Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Willard brings a wealth of experience in the management of publicly traded biotechnology companies, together with his background in law and finance. Most recently, Mr. Willard served as CEO of Cellphire Therapeutics, where he grew the company and shepherded their revolutionary human platelet platform through key clinical trials, growing the company and significantly increasing the share price. Prior to Cellphire, he served as CEO of publicly traded Flamel Technologies now known as Avadel Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Willard is currently serving a six-year term from 2018-2024 as a presidential appointee to the National Science Board.
Mr. Willard’s career in financial services includes government service as Associate Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he served in the United States Senior Executive Service (SES) from 1991-1994, and on the board of E*Trade Financial Services from 2000-2014. He has practiced law in New York, London, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Willard earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College and attended Yale University where he earned a JD in law.
Founder & Chief Scientist
Dr. Javitt has been a founder of seven successful healthcare IT and biopharma startups with public exits. He has additionally led drug-development engagements for Merck, Allergan, Pharmacia, Novartis, and Pfizer. He was appointed to healthcare leadership roles under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. In the latter role he was commissioned by President Bush to Chair the Health Committee of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) and to lead the development of Executive Order 13335, establishing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In the aftermath of 9/11, Dr. Javitt was appointed a Senior Fellow in the National Security Health Policy Center of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies to focus on biosecurity preparedness and appointed by President Bush to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense. He is a graduate of Princeton University, Cornell University Medical College, Harvard School of Public Health, the Wills Eye Hospital, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Harvard Chan School awarded him the Alumnus of Merit award in 2016 and he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Javitt has published more than 200 scientific works in the areas of health outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics that have been cited by more than 29,000 scientists. In his role as Chief Scientist of NRx Pharmaceuticals he continues to lead NRx on Scientific matters to advance and expand our pipeline of lifesaving medicines.
Mr. Chaim Hurvitz has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CH Health since May 2011. He previously served as the President of Teva International Group at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., from April 2002 to 2010 and was a Director and member of the senior management of Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. He serves as the Chairman of Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and has been its Director since 2011. He has been a Director of TheraCoat Ltd. since October 2010. He is a member of the management of the Manufacturers Association of Israel and head of its pharmaceutical branch. Mr. Hurvitz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Glied, whose principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy, was named Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 2013. From 1989-2013, Dr. Glied was professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and served as chair of the department of health policy and management from 1998-2009. In 2010, Dr. Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, serving in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force.
Audit Committee Chair
Mr. Flynn is a founding investor in NRx. He is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years of senior executive experience. He has provided leadership to numerous successful organizations and has served in a variety of roles, including CEO, COO, CFO and advisor. Pat currently serves as COO of Good Measures, Inc. He co-founded Predilytics, Inc., which was sold to Welltock, Inc. Previously, Pat served as COO and then as CEO of Health Dialog, which was sold to BUPA International. Pat continued with BUPA, opening its business in the GCC and China. Mr. Flynn began his career with Bank of America where he held several positions over the course of 15 years, including Vice President of World Banking and Vice President of Risk Management.
Mr. Gorovitz is a partner of the AHG Group. In addition to his 25 years of legal experience in complex commercial transactions, he has considerable involvement in early-stage biotechnology and health information technology companies.