Young K. Park
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Park joined VGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as one of the founding members and worked to successfully establish VGX International, Inc. in Korea. With extensive business management and legal experience in building successful corporations, he was instrumental in securing funding and establishing relationships with other biotechnology companies to enable pipeline development, strategic licensing, and acquisitions.Read More » As a Board Member of VGX International, Inc., Mr. Park also facilitated its successful acquisition of VGXI, Inc., a contract manufacturing organization (CMO) unit in 2008. In 2013, VGX International was renamed GeneOne Life Science. Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, GeneOne is a leading biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and contract manufacturing of gene-based biomedicines, including DNA vaccines. (“GeneOne” KOSPI: 011000) Mr. Park obtained his law degree from University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.Read Less »
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Peterson joined the VGXI team in 2007 as the Director of Quality, responsible for both Quality Assurance/Compliance and Quality Control. She played an integral role in implementing the company’s Quality System and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2011 and COO in 2018. Ms. Peterson came to VGXI with over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, complying with FDA regulations in both startup and established organizations. Read More » Ms. Peterson relocated to Houston, TX from San Diego, CA where she was VP of Operations at Qualigen, Inc. which included the responsibility for quality and regulatory. While at Qualigen, she successfully submitted several 510(k) applications and led the company through multiple regulatory agency audits including ISO 13485 to gain the CE mark. Prior to Qualigen, Ms. Peterson was at Hybritech, Inc. (a subsidiary of Beckman-Coulter) for 14 years where she held multiple positions in both the quality and manufacturing organizations. Ms. Peterson received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Read Less »
Sr. Manager, Quality Assurance
Mr. Johnson joined VGXI in 2003 and has served as VGXI’s Quality Assurance Manager since 2012. He came to VGXI from Tanox where he served as a Quality Control Analyst. Mr. Johnson’s primary responsibility is maintenance of the VGXI Quality system. Read More » This responsibility includes reviewing and approving batch records, specifications, sampling plans and labels, assisting with regulatory submissions, coordinating equipment validation activities, conducting internal and vendor audits, and management of the quality training program. Mr. Johnson received his degree in Biotechnology from Lone Star College in Conroe, Texas.Read Less »
Sr. Manager, Quality Control
Ms. Rameswaran joined VGXI in 2007 and has served as VGXI’s Quality Control Manager since 2012. She has 18 years of previous experience in the Pharma and medical device industries, working in a GMP environment at companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Kensey Nash Corporation.Read More » Her primary responsibilities at VGXI include QC assay coordination, environmental monitoring, oversight of in-process, release, stability, and raw material testing, assay validations, review of testing records, and assistance with regulatory submissions. Ms. Rameswaran received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from West Chester University and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
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Sr. Manager, Manufacturing
Mr. Nelson joined VGXI in 2007 and has served as VGXI's Manufacturing Manager since 2012. During his time at VGXI he has held multiple manufacturing positions and currently oversees all activities related to the production of clinical grade plasmid DNA pharmaceuticals. His responsibilities include coordinating and managing processes related to GMP cell banking, microbial fermentation, harvest and downstream purification, and GMP fill/finish operations for vialed products.Read More » Mr. Nelson has additionally played a critical role in enabling multiple expansions and upgrades to VGXI’s GMP manufacturing suites. Before joining VGXI, Mr. Nelson served in the US Army for 15 years where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for actions in Iraq. He successfully completed both the US Army Ranger School and The Sapper Leader’s Course. Mr. Nelson received his degree in Biotechnology from Lone Star College in Conroe, Texas.
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Sr. Manager, Process Development
Mr. Rodriguez joined VGXI in 2007 and has over 11 years of experience in plasmid DNA manufacturing. As a core member of both the Process Development and Manufacturing teams, his focus has been towards increasing plasmid yield and quality in both upstream and downstream facets of production. He has played a critical role in identifying, testing, and implementing disposable technology and executing scale up into the cGMP manufacturing facility.Read More » Mr. Rodriguez also represents VGXI as the SME for technology transfer for Phase III/commercial production of plasmid DNA. Mr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston.
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Sr. Manager, Business Development
Ms. Franco joined VGXI as Business Development Manager in 2014. Prior to VGXI she worked for several years as Director of Research and Product Development for an early stage gene therapy platform company, Twister Biotech. Ms. Franco has over 8 years of laboratory experience covering areas of gene and cell therapy, fermentation process development, and biomaterial design and characterization.Read More » During her time in industry Ms. Franco has also acquired in-depth business development, marketing, and sales experience. Ms. Franco obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University in Houston, TX.
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