Board of Directors

C. William "Bill" Griffin

C. William "Bill" Griffin

Chairman of the Board

Bill Griffin is Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director of Fidelity National Financial. In this role, Bill helps lead Fidelity’s efforts to deliver its end-to-end solutions to the country’s largest financial institutions. Because of his leadership in and knowledge of the mortgage industry, Bill has served on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association since 2013.

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Stephen From

Stephen From

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen From has 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, 10 years of which he served as President, CEO, and Chairman of EyeGate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Centelion SAS, an independent biotechnology subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis. Mr. From also has an extensive background in corporate finance, spending several years as an investment banker specializing in the biotechnology and medical device sectors.

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Steven Stice, PhD

Steven Stice, PhD

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Steve Stice is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Aruna Biomedical, Inc, where he directs the company’s clinical and research operations. He is also a University of Georgia, DW Brooks Distinguished Professor and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, and holds a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar endowed chair.

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John Richard

John Richard

John Richard is Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer for Mereo BioPharma plc, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company founded in 2015. Mr. Richard previously served in various roles, including Director and Operating Partner, with Phase4 Partners, a life science investment firm.

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Mason “Skip” Irving, III

Mason “Skip” Irving, III

Skip has spent more than 35 years advising companies on business strategy, technology commercialization, R&D planning, and mergers and acquisitions in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical products industry.

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Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan

Director (since 2022)

Mike is the Founder-Director of Irrus Investments – the largest angel investment syndicate in Ireland – which has invested over €35 million in 30 early stage technology companies in Ireland and internationally, including Aruna Bio in Georgia, USA. Mike was a founder investor and board member of SedanaMedical, which was listed on the (NASDAQ) First North stock exchange in June 2017. He also served as the CEO of Sedana Medical from 2011 to 2017, and was the main shareholder and CEO of Artema Medical AB from 2003, leading the sale of Artema to Datascope Corporation in 2007.

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Tony Townley

Tony Townley

A long-time entrepreneur and financier, Mr. Townley has overseen financial strategy and operations of fast-growing enterprises for over 30 years. Mr. Townley is Co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Zaxby’s Franchising, one of the fastest-growing restaurant franchise systems in the United States.

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Harold "Bud" Ingalls

Harold "Bud" Ingalls

Mr. Ingalls brings over 40 years of financial leadership to Aruna Bio and during his career he has served in the capacity of chief financial officer for nearly two decades. Most recently, Mr. Ingalls served as Chief Financial Officer of SeraCare Life Sciences a private life sciences tools company focused on diagnostic products.

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Darren W. DeVore

Darren W. DeVore

Director (since 2015)

Darren W. DeVore serves Managing Partner of Broad Pine Investments, the holding company for various private equity and venture capital activities. Broad Pine maintains investments in several businesses including The Carroll Organization, one of the country's leading privately held real estate companies focused on multifamily investment, management, and development. Other investments include Terra Partners, a private equity company focused on acquisition and management of logistics businesses within the FedEx system and Battle Investment Group, a private equity firm operating in the North American defense/security, government and industrial markets.

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Russell C. Lindner

Russell C. Lindner

Director (since 2017)

Rusty Lindner is Executive Chairman and CEO of The Forge Company, a private Washington, DC- based transportation holding company whose principal operating units are Colonial Parking, Inc. (DC) and The Washington Boat Lines.  Mr. Lindner also serves as the CEO of PortfolioFirst Parking Solutions, an international parking asset management firm founded in 2001, as well as of Bear Saint Properties, a Washington, DC commercial real estate investment firm.

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John Mangan, Jr

John Mangan, Jr

Director (since 2016)

John F. Mangan, Jr. has been active in the U.S. money management and securities industry for over 35 years. He is currently the CEO of JFM Capital, a Charlotte NC based private investment firm with interests in the capital markets and in several private businesses. From 1999 to 2007, Mangan was founder/CEO/CIO of Mangan McColl Partners, LLC, a US alternative asset manager that managed over $1.4B.

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Barry L. Storey

Barry L. Storey

Director (since 2016)

Barry L. Storey is the Principal of BLS Holdings Group, LLC, an Augusta, Georgia-based company with the primary focus of managing a portfolio of retail real estate properties and various alternative assets. Prior to January 2015, he was the Co-Founding Partner of Hull Storey Gibson Companies, LLC, a retail acquisition and development real estate company founded in 1992 that owned and operated over 13 million square feet of retail strip centers and enclosed mall properties in the Southeast.

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