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Senior Management

Keita Mori, MBA,
SanBio Co., Ltd. President
SanBio, Inc. Co-CEO, Chairman

Mr. Mori has been Co-Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of the Board since SanBio's inception in 2001. Prior to founding SanBio, Mr. Mori was Head of New Product Development from 2000 to 2001 at Xuma, an informatics startup in San Francisco. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Mori held positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and Manufacturing at Kirin Holdings, Ltd. in Japan. Mr. Mori holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo.

Toru Kawanishi,
SanBio Co., Ltd. Exective Chairman
SanBio, Inc. Co-CEO

Mr. Kawanishi served as SanBio's Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2005 and has been Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since 2005. Prior to founding SanBio, Mr. Kawanishi co-founded CareNet, Inc. (TSE: 2150) and was Executive Vice President from 1996 to 1999. At CareNet, Mr. Kawanishi established eHealthcare in Japan. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Kawanishi was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Kawanishi has a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo.

Damien Bates, MD, PhD, FRACS, MBA,
Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research

Dr. Bates is a board certified reconstructive surgeon who has held senior positions in clinical development and medical affairs at Baxter, Organogenesis, and Allergan. In these roles, Dr. Bates specialized in the surgical applications of regenerative medicine and has the distinction of leading the first and only successful regulatory approval of an allogeneic cell therapy product in the US. Dr. Bates received his medical degree from the University of Sydney, his PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Melbourne, and his MBA from the Wharton Business School.

Michael P. McGrogan, Ph.D.,
Senior Vice President, Production Development

Dr. McGrogan joined SanBio in 2003. Dr. McGrogan has over 25 years of biopharmaceutical R&D and production development experience. Prior to joining SanBio, Dr. McGrogan was Vice President of Research and Development at Layton BioScience (1996 to 2003). At Layton, Dr. McGrogan successfully managed the first cell therapy product to enter clinical trials for a CNS application, LBS-Neuron, from inception through a Phase II clinical trial. Prior to Layton, Dr. McGrogan held positions of increasing responsibility at several biotech companies including Berlex Biosciences, Invitron, and Cetus. Dr. McGrogan holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.

Greg Gillas,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services

Mr. Gillas is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of human resources experience in public companies. He most recently served as the Vice President of Compensation and Benefits at AMD, an international technology company. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Hewlett-Packard, in a variety of roles, ending as Vice President and Managing Partner of Global Operations for Hewlett-Packard Technology Consulting. Mr. Gillas received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dickinson College.

Takashi Furukawa,
Corporate Officer, Corporate Planning

Previously, Mr. Takashi Furukawa worked for the Bank of Japan, the Boston Consulting Group, and DDS Bioventure as CFO and Director. He then worked for Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. and provided services for corporate turnarounds and start-ups. Mr Furukawa graduated from the School of Chemical Engineering and received a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo.

Yoshihiro Kakutani,
Corporate Officer, Management Administration

Previously, Mr. Kakutani was Executive Officer and General Manager of Finance Department of CareNet, Inc. (TSE, Mothers: 2150). Mr. Kakutani is a US Certified Public Accountant.

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