Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Vininder (Vin) Singh is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of BullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. since its inception in August 2017. Over the past five years, he has built the Company from scratch and during that time he led strategy, built a highly experienced team of leaders, spear headed the acquisition and development of BullFrog’s core AI technology and drug assets, secured the first revenue, and raised approximately $2M in financing. In February of 2020, he formed BullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. and BullFrog AI Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary designated as the holder of core intellectual property. Vin is a serial entrepreneur and experienced executive with 25 years of experience in the life sciences and biotechnology industries. He has extensive start-up experience having founded and built several pioneering investor backed companies including BullFrog AI, which uses machine learning/AI to enable drug development, Next Healthcare Inc., a personalized diagnostics and adult cell banking service, and MaxCyte Inc. (MXCT), a cell therapy company. He was also an executive at GlobalStem Inc. and ThermoFisher Scientific, leading their global cell therapy services business. Vin has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. We believe that Mr. Singh is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to the perspective and experience that he brings as our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, his extensive experience in the science and biotechnology industries and in the management of startup companies.
William “Bill” Enright has been a director and chair of the Compensation Committee of our board since February 14, 2023. He is a seasoned biotech executive with more than thirty years of experience in building and financing both privately held and publicly held companies and will join the board on the effective date of this registration statement. He is currently the CEO and a Director of Vaccitech plc (NASDAQ: VACC), which he helped to take public in April 2021. Prior to Vaccitech, Bill spent more than ten years at Altimmune (NASDAQ: ALT) as a Director, President & CEO, moving multiple programs into clinical testing, completing several acquisitions, and eventually taking the company public. Prior to joining Altimmune, Bill spent six years with GenVec, Inc. (acquired by Intrexon) with increasing responsibilities, culminating as Head of Business Development. Bill brings a breadth of experiences in a variety of positions within the life science/biotech industry, including time as a consultant, a bench scientist and 12 years with Life Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Thermo-Fisher), working in various senior level licensing, business management, manufacturing and research roles. In addition to Vaccitech, Bill sits on the Board of Gravitas Therapeutics, Inc. and on a Business Advisory Board for Creatv MicroTech, Inc., both privately held companies. Bill received a Master of Arts in Molecular Biology from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Jason Hanson became a director and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee on the February 14, 2023. He currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director at enGene, Inc. (“enGene”), a position he has held since 2018. In this role, he has built “from the ground up” a new scientific, technical and strategic vision for enGene, a Montreal based gene therapy company with a ten plus year history, re-launched the company with new science, personnel and strategy within six months of joining the company. In addition, at enGene, Mr. Hanson continues to build on the new strategy by conceptualized a groundbreaking genetherapy product from ideation stage into a multi-billion dollar clinical stage asset, has assembled senior team experienced in R&D, oncology and gene therapy, and has successfully led efforts at FDA to expand BLA, clinical activities to first line NMIBC (Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer) effectively doubling addressable market from $3B to $6B Previously, Mr. Hanson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ohana Biosciences, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Hanson previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for NuVasive, Inc. and as Corporate Vice President of General Electric Company and member of the senior executive team of GE Healthcare, a $20-plus billion dollar global pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare services business. At GE Healthcare he had global business responsibilities for a range of portfolio management, corporate development, legal, compliance, and government relations activities. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Mr. Hanson served as company Group Chairman and Executive Vice President at Valeant Pharmaceuticals with responsibility for the company’s Consumer, Ophthalmology, Latin American and Dental businesses, as well as the manufacturing and supply chain, R&D, regulatory and medical affairs teams. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he led R&D and other critical functions and helped build the pre-eminent pipeline of prescription dermatology and aesthetic medicine products prior to its acquisition by Valeant for $2.6 billion. Mr. Hanson received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a law degree from Duke University School of Law.
R. Don Elsey has been a director and chair of the Audit Committee of our board since February 14, 2023. Currently, Mr. Elsey serves as an advisor to the CEO of Lyra Therapeutics, a private company pioneering a new therapeutic approach to treat debilitating ear, nose and throat diseases. Mr. Elsey was the CFO of Lyra until his retirement in December 2020. Previously, from February 2015 to February 2019, Mr. Elsey served as Chief Financial Officer at Senseonics, Inc., a medical device company. From May 2014 until February 2015, Mr. Elsey served as Chief Financial Officer of Regado Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From December 2012 to February 2014, Mr. Elsey served as Chief Financial Officer of LifeCell Corporation, a privately held regenerative medicine company. Mr. Elsey holds a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. in finance from Michigan State University.