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GeoVax Labs, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing human vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer using a novel patented Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Virus Like Particle (MVA-VLP) based vaccine platform. On this platform, MVA, a large virus capable of carrying several vaccine antigens, expresses proteins that assemble into VLP immunogens within (in vivo)...

GeoVax Labs, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing human vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer using a novel patented Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Virus Like Particle (MVA-VLP) based vaccine platform. On this platform, MVA, a large virus capable of carrying several vaccine antigens, expresses proteins that assemble into VLP immunogens within (in vivo) the person receiving the vaccine. The production of VLPs in the person being vaccinated can mimic virus production in a natural infection, stimulating both the humoral and cellular arms of the immune system to recognize, prevent, and control the target infection. The MVA-VLP derived vaccines can elicit durable immune responses in the host similar to a live-attenuated virus, while providing the safety characteristics of a replication-defective vector.


Mr. Dodd joined the GeoVax Board of Directors in March 2010 and was elected Chairman in January 2011. His executive management experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries spans more than 40 years. From September 2017 to June 2018, Mr. Dodd served as CEO, and as a member of the Board of Directors, of Medizone International, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. From April 2013 to July 2017, Mr. Dodd served as President and CEO, and as a member of the Board of Directors, of Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a drug development company. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aeterna Zentaris, Inc. from May 2014 to May 2016, and continued to serve as a member of its Board of Directors until May 2018. From December 2007 to June 2009, Mr. Dodd was President, CEO and Chairman of BioReliance Corporation, a leading provider of biological safety and related testing services. From October 2006 to April 2009, he served as non-executive Chairman of Stem Cell Sciences Plc., where he oversaw the development and implementation of a strategic growth plan, implementation of an experienced executive team, and the sale of the company to Stem Cells, Inc. in April 2009. He is also the CEO of RiversEdge BioVentures, an investment and advisory firm focused on the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industries, which he founded in 2009. During Mr. Dodd's six-year tenure as President, CEO and Director of Serologicals Corporation, the market value of that company increased from $85 million in June 2000 to an all-cash sale to Millipore Corporation in July 2006 for $1.5 billion. That successful transformation followed his five-year term as President and CEO of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as Chairman of its subsidiary Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Dodd held various senior management positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, the Mead Johnson Laboratories Division at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. He is a frequently invited speaker and panelist at business and economic development conferences, as well as various conferences focused on the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry. He is a recipient of the Oglethorpe Award for UK-US Business Relationships, the Georgia BIO Industry Growth Award, and the FastTech 50 Growth Company Award (2000-2006) while leading Serologicals Corporation. Mr. Dodd holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Georgia State University and completed the Harvard Business School of Advanced Management Program.
David A. Dodd
Chairman, President & CEO
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Dr. Newman has more than 30 years’ experience in the biotechnology sector serving in senior management roles at GeoVax (Atlanta, GA), PaxVax (San Diego, CA), Pharmexa (Horsholm, Denmark), Epimmune (San Diego, CA), Vaxcel (Atlanta, GA), Apollon (Philadelphia, PA) and Cambridge Biotech (Boston, MA) where he directed research, development and early stage clinical testing of protein, peptide, plasmid DNA and viral vectored vaccines and multiple vaccine adjuvants. He participated with or directed teams responsible for the transition of 10 vaccine or vaccine-related products from the research stage to Phase 1 and 2 clinical testing. He also served as the primary scientific director for multiple corporate teams that completed Due Diligence reviews, technology assessments and intellectual property review and portfolio management to support strategic planning, technology in-licensing and out-licensing, corporate partnering and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Newman has co-authored more that 100 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters during his professional career. He is a named co-inventor on multiple issued US and PCT patents, all related to vaccine technologies. He served as the Principal Investigator on multiple USA government and foundation grants and contracts and has served as a grant and contract review expert for 20 years for National Institutes of Health. Dr. Newman is a graduate of the Ohio State University (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia). He completed four years post-doctoral training at Cornell University and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences under contract with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He also served four years as a full-time member of the Louisiana State University faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining the biotechnology industry in 1989.
Mark J. Newman, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
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Mr. Reynolds joined GeoVax on a part-time basis in October 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, becoming a full-time employee in January 2010. From 2003 to 2006, before being named Chief Financial Officer of GeoVax, Mr. Reynolds provided financial and accounting services to the Company as an independent contractor. From 2004 to 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer for HealthWatchSystems, Inc. a privately-held company in the consumer healthcare industry. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Duska Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-held biotechnology company. From 1988 to 2002, Mr. Reynolds was first Controller and later Chief Financial Officer of CytRx Corporation, a publicly-held biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Reynolds began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1985 to 1988. He is a certified public accountant and earned a master’s of accountancy degree from the University of Georgia.
Mark W. Reynolds
Chief Financial Officer
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Dr. McKee has more than 35 years of experience in research and development from the bench to the bedside, with specific expertise in vaccines, emerging diseases, biodefense, and respiratory viral infections. After a 20 year career in the US Army, during which he held a variety of leadership roles in virology, immunology, preventive medicine, and clinical research and development at the Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) (Fort Detrick, MD,) and at Fort Bragg, NC, he retired as a Colonel in 2001. Dr. McKee then served briefly as State Epidemiologist in North Carolina, followed by roles as a contract physician investigator at USAMRIID, and as Senior Director of Clinical Research at DynPort Vaccine Company (Frederick, MD). He subsequently held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President and Managing Director of Public Health and Government Services, and Vice President for Vaccines and Public Health in the Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Center of Excellence, at Quintiles/QuintilesIMS (now IQVIA), and has served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Medical and Scientific Advisor at Pharm-Olam International, as well as Chief Medical Officer at BravoVax, Ltd (Wuhan, China). He now provides contract clinical development services to the biopharmaceutical industry in infectious diseases and related areas. Over the course of a successful military and private-sector career, he has served as Principal Investigator on multiple Dept of Defense- and Dept of Health and Human Service-funded clinical studies, and has earned multiple board and advisory appointments, certifications, and medical/scientific society inductions. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. McKee is a graduate of Davidson College (Davidson, NC), and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine (Charlottesville, VA), and his M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Baltimore, MD). He completed training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN), and in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Washington, DC). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Kelly T. McKee, Jr., MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
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