Leadership Team

VGXI’s experienced and diverse leadership team is comprised of industry visionaries and experienced professionals who drive our mission of Plasmid DNA innovation and pDNA manufacturing excellence. With their proven expertise, VGXI is well positioned to lead the charge in driving transformative breakthroughs in the development of advanced therapies with our best-in-class Plasmid DNA products and services.

Executive Team

Young Park
Young K. Park
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Park serves as CEO for both GeneOne Life Science, Inc. (KOSPI: 011000) and VGXI, Inc., a GeneOne company. Over the past 15 years, he has overseen the explosive growth of VGXI into the global leader in the manufacture of cGMP DNA plasmids central to gene-based biomedicines, including cell and gene therapies, and DNA vaccines. Mr. Park obtained a B.A. in Economics from Dickinson College, a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an M.S. in Finance and Applied Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Jeff Whitmore
Jeff Whitmore
Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Whitmore joined VGXI in 2023 as Chief Commercial Officer to expand commercial operations and the services offered to the molecular therapeutic marketplace. Jeff recently served as CCO at Genezen, a Cell & Gene Therapy CDMO focused on viral vector production. Prior to this, he has held a multitude of leadership positions such as Vice President of Commercial Operations at mRNA therapeutic CDMO, TriLink BioTechnologies, part of Maravai LifeSciences, Biomatrica, a biostability technology company, and Singulex, a manufacturer of immunodiagnostics makers. Jeff is a disruptive entrepreneurial thinker with serial success in identifying a company’s future value and positioning it for acquisition or public offering. Deep expertise in creating strategies, structure, global sales channels, and commercial teams that drive revenue to maximize corporate value. He skillfully tackles product development and operations to bring technologies to market, benefiting brands, clients, and investors.

Michael L. Stewart
Chief Operations Officer

Michael Stewart joined VGXI in 2024 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to lead VGXI’s top-tier DNA plasmid manufacturing services and operations. Prior to joining VGXI’s leadership team, Stewart served as COO at Matica Biotechnology, a CDMO that provides manufacturing solutions for cell and gene therapy drug developers. Stewart also previously held leadership roles at leading research and manufacturing organizations including Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Boehringer-Ingelheim Biomanufacturing, Meridian Life Science, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Stewart brings over 20 years of extensive experience in the viral vector therapy and vaccine production industry. Stewart holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the Texas A&M University System, followed by a Ph.D. studies in biochemistry at the University of Tennessee and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, focusing on the structural and functional amino acid substitutions that result in an oncogenic state. Additionally, Stewart has a distinguished military background, having served as a medical corpsman with the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps and contributing to DOD research related to gravitationally induced loss of consciousness.

Stephanie Burke, Chief Accounting Officer
Stephanie Burke
Chief Accounting Officer

Stephanie Burke is the Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) for VGXI.  She joined the company in 2015, bringing more than a decade of accounting and leadership experience to the company.  During her time with VGXI, Ms. Burke has led not only the Accounting/Finance team, but also the Materials team, coordinating all cost accounting and inventory control, and providing guidance through implementation of MISys (VGXI’s MRP system).

Ms. Burke previously served as the Financial Controller with Manuli RYCO / Fliuconnecto, a manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic products worldwide. Ms. Burke also held the role of General Manager for International Expo Service, an exhibit builder and service company for the trade show industry.

Ms. Burke received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Washington State University.