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Management Team

Xiaochun “Chris” Xu, PhD | Chairman and Interim CEO
Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. degree in Immunology from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, USA) and an Executive MBA degree from Emory University (Atlanta, USA). Dr. Xu has over 15 years of managerial experience in biomedicine and the pharmaceutical industry and has successfully driven various products to launch. Since 2000, Dr. Xu has served as a Project Leader at Pfizer, as a Director of Research at two publicly-traded companies and as a Vice President at Founder Group, a major Chinese technology conglomerate with interests in information technology, pharmaceuticals, real estate, finance, and commodities trading. Dr. Xu’s expertise spans several diverse therapeutic arenas including arthritis & inflammation, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, oncology and diabetes. He has authored over 40 publications and has won several international awards from various professional societies for excellence in biomedical research. Dr. Xu is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Boyalife Group.
Vivian Liu | Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Vivian Liu, a member of Cesca’s board of directors since November 2016, has over 20 years of experience in finance, operations and M&A activities for private and public pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Cesca, Ms. Liu was the Managing Director of OxOnc Services Company, an oncology product development company. From 1994-2010, she served in various executive roles at NexMed, Inc., which she co-founded and was later renamed Apricus Biosciences Inc. Ms. Liu obtained her MPA in International Finance from the University of Southern California and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkley.
Venkatesh Ponemone, PhD | Executive Director of India Operations, Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs (TotipotentRX Cell Therapy Pvt. Ltd.)
Dr. Ponemone serves as the Executive Director of Indian operations and Director for Clinical Affairs and GMP Laboratory since September 2008. Prior to joining TotipotentRX, he was an Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology at Kamineni Graduate School of Medicine, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Ponemone completed a two year post-doctoral position in the arena of inflammatory disease and immunology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and authored more than 35 peer reviewed publications on regenerative medicine, role of cytokines in autoimmune disease, radioprotective and chemoprotective agents in cancer treatment. Dr. Ponemone is a Fellow of Academic General Education, and has a Ph.D. from Manipal University in radiation therapy and oncology, holds a post-graduate degree in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University and also holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree to his credentials. His primary responsibility is focused on clinical development process, trial management oversight, overall planning, compliance, and operational oversight of clinical studies for all phases of clinical development. Also oversees the operations of the cGMP Cell processing Core Facility for Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Program at the Centre for excellence in Cellular Medicine at Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon, India.
Kim Ellner, VP of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain
Kim Ellner was appointed Vice President of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain in March 2016. Since joining the company in 2003, she has held various positions in Operations including Sr. Director of Global Supply Chain and Sr. Director of Operations where she has managed the production, procurement, logistics, customer support, and manufacturing engineering functions. She has a total of 26 years of experience in various medical device operational roles. Prior to joining Cesca, Ms. Ellner worked for Oratech Interventions, Inc., now Smith and Nephew, where she held the positions of Materials Manager, Manufacturing Finance Manager, and Business Process Improvement Manager. She also worked for Stryker Corporation in the Instruments and Endoscopy divisions holding positions of Production Supervisor, Business Unit Manager and Materials Manager. Ms. Ellner graduated with honors from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Administration.

Board of Directors

Clinical Advisory Board