Board of Directors

Regina Brown, CPA, began her accounting practice over 30 years ago after passing all four parts of the CPA exam in one sitting. She was subsequently honored by the California Society of Women CPA’s for this unusual achievement.

Currently, her practice has a wide range of clients, varying in size, industry and geographic locations. They include large national corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as local Southern California businesses. Other clients consist of professionals, wholesalers, and high net worth individuals. Many of her clients have international and cross-border operations.

As a consequence of her depth of experience, she regularly assists other professionals with their clients’ issues and performs tax research and analysis in connection with litigation and other matters including marital dissolution, tax and accounting with respect to mergers and acquisitions, implementation of internal controls and extensive work in the area of trusts and estates. In addition, international tax matters and compliance have become a significant part of her practice.

Ms. Brown is a member in good standing of the California Society of CPAs (Cal CPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPSA) and has appeared as a speaker before both.

 

Stephen J. Forman, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert in hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplantation and is a leader in preclinical and clinical cancer research. He is co-editor of Thomas’ Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, a definitive textbook for clinicians, scientists and health care professionals. Dr. Forman is the Francis and Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, a position he has held since 1987.

In nearly 40 years at City of Hope, Dr. Forman has been instrumental in advancing the survival rates for patients suffering from cancers of the blood and immune system such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

As Director of the T Cell Immunotherapy Research Laboratory, his current research is focused on cancer immunotherapy — using the body’s own immune system to attack cancer. Pharmacological enhancement of patients’ immune responses to their cancers is of special interest to Lixte as the enzyme target of its lead clinical compound, LB-100, has been reported recently to be critical to immune function. Much of his current work centers on T cells and their cancer-fighting potential.

 

John S. Kovach, M.D. founded Lixte and has been its sole administrative officer. Dr. Kovach has directed leading National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and City of Hope National Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. He has extensive experience in medical oncology, anti-cancer drug pharmacology, and in applied medical research, particularly, the early evaluation of new anti-cancer drugs and the development and management of multi-disciplinary highly productive cancer research teams. Dr. Kovach, in consultation with Lixte’s advisors and board, is responsible for the selection and prioritization of the scientific directions and goals of Lixte.

 

Philip F. Palmedo, PhD is a physicist, entrepreneur, and corporate manager. He founded and served as Chairman of the International Resources Group (IRG), an international consultancy in energy, natural resources and economic development. IRG was bought by L3 Communications in 2008. Dr. Palmedo designed and was the first President of the Long Island Research Institute formed by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Stony Brook University to facilitate the commercialization of technologies. In 1988 Dr. Palmedo joined in the formation of Kepler Financial Management, Ltd., a quantitative financial research and trading company. He was President and Managing Director until 1991 when Renaissance Technologies Corporation acquired the company.

Dr. Palmedo served on the boards of Asset Management Advisors, the Teton Trust Company, EHR Investments and C-Quest Capital. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Williams College and of the Stony Brook (University) Foundation where he chaired the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

 

Gil N Schwartzberg, JD, ScD (hon) has been a consultant to Lixte since its founding. Previously, Mr. Schwartzberg was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Hope National Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading biomedical research and treatment facilities and a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mr. Schwartzberg is the only person in the hundred-plus-year history of City of Hope to have served as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Schwartzberg is now City of Hope Chairman Emeritus for life.

Prior to his joining the City of Hope, Mr. Schwartzberg was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sterling Bank of Los Angeles, of which he was a founder, and where he served for many years as the Chairman of the Loan Committee until the bank’s sale. Additionally, Mr. Schwartzberg was a founding shareholder of Skechers USA, Inc. Mr. Schwartzberg is currently a consultant to Skechers and both trustee and co-trustee of trusts that hold the controlling interest in Skechers USA, Inc.

Mr. Schwartzberg earned a Juris Doctorate awarded magna cum laude. Mr. Schwartzberg practiced law, specializing in business structure and transactions and remains a member in good standing of the California Bar. Mr. Schwartzberg is the author of two books: Warning! Toxic Business Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them and Jane Austen’s Persuasion Annotated, a Royal Navy Reading Companion.

 

Yun Yen, M.D. Ph.D. F.A.C.P. is a physician, scientist, innovator, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as an expert in ribonucleotide reductase, a critical target in cancer therapy and diagnostics. He is President Emeritus of Taipei Medical University (TMU) and Chair Professor of the Ph.D. Program for Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery. Prior to TMU, Dr. Yen was the Allen and Lee Chao Endowed Chair in Developmental Cancer Therapeutics, Chair of Molecular Pharmacology Department, Associate Director for Translational Research, and Co-Director of the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program at the City of Hope NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte CA. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, holds over 60 patents, and has commercialized multiple methodologies involving nanoparticles, small and large molecule drugs, biomarkers, stem cells, and medical devices. Dr. Yen also founded philanthropic organizations aimed at serving the global cancer community and holds membership in numerous professional societies. He serves on the boards of Fulgent Genetics and Tanvex BioPharma Inc.