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Officers & Directors

 

Officers, Management and Directors

Officers

Hamid Erfanian
Chief Executive Officer

David Bench
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President,
Treasurer, and Corporate Secretary

Kara Cannon
Chief Operating Officer

Dieter Schapfel, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Matthew Kupferberg
General Counsel
 



Biographical Information Regarding Directors and Executive Officers

HAMID EFRANIAN Chief Executive Officer, has over 28 years of experience as a seasoned healthcare executive specializing in the diagnostic, medical devices, and life sciences industry. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Erfanian was most recently Chief Commercial Officer of EUROIMMUN, a PerkinElmer Company. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of its US subsidiary, a position he held from June 2014 through August 2021. Prior to EUROIMMUN, Mr. Erfanian held executive and senior positions at several notable diagnostics companies including Diagnostica Stago, Beckman Coulter, and Abbott Laboratories. Earlier in his career, Mr. Erfanian worked at leading diagnostic laboratory testing companies, Quest Diagnostics and Laboratory Corporation of America. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Mathematics from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.



DAVID BENCH, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, and Corporate Secretary for Enzo Biochem, has been employed with the company since 2019. Mr. Bench was previously Chief Financial Officer of ELLKAY, LLC, a healthcare information technology company servicing diagnostic laboratories, electronic medical record providers, payors, hospital/health systems and ambulatory practices. Mr. Bench has served as President of DBC Group, LLC, an advisory and consulting firm working with emerging public companies and as an investment banker at Arete Wealth Management, covering the telecommunications, media and technology industries. Earlier in his career Mr. Bench worked at the investment banking firms of Lazard and Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder. He received his B.A. in Economics and a Masters in International Economics and Finance, both from Brandeis University.



KARA CANNON, Chief Operating Officer, has been employed with the Company since 2011 and is responsible for strategic and tactical marketing, Sales, Manufacturing and general management of the operations . Ms. Cannon previously held executive positions at Pall Corporation, where she focused on commercial operations within the areas of diagnostics, biotechnology and biosciences. She has also held marketing and technical positions at Dynal Biotech (now ThermoFisher Scientific). She has had extensive experience in the marketing and selling of innovative platforms for the diagnostics markets, as well as, the development and execution of strategic plans for the growth and sustainability of diagnostic-related businesses. Ms. Cannon holds a BA from Franklin and Marshall College.



DIETER SCHAPFEL, MD, Chief Medical Officer, has been employed with the Company since 2012, initially as a consulting pathologist. Dr. Schapfel served as Medical Director of Pathology at Southside Hospital – North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Schapfel served as a staff pathologist at Huntington Hospital from January 2004 to June 2006. Dr. Schapfel served as Director of Pathology and Medical Affairs and the College of American Pathologists Director of Pathology, Dublin, Ireland and Farmingdale, NY for Icon Laboratories from February 2002 to October 2003. Dr. Schapfel is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, College of Medicine, where he also served his residency. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology with certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and is also a diplomat of The National Board of Medical Examiners.



Mr. Kupferberg, brings a plethora of experiences including leading transactional and legal activities for health and wellness companies and providing counsel regarding corporate governance issues. He has worked with payors, PBMs, providers and medical device manufacturers, assisting multi-billion-dollar corporations to negotiate and structure complex health care arrangements. Furthermore, he has led day-to-day strategic legal counsel and provided guidance on a range of compliance and regulatory matters.



MARY TAGLIAFERRI, has been the Company's Chairwoman of the Board since January 2022. She currently serves on the Audit Committee. Dr. Tagliaferri is currently Executive Clinical Fellow and Senior Vice President and she was previously Chief Medical Officer at Nektar Therapeutics, a leading research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need including treatments for cancer and auto-immune disease. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Regulatory Officer for Kanglaite-USA and was Co-Founder, President and Board Member of Bionovo, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University and her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tagliaferri was named to the Women who Lead in Life Sciences and Most Influential Women in Business lists by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019 and was recognized as Woman of the Year, 2012, by the State of California, Assembly District 14. She has been lead author or contributor to approximately 70 journal publications.



BRADLEY RADOFF, is a proven investor and seasoned public company director with significant experience in the areas of corporate governance, capital allocation, operational turnarounds and strategic reviews. Mr. Radoff has held roles at some of the world’s top asset management firms and financial institutions, including Citadel and Third Point. He currently serves on the Board of VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY), a Texas-based independent energy company, and Harte Hanks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HHS). Mr. Radoff previously served as a director of Support.com, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: SPRT) and Pogo Producing Company (formerly NYSE: PPP). He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



ELAZAR RABBANI, Ph.D, has been a Director of the Company since January 2022. Dr. Rabbani is an Enzo Biochem founder and has served as the Company's Chairman of the Board since its inception in 1976 until January 2022. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer from inception until November 2021. 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.



IAN WALTERS, has been a Director of the Company since November 2020. Dr. Walters is an experienced entrepreneur and drug developer with leadership in the development of over 30 drugs in multiple therapeutic areas involving diverse technologies, leading to five new oncology drug approvals. His previous positions include Executive Director of Global Oncology Clinical Research and Business Development for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Medical Director at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Walters currently is CEO and Director of Portage Biotech, a publicly traded clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing an innovative portfolio of immuno-oncology assets. He is also founder of seven of Portage’s portfolio companies. Dr. Walters holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed doctoral training in experimental medicine at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Walters has been the lead author or contributor to approximately 60 journal publications.