Medicenna Therapeutics follows and maintains high standards of Corporate Governance. The Board of Directors of Medicenna Therapeutics believes that good governance practices protect long-term shareholder value and ensure that the Company conducts its activities and operations with integrity and in an ethical manner, geared towards shareholders’ best interests.

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Fahar Merchant , PhD , Chairman, President and CEO

Dr. Merchant is a 25-year biotech veteran, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Medicenna. Previously he was President and CEO of Protox Therapeutics (TSX.V and TSX; now Sophiris Bio, Nasdaq) where he established a late clinical stage urology company. At Protox he raised more than $70M through multiple PIPEs, including a $35M investment by Warburg Pincus. In 1992 he co-founded IntelliGene Expressions, Inc., a biologics CDMO, and built it to one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. In 2000, by strategic in-licensing, he co-founded Avicenna Medica, Inc., a clinical stage oncology company that was sold a year later to KS Biomedix (LSE) for $90M. Fahar was CTO and Director of KS Biomedix until its acquisition by Xenova (Nasdaq and LSE; now Celtic Pharma). Fahar has closed several transactions valued at more than $300M. He has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from Western University.

Elizabeth Williams , CPA, CA , Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Williams has more than 12 years of experience in biotech, working with publicly listed entities in both Canada and the United States. She has extensive financing experience, having played an integral role in raising more than $100 million in financing. Prior to joining Medicenna, Ms. Williams was the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Aptose Biosciences Inc. (previously Lorus Therapeutics Inc.), a biotechnology company listed on both the TSX and NASDAQ capital markets. While at Aptose, she held several positions, including Acting Chief Financial Officer during a lengthy transition period, and was responsible for a broad range of activities including financings, financial reporting and regulatory compliance. She is a CPA and CA and received a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Martin Bexon , MD , Head of Clinical Development

Dr. Martin Bexon, MD, has more than 15 years of experience in early and late stage clinical development including medical affairs in various therapeutic areas, particularly in oncology and hematology. He has recently worked as a strategic adviser, study medical expert and medical monitor in a number of oncology programs (U.S. and E.U.), in both solid tumors and hematological malignancies. While at CSL Behring (Bern, Switzerland) he led multiple global clinical studies across a range of indications including orphan diseases. As Global Medical Director, Dr. Bexon also led their medical affairs function for immunoglobulin products, generating more than 50% of the company’s revenues. At Hoffman-La Roche (U.K. and Switzerland) he designed and implemented multiple global clinical trials enrolling more than 10,000 subjects to support product commercialization. He has also led teams filing numerous regulatory submissions on both sides of the Atlantic and Japan. Prior to joining pharma, he practiced in the clinic as a pediatrician. He obtained his MBBS (MD equivalent) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Rosemina Merchant , MESc, Chief Development Officer

Ms.Rosemina Merchant has 30 years of experience in the development of biopharmaceuticals. Most recently, Ms. Merchant was Senior VP of Development and Regulatory Affairs at Sophiris Bio (formerly, Protox Therapeutics) and responsible for development of PRX302 for prostate cancer and BPH. She transitioned PRX302, a discovery project to a late stage clinical program in less than 6 years. During that time, she executed multiple clinical trials, managed Canadian and US regulatory filings and led all CMC related outsourcing activities in the US and Europe. In 1992, Nina co-founded, IntelliGene Expressions, Inc., a biologics CDMO, where she was VP of Manufacturing and Chief Operating Officer. Nina also held a variety of senior level positions at KS Biomedix, Bioniche, GE LifeSciences, Sanof Pasteur and Alberta Innovates. Her education includes a MESc. in Biochemical Engineering from Western University.

Jay Stoudemire , PhD , Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Stoudemire has over 25 years of experience in developing novel drug candidates to address unmet medical needs across diverse therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Medicenna, Jay was Vice President of Preclinical Development, Regulatory, and Quality Assurance at Mirna Therapeutics, where he led the team driving oncology drug development efforts for multiple microRNA-based therapeutics spanning discovery- to clinical-stage programs. Dr Stoudemire has also held senior positions at Genentech, Ascenta Therapeutics, Chugai-Roche Pharmaceuticals, Cytel, Genetics Institute, and Xoma. Dr. Stoudemire received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He is a founding member of the BioSafe Executive Committee, a full member of the Society of Toxicology, and American College of Toxicologists.

Patrick Ward , MBA, RPh , Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Ward, RPh, MBA has more than 20 years of operational experience in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as the COO and co-Founder of Aviara Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of assets acquired from Pfizer. Previously, he was President and COO of Ocusoft, Inc., a specialty ophthalmic company, where he was also responsible for product development, manufacturing and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Ocusoft, he was Executive Director at Encysive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer) where he spent 13 years in business development. At Encysive, he was involved in the partnering and commercialization of Argatroban™ with GSK and Mitsubishi Pharmaceuticals,as well asb Thelin™ in Europe. He received a BS in Pharmacy from The University of Houston and an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.

Shafique Fidai , PhD, Head of Discovery and Corporate Development

Dr. Shafique Fidai, PhD (Head of Corporate Development) brings nearly 20 years of research and management experience in the biotechnology industry. Most recently, he was VP of Corporate Development at Protox Therapeutics (now Sophiris Bio) where he was part of the executive team and managed the IP portfolio and corporate transactions. Prior to Sophiris, he was at Chromos Molecular Systems and a founding member of the management team at Xenon Pharma. He has experience in strategic planning and corporate development, completing nearly $200M in partnerships, including out-licensing deals with Pfizer, Janssen Biotech, Kissei Pharma, Medimmune, Xencor, Lonza and UniQure. Shafique has a PhD in Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.

Fahar Merchant , PhD , Chairman, President and CEO

Dr. Merchant is a 25-year biotech veteran, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Medicenna. Previously he was President and CEO of Protox Therapeutics (TSX.V and TSX; now Sophiris Bio, Nasdaq) where he established a late clinical stage urology company. At Protox he raised more than $70M through multiple PIPEs, including a $35M investment by Warburg Pincus. In 1992 he co-founded IntelliGene Expressions, Inc., a biologics CDMO, and built it to one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. In 2000, by strategic in-licensing, he co-founded Avicenna Medica, Inc., a clinical stage oncology company that was sold a year later to KS Biomedix (LSE) for $90M. Fahar was CTO and Director of KS Biomedix until its acquisition by Xenova (Nasdaq and LSE; now Celtic Pharma). Fahar has closed several transactions valued at more than $300M. He has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from Western University.

Albert Beraldo , CPA , CA

Mr. Albert G. Beraldo has more than 30 years’ experience in varying roles within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. He was the founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Alveda Pharmaceuticals Inc., a leading supplier of pharmaceuticals to the Canadian health care market, from 2006 until November 2015. Alveda was acquired by Teligent, Inc. (formerly IGI Laboratories, Inc.) (NASDAQ: TLGT), a New Jersey-based specialty generic pharmaceutical company. Mr. Beraldo formerly served as President and CEO of Bioniche Pharma Group Limited until 2006. Mr. Beraldo has served as an Independent Director of Helix Biopharma Corp. since January 28, 2016 and was an Independent Director of Telesta Therapeutics Inc. from November 2008 to November 2013. Mr. Beraldo worked in public accounting with Ernst and Whinney until he joined Vetrepharm Canada Inc. as Financial Controller in 1983. Mr. Beraldo obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and a Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Rosemina Merchant , MESc , Chief Development Officer

Ms. Rosemina Merchant has 30 years of experience in the development of biopharmaceuticals. Most recently, Ms. Merchant was Senior VP of Development and Regulatory Affairs at Sophiris Bio (formerly, Protox Therapeutics) and responsible for development of PRX302 for prostate cancer and BPH. She transitioned PRX302, a discovery project to a late stage clinical program in less than 6 years. During that time, she executed multiple clinical trials, managed Canadian and US regulatory filings and led all CMC related outsourcing activities in the US and Europe. In 1992, Nina co-founded, IntelliGene Expressions, Inc., a biologics CDMO, where she was VP of Manufacturing and Chief Operating Officer. Nina also held a variety of senior level positions at KS Biomedix, Bioniche, GE LifeSciences, Sanofi Pasteur and Alberta Innovates. Her education includes a MESc. in Biochemical Engineering from Western University.

Dr. Chandra Panchal , PhD

Dr. Chandra Panchal is the Founder of Axcelon Biopolymers Corp., a biotechnology company where he is Chairman, CEO and CSO. From 1989 to 1999 he was Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Procyon Biopharma Inc., which he took public on the TSXV in 1998 and later on TSX in 2000. Thereafter, Dr. Panchal was CSO at Procyon until its merger with Cellpep, Inc (2006). He was then Senior Executive VP of Business Development at the merged entity, Ambrilia Biopharma Inc. During his term at Procyon and Ambrilia, he led several licensing and M&A transactions with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, relating to cancer and HIV drugs developed by the company. Dr. Panchal sits on multiple public company boards and was until recently, a board member of MaRS Innovation and Avivagen (TSXV:VIV). Dr. Panchal obtained a PhD in biochemical engineering from Western University.

Andrew Strong , JD

Mr. Andrew Strong has been a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman since 2015 and leads the Life Sciences Team (Houston, TX). Mr. Strong has represented numerous Fortune 500 clients as well as public universities, and state and local government entities in federal and state court litigation and regulatory proceedings. From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Strong served as the General Counsel and Compliance Officer for the Texas A&M University System where he led efforts to secure a multi-billion-dollar federal contract to serve as a first line of defense for influenza pandemics and biological threats. As part of that effort, he led the formation of a state-owned biomanufacturing company (Kalon Biotherapeutics) and was subsequently appointed CEO of Kalon that would develop and manufacture biologics for clinical and commercial supply for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. In addition to raising capital, Mr. Strong oversaw the successful sale, in 2014, of Kalon to a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Strong has a J.D., Law from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Strong is a Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee for Ashford Hospitality Prime, which is listed on the NYSE.

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