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Board of Directors

Hepion leadership brings deep experience in the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies for indications of important unmet need.

John P. Brancaccio


John P. Brancaccio, a retired CPA, has served as a director of our company since May 15, 2013. From April 2004 until May 2017, Mr. Brancaccio was the Chief Financial Officer of Accelerated Technologies, Inc., an incubator for medical device companies. From May 2002 until March 2004, Mr. Brancaccio was the Chief Financial Officer of Memory Pharmaceuticals Corp., a biotechnology company. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Brancaccio was the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Eline Group, an entertainment and media company. Mr. Brancaccio is currently a director of Rasna Therapeutics, Inc. Learn more >>

Timothy M. Block, Ph.D.


Timothy M. Block, Ph.D., has served as a Director of our company since October 2013. Dr. Block currently serves as Co-founder and President of the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) and its Baruch S. Blumberg Institute (formerly called the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research), the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. He also serves as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania (PA) Biotechnology Center. Learn More >>

Kaouthar Lbiati, M.D.


Dr. Lbiati is a multi-functional executive with a combination of scientific, business, finance, global health policy, and health economics skills. She is currently Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Cytovia Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in immuno-oncology and cell therapies. Dr. Lbiati previously served in global and regional leadership roles at Amgen, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Sanofi, where she supported the registration, launch and/or indication extension and reimbursement of innovative cancer drugs including Blincyto®, Jevtana® and Votrient®. Learn more >>

Michael Purcell


Mr. Purcell has more than 37 years of professional experience with Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving as a consultant from 2015 to 2017 and an Audit Partner from 1979 until 2015. Mr. Purcell also currently serves as a financial advisor to several emerging growth companies. Mr. Purcell is a certified public accountant and has provided assurance and advisory services to public and private enterprise clients of all sizes over the course of his career. Mr. Purcell previously served as a member of the Board of Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. from 2018 and chairman from 2022 until its acquisition by Nautic Partners in 2023. Learn more >>