Board of Directors


Andreas G. Grill
President & CEO / Director

Mr. Grill is the former Executive Director for Pharmaceutical Research & Development at Forest Research Institute,

a subsidiary of Forest Laboratories, Inc. (now Allergan). Mr. Grill has extensive experience and knowledge in

pharmaceutical research and development including all aspects of biopharmaceutics, formulation development,

analytical development, preformulation, bioanalytical and drug metabolism as well as significant experience in

drug discovery, regulatory affairs and drug licensing with over twenty three years of experience in the

pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry. Founder and President of Advanced Pharmaceutical Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm for drug product development working with multiple cancer therapeutic development companies. Successful drug development achievements include a wide range of indications and a broad range of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Mr. Grill is responsible for contributing to a significant number of pharmaceutical drug product approvals within the United States and worldwide. The products within Mr. Grills impressive portfolio include Lexapro®, Namenda®, Campral®, Combunox®, Bystolic®, Savella®, Namenda XR®, Teflaro™, Daliresp™, Linzess™, Namzaric™, and Vraylar™. Continuous support of the scientific community with more than thirty presentations, abstracts and publications as well as listed inventor on multiple pharmaceutical relevant patents. Advisory Board Member for Stony Brook University - Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery, Advisor for the BioStrategy Sessions at SUNY Stony Brook – Center of Biotechnology, Member of the Bioscience Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Farmingdale College Foundation. Mr. Grill holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with graduate studies in Pharmacology/Toxicology at Saint John’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Dowling College.

Sam Backenroth

Mr. Backenroth serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development for Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (NasdaqCM:OHRP). Mr. Backenroth has executive experience in advising and financing biotechnology companies. He previously worked as an Investment Banker with The Benchmark Company LLC, an Investment Banking firm specializing in micro-cap biotechnology transactions. While at Benchmark, Sam helped fund numerous small biotechnology companies raise equity growth capital through a variety of structures. Mr. Backenroth also acted as an advisor to multiple public and private biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in assisting with business development activities, joint ventures, licensing, strategic partnerships, and mergers & acquisitions. He graduated with honors from Touro College with a Bachelor's degree in finance.

Peter Young


Peter is an experienced life-science industry consultant and executive-in-residence with Pappas Capital,

where he leads the firm’s initiatives in translational medicine and is the Program Manager for the Wake

Forest Technology Development Program. Peter has over thirty-five years’ experience in the pharmaceutical

and biotech industry, spanning all areas of the business from sales representative to country-level general

manager and CEO and companies ranging from multinationals like Abbott and Glaxo to start-up biotechs.

  At Glaxo Wellcome in the mid-1990s he led the global introduction of combination HIV therapy while keying industry leadership on global treatment access. Peter currently serves on the Oversight Committee for the University of Miami Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research and as an Executive in Residence at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University. He is a member of the Long Island Bioscience Hub External Review Board and the Long Island Biomentor Initiative, a past member of the BIO board and chairman of the North Carolina Biosciences Organization, and director of Memory Pharmaceuticals from 2004 until its sale to Roche in 2009. He has lived and worked in the US, Greece and the Middle East, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and London, and currently lives with his family in New York.  He has a BA and an MBA from Indiana University.

Thomas M. Riedhammer, Ph.D.

Dr. Riedhammer most recently served as Chairman of Sirion Therapeutics Inc, a position he held since 2007. Prior

to that, Dr. Riedhammer served as Chief Operating Officer of Presby Corp., a medical device company engaged in

the research and development of treatments for eye disorders. Prior to Presby Corp., Dr. Riedhammer served as

President and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Pharmaceuticals at Bausch and Lomb from 1994 to 2000. He

also held various other positions at Bausch and Lomb including: Senior Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer

from 1998 to 2000, Senior Vice President and President for Worldwide Pharmaceutical, Surgical, and Hearing Care Products from 1994 to 1998, and Vice President from 1993 to 1994. He was a corporate Vice President of Paco Pharmaceuticals and President of Paco Research Corp from 1984 to 1991. Dr. Riedhammer began his career at Bausch & Lomb as a Research Chemist and was its Director, Lens Care Products R&D. He has served as Chairman and Director of Prevent Blindness Florida, Director of Prevent Blindness America, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation as secretary and Junior Achievement International. Dr. Riedhammer holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Shankar Hariharan, Ph.D.

Dr. Hariharan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At Amneal,

Dr. Hariharan oversees Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Specialty Pharmaceutical Dosage

Development.  Dr. Hariharan has over 30 years of experience in successfully leading branded and generic

pharmaceutical businesses and has held leadership positions at companies including International Development

Research, Forest Labs, and Par Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Amneal, Dr. Hariharan founded DermAct, an R&D

organization specializing in dermatology.  Dr. Hariharan completed his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at Banaras

Hindu University in India and his doctorate in pharmacy at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Steve Winick


​Mr. Winick is the Managing Director at Topspin Partners. He had been with Honeywell (and the Ademco division of

Pittway Corp., before its acquisition by Honeywell in 2000) for over 21 years as CTO of the security business, as well

as founder and president of its wireless communications services business. Mr. Winick received a B.S. in Economics

from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1972, also from Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a registered Patent Attorney.