to middle-market companies, since February 2005. CREO holds investments in companies certain of which Mr. Bortz serves as a board member. In addition, Mr. Bortz serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the CREO Select Opportunities Fund, a hedge fund that invests in public fixed income and equity securities. From October 2000 to February 2005, Mr. Bortz was Senior Vice President, Investment Banking Division of the international investment bank Lehman Brothers, Inc. Prior to such position he was a Vice President of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston, an international investment bank, from January 1998 to October 2000. Mr. Bortz held the position of Manager at the accounting firm of Ernst and Young (1994-1997) and Senior at the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen (1993-1994), both in their respective audit groups. Mr. Bortz was qualified as a chartered accountant in England and Wales, and South Africa, and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors of Business Science with Honors in Finance and Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.
DOV PERLYSKY, has been a Director of the Company since September 2012 and since January 17, 2013 has served on the Audit, Nominating/Governance and Audit Committees and chairs the Nominating/Governance committee. Mr. Perlysky has served as a member of the board of directors of Pharma-Bio Serv, Inc. since 2004 and as a member of the board of directors of Highlands State Bank since 2010. Mr. Perlysky has also been the managing member of Nesher, LLC, a private investment firm, since 2000 and a director of Engex, Inc., a closed-end mutual fund, since 1999. From 1998 until 2002, Mr. Perlysky was a vice president in the private client group of Laidlaw Global Securities, a registered broker-dealer. Mr. Perlysky received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1985 and a Masters in Management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University in 1991. Mr. Perlysky is the son-in-law of Rosalind Davidowitz, see "Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management" on page 7 and footnotes 8 and 10 thereof. The Company believes that Mr. Perlysky is independent under the rules of the NYSE.