About Us

Board of Directors

Steven A. Kriegsman

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kriegsman has been CytRx Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer and a director since July 2002, and Chairman of the Board since 2014. He also serves as a director of RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nasdaq: RXII) and Chairman of RXi's Compensation and Transaction Committees. He previously served as Director and Chairman of Global Genomics from June 2000. Mr. Kriegsman is an inactive Chairman and Founder of Kriegsman Capital Group LLC, a financial advisory firm specializing in the development of alternative sources of equity capital for emerging growth companies in the healthcare industry. He has advised such companies as SuperGen Inc., Closure Medical Corporation, Novoste Corporation, Advanced Tissue Sciences, and Maxim Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kriegsman has a BS degree with honors from New York University in Accounting and completed the Executive Program in Mergers and Acquisitions at New York University, The Management Institute. Mr. Kriegsman is a graduate of the Stanford Law School Directors' College. Mr Kriegsman was formerly a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG in New York City. He served as a Director and is the former Chairman of the Audit Committee of Bradley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE, the company has since been sold). In February 2006, Mr. Kriegsman received the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association and in October 2006, he received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Corporate Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mr. Kriegsman has been a guest speaker and lecturer at various universities including California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Brown University and New York University. Mr. Kriegsman has been active in various charitable organizations including the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the ALS Association, the Los Angeles Venture Association, the Southern California Biomedical Council, the California Health Initiative, the American Association of Dance Companies, and the Palisades-Malibu YMCA.

Louis Ignarro, Ph.D.

Lead Director

Dr. Ignarro has been a director since July 2002. He previously served as a director of Global Genomics from November 20, 2000 until July 2002. Dr. Ignarro serves as the Jerome J. Belzer, M.D. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Retired in 2013, Dr. Ignarro had been at the UCLA School of Medicine since 1985 as a professor, acting chairman and assistant dean. Dr. Ignarro received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1998. Dr. Ignarro received a B.S. in pharmacy from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ignarro is an esteemed medical researcher.

Anita J. Chawla, Ph.D.

Dr. Chawla joined our board of directors in March 2015. She is an economist with more than 25 years of experience in the health care sector. She has extensive experience using economic analyses to support the business objectives of life sciences companies. In her work, Dr. Chawla has assessed the value of a wide range of therapies to inform health care decision makers. Dr. Chawla specializes in helping pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostic companies address market access challenges, particularly as they relate to coverage and reimbursement determination and evidence-based review, through all phases of product development and commercialization. Dr. Chawla graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Wellesley College. She earned a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Chawla is a Managing Principal at Analysis Group, Inc. Prior to joining Analysis Group in 2007, she was head of the Health Economics & Outcomes Research department at Genentech, Inc. from 2001 to 2006. She has also held positions at Thomson Medstat (The MEDSTAT Group), Research and Policy Division (1993-2000) and the American Medical Association, Center for Health Policy Research (1989-1993). Dr. Chawla is not related to any other Company employees named Chawla. Our board of directors believes that Dr. Chawla is highly qualified to serve as a member of the board because of Dr. Chawla's extensive experience as an economist in the health care sector, and her expertise in economic, research and other related matters pertaining to the operation of a biotechnology company.

Eric J. Selter

Mr. Selter has been a director since April 30, 2015. He has served in many capacities as an investment advisor with Morton Capital Management, LLC, a private wealth management firm with assets under management of $1.4 billion specializing in customized tactical asset allocation using non-traditional alternative investments, since joining in 1998. Such positions include Chief Operating Officer since 2000, Senior Vice President since 2006, and Secretary from 2006 to 2011, then again from 2013 to present. As a member of Morton Capital Management's investment committee, Mr. Selter is involved in the development of investment strategies, portfolio construction, implementation solutions, manager searches and due diligence. In addition to his responsibilities as an investment advisor, Mr. Selter is also responsible for the integration of back office and technology to increase productivity and enhance services provided to clients. Mr. Selter is also an owner of Morton Capital Management. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Staff Network (NSN), a nationally recognized and major leader in the employee leasing industry from 1996 to 1998. From 1982 to 1996, he served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for the affiliated companies of NSN, until its successful sale in 1996. In his roles, he was responsible for the operational and legal direction of National Staff Network and made significant contributions in the establishment of the legal foundations for the employee leasing industry. Mr. Selter is a private pilot and a member of Angel Flight, providing free non-emergency air travel for patients with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated magna cum laude in 1979. He then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he was awarded his Juris Doctor degree in 1982.

Earl W. Brien, M.D.

Dr. Brien joined our Board of Directors on December 1, 2016. He is a renowned orthopedic and sarcoma surgeon who is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and also the Surgical Director of the Sarcoma Service at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. After completing his matriculation as a Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery in musculoskeletal tumors and metabolic bone disease respectively, he became the Director of the Musculoskelatal Tumor Program and Metabolic Bone Disease Center at Orthopedic Hospital. Dr. Brien is the recipient of numerous grants, with an extensive bibliography of peer-reviewed articles spanning more than twenty years to his credit. He has also presented annually at national and international meetings for the past 20 years. Over a 10 year period, he served as the Cancer Commission Chairman and Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer at Orthopedic Hospital. Our board of directors believes that Dr. Brien is highly qualified to serve as a member of the board because of his wide-ranging experience with sarcoma patients in particular, and his expertise in medical research and other matters related to the operation of a biotechnology company.