Directors and Advisors
Board of Directors
Aubrey Woodroof, PhD, MBA - Chairman
Laverne Martin serves as Director and is responsible for creating the Manufacturing Operation in South Carolina (a JV supporting PermeaDerm, Inc.) to produce high quality knitted 3D matrices of nylon and other yarns, controlling all aspects of the process including facility operations, system design, technology, costs, safety, scheduling and providing production level output in accordance with projections. Martin has 40 years of experience in textile manufacturing. Beginning as a mechanic in operations, he progressed through department supervision and department management to Plant Manager and Senior Manager of Product Development. He has been responsible for the development of new products and maintenance of specification systems, and has assisted with the startup of several new textile facilities. In 2007, Martin retired from a 30 year employment at Hanes. Martin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business from High Point University, North Carolina.
Scott Moote serves as Director and is responsible for all IT and Program Management activities.
Scott has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Program Delivery working with global companies such as IBM and HP, with delivery responsibilities for some of the worlds largest retailers.
With an MIS degree and a PMP certification, Mr Moote will bring operational efficiencies to the team as we look to streamline our engagement models with our strategic partners.
Mr Moote currently resides in San Diego with his wife and three sons.
Gail Naughton, PhD
Dr. Gail Naughton founded Histogen, Inc. in 2007, and currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Company. She has spent more than 25 years extensively researching the tissue engineering process, holds more than 95 U.S. and foreign patents, and has been extensively published in the field.
During her tenure at Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she was the company's co-founder and co-inventor of its core technology, Dr. Naughton oversaw the design and development of the world's first up-scaled manufacturing facility for tissue engineered products, established corporate development and marketing partnerships with companies including Smith & Nephew, Ltd., Medtronic and Inamed Corporation, was pivotal in raising over $350M from the public market and corporate partnerships, and brought four human cell-based products from concept through FDA approval and market launch.
In addition to this work, Dr. Naughton served as Dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University from 2002 until 2011, where she helped to make SDSU the first campus in the nation to found a Ph.D./MBA in life sciences. In 2000, Dr. Naughton received the National Inventor of the Year award by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in honor of her pioneering work in the field of tissue engineering. She sits on the Board of directors of the CR Bard (NYSE: BCR) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, as well as in the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech, the Ackerman Foundation, and Perminova.
Dr. Naughton earned her B.S. in biology from St. Francis College and her Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences and her M.S. in histology from the New York University Medical Center. She earned an executive MBA in 2001 from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Webb is an experienced patent and intellectual property attorney in the San Diego area, and was patent counsel for Aubrey, Inc. from 2007 to 2012. He has prepared and prosecuted all of the Aubrey, Inc. patents and trademarks and is presently working on the PermeaDerm, Inc. patent applications and trademarks. Mr. Webb has a BA and MS Candidate from UCSD in Computer Science, an MBA from the University of Redlands, and a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in California and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.
William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS
William L. Hickerson, M.D. is board certified in both general and plastic surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and founded the Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center in 1985. He is currently a tenured professor of plastic surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and serves as the Director of the Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center and Wound Care Center at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center serves Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi and is currently expanding its physical capacity to care for additional patients. Dr. Hickerson has an interest in the overall care of those with burn injuries – from the acute burn through the reconstructive and rehabilitative phases. He also has extensive experience in facial and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Hickerson is an active member of the American Burn Association. He plays a central role in the Advanced Burn Life Support course, where he serves as a national faculty member. He is also an instructor for the Advanced HazMat course and serves as the burn rehabilitation and reconstruction editor for the Journal of Burn Care and Research. He has lectured extensively throughout the world on burn injuries, skin substitutes, utilization of topical antimicrobials, and burn reconstruction.
Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D.
Director, Lung Biology and Disease Program
Dean’s Professor of Environmental Medicine
Professor of Ophthalmology, Microbiology & Immunology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Rochester, NY
Dr. R. P. Phipps earned his B.S.M.T. in Medical Technology and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland. Upon completion of his doctorate degree in Microbiology/Immunology, from the Medical College of Virginia, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the Medical College of Virginia and Duke University. In 1983 Dr. Phipps joined the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Phipps has authored or co-authorized over 250 articles that include original peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters. His research interests cover several areas that include: scarring and wound healing, B cell antibody production, platelet function, and eye diseases. He is on the editorial board of PPAR Research and a frequent reviewer for the American J. of Pathology, PNAS, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and The Journal of Immunology. Dr. Phipps is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, The American Physiological Society, The American Association of Immunologists, The American Society of Clinical Pathology, and the American Thoracic Society. He has been continually funded by the NIH for the past 30 years and is currently PI or Co-PI of several NIH grants as well as grants from Industry and from the Military/Dept. of Defense.
Dr. Phipps was awarded 4 patents related to gram-negative bacterial autoinducer molecules. Dr. Phipps has received numerous awards and honors including the Arthur Kornberg Research Award, Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation Faculty Scholar, and the University of Rochester Pre and Postdoctoral Student Mentoring Award. He also serves on NIH study sections and has reviewed many grant applications in support of the mission of International and National granting agencies.
Professor Phipps has trained dozens of pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. This training has served as the foundation for their successful careers. Dr. Phipps has dedicated his career to advancing biomedical research.
Christian Robertozzi, DPM, FACFOAM, FASPS
30 years of local and national leadership including: President of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society (NJPMS); President of the American Podiatric Medical Association; Chief, Surgery Department of Newton Medical Center (NMC) and Vice President, Medical Staff of NMC. Chair of multiple local and national committees in hospitals and not-for-profit organizations Multiple awards locally and nationally including: twice bestowed most influential podiatrist; Distinguished Service Citation from NJPMS; John Lucas, MD Emerging Physician Leader Award and Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award. 31 years of training podiatric residents, and involved in starting 2 new podiatric residency programs. Self-motivated, persistent, compassionate, innovative, excellent interpersonal skills with a strong belief of giving back to the community. Certifications, experience and skills: American Board of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery; The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians; and NJ Medical Expert Advisory Panel.