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Arman Sadeghpour, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Arman Sadeghpour’s graduate research at Tulane University confirmed that Rennou™ works better than fluoride to strengthen teeth. Sadeghpour has lived in Louisiana since 1975 and the avid New Orleanian did not let Hurricane Katrina stand in the way of his PhD. His thesis advisor left the Big Easy after the storm. It was fate that Dr. Tetsuo Nakamoto agreed to oversee his thesis and Sadeghpour changed his topic to collaborate with Nakamoto.on the effect of chocolate extract on human teeth.

Sadeghpour found time during that post-Katrina period to become actively involved in the university’s student government. The storm forced the historic closure of the university for an entire semester and Sadeghpour played an integral role communicating and coordinating with returning students as their elected student body president.

He is a founding member of Theodent, LLC and is committed to helping New Orleans strengthen its economy and rebuild, post Katrina.

PhD Tulane University Bioinformatics

MS Tulane University Computer Science

BS Tulane University Psychology

BA Tulane University French


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Tetsuo Nakamoto, DDS, PhD

CSO and Chairman of Board

Tetsuo Nakamoto, DDS, PhD is Theodent’s lead researcher. Dr. Nakamoto was researching the nutritional effects of caffeine on prenatal development when he made the groundbreaking discovery that Rennou,™ an all-natural extract of chocolate caused the unit crystals of enamel to grow larger, thus hardening teeth.

Sadeghpour found time during that post-Katrina period to become actively involved in the university’s student government. The storm forced the historic closure of the university for an entire semester and Sadeghpour played an integral role communicating and coordinating with returning students as their elected student body president.

He worked for over 15 years as a Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is currently a Professor Emeritus there. Dr. Nakamoto has over forty years experience as an academic researcher, conducting extensive research in the areas of nutrition and physiology.

He is an accomplished researcher, having published over 200 scientific articles in the areas of nutrition and physiology.

DDS. Nihon University, School of Dentistry, Tokyo

MS. University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Denture Prosthesis

MS. University of North Dakota, Physiology, Pharmacology

MS. University of Michigan, Physiology

PhD. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nutritional Biochemistry, and Metabolism


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Joseph A. Fuselier, MBA

Co-Founder, Member of the Board

Joseph Fuselier has played an integral role bringing Theodent to market. An assistant professor in the department of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, he has guided the Theodent team through the commercialization process.His formal education is in biochemistry and entrepreneurship and he has extensive experience in the design and marketing of pharmaceuticals and intellectual property. That ability to create innovative pharmaceutical technology and to reduce those ideas to practice made him an invaluable addition to the original founding team.

Fuselier holds several patents and is a cofounder of the New Orleans Biotech Networking Group, an entrepreneurial support organization.
MBA Tulane University Entrepreneurship

 

BS Louisiana State University Biochemistry

 


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William “Skip’ Simmons, PhD

Co-Founder, Member of the Board

Professor, University Research Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans

Adjunct Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan

Professor Simmons received his PhD in Mineralogy from The University of Michigan. He has over forty years of experience in analytical mineralogy and mineralogical research. He has published over 300 articles in mineralogy, geochemistry and pegmatology, six books, fifteen book chapters, and nine encyclopedia articles. He is the director of the MP2 analytical laboratories that include electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and direct coupled plasma analytical instrumentation. His principal specialty is the study of the mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of pegmatites and he is an internationally recognized expert on pegmatites and colored gemstones found in pegmatites.

Awards: Honorary title University Research ProfessorNew, Mineral simmonsite named after William B. Simmons, Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Earth Sciences, American Federation Scholarship Award.

BS Duke University

MS University of Georgia

PhD University of Michigan

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Peter N. Kellogg, BSE, MBA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MERCK Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Peter N. Kellogg has been Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of MERCK & Co. Inc. since August 14, 2007. He serves as a current active advisory board member to Theodent and continues to help the company expand its intellectual bases and contacts in the oral care and related fields. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1978 and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School in 1982. Mr. Kellogg served as an EVP of Finance and CFO of Biogen Idec Inc. since November 2003 and served as its Principal Accounting Officer until December 2006. Peter has also served as an EVP of Finance and CFO of Finance of Biogen Inc. (now Biogen Idec Ma Inc.) since October 2001. He served as VP of Finance and CFO of Biogen Inc. since July 2000 and also served as Principal Accounting Officer.

Mr. Kellogg also served as SVP, PepsiCo E-Commerce of PepsiCo Inc., from March to July 2000 and as SVP and CFO for Frito-Lay International from March 1998 to March 2000. From November 1996 to March 1998, he served as VP and CFO, Frito-Lay Latin America. From March 1994 to November 1996; he served as VP and CFO, Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, Pepsi-Cola International and from February 1993 to March 1994 as VP and GM-Pepsi, South Franchise Business Unit. From 1987 to 1998, he served in a variety of senior financial, international and general management positions at PepsiCo and the Pepsi-Cola International, Pepsi-Cola North America, and Frito-Lay International divisions. Mr. Kellogg has also served as a senior consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and Arthur Andersen & Co. He has been a Director of Metabolix, Inc. since March 30, 2007.


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John B. Elstrott Jr., PhD

Chariman of the Board of Whole Foods Market

Dr. Elstrott is a well-respected entrepreneur and educator. He is a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and the founding director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business.

dditionally, he currently serves as a Director on many Public, Private and Non-Profit Boards, including, but not limited to, Whole Foods Market, Fraenkel, Laitram, Danos and Curole, Sambazon, Zehnder Communications, Traditional Medicinals, Regional Technology Strategies, Compass Point Research, PreSonus and Synscia.

Dr. Elstrott is the recepient of the Howard W. Wissner and James T. Murphy awards. He has also been awarded the Edwin M. Appel prize and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award for Louisiana.

He was also named “innovator of the year” by New Orleans City Business in 2002. Dr. Elstrott continues to advise Theodent in its distribution and marketing strategies and plays a crucial role in the company’s expansion plans.


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Kenneth R. Sadowsky

Mr. Sadowsky is a Senior Beverages Advisor for Verlinvest, a Brussels-based investment holding company and is Executive Director of NIDA, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast United States. He has a track record of working with great teams that have buit success stories in the beverage category. He served as a director of Energy Brands, Inc. makers of Glaceau vitaminwater, smartwater, and fruitwater for six years before Glaceau eventually was sold to Coca Cola for $4.1 billion.

Mr. Sadowsky received a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1984 and serves on the Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Sadowsky sits on the board of directors of All Market Inc., a private company who are the makers of Vita Coco coconut water, and Hint Inc., a private company who are the makers of Hint Water based in San Francisco

He also serves in Advisory Board capacities with Sambazon, makers of acai products and beverages (San Clemente, CA), Bai Brands (Princeton, NJ), Essentia Water (Bothell, WA), Inergetics (Newark, NJ), and BevNET (Watertown, MA)..


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Mohamad Motahari, C.P.A.

CFO, Stewart Capital, LLC

Mr. Motahari is the Chief Financial Officer for Stewart Capital, LLC and has extensive experience in accounting, finance and financial management. “Mamal” holds a B.S.B.A. from Auburn University.

He owns and operates a Louisiana registered public accounting firm. He has thirty-two years of accounting/financial management experience. Prior to joining Stewart Capital, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Metering Data System, where as part of the company’s senior management team he helped start the company, developed it over a 3 year period, and sold it to a strategic investor at a greater than 20X return. Prior to that position, as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Axonn, L.L.C. for ten years, he assisted the company’s founder in raising in excess of $21 million in debt and private equity financing transactions to commercialize the company’s patented wireless technology.

Prior to Axonn, Mamal was the Vice President of Finance for Oak Tree Savings Bank, S.S.B. (a subsidiary of Landmark Land Company, Inc. and Louisiana’s largest savings institution). Prior to his promotion to this position with Oak Tree, he worked in various progressively more responsible accounting/finance positions within the Landmark organization in the residential real estate, commercial real estate and finance divisions since 1981.

Through his management consulting practice, Mamal also consults for starting and growing businesses as acting CFO. Mamal’s practical experience has helped Theodent through its inception, and he continues to advise the company on all business related matters.


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Dale Pfost , PhD

General Partner, Advent Venture Partners

Dale is an experienced biotech entrepreneur who has served as the CEO of five start-up and high growth companies over the last 25 years. During this time, he has raised $225 million in cash for these companies in 19 separate financing transactions. Of his five companies, two had IPOs and the other three were acquired in M&A transactions. His most recent company was sold earlier this year. His area of expertise lies in high technology research tools, genomics, diagnostics and therapeutics. Dale’s first company, which he founded while in graduate school, was ultimately acquired by Smith Kline Beckman. Since then, he has steered many companies to success.

Early in his career, he was co-founder and CEO of Advent-backed Oxford GlycoSciences (IPO on NASDAQ and LSE). As founding CEO and Chairman of Orchid BioSciences, a pioneer in genetic analysis and personalized medicine, Dale and his team built the company through strategic acquisitions and took it public in 2000. (NASDAQ: ORCH). Later, he was founding CEO and Chairman of Acuity Pharmaceuticals, an innovative ophthalmology company acquired by OPKO Health (NYSE AMEX: OPK) and as CEO of Receptor BioLogix, the cancer drug developer, he prepared the company for acquisition by a European biotechnology firm.

Dale holds a BS degree from the University of California and received a PhD in physics from Brown University. He was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and now resides in New Orleans with his wife and son, who attends Tulane University. Dale’s “arc of the start” philosophy continues to be Theodent’s inspiration for its exciting financial growth and expansion plans.


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Mark D. Schreiber, MBA

Mark D. Schreiber received his education in Latin American studies and trade at Tulane University. His business development career spans international lending, export trade marketing, and product development. After receiving his MBA at the Tulane Freeman School of Business, he most notably had posts as Manager of the International Division of San Paolo Bank’s U.S. subsidiary, First Los Angeles Bank, Latin American Public Relations and Business Development at Neoforma.com and owner of Magna Grecia Olive Oils Ltd., Global Village Trade and Ecology Medical Inc.

Mark developed programs to place both consumer and industrial product at major national retailers and international business end-users. Mark brings his business experience in building enduring trade relationships and passion for food science to Theodent’s executive team.

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Carl Gregory, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine-Texas A&M HSC

Carl Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine located in Temple, Texas. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry with honors from the University of York in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester in 1999 working with Dr. Raymond Boot-Handford and Dr. Gillian Wallis on developmental disorders of collagen. Carl’s postdoctoral work was at the University of Manchester Medical School, then at a small biopharmaceutical company, NeuTec Pharma, located at the Manchester Royal infirmary where he worked on recombinant antibody synthesis.

Dr Gregory then joined Tulane University Health Science Center, working with Dr. Darwin Prockop on mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow. He later accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Tulane in 2005. Dr. Gregory joined the faculty at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center in July 2008.

Carl’s research interests include the General Biology of Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which are purified from bone marrow based on their ability to adhere to plastic. Dr. Gregory also specializes in bone repair by MSCs, based on the detailed characterization of the molecular mechanism of osteoblast differentiation by MSCs. Dr. Gregory has been a great asset to the Scientific Advisory Board of Theodent since early 2011.


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H. Ralph Rawls, Ph.D.

H. Ralph Rawls is Professor of Biomaterials in the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and Professor in the Core Faculty of the Joint UTSA/UTHSCSA Biomedical Engineering program. Dr. Rawls received a BS in chemistry from Louisiana State University, a PhD in molecular biophysics from Florida State University, and a Research Career Development Award for Caries and Biomedical Materials Research from the NIH/National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Dr. Rawls accomplishments include the development of novel photo-initiation and dual-cure polymer initiation systems for dental resins, low cure-shrinkage nanoparticle-reinforced dental resin composites, fluoride-ion releasing dental resins, self-cleaning biomaterial coatings, x-ray opaque biomedical plastics, a diagnostic aid for incipient caries (tooth decay), efficient acoustical insulation materials, and improvements in toothbrushes and other dental hygiene products.

Dr. Rawls current research is concerned with the development of polymeric biomedical materials for dental restorative resins, tissue engineering, antimicrobial activity and wound healing, adhesives, coatings, controlled-delivery and preventive applications.

He has over 100 publications and 25 patents; principally on subjects concerning oral health & biomedical materials but also including photochemistry, lipid oxidation, novel composites for acoustic insulation, textiles, and environmental subjects.


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Sanford A. Miller, PhD (emeritus)

Former Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA

Dr. Sanford A. Miller was formerly an Affiliate Professor in the Nutrition and Food Science Department and Senior Fellow at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland. He was named Professor and Dean Emeritus of The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The UTHSC at San Antonio in December 2000. From 1987-2000, Dr. Miller was the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine at the UTHSCSA.

He is the former Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA. Previously, he was a Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at MIT. Dr. Miller has served on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Expert Committee on GRAS Substances, the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of NIH, the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board and the Food Forum and the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety (Chairman). He is a recipient of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award of the American Institute of Nutrition, The Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award from the Food Marketing Institute, the Sterling B. Hendricks Award (given before the ACS) established by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Babcock-Hart Award from the International Life Sciences Institute – Nutrition Foundation and the Institute of Food Technologists, and in June 1997, received the Atwater Memorial Lectureship Award from the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Institute of Food Technologists.

Dr. Miller is author or co-author of more than 200 original scientific publications. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the City College of New York, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Physiology and Biochemistry. Dr Miller was a key advisor in the safety assessment of Rennou™ in Theodent™ Oral Care products. His contributions to the FDA and the world of food science and safety will be missed by all colleagues, who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with this gentleman.

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Raina Penchansky

Raina Penchansky started her public relations career in New York City over 15 years ago. Her first stint in the field was in the quickly booming high-tech field where she helped launch programs for Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun at the world-renowned Edelman PR firm. Raina then segued into fashion, representing luxury retailers Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

It was at Saks Fifth Avenue where she oversaw PR and events for more than 50 stores and helped to further position them as two of the premier retailers in the world. Raina then soon began working for New York-based powerhouse movie publicist Peggy Siegel. She worked on countless premieres and Academy movie promotions, including campaigns for prominent filmmakers David Mamet and Nora Ephron. At PR firm Harrison & Shriftman, Raina managed brand launches for Juicy Couture, Jimmy Choo, and Corum timepieces, among others.

Following those successful launches, Raina returned to the media industry as a consumer media specialist for AOL Time Warner. The fashion world soon came calling again and in 2002 Raina joined Coach. As Vice President of Global Communications overseeing all public relations, marketing, events, and celebrity initiatives for the company on a worldwide scale. She was instrumental in creating the long-term strategy or the three billion dollar company and worked closely with Creative Director Reed Krakoff on events and collaborations.

 


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Sally Waranch Rajcic

Sally joins the Creative Advisory board of Theodent with 25 years of gallery art experience as the owner, director, and curator of the famed Sarah Bain Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art with a special emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. Sally also serves as the President of the Ronald C. Waranch charitable foundation, which is a non-profit foundation that supports education, children’s causes, and the arts. Sally is personally responsible for donating 3-million dollars in scholarships to the Horatio Alger Foundation to aid children who would not otherwise be able to attend College.

Sally also serves as a trustee for the Laguna museum of art where she specializes in consulting and fundraising through special events. She has been instrumental in facilitating record fundraising for annual events benefiting the museum and her participation has resulted in countless charitable donations of fine art from artists across the nation. Sally also serves as a trustee for the Savannah college of art and design, which is one of the largest art colleges in the country.

As an active board member, she evaluates, selects, and helps promote the work of emerging artists; she also curates fine art exhibitions with students and faculty members both regionally and bi-coastally. Sally also travels extensively on behalf of SCAD and serves as a resident lecturer and mentor. Sally has also professionally juried art shows for a variety of organizations and venues, notably, the Van Gogh Orange, Fullerton school district, the Muckenthaler cultural center, the City of Brea, and countless local universities.


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Michelle Bouchard

Michelle Bouchard brings twenty years’ experience in public/private partnerships to her position as HealthCorps President. As President, she oversees more than 90 staff members and an operating budget of $8.6 million that impacts about 300,000 people across 14 states and Washington, DC. Prior to heading up HealthCorps, Ms. Bouchard served as Chief Financial Officer of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), a public benefit corporation charged with the redevelopment of the former military base in New York Harbor. She was appointed to the position by the New York Governor and New York City Mayor. At GIPEC, Ms. Bouchard oversaw $35 million in operating funds and $140 million in capital funds.

In the corporate world, Ms. Bouchard served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Hoovers Online and the covert Director of Competitive Research for a historic software consortium, the REALM. Ms. Bouchard has served on the Boards of Directors of several not-for-profits, including the New York State Theatre Institute, Youth Counseling League, the National Green Schools Network and the 42nd Street Workshop. She has received the New York City Family Caregiver Coalition “Mind.Body.Sprit Award,” a Good Citizen Citation from the New York City Council, a Log Cabin Republicans Image Award, as well as an Off-Off Broadway Review (OOBR) Award for Excellence in Theater Production. She was also chosen as a participant in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Ms. Bouchard graduated from Wellesley College (’84) with a BA in Political Science and undertook independent media studies at MIT with Ed Diamond. She is a member of the DAR, the Daughters of the Cincinnati and the Jamestown Society.

 


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Carder Higinbotham, MBA

Carder Higinbotham brings twenty years of medically related sales experience to the team. As founder of Medical Renderings & Images, Carder provided case specific anatomical medical illustrations for litigation and publication. Carder has spent the last fourteen years in medical device sales for leading medical manufacturers such as Stryker, Smith & Nephew and Hologic.

Ms. Higinbotham is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She completed her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) at A.B. Freeman School of Business at the prestigious Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As an active board member, Carder works to engage in business development to increase awareness in the dental community of Theodent’s revolutionary technology. She also serves to increase sales through distribution networks nationally and globally.

 


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R. Jantzen Hubbard

R. Jantzen Hubbard received his education in International Relations, Italian, and Liberal Arts at the University of Alabama, where he served as the president the Arts & Science ambassadors, and represented approximately 10,000 Arts & Sciences undergraduates on the Student Leaders Council of the University.

He was active in the University of Alabama’s marching band, and in Alabama Model United Nations, subsequently studying abroad in Rome, Italy.

Jantzen has a background in real estate, property management, office management, and customer relations that he brings to his role as director of operations and media, and public liaison.