Kenneth L. Waggoner, JD - Chairman of the Board

Kenneth L. Waggoner, JD

Kenneth L. Waggoner serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President and General Counsel of PharmaCyte Biotech and is the Chairman of the Board. He has 50 years of experience in management, business, operations and law. Mr. Waggoner started his career as an attorney in private practice. Notably he was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, named one of the top two law firms worldwide that provide services to biotechnology clients, including Chiron, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Sangamo, Ligand, DepoTech and many others. He was the Managing Partner of Brobeck’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Waggoner was also a member of Brobeck’s Executive Committee for almost ten years and on Brobeck’s Policy Committee for numerous years managing Brobeck’s worldwide operations with annual revenues more than $750,000,000. While at Brobeck, Mr. Waggoner was the Co-Chairman of Brobeck’s world-wide Environmental Law Group.

Mr. Waggoner’s career includes leadership and legal positions at Chevron as Vice President and General Counsel of Chevron’s global downstream business after Chevron’s acquisition of Texaco. While at Chevron he was responsible for the overall management of legal services to the North American, Latin American, European and Asian products companies of Chevron, including refining, distribution, shipping and technology, and served on Chevron’s Global Downstream Executive Committee. During his tenure at Chevron, Mr. Waggoner led a successful restructuring of the company’s international Legal Department following Chevron’s acquisition of Texaco and Gulf Oil.

Further highlights of Mr. Waggoner’s career included management and legal positions with several start-up companies during the last several years as well as working with Fortune 500 companies most of his professional career.

Mr. Waggoner received his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1973 from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Dr. Michael M. Abecassis - Director

Dr. Michael M. Abecassis

Michael M. Abecassis, MD is currently the Dean of the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Tucson and a Tenured Professor of Surgery and Immunobiology.  Prior to this, Dr. Abecassis was the J. Roscoe Distinguished Tenured Professor of Surgery and Microbiology-Immunology, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Founding Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 

Dr. Abecassis received both undergraduate and medical degrees as well as surgical training at the University of Toronto, where he also completed fellowships in hepato-pancreatic-biliary surgery and liver transplantation.  During his surgical residency, he completed a two-year research fellowship obtaining a Master’s Degree in viral immunology.  He then received further training in renal and pancreatic transplantation at the University of Iowa.  He later completed a master’s degree in business administration at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.  He is Board Certified in Surgery in both Canada and the United States, and a fellow in good standing of the Canadian Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Abecassis is a member of the prestigious national and international professional societies in the U.S., has served on the editorial boards of the journals in the fields of transplantation and surgery, as well as on numerous advisory boards, both scientific and otherwise, including professional societies, industry, and federal agencies.  He served as President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the largest of its type worldwide.


Committee Role
Nominating Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member

Daniel C. Allen - Director

Daniel C. Allen is an experienced CEO and public company director with significant investment, financial and operational experience.  Currently, Mr. Allen is the Managing Partner of Corona Park Investment Partners, LLC, a firm he founded, and the Executive Chairman on the Board of Directors of Zagg, a global leader in mobile accessories and technologies.  He also served as a Director of SharpSpring, Inc. and as the CEO and Director of Evercel, Inc.  Prior to forming Corona Park Investment Partners, LLC, Mr. Allen worked for nearly a decade at Bain Capital where he led more than a dozen investments in venture and late-stage technology companies.  He also served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company.  Mr. Allen received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Daniel S. Farb - Director

Daniel S. Farb is an experienced investor and public company director.  He is currently the Managing Member of Mill Pond Capital.  Previously, Mr. Farb served as a Director of Meg Energy Corp. and as a Managing Director at Highfields Capital Management.  Mr. Farb has also worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Principal Investment Groups.  Mr. Farb is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University.

Jonathan L. Schechter - Director

Jonathan L. Schechter is an experienced public company director with expertise in capital allocation and mergers and acquisitions having worked with public companies for over two decades, including ten years of legal experience and fourteen years of investment banking experience.  He is currently a partner of The Special Equities Group, a division of Dawson James Securities, Inc., a full-service investment bank specializing in healthcare, biotechnology, technology and clean-tech sectors.  Mr. Schechter is one of the founding partners of The Special Equities Opportunity Fund, a long-only fund that makes direct investments in micro-cap companies.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Synaptogenix, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.  Mr. Schechter earned his B.A. in Public Policy/Political Science from Duke University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Joshua N. Silverman - Director

Joshua N. Silverman is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Member of Parkfield Funding LLC and is a former Principal and Managing Partner of Iroquois Capital Management, LLC.  Mr. Silverman served as Co-Chief Investment Officer of Iroquois from 2003 until July 2016.  From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Silverman served as Co-Chief Investment Officer of Vertical Ventures, LLC, a merchant bank.  Prior to forming Iroquois, Mr. Silverman was a Director of Joele Frank, a boutique consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.  Previously, Mr. Silverman served as Assistant Press Secretary to The President of The United States.  Mr. Silverman currently serves on the boards of directors of Ayro Inc., MYMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Petros Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Synaptogenix, Inc.  Mr. Silverman received his B.A. from Lehigh University.

Jack E. Stover - Director

Jack E. Stover

Jack E. Stover is an experienced CEO, public company director and investor with extensive knowledge of corporate governance, capital markets strategies and strategic transactions.  He is currently CEO of NorthView Acquisition Corp. and has served as CEO and director of multiple life science companies, including Onconova Therapeutics, Interpace Biosciences, and Antares Pharma, Inc.  Mr. Stover was formerly a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (then Coopers and Lybrand), working in the bioscience industry division in New Jersey.  Mr. Stover received his B.A. in Accounting from Lehigh University.