Steven Gorlin serves as a Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Gorlin previously served as our Executive Chairman from January 2014 to December 2014. He cofounded MiMedx Group Inc., or MiMedx, in October 2005, and served as its chairman from November 2006 to June 2013. Mr. Gorlin previously served as the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DARA BioSciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, or DARA, from July 2002 to January 2007, and continued to serve as co-chairman of the board of directors until January 2009. Over the past 40 years, he has founded several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including Hycor Biomedical, Inc., (acquired by Agilent), Theragenics Corporation, CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, a medical cosmetics company (acquired by Valeant for approximately $2.6 billion), EntreMed, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, MRI Interventions, Inc., a medical device company, DARA, MiMedx, and Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Gorlin previously served on the Business Advisory Council to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The BioMedical Johns Hopkins Engineering Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of the Andrews Institute. He was a founder of a number of non-medical related companies, including Perma-Fix, Inc., a waste management services company; Pretty Good Privacy, Inc., a data security company (acquired by Network Associates, Inc.), Judicial Correction Services, Inc., a probation services company (acquired by Correctional Healthcare), and NTC China, Inc., or NTC, a manufacturing company. He started The Touch Foundation, a nonprofit organization for the blind and was a principal financial contributor to the founding of Camp Kudzu for diabetic children. He presently serves as the executive chairman of the board of directors of DemeRx, Inc.
NantKwest, Inc., a clinical-stage immunotherapy biotechnology company, develops immunotherapeutic treatments for cancer, infectious diseases, and inflammatory diseases in the United States. The company develops activated natural killer product candidates for the treatment of virally-induced cancers, such as polyoma virus induced merkel cell carcinoma, human papilloma virus induced cervical, and head and neck cancers; infectious diseases, including Ebola; and other serious viral, fungal, and bacterial infections. It is also develops high-affinity natural killer product candidates primarily for the treatment of solid tumors, breast cancer, head and neck/squamous, lymphoma, and various cancer; and target activated natural killer product candidates to treat hematological malignancies and solid tumors. NantKwest, Inc. has a co-development agreement with Altor Bio Science Corporation to collaborate on the development of therapeutic applications combining the company's proprietary natural killer cells with Altor's ALT-801 and/or ALT-803 products. The company was formerly known as Conkwest, Inc. and changed its name to NantKwest, Inc. in July 2015. NantKwest, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.