Mr. Pascoe has served as a director of KemPharm since January 2014 and as KemPharm’s executive chairman from November 2021 to January 2023. In January 2023, Mr. Pascoe was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and remains a member of the Board of Directors. He served as lead independent director at KemPharm from November 2014 to November 2021. Mr. Pascoe served as the president and chief executive officer of Histogen Inc, a biologics company, from January 2019 to November 2021. From March 2013 to January 2019, Mr. Pascoe was the chief executive officer and a director of Apricus Biosciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From August 2008 to March 2013, Mr. Pascoe was the president and chief executive officer and a director of Pernix Sleep, Inc. (formerly known as Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to Pernix, from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Pascoe worked for ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he was most recently senior vice president and chief operating officer. Mr. Pascoe also serves as a director of Seelos Therapeutics, Inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Pascoe received his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
As Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. Clifton is responsible for the company’s financial, operating and compliance activities. Mr. Clifton brings to KemPharm significant public company experience, along with expertise in managed care contracting and strategic leadership covering operations, compliance, investor relations and business development.
Prior to joining KemPharm, Mr. Clifton served as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of The LGL Group, Inc., a publicly-held global producer of highly-engineered electronic components and services. Mr. Clifton also previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of a21, Inc., a publicly-held holding company with businesses in stock photography and the online retail and manufacture of framed art, as well as a variety of finance, medical cost analysis, and managed care provider contracting roles with Aetna, Inc.
Mr. Clifton was an auditor with KPMG, LLP, and received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. Mr. Clifton is a certified public accountant licensed by the State of Florida.
R. LaDuane Clifton, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer
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