Board of Trustees
Robin L. Smith, MD, President and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Robin L. Smith, age 55, is a business leader, entrepreneur, medical doctor and philanthropist uniquely positioned to assist public companies and health care systems to advance and be successful in the rapidly evolving health care industry. She received her B.A. degree from Yale University and her M.D. degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Smith holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of Business and completed the Stanford University Directors Program. In 2019, Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College. She is a trailblazer in the fields of regenerative medicine and predictive analytics and has focused on turnarounds, M&A and disruptive innovations driving interest and growth.
She has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors and board committees, including, audit, nominating and governance, compensation and science and technology committees of multiple public companies. She currently serves on the board of directors of Sorrento Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRNE), ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SREV), Celularity Inc, a Celgene spin-out focused on cancer and regenerative medicine, as well as Vcinity, Inc. Dr. Smith had also served as chairman of the board of directors of MYnd Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYND now EMMA), and as an independent board director of Rockwell Medical (NASDAQ: RMTI), Seelos Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SEEL), Signal Genetics (NASDAQ: SGNL) and BioXcel Corp. From 2006 until 2015, Dr. Smith was chairman and chief executive officer of the Neostem (NASDAQ: NBS), where she pioneered the company’s innovative business model combining proprietary cell therapy development with successful contract development and manufacturing organization that was sold to Hitachi at 8x the price it had been acquired. During her 9 years of tenure, the company won an array of industry awards and received business recognition including a first-place ranking in the tri-state area (2 years in a row), and eleventh place nationally, on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Frost & Sullivan’s North American Cell Therapeutics Technology Innovation Leadership Award.
Dr. Smith co-authored “Cells Are the New Cure” (2017) and “The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History Is Changing Your Life” (2013). She was appointed as clinical associate professor, Department of Medicine at the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School in 2017. She has also been widely recognized for her leadership in health care and as a female entrepreneur. Most recently, Dr. Smith received the Regenerative Medicine Foundation (RMF) 2019 Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Action Award for International Diplomacy in 2019 and the 2018 HEALinc Future Health Humanitarian Award, the Business Intelligence Group’s Woman of the Year Award in 2018 and the 2018 Gold Stevie® Award for Woman of the Year – Government or Non-Profit. In April 2016, Pope Francis awarded Dr. Smith Dame Commander with Star Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester Pope and Martyr. In May 2017, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare and Science Award by The National Museum of Catholic Art and Library.
Dr. Smith is also active in many nonprofit organizations. She is the founder, president and chairman of the board of the Cura Foundation, a charitable organization, and a member of the board of trustees of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Foundation, Unite to Prevent Cancer (UTPC) Foundation and the Alliance for Cell Therapy Now. She also serves on Sanford Health’s International Board and the board of overseers of the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York. She had previously served on the board of trustees of the New York University Langone Medical Center and was chairman of the board of directors of the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.
Dr. Max Gomez, Trustee
One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. Dr. Max has reported for “Dateline,” “The Today Show” and “48 Hours.” He is currently the senior medical correspondent for WCBS, the flagship CBS network station in New York.
Over nearly four decades, he’s earned nine Emmy® Awards, three New York State Broadcasters Association awards and UPI’s Best Documentary award.
In addition to NYC’s “Excellence in Time of Crisis” for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Max has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The National Marfan Foundation. He was also named the American Health Foundation's Man of the Year.
Dr. Gomez has served on the national board of directors for the American Heart Association, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Partnership for After School Education. He has chaired the national communications committees for the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Max is the co-author of "Cells are the New Cure – The Cutting Edge Medical Breakthroughs that are Transforming Our Health," "Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing" and "The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer."
Dr. Max is an honors graduate of Princeton University, received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and was a U.S. National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.
Steven G. Martin
Mr. Martin is the Managing Member and a founder of Aspire Capital Fund, LLC a Chicago-based investment fund started in 2010 which has invested over $250 million in small emerging growth companies. Aspire Capital is focused on investing in life science companies and promoting early stage clinical development of cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. Mr. Martin has thirty years of legal and financing experience and has funded or committed to fund over $1.5 billion in investments. During his career, Mr. Martin has invested in hundreds of development-stage companies and many emerging cell therapy companies catalyzing their growth.
In 1999, Mr. Martin also founded Fusion Capital, a private investment fund which over ten years funded small emerging growth companies with a focus on life science companies. Prior to Fusion Capital, Mr. Martin was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. As an attorney, Mr. Martin represented institutional investors and companies in highly complex financings as well as venture capital and private equity transactions.
Mr. Martin received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Martin graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Business Administration, concentrating in finance.