Ms. Altman has served as a Director of CV Sciences, Inc. since October 24, 2019. Ms. Altman joined the Board and brings a proven track record of more than 25 years including achievements in accounting, finance, management, business development, strategic planning, and corporate governance. Ms. Altman worked at KPMG from 1993 to 2019, serving as office Managing Partner from 2014 to 2019, where she successfully led a team of over 260 professionals and 23 partners, providing an array of assurance, tax and advisory services to public and private companies across all industry sectors. Additionally, Ms. Altman served as the lead audit partner for numerous early-stage, middle market and large global clients in the private and public markets, predominately in the life sciences, consumer markets, and technology sectors. Since June 2020, Ms. Altman has served on the board of directors and on the audit committee of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDRX). Ms. Altman also served as a board member of the Corporate Directors Forum, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization focused on helping directors, and those who support them, build more effective boards through continuous learning and peer networking. She also held a leadership position in the Women Corporate Directors, San Diego Chapter, the world’s largest membership organization and community of today’s preeminent women leaders in business.
Dr. Paul Blake
Dr. Blake has served as a Director of CV Sciences, Inc. since October 21, 2019. Dr. Blake brings with him deep expertise in clinical research, development, and medical affairs within the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently CEO of Papyrus Therapeutics Inc. He served as Chief Medical Officer at Heron Therapeutics Inc. ("Heron"), a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients suffering from pain or cancer by developing best-in-class treatments, from December 2017 to March 2020. At Heron, Dr. Blake was responsible for clinical research, medical affairs and drug safety. Prior to joining Heron, he served as Chief Medical Officer of BioDelivery Sciences International, and before that he was the Chief Development Officer at Oxford BioMedica, a gene therapy company. His prior positions include Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development of Aeterna Zentaris, Inc., and Senior Vice President and then Executive Vice President of Worldwide Medical and Regulatory Operations at Cephalon, Inc. From 1992 to 1998, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Research and Development at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now GlaxoSmithKline plc). Prior to that, he worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals (now Astra Zeneca) and G.D. Searle. Dr. Blake is qualified in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Blake has been involved in the development of several pharmaceutical drugs including: Tenormin, Zestril, Kytril, Relafen, Paxil, Coreg, Havrix, Hycamtin, Famvir, Requip, Avandia, Provigil and Fentora. Dr. Blake served on the board of Memory Pharmaceutical, Inc., until it was purchased by Roche in 2009 and was a founding board member of Protez Pharmaceuticals, Inc., until it was purchased by Novartis in 2008.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dowling was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") on May 31, 2018 and Secretary on August 25, 2014. He was our Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) from June 16, 2014 to March 15, 2019. Before joining CV Sciences, Mr. Dowling held numerous senior positions including serving as President and CFO of MediVas, LLC, a biotechnology company focused on drug formulation and delivery, from 2005 to 2013 where he led day-to-day operations, drug research and development, product development and commercialization and strategic alliance building, including license agreements with Pfizer, Merck, Wyeth, DSM, Guidant and Boston Scientific. Mr. Dowling served as a Managing Director in the mergers and acquisitions group at Citigroup from 1998 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dowling served in various finance and accounting roles in both public accounting and in the banking industry. Mr. Dowling graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant. As the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and former Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Dowling is specially qualified to serve on the Board because of his detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry including drug research and development and the Company’s global consumer product operations and his expertise in financial matters.
Terri Funk Graham
Ms. Graham has served as a Director of CV Sciences, Inc. since August 22, 2019. Ms. Graham joined the Board with vast experience serving on the Board of Fortune 1000 companies. She is currently an independent board director for Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM), a $6 billion specialty retailer of natural and organic food focusing on health and wellness, where she serves as the Chairperson of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee. Ms. Graham is also an independent board director for Lumber Liquidators Inc. (NYSE: LL), a $1 billion specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring, where she serves as the Chairperson of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. She also served on the boards of directors of Hot Topic Inc. and 1-800 Contacts Inc. before these companies were sold to private equity firms. In addition to her extensive board experience, Ms. Graham is a senior marketing executive change agent who directly influenced the success, image and growth of the $3 billion Jack in the Box brand for more than 20 years. As the SVP & Chief Marketing Officer for Jack in the Box for 10 years, she was a pioneer in innovative branding, product development, advertising and digital media. Acknowledged for her strategic thinking, financial acumen, courage and proven results, her strategic vision and business expertise enabled her to effectively reinvent the Jack brand multiple times with franchise partners and executive management. While at Jack in the Box, Ms. Graham delivered one of the most successful national advertising campaigns, achieving 10 Effie Awards and several Belding’s and Clio Awards.
Dr. Joseph Maroon
Dr. Maroon is a clinical professor and vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, and brings his expertise in health, nutrition and wellness to expand the depth of medical and biotech leadership on the Board. Dr. Maroon was previously a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of Mylan Laboratories from 2005 to 2017. Dr. Maroon has been a team neurosurgeon in the National Football League since 1981, and serves as medical director of other professional sports organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of eight medical and neurological journals. He also is past-president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest society of neurosurgeons in the world. Dr. Maroon has conducted extensive research into neurotrauma, brain tumors and diseases of the spine, which has led to many innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating these disorders. His research efforts have garnered him numerous awards from various national and international neurological societies.