Board of Directors
Damaris B. Skouras | Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Skouras, a co-founder of Olatec, served as President until 2013 when she became Chairman and CEO. Ms. Skouras has over 30 years of drug development experience in the biotechnology industry. Prior to becoming Chairman & CEO in 2013, she has previously served as co-President & CFO. Ms. Skouras began her career in finance in 1982 as a Vice President at Allen & Company Inc., where she was responsible for several biotech and technology start-up Companies from early inception through exit. In 1985, she became Founder, Chairman and CEO of Global Reach Management Company, an international advisory firm that has provided investment banking services to Olatec with a focused niche in biotechnology investing. Ms. Skouras sits on several for-profit and not-for-profit Boards of Directors, including those in the field of life sciences. Ms. Skouras received a BA from Stanford University in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1982
Valentín Campos, Sr. | Director
Mr. Campos has over 40 years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry. In 1991, Mr. Campos founded Centrum Promotora Internacional, S.A. de C.V. (“Centrum”), where he currently serves as CEO. Centrum is dedicated to the manufacturing, importation, distribution and marketing of products and services for health, particularly in the area of clinical diagnosis. Centrum has received the “Top Partners in Latin America” award by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. From 1971 to 1991, Mr. Campos worked in the public sector at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (“IMSS”), the Mexican social security agency, as well as a health supplier for the workers of México, which is one of the largest hospital conglomerates in the world. Mr. Campos started as head of the maintenance division for Equipment and Infrastructure and later became Vice President of the Administration responsible for supplying all the goods used for the daily operation of about 5,000 medical units in more than 300 hospitals, with responsibility over a $30 billion annual budget. IMSS consists of approximately 700 hospitals, providing insurance coverage currently to approximately 70 million people. Mr. Campos is also the President of Alsava Corporation (“Alsava"), which is his family office that was founded in 2014 to make private equity investments in early-stage companies with high upside potential. Mr. Campos is a member of the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Farmacéutica (“CANIFARMA”), the syndicate group for the pharmaceutical industry in México, and has served as the President of the Committee for Diagnostics and Reagents. Mr. Campos has also performed charitable work for Hospital General de México, México’s biggest hospital, sponsoring community programs such as the Children’s Ludoteca and the John Langdon Down Foundation. Mr. Campos earned a B.S. in electrical and mechanical engineering at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1966.
John F. Otto, Jr. | Director
Mr. Otto is currently a Principal and Managing Partner of Waterfront Partners, LLC, a private investment company. Previously, Mr. Otto’s career spanned 35 years as an investment banker, most recently with Salomon, Smith Barney/Citigroup where he was responsible for their global telecommunications practice and a member of the Management Committee of the investment bank. He has held several board positions of both publicly traded companies and philanthropic institutions. Mr. Otto is an honors graduate of Boston College, where he received his BS degree. He earned an MBA from Columbia University.
Lucio C. Rovati, MD | Director
In September 2015, Lucio C. Rovati, MD, joined Olatec’s Scientific Advisory Board. For Olatec, Dr. Rovati brings extensive experience in drug development and clinical programs, particularly in osteoarthritis. Dr. Rovati is CEO and CSO of Rottapharm Biotech S.r.l., the R&D spin-off of the former Rottapharm pharmaceutical company. Rottapharm Biotech is a company of biotechnologies committed to the discovery, research and development of new innovative therapeutic drugs, both chemical and biological in nature. Dr. Rovati is responsible for all scientific and R&D activities of the company, with direct reporting from all operative functions, including: medicinal chemistry, antibody discovery & protein engineering, pharmacology and toxicology, translational sciences and pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical technology, biostatistics, clinical research, regulatory and quality, business development, scientific liaison and drug safety. Dr. Rovati has held numerous academic positions, the most recent of which was his appointment as Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Milano Bicocca School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Rovati is a member of the American College of Rheumatology in addition to several other important scientific societies. He has authored or co-authored over 175 full papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals and 15 book chapters. Related scientific activity includes authorship of over 400 abstracts and selected/invited presentations in international congresses. Dr. Rovati holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Milano, with specialization in Clinical Pharmacology.
George A. Skouras | Director
Mr. Skouras is an international banker, corporate restructuring advisor, investor, and fundraiser over a 30-year career culminating with his formation of Cue Capital LP in 2003. Cue specializes in capital raising efforts for private equity managers and companies and in particular venture backed companies and venture groups. In this capacity, Cue has raised over $1.1 billion through Cue’s direct institutional sales efforts, more than half for life science and healthcare groups. Prior to forming Cue, Mr. Skouras was Managing Director and Board Member of Austrian based Creditanstalt BankVerein’s investment bank in New York and Russia. At Creditanstalt, his responsibilities included capital raising and asset management for companies and investment funds investing in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Skouras began his career at Citibank in 1978, working primarily in the Bank’s loan workout group restructuring distressed companies. Mr. Skouras also started one of the first distressed credit funds in 1987, Citicorp Turnaround Investments. In 1991, he was named Managing Director of Citicorp International Equity Investments investing in companies for Citicorp in emerging markets through privatizations. In 1992, he became the first Citibank country head for the Russian Federation. Mr. Skouras graduated with a BA in Russian and Economics in 1976 from Tufts University and studied for a Master’s Degree at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), where he was awarded the merit of Honors and Distinction in 1978.
Spyros S. Skouras, Jr. | Director
Mr. Skouras is currently a Principal and Managing Director of S Three Capital, LLC, a private investment company he founded which focuses on shipping and offshore industry investments. Previously, Mr. Skouras was a Senior Vice President of a Managing Partner for a series of private investment partnerships. He was also Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Grace Lines an international shipping company. Mr. Skouras has held several board positions of both publicly traded and private companies. Mr. Skouras graduated from Tufts University, where he received his BA degree in 1976, and he earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1980.