Nigel Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Nigel Brown joined the Company’s Board as part of the Company’s acquisition of Envigo on November 5, 2021. Dr. Brown was elected to the Company’s Board in accordance with the terms of the Shareholders Agreement entered into as part of the acquisition of Envigo. Dr. Brown was designated for election to the Board by Savanna Holdings LLC, which is a party to the Shareholders Agreement as a Nominating Holder.
Dr. Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of Princeton Healthcare Advisory, LLC, a healthcare advisory firm, since 2015. Also, currently, Dr. Brown is a Partner at Trevi Health Capital, a healthcare-focused investment management firm. Dr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and contract research sectors, with particular expertise in pharmaceutical R&D. Trained as an analytical chemist, Dr. Brown has worked for a number of major pharmaceutical companies to develop, among other things, analytical methods in support of clinical drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies; LC/MS/MS technology for quantitative drug bioanalysis; and drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, bioanalysis, genetic modeling, toxicology and manufacturing support. Ten years ago, Dr. Brown shifted his focus to deal-making in the pharmaceutical R&D sector, and has executed more than 20 deals spanning acquisition, divestiture, and strategic partnerships with combined transaction value in excess of $2.5 billion. He served as Corporate Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Covance, Inc. where he executed 19 transactions and the strategic sale of Covance to LabCorp for $6.2 Billion. He holds an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, UK, and an MBA from the Open University Business School, UK, and held the Nestlé post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is extensively published in scientific and business literature and has advised governments and companies on policy formulation related to pharmaceutical R&D. Dr. Brown serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
Scott Cragg joined the Company’s Board as part of the Company’s acquisition of Envigo on November 5, 2021. Mr. Cragg was elected to the Company’s Board in accordance with the terms of the Shareholders Agreement entered into as part of the acquisition of Envigo. Mr. Cragg was designated for election to the Board by Jermyn Street Associates LLC.
Mr. Cragg is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Birch Grove Capital, an investment management firm and leads the Private Credit strategy across the firm. Previously, Mr. Cragg was a Managing Partner of Trevi Health Capital, a healthcare-focused investment management firm. Mr. Cragg has over 17 years of investment and advisory experience in the healthcare sector. Mr. Cragg was previously an investment banker at Groton Partners, a merchant banking firm and, prior to that, a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Group at Wasserstein Perella and Prudential Vector Healthcare. Mr. Cragg received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas. Mr. Cragg will serve of the Compensation Committee of the Board.
Gregory C. Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Gregory C. Davis was elected to the board on June 14, 2017, and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Dr. Davis currently runs his own consulting firm, which he founded in 2012, assisting companies with regulatory and control strategy and product development issues. In 2014, Dr. Davis joined Calibrium, LLC as Vice President of CMC, Regulatory, and Quality. Calibrium was developing novel biotheraputics for the treatment of diabetes. The company was sold to Novo Nordisk in late 2015. From 1992 to 2012, Dr. Davis held various leadership positions at Eli Lilly in Biotechnology Product Development, Global Regulatory Affairs, Global Brand Teams, and Quality. One of the highlights of his Lilly career was being COO of the Xigris Product Team. Xigris was the first biotechnology product ever approved for the treatment of severe sepsis. When Dr. Davis retired from Eli Lilly in December of 2012, he was Executive Director and Senior Principle Fellow in Global Regulatory Affairs.
Dr. Davis has held numerous leadership positions within the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He also served for five years as the PhRMA liaison to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) for Q5/Q6 Biotechnology topics. He coauthored several of the ICH guidances on registration standards for biotechnology products, which are still in use today. Dr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University studying under Dr. Peter Kissinger, founder of BASi.
Richard A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson retired from his position as President of AvTech Laboratories, Inc. in 2008. He founded the company in 1990 as an independent contract pharmaceutical testing laboratory which provided contract testing services to major research-based pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Johnson sold AvTech to Eurofins Scientific in October of 2005. Prior to launching AvTech, Dr. Johnson worked for 19 years in a variety of positions for the Upjohn Company; such as Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance, and Product Control. Dr. Johnson earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Michigan State University.
R. Matthew Neff
R. Matthew Neff was elected to the board on August 1, 2017. Mr. Neff is currently Senior Director of Capital Markets at Thompson Thrift and is Senior Advisor to Evolution Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From July 2017 to May 2020, Mr. Neff was Of Counsel with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. From August 2013 through June 2016, Mr. Neff served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIT Laboratories, a national toxicology lab headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Neff joined AIT Laboratories after his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of CHV Capital, Inc., the venture capital subsidiary of Indiana University Health, a role he had held since 2007.
Mr. Neff started his career as a practicing lawyer and Partner at Baker & Daniels. He then served as the Deputy to the Chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board (now known as the Federal Housing Finance Agency) in the first Bush Administration. Thereafter, he became the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of two Indianapolis companies: Circle Investors, an insurance holding company then chaired by former Vice President of the United States, Dan Quayle, and Senex Financial Corp., a healthcare receivables finance company. Mr. Neff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center and was a member of Riley Children’s Foundation’s Board of Directors from January 2000 to November 2012.
Mr. Neff earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated a Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana We are pleased to welcome Mr. Neff to the Board and look forward to working with him. His strong Categories: Regional Business News, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech, Healthcare and Medical News, Research, Medical Research, Publicly Traded Tags: BASi, board, board of directors, contract research, NASDAQ, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical research, press release, publicly traded, R. Matthew Neff University School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the Indiana Law Review.
John E. Sagartz, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Dr. John E. Sagartz was appointed as a director of the Company on July 2, 2018. Dr. Sagartz began his career as a toxicologic pathologist at Searle/Monsanto in 1996, and held positions of increasing responsibility as section head, director, preclinical development site head, and fellow, following Monsanto’s merger with Pharmacia. After Pfizer’s acquisition of Pharmacia in 2003, Dr. Sagartz founded Seventh Wave Laboratories where he served as president and CEO, and most recently as president and chief strategy officer.
Dr. Sagartz is an adjunct associate professor of Comparative Medicine at St. Louis University’s College of Medicine and currently serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Biotechnology Association. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Kansas State University and, after completing residency training in anatomic pathology, earned his Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University.
R. Matthew Neff, Chair
Gregory C. Davis
Richard A. Johnson
Compensation and Incentive Stock Option Committee
Scott Cragg, Chair
Gregory C. Davis
Richard A. Johnson
R. Matthew Neff
Nominating and Governance Committee
Richard A. Johnson, Chair
Gregory C. Davis