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Management Team

Amir Pesyan (Founder, Chairman and CEO) is a Professional Medicinal Chemist (York University, with Honours, 1996) with over twenty years of industrial biotech experience (in Canada, the U.S., and Europe) in the design and synthesis of various Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).  His work experience includes research positions at York University, Dalton Chemical Laboratories, Triangle Pharmaceuticals (Research Triangle Park), Icagen, and NPS Pharmaceuticals.  His professional activities have included the synthesis and scale-up of various novel anti-viral (anti-HIV) and CNS-active drug product candidates: analgesics for neuropathic pain, as well as anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and neuroprotective agents. Pesyan is a named Inventor on a number of U.S. and international pharmaceutical patents and patent applications.

Lane D. Hirning, Ph.D. (Director of IT and Pharmacology) is a pharmacist and pharmacologist with extensive Information Technology (IT) experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  He started his career as a Research Scientist in pharmacology and electrophysiology at NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  After seven years, he moved into an IT function, serving over a span of twelve years as IT Manager, IT Director, and Senior Director of Research IT.  He has a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Idaho State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona.  Dr. Hirning joined AurimMed in 2009.

Michael A. Cederstrom, J.D. (General Counsel and Corporate Secretary) graduated from University of Utah with honors with a degree in finance. Mr. Cederstrom continued his studies at the University of Utah towards a master's degree in business administration. Prior to completing the MBA degree he transferred to Southwestern University and graduated with honors, obtaining a Juris Doctor degree.  Mr. Cederstrom practiced law with Dexter & Dexter and currently specializes in Business Law, including initial organization of business entities, maintenance of the entity, employment issues and business tax issues. Mr. Cederstrom also practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax issues, banking law and elder law.

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