Our Board of Directors has a broad range of expertise, including company management, financial acumen and product development.
Mr. Barach recently retired from Doubleline Capital, a $150 billion money management firm, where he was President and Co founder. He has over 43 years of experience in money management and finance in both the private and public sectors. He specialized in fixed income and his career spanned the highest and lowest interest rates in U.S. history.
Mr. Barach has substantial board experience. He served as vice chairman for Doubleline Funds since its inception in 2010 as well as Chief Executive Officer and vice chairman of Apex Mortgage Capital (AXM, NYSE).
Prior to founding Doubleline Mr. Barach spent 20 years at Trust Company of the West (TCW) where he was group managing director and CIO. He also was principal investment officer for the California Public Employees Retirement System ( PERS).
Mr. Barach is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Investment Group, a privately held real estate investment firm.
Mr. Gordon is Équilibre BioPharmaceuticals Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer; Chief Legal and Compliance Officer; and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Équilibre, Mr. Gordon co-founded Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KDMN) and served as its Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Chief Administrative, Legal and Compliance Officer; and Corporate Secretary.
Mr. Gordon worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of New York (Bronx County) before working at several NYC law firms and founding his own firm, which handled complex litigation for a broad spectrum of individual and corporate clients.
Mr. Gordon earned his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Bar Ilan University, and his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is admitted to practice law before the state bars of New York and New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Maisonrouge is Senior Managing Director Evercore’s Advisory business with 35 years of relevant experience. At Evercore, among other transactions, Mr. Maisonrouge was involved in advising AstraZeneca on its acquisition of Alexion, Sanofi on its acquisition of Principia, Nestlé on its sale of Nestlé Skin Health to EQT and ADIA, Bristol-Myers Squibb on its acquisition of Celgene, Takeda on its acquisition of Shire, AstraZeneca on its defense across from Pfizer, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries on its acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories from Daiichi-Sankyo. In addition, Mr. Maisonrouge has been involved in a large number of IPOs and follow-on equity offerings, principally for biotech companies.
Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Maisonrouge was a Managing Director and Chairman of Life Sciences at Credit Suisse where he worked extensively in the fields of pharmaceuticals, specialty pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical technology.
Mr. Maisonrouge holds an M.S. in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Business School Health Care Initiative, and the Chairman of the Pasteur Foundation. In 2014, Mr. Maisonrouge was awarded the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Dr. Christina M. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a tenured professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where she also serves as Chair of Admissions in the department of biostatistics. She is a recognized expert in infectious diseases such as COVID-19, HIV as well as machine learning and biostatistics. She has extensive experience in clinical trials, working as a trial statistician, serving as a member of data and safety monitoring boards, and providing oversight on advisory committees. Dr. Ramirez also serves as an editor or reviewer on multiple leading scientific and academic journals, and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. She has served as a permanent member of the Cardiovascular and Integrative Clinical Sciences Study Section for the National Institutes of Health, while also serving on an ad hoc basis for other study sections at NIH and Nationals Science Foundation. She has many patents issued worldwide and many more currently in prosecution.
Dr. Ramirez is the CEO and Cofounder of Elian LLC, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in viral infectious diseases. She also founded Public Health Data Scientists (PHDS), a non-profit educational program to reduce the academic attainment gap among at-risk youth, for which she teaches a summer enrichment course on data science for under-represented high school students.
Dr. Ramirez received her MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology.
Mr. Simon is the Founder of Monsoon and Accessorize, which has grown from a single store in London’s Beauchamp Place in 1973 into two global fashion high street chains with a presence in more than 36 countries. The Group was a public company from 1998 to 2008, when it was taken private again. The company won the Queen’s Award for Export in 2007. In 1994 Mr. Simon founded The Monsoon Accessorize Trust, a registered charity that funds education, healthcare, and income generation projects primarily for disadvantaged women and children in Asia.
Having generated his wealth from fashion, Mr. Simon now backs a wide range of fast-growing businesses and talented areas in a number of sectors, spanning multiple sectors such as: biopharma; data technology; e-commerce; fashion and other direct to consumer; fin-tech; and thematic science development sectors such as ‘cultivated meat’ – where his investment vehicle, ‘Adena Estate Inc’, is often the lead, or majority investor.
The development of new pharmaceutical solutions to serious medical conditions is something that Mr. Simon feels passionately about and Adena’s investment in Équilibre is the latest such investment.
Away from private equity, Mr. Simon also has a substantial portfolio of commercial property centred primarily in London’s fashionable Notting Hill, W11. Amongst these properties is The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road, where Mr. Simon restored the oldest purpose-built cinema in England, and which is now managed by the highly successful global restaurant and members' club group, Soho House.
Mr. Simon’s other passion is in the arts, where he has identified and supported many emerging artists. His collection is especially known for its holdings of works from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. In addition, Mr. Simon is an honorary trustee of the Tate Foundation, which manages Britain’s Tate galleries, as well as being a member of the Global Patrons Council for Art Basel.