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The SynDevRx Board of Directors includes our two co-founders along with outside board members who provide valuable insights into clinical development and other aspects of our business.

All board members play an active role in shaping the direction and strategy of the company.

Bradley Carver

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Brad has over 25 years experience as a biotech senior executive and has led teams that have developed and advanced two novel cancer drugs deep into clinical trials.

Prior to SynDevRx, Brad was president (1993-2006), CEO (2000-2006), chairman of the board (2003-2006) and director (1993-2006) at GlycoGenesys (Russell 2000 and NASDAQ). Under his leadership, the company raised over $80 million in equity financing and co-development funding, completed a partnership deal with Elan Pharmaceuticals, developed one of the first complex carbohydrate cancer drug candidates to be tested clinically and conducted five clinical trials in cancer patients. He grew GlycoGenesys to over 55 employees at its peak, including a subsidiary that developed novel products for the agricultural, consumer and industrial markets.

Brad earned a B.A. degree from the College of Business at Michigan State University.

Eric Tooker, J.D.


A member of our board since 2009, Eric has advised executive business teams as in-house counsel for over 25 years.

Eric is the vice president and general counsel of Translational Drug Development, a CRO specializing in oncology clinical trial management and pre-clinical oncology studies. He is also manager of Translational Accelerator, an Arizona-based biotech venture fund. Earlier in his career, he was president and CEO of MCS Biotech Resources, which provides business, legal, administrative and support services to expert medical consultants and startup companies. As in-house counsel with Conseco, he served as legal counsel and business adviser for a significant private equity portfolio and led mergers and acquisitions and associated bank financings.

Eric earned a B.S. degree in education from Miami University (Ohio) and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

James M. Shanahan

Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer and Director

Jim has over 20 years of business start-up and operational experience with biotech and technology companies.

At SynDevRx, Jim in responsible for developing the company’s business plans, strategic direction and outreach, operations, IP, and funding. Previously, Jim co-founded JAM Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company serving the consumer electronics and specialty electronics markets, where he served as vice president of corporate development (1998-2006) and on the board of directors (1998-2003). There, he focused on fundraising, executing licensing transactions and forming strategic co-development partnerships, including with AKM, Intel and Apple. Previously, he has served as a consultant to Ariana Pharmaceuticals, which provides healthcare data analytics to the pharmaceutical and biotech markets.

Jim is a member of the BIO trade organization’s tax and finance committee, a regular mentor at MassBio MassConnect, founding member of the French-American Biotech Springboard, a professional association working under the auspices of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active coach and mentor to numerous startups in the Boston area. Jim has many issued patents, studied engineering and French at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended L’Universite Catholique (Angers, France) in 1983.

Charles Flynn


Charles Flynn is a portfolio manager for North Channel, a single family office, where he has responsibility for investments in all asset classes.

Before North Channel, he was Co-Portfolio Manager of the Mariner Explorer Fund, a fund of hedge funds focusing on non-traditional investment strategies such as insurance-linked securities, commodities and royalty assets. Prior to joining Mariner Mr. Flynn was a Director and Portfolio Manager for K2 Advisors, a fund of hedge funds firm. Before joining K2, Mr. Flynn worked for Securitas Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focusing on investments in the financial services industry. Mr. Flynn graduated from Yale University in 2000 with a B.A. degree in Economics.

Michael Clifford


Mike has over 20 years’ experience launching and advising global brands from start-up phase through IPO.

Mike began his career in corporate finance at JP Morgan, advising clients on a wide variety of transactions. At J. Walter Thompson, he was involved in the creation of global marketing strategies for multi-national clients. He subsequently founded Clifford Public Relations, LLC to deliver public relations, branding, and strategic marketing services to a broad range of B2B and B2C clients, including: Nike, AT&T Wireless, Visa, OpenTable, Hachette, Starwood, and Land Rover, among others. Clifford PR was acquired by MDC Partners, LLC, a NASDAQ company.

Mike continues to work closely with entrepreneurs as an angel and early-stage investor and serves on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards. Mike graduated from The Lawrenceville School and received a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University.

Richard L. Love

Board Observer

Dick, a member of the SynDevRx board since 2009, has over 40 years of biotech management and drug development experience.

Among Dick’s accomplishments are starting two biopharmaceutical companies, Triton Biosciences Inc. and ILEX Oncology Inc. For each company, he served as CEO for eight years. In addition, he led teams that were responsible for the clinical development of four approved therapies: Betaseron® (for multiple sclerosis), Fludara® and CAMPATH® (both for chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and Clolar® (for acute leukemias). In 2004 Genzyme Corporation acquired ILEX for approximately $1 billion.

Dick has also held senior executive positions at not-for-profit organizations including the Cancer Therapy and Research Center and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. From 2007 to 2012, he was a managing partner at Translational Accelerator, an Arizona-based venture capital investment firm. Currently, he serves on the boards of PAREXEL International, ImaRx Therapeutics, MedTrust and Cell Therapeutics. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.

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