Pankaj Mohan, Ph.D.
Founder, CEO & Chairman
Dr. Pankaj Mohan founded Sonnet in 2015 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Outlook Therapeutics, Inc. which he also founded (formerly known as Oncobiologics). From January 2011 to June 2018, he served as Oncobiologics’ President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman. Previously, Dr. Mohan served as head of Business Operations and Portfolio Management of Biologics Process and Product Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and as a Director of Bioprocess Engineering at Genentech, Inc. Prior to that Dr. Mohan served as a senior manager at Eli Lilly and Company. From May 1993 to April 1996, Dr. Mohan served as Assistant Professor (Lecturer/Fellow) at the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
Dr. Mohan received a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemical Engineering from the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom, a master’s in financial management from Middlesex University Business School, London, United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India. Dr. Mohan also attended an Executive Management Program (AMP) from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Albert Dyrness has served on Sonnet’s board of directors since October 2019. Mr. Dyrness is a recognized biopharmaceutical industry expert bio-process engineering with expertise in upstream, downstream, and fill/finish processes. Since July 2019, Mr. Dyrness has been the Managing Director of ADVENT Engineering Services, Inc., a Trinity Consultants Company, which serves as its life-sciences division. In 1988, Mr. Dyrness Co-Founded ADVENT Engineering Services, Inc., an engineering consulting firm serving the energy and life sciences industries. Starting with only 4 employees in the San Francisco Bay Area, ADVENT has grown to a staff of over 130 engineers with offices in Toronto, Canada, Singapore, Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland Oregon, Boston, Massachusetts, Irvine and San Ramon, California. In 2016, Mr. Dyrness became President and Chief Technical Officer of ADVENT and guided the company to a merger with Trinity Consultants, a 700-person engineering consulting firm in 2017. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Oncobiologics, Inc. (Now Outlook Therapeutics, Inc. Nasdaq: OTLK) from December 2015 to September 2017. In 1986, Mr. Dyrness graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering and entrepreneurism. Chanticleer and Sonnet believe Mr. Dyrness is able to make valuable contributions to the board of directors of the combined company due to his years of experience in a Nasdaq-listed public company along with years of entrepreneurial experience, including in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Nailesh Bhatt has served on Sonnet’s board of directors since July 2018. Since January 2018, Mr. Bhatt has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Board Member of VGYAAN Pharmaceuticals LLC, a company focused on developing and commercializing clinically critical drugs. Prior to that, Mr. Bhatt Founded Proximare in November 2001 and is its Managing Director. Proximare is a strategic advisory firm focused exclusively on the pharmaceutical industry. He also serves as Board Member of Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since April 2018. In June 2015, Mr. Bhatt founded Proximare Lifesciences Fund. Mr. Bhatt pursued Bachelor of Arts at Boston University with major in Biology. Chanticleer and Sonnet believe Mr. Bhatt can make valuable contributions to the board of directors of the combined company due to his years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry across the value chain working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Raghu Rao has served on Sonnet’s board of directors since November 2019. Mr. Rao is a serial entrepreneur, strategic business advisor and angel investor. Mr. Rao has founded, scaled and had successful exits with several high-technology companies. In his 33-year career, Mr. Rao has advised clients on the strategy and roll-out of high-profile projects, such as USA.gov, TSA Screening Gateway, Cancer.gov and other eGovernment initiatives. As the Vistage Princeton Chair, from July 2012 to March 2017, Mr. Rao ran three high-performing peer advisory boards for middle-market CEOs and business leaders of companies with total revenues exceeding $2 Billion. As the Chairman & President of InfoZen from August 1995 to July 2008, Mr. Rao has managed over $1 Billion in U.S. Federal Government contracts. Mr. Rao is a 20-year Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE.org) and a 5-year patron of the Indiaspora. He has held board positions at several companies including Cellix BioSciences (Jan 2016 - Jan 2017), Paper Battery Company (Jan 2009 - Dec 2018), Kovid Group (Feb 2016 - Oct 2017) , WizNucleus (Jun 2010 - present) and InfoZen (Aug 1995 - Jul 2008). Mr. Rao is active in social entrepreneurship and community service. He co-founded the Hindu Jewish Coalition in December 2012 and Forum for Religious Freedom in March 2007 to preserve religious diversity worldwide. He has held non-profit board positions at the Infinity Foundation (New Jersey), Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Pennsylvania) and the Family Services Agency (Maryland). Mr. Rao has an MBA in Finance from George Washington University (Dec 1991), an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech (Dec 1986), and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (June 1984). Chanticleer and Sonnet believe Mr. Rao is able to make valuable contributions to the board of directors of the combined company due to his 15 years of experience as an executive along with 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, including in the biotech industry.
Donald Griffith, CPA
Donald Griffith, CPA has served on Sonnet’s board of directors since its inception in April 2015, and was Chairman of the Sonnet board from April 2015 to June 2018. Mr. Griffith has served as Sonnet’s Financial Controller since January 1, 2019. Prior to being the Financial Controller, he served as Sonnet’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer from April 2015 to December 2016. Before that, Mr. Griffith was the Chief Financial Officer, Director and Secretary of Oncobiologics Inc. (Now Outlook Therapeutics Nasdaq: OTLK) from 2011 to 2018. Mr. Griffith has over 40 years’ experience in finance and accounting and is the founder and Partner of Stolz & Griffith, LLC, a New Jersey accounting firm. Chanticleer and Sonnet believe Mr. Griffith is able to make valuable contributions to the board of directors of the combined company due to his years of experience in finance as well as in the pharmaceutical industry.