Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology holding company that owns rights to intellectual property related to the development of drugs for HIV and Multiple Sclerosis has announced the appointment of Stewart Lonky, MD, FACP, MBA to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Stewart Lonky attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry, and then went on to earn his medical degree at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in 1971. Dr. Lonky has been a practicing physician in the Los Angeles Area since 1982. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Prior to entering practice, Dr. Lonky served as a full-time faculty member at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, where he was engaged in research in the biochemistry of lung injury. He was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow from 1974-77. He published over twenty articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature during that time, and authored two book chapters.
Dr. Lonky founded the Trylon Corporation with his brothers in 1985, and has served as the Chief Medical Officer of that company since 1990. This company has developed diagnostic products for the early diagnosis of cervical and oral cancer, and Dr. Lonky's responsibilities have included product development, the direction of clinical research and interacting with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In these roles he has been instrumental in successfully bringing a number of products to the medical marketplace. He has continued to be engaged in both clinical and biochemical research, and has published research articles in the peer-reviewed literature in the areas of cervical cancer and cellular pathophysiology. Since the company's products are cleared for marketing in a number of foreign countries, Dr. Lonky has experience in clinical research and regulatory affairs abroad.
Dr. Lonky earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University in 1993, and has lectured at Pepperdine in the executive MBA program in the past. He has also served on the Corporate Advisory Board of a National Nurse Practitioner's Association and served on the Medical Advisory Board of an international nutrition company. Dr. Lonky continues to make his home in Southern California.
"Working with a company like Nutra Pharma is exciting for me, because it is on the threshold of making important contributions to medicine in a very practical way," commented Dr. Stewart Lonky. "The company's target areas of research are in clinically important areas that affect large numbers of people in many countries. That alone is a reason for me to want to team up with Nutra Pharma. When you add to that the innovative approaches of the technologies we are working with, you have a prescription for success," he added.
"Dr. Lonky's background in the medical device arena and his understanding of the FDA regulatory environment will prove to be invaluable resources to Nutra Pharma," stated Rik Deitsch, Nutra Pharma's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "I'm very excited to be working with Dr. Lonky. He adds necessary experience to the Board that will allow Nutra Pharma to move from its development stage into the marketplace to accomplish our goals of near-term revenues," he concluded.
Commenting on how he envisions his contribution to the Company, Dr. Lonky stated, "I believe that the skills I have developed over the past 20 years at Trylon will mesh seamlessly with the needs of Nutra Pharma at this stage of its development. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and helping to move our technologies to the market."
Dr. Lonky serves on the Board of Directors of Nutra Pharma effective November 11, 2004.
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