Mr. Varner has more than thirty years of legal experience with large and small law firms, and as outside general counsel of a NASDAQ traded company. Rodney represents for-profit and non-profit companies at the Board of Directors or senior management levels in a wide variety of contractual, business, tax and securities matters, including technology transfers, licensing, collaboration and research agreements, clinical trial contracts, pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturing and process development contracts, state and federal grants, including NIH and SBA grants, corporate governance and fiduciary issues, and real estate matters. Rodney serves as counsel in company formation, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, other business transactions, protection of trade secrets and other intellectual property, real estate, and business litigation.
Rodney is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit and the United States Tax Court. He is a registered securities representative and owner of a company that is a licensed securities broker-dealer. He maintains Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 securities registrations.
Rodney is a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI), and serves as its General Counsel. He is also a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Texas Medical Device Alliance.
Rodney is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1978); and Texas A & M University (BBA, with high honors, 1976.)
Julien Pham, MD, MPH
Mr. Confer has more than ten years of experience launching and developing emerging technology companies. Previously, he served as an International Business Development Strategist for the University of Texas at Austin where he focused on evaluating the commercialization potential of nascent technologies for domestic and international markets. Prior to his experience at the University of Texas, Ryan served as an investment manager for a $500 million early-stage technology investment fund where he analyzed market opportunities, identified and negotiated operational milestones, and negotiated deal terms for approximately 100 early-stage technology companies.
Ryan has provided strategic advisory services and served as a board member for several Austin-based technology startups. He has served as an advisor for several Texas-based incubator and accelerators and regularly serves as a mentor and judge for the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs at the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan is a graduate of McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin (MS in Technology Commercialization, 2009) and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (BSBA in Finance and Legal Studies, 2005).
Jan Stevens, RN
Jan Stevens has served as our VP of Clinical Operations since June 2018. Ms. Stevens has over twenty years of clinical operations experience in early to late stage oncology biotech companies. Ms. Stevens has been a member of senior management teams at Ziopharm Oncology and Berg, developing successful clinical strategies to move both small molecules and biologics forward from first in man to global pivotal trials.
Ms. Stevens has expertise in hands on development and management of all Phases of clinical trials from the ground up. Over the past twenty years, Ms. Stevens has led all aspects of clinical operations including clinical trial design and execution; clinical components of regulatory submissions from IND to BLA; and developing, managing, and mentoring high-level clinical operations teams.
Prior to her work in clinical research, Ms. Stevens was a registered nurse in the Neuro Unit at Mass General Hospital. Ms. Stevens obtained a degree in Ethics from Harvard University.