Team

Our leadership consists of a passionate management team with diverse industry knowledge, committed to science, therapeutic drug discovery and development.

With a highly-accomplished Board of Directors and BioSciences team, we have the adequate depth and breadth required to pursue our strategic vision.

Management Team

Raza Bokhari, MD

Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and CEO

Dr. Raza Bokhari joined the board of FSD Pharma in August 2018 and was named Executive Co-Chairman of the Board in December, Interim CEO in February 2019 and Permanent CEO in June 2019. Dr. Bokhari has been responsible for developing and leading FSD’s strategic vision into synthetic cannabinoid platforms.

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Anthony Durkacz

Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and Founder

Anthony Durkacz is currently a Director and Executive Vice President at First Republic Capital Corporation, which he joined in January 2014. First Republic has acted as the exclusive agent of the company and has raised approximately $53 million of equity capital to date.

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Donal Carroll, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Donal Carroll joined FSD Pharma as interim Chief Financial Officer in 2018 and was appointed to the position on a permanent basis in December 2019. An experienced business executive, Carroll has 20 years of corporate finance leadership and public company experience, as well as deep expertise in syndicate investing both in equity and debt securities. With a balance of prudent financing practices and business insights, Mr. Carroll has successfully guided companies through expansion and growth.

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Maryann Adesso

Chief of Staff

Maryann Adesso serves as the Chief of Staff for Dr. Raza Bokhari, Executive Co-Chair of FSD Pharma, Inc. In this role she coordinates and streamlines various business, academic and not for profit global engagements of Dr. Bokhari, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist based in the Keystone region.

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Zeeshan Saeed

President, Founder and Director

Zeeshan Saeed is President and Director of FSD Pharma. As co-founder of FV Pharma, he has been involved with the company from the earliest stages. Mr. Saeed provided consulting advice to FV Pharma and was instrumental for raising the initial seed capital. He played a key role in bringing together a team of professionals in the development of the Corporation business plan as well as bringing key relationships to the company

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Sara May, PhD

Senior Vice-President

Dr. Sara May is a Ph.D. graduate with a multidisciplinary background in plant breeding and crop genetics with over ten years’ experience designing, implementing and managing large-scale projects in the field, lab and greenhouse. She is the former President of FV Pharma, Inc., and has extensive work experience with all aspects of National, International, Provincial and Regional Legislative Acts and Regulations. Dr. May has deep domain expertise in the Medical Cannabis industry, which includes managing large scale operations, developing and implementing quality control and quality assurance methods and standard operating procedures and HACCP.

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Edward Brennan, Jr., MD, FACS

President, FSD BioSciences, Inc.

Dr. Edward J. Brennan, Jr., has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at major pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations. He is an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive with a proven track record in FDA submissions and drug development.

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Sandra Lottes, PharmD

Vice-President and Head of Clinical Research, FSD BioSciences, Inc.

Dr. Lottes possesses nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical, CRO and healthcare industries with extensive multi-disciplinary drug development experience at the program, compound and portfolio levels, expanding across R&D, clinical operations, regulatory affairs, business development and medical affairs.

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Sandy Huard

Head of Communications and Investor Relations

Sandy Huard is a marketing and communications executive, senior strategist and consultant with over 21 years of marketing and sales experience leading national marketing teams, driving sales performance and launching national brands in the financial services industry.

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Board of Directors

Raza Bokhari, MD

Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and CEO

Dr. Raza Bokhari joined the board of FSD Pharma in August 2018 and was named Executive Co-Chairman of the Board in December, Interim CEO in February 2019 and Permanent CEO in June 2019. Dr. Bokhari has been responsible for developing and leading FSD’s strategic vision into synthetic cannabinoid platforms.

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Anthony Durkacz

Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and Founder

Anthony Durkacz is currently a Director and Executive Vice President at First Republic Capital Corporation, which he joined in January 2014. First Republic has acted as the exclusive agent of the company and has raised approximately $53 million of equity capital to date.

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The Honorable Stephen Buyer

Director

Stephen Buyer was a member of the United States House of Representatives, serving nine consecutive terms from January 1993 to January 2011. During Congressman Buyer’s long tenure in the Congress, he served on the Committees on Veterans Affairs, Armed Services, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce Committees and also served on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. He is presently the Managing Partner of the 10-Square Solution, LLC, focusing on business development, mergers and acquisitions, and representation before the federal government.

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Robert J. Ciaruffoli, CPA

Director

Robert J. Ciaruffoli is a co-founder and vice-chairman of Broad Street Angels, a 100 member Philadelphia based angel investor network which invests in start-up entrepreneurial businesses with high growth potential. Broad Street Angels is the largest angel investor network in the Philadelphia region. 

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James A. Datin

Director

Over the course of his 30+ year career, James A. Datin has been a successful CEO, raised capital for entrepreneurs to grow companies, and has managed companies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also completed more than 50 transactions including venture investments, buyouts, acquisitions, mergers, IPOs, licensing and partnership agreements.

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Gerald Goldberg, CPA, CA

Director

Gerald Goldberg, CPA, CA, has over 30 years of experience in the service, distribution, retail, mining, natural resources and oil & gas, real estate, not-for-profit entities and manufacturing industries, with a strong emphasis in taxation and business advisory services.

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Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS

Director

Dr. Kaiser is currently the Managing Director with the Healthcare Industry Group at Alvarez and Marsal, a leading global professional services firm. Most recently, Dr. Kaiser was the President and CEO of the $2.2 billion Temple University Health System, Dean of Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences at Temple University.

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Zeeshan Saeed

President, Founder and Director

Zeeshan Saeed is President and Director of FSD Pharma. As co-founder of FV Pharma, he has been involved with the company from the earliest stages. Mr. Saeed provided consulting advice to FV Pharma and was instrumental for raising the initial seed capital. He played a key role in bringing together a team of professionals in the development of the Corporation business plan as well as bringing key relationships to the company.

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David Urban

Director

David Urban joined the FSD Pharma Board of Directors in November 2018. He is a driven leader and board member with comprehensive accomplishments leading corporate development, government affairs, coalitions, legislative influence and political campaigns. He currently serves as President of American Continental Group (ACG) one of Washington’s premier bipartisan government affairs and strategic consulting firms.

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