Management Team

Our management team has a proven track record of successfully developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals while maintaining a distinct focus on efficient, entrepreneurial business processes.

Michael MartinoMichael Martino has extensive experience in the life sciences, spanning a 35-year career. He was previously acting-CEO and Director of HemaFlo Therapeutics, a start-up developing a novel therapy for Acute Kidney Injury, and serves on the board of Caravan Biologix, a start-up developing novel drugs, primarily for oncology.

Prior to HemaFlow, Martino was President and CEO of Ambit Biosciences, a San Diego-based company developing a drug to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia, from November 2011 to November 2014. Under his leadership, Ambit initiated a large, multi-national Phase 3 study; secured $25 million in private financing; completed a $90 million IPO; and ultimately sold the company to a large, Japanese pharmaceutical company for $450 million in cash plus future milestone payments.

Mr. Martino previously served as CEO, President, and Director of Arzeda, a synthetic biology company, and Sonus Pharmaceuticals, an oncology drug development company. He was also a founding Director at Excision Biotherapeutic,

Martino’s career began with Mallinckrodt, where he held over 20 discreet assignments in planning, business development, marketing, and general management over his 17-year tenure.

Martino has a BBA from Roanoke College, where he served as a Trustee from 2016 to 2020, and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Ampion regulates the immune response

Ampion uses the power of the immune response and is in development to treat osteoarthritis, respiratory illness due to COVID-19, and a wide range of other debilitating and life-threatening inflammatory conditions.

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