Dr. Cato is a principal and cofounder of Cato BioVentures. He also is a cofounder of Cato Research and serves as its CEO and director. Dr. Cato serves as a member of the clinical advisory board of VistaGen Therapeutics and in senior management or director roles for several of our portfolio companies, past and present, including but not limited to, Advanced Pain Remedies, Cancer Advances, Hemodynamic Therapeutics and Nutritional Restart Pharmaceuticals. He has 40 years' experience in clinical research and new drug development and has directed or participated in the development of more than 100 INDs and NDAs.
Ms. Sutton is a principal and cofounder of Cato BioVentures. She also is a cofounder of Cato Research and serves as President and its' chief regulatory officer. Ms. Sutton serves in senior management and director roles for several of our portfolio companies, past and present, including but not limited to, Advanced Pain Remedies, Cancer Advances, Hemodynamic Therapeutics and Nutritional Restart Pharmaceuticals. She has more than 30 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with special expertise in regulatory strategies and regulatory compliance requirements. She has coordinated activities in various disciplines (e.g., toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, analytical and pharmaceutical development, and clinical research), has been involved in the development of new clinical entities, has overseen the preparation of FDA meeting submissions, and has ensured that regulatory requirements necessary for the approval and launch of new products have been satisfied.
Mr. Pharand is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years' experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life sciences industries, where he has a proven track record as a portfolio manager. He serves as a principal of Cato BioVentures and as chief financial officer of Cato Research. Mr. Pharand was the CFO of Pharmacia Canada and of Pharmacia KK (Japan). He subsequently became an entrepreneur with a successful Canadian distribution company of innovative pedicular screw systems in orthopedic therapies. Mr. Pharand later was involved, as a portfolio manager, in a biotech venture with Innovatech Grand Montreal. Mr. Pharand has also acted as a director, including holding seats on various board committees for more than 30 publicly traded or life sciences corporations.