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NantKwest Inc (NK.OQ)

NK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Patrick Soon-Shiong

64 2015 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Barry Simon

52 2015 President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Steven Gorlin

79 2014 Vice Chairman of the Board

Richard Tajak

64 2016 Interim Chief Financial Officer

Sonja Nelson

44 2016 Chief Accounting Officer

Michael Blaszyk

64 2015 Independent Director

Frederick Driscoll

66 2017 Independent Director

John Potts

85 2014 Independent Director

John Thomas

62 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Patrick Soon-Shiong

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., serves as a Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Dr. Soon-Shiong previously served as our Co-Chairman of our board of directors from December 2014 to March 2015 and as our Chief Medical Officer from January 2015 to March 2015. In 2011, he founded NantWorks, an ecosystem of companies to create a transformative global health information and next generation pharmaceutical development network, for the secure sharing of genetic and medical information. Dr. Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon and scientist, has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields. Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. He invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer. Abraxane was approved by the FDA for metastatic breast cancer in 2005, lung cancer in 2012, and pancreatic cancer in 2013. Abraxane is now approved in many countries across the globe and sales are expected to reach $1.0 billion in 2015. From 1997 to 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmaceutical Partners (sold to Fresenius SE for $5.7 billion in 2008) and Abraxis BioScience (sold to Celgene Corporation for $3.7 billion in 2010). Dr. Soon-Shiong serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non-profit medical research organization. He currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America.

Barry Simon

Dr. Barry J. Simon, M.D. serves as President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company. From 2007 to March 2015, Dr. Simon was also our President, Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors. Prior to joining us, he held various senior management and advisory positions at Roche Labs, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, a global healthcare company, Connetics Corp., a specialty pharmaceutical company, Immunomedics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, Immusol, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, HealthPro BioVentures, LLC, a healthcare and lifesciences investment bank, and NorthSound Capital, LLC, a hedge fund. Dr. Simon has attended corporate training programs by the London School of Business and the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is trained clinically in infectious diseases, anesthesiology and internal medicine, and received his M.D. from the SUNY Downstate, Health Sciences Center in New York.

Steven Gorlin

Mr. Steven Gorlin serves as a Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Gorlin previously served as our Executive Chairman from January 2014 to December 2014. He cofounded MiMedx Group Inc., or MiMedx, in October 2005, and served as its chairman from November 2006 to June 2013. Mr. Gorlin previously served as the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DARA BioSciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, or DARA, from July 2002 to January 2007, and continued to serve as co-chairman of the board of directors until January 2009. Over the past 40 years, he has founded several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including Hycor Biomedical, Inc., (acquired by Agilent), Theragenics Corporation, CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, a medical cosmetics company (acquired by Valeant for approximately $2.6 billion), EntreMed, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, MRI Interventions, Inc., a medical device company, DARA, MiMedx, and Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Gorlin previously served on the Business Advisory Council to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The BioMedical Johns Hopkins Engineering Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of the Andrews Institute. He was a founder of a number of non-medical related companies, including Perma-Fix, Inc., a waste management services company; Pretty Good Privacy, Inc., a data security company (acquired by Network Associates, Inc.), Judicial Correction Services, Inc., a probation services company (acquired by Correctional Healthcare), and NTC China, Inc., or NTC, a manufacturing company. He started The Touch Foundation, a nonprofit organization for the blind and was a principal financial contributor to the founding of Camp Kudzu for diabetic children. He presently serves as the executive chairman of the board of directors of DemeRx, Inc.

Richard Tajak

Mr. Richard J. Tajak serves as a Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Richard Tajak has served as Chief Financial Officer of NantPharma, LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company and wholly-owned subsidiary of NantWorks, LLC, since January 2014 and as Chief Operating Officer since June 2014. Prior to that, from July 2011 to December 2013, Mr. Tajak served as Chief Financial Officer of NantWorks, LLC. Prior to NantWorks, LLC, Mr. Tajak served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of APP Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a $1 billion generic pharmaceutical company, from April 2008 to June 2011 after having joined the company as Senior Vice President, Finance in March 2008. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Finance for the $1.5 billion North American division of Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. His earlier career was at Fujisawa Healthcare/USA and Lyphomed, Inc., where he had increasing levels of responsibility in the areas of accounting, finance, SEC reporting, audit, tax and corporate operations. Mr. Tajak holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sonja Nelson

Ms. Sonja Nelson was appointed as our Chief Accounting Officer in May 2016 and has served as our VP/ Corporate Controller since November 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Nelson was Vice President and Corporate Controller at AltheaDx, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company and was hired to prepare the company for an IPO, from July 2014 through October 2015. Previously, Ms. Nelson was Senior Director and Controller at Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2012 through June 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Nelson was Director, General Accounting at Cricket Communications, Inc., a $3 billion wireless services provider, from September 2008 through May 2012.

Michael Blaszyk

Mr. Michael D. Blaszyk serves as an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as the chief financial officer for Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West), a not-for-profit public benefit corporation, since December 2000. Prior to joining Dignity Health, Mr. Blaszyk was the senior vice president and chief financial officer for University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, a healthcare system, from October 1997 to December 2000. Mr. Blaszyk also previously served as the managing partner of the Northeast region Health Care Provider Consulting Practice for Mercer LLC (formerly known as William M. Mercer), a global consulting firm, and the executive vice president at Boston Medical Center, a non-profit academic medical center. Mr. Blaszyk is a director and member of the audit committee of Sound Physicians, Inc., a Fresenius company. Mr. Blaszyk received his bachelor’s degree in life sciences from Wayne State University and his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Colorado.

Frederick Driscoll

Mr. Frederick W. Driscoll is Independent Director of the company. He has served as Chief Financial Officer at Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to Flexion, he was Chief Financial Officer at Novavax, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2009 to 2013. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Driscoll served as Chief Executive Officer of Genelabs Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company later acquired by GlaxoSmithKline. He previously served as Genelabs’ Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2008. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Driscoll served as Chief Executive Officer at OXiGENE, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Driscoll has also served as Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee Chair at OXiGENE and as a member of the Audit Committee for Cynapsus Therapeutics, Inc., which was sold to Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Mr. Driscoll earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bentley University.

John Potts

Dr. John T. Potts, Jr. M.D. serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Potts currently serves as the Distinguished Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, or MGH, and Harvard Medical School and on the MPM BioVentures Medical & Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Potts has been with MGH since 1968. Dr. Potts served as a director of Cell Genesys, Inc., a therapeutic products company from May 1997 to October 2009 when Cell Genesys merged with BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical products company, or BioSante. Dr. Potts served as a director of BioSante from October 2009 to July 2013. After medical training at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his internship and residency at the MGH from 1957 to 1959, and then went to the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to work with Nobel Laureate Christian Anfinsen in protein chemistry. Dr. Potts remained at the NIH from 1959 to 1968, when he returned to the MGH as Chief of the Endocrine Unit. He served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief from 1981 to 1996, and as Director of Research from 1995 to 2004. Dr. Potts has authored or co-authored over 500 scientific publications, is the recipient of the Fred Conrad Koch Award of the Endocrine Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds active and honorary memberships in numerous scientific and professional organizations.

John Thomas

Mr. John C. Thomas, Jr. serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Since 2001, Mr. Thomas has served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director of CorMatrix Cardiovascular, a privately held medical device company. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a director of Motion Reality, Inc., a motion capture and simulation company, since 1991. Since 2012, Mr. Thomas has been serving as a director of QLT, Inc., a public biotechnology company focused on innovative ocular products and is a member of QLT’s Audit and Risk and Compensation Committees. During the past ten years, Mr. Thomas served as acting Chief Financial Officer for DemeRx, Inc., MRI Interventions, Inc., MiMedx Group, Inc. and DARA BioSciences, and as a director of MRI Interventions, Inc. Previously, between 1999 and 2012, Mr. Thomas also served as a Trustee and subsequently the Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Walker School, a private school. Mr. Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Patrick Soon-Shiong

602,308

Barry Simon

420,311

Steven Gorlin

783,335

Richard Tajak

--

Sonja Nelson

496,442

Michael Blaszyk

393,500

Frederick Driscoll

--

John Potts

60,000

John Thomas

60,000
As Of  31 Dec 2016