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MediciNova Inc (MNOV.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jeffrey Himawan

51 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Yuichi Iwaki

65 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Ryan Selhorn

2016 Chief Financial Officer

Geoffrey O'Brien

46 2013 Vice President

Masatsune Okajima

47 2006 Vice President, Head - Japanese Office

Kazuko Matsuda

48 2011 Chief Medical Officer

Yoshio Ishizaka

75 2014 Independent Director

Yutaka Kobayashi

51 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jeffrey Himawan

Dr. Jeff Himawan, Ph.D., is an Independent Chairman of the Board of MediciNova, Inc. Dr. Himawan is a Managing Director of Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, L.P., which he joined in 2001. Essex Woodlands Health Ventures and its affiliates own approximately 8% of our outstanding Common Stock. Prior to joining Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Dr. Himawan was Managing Director and Co- founder of Seed-One Ventures, LLC. Prior to Seed-One Ventures, he was a scientist in academic and industrial settings. Dr. Himawan also served as a member of the Board of Iomai Corporation (now Intercell USA, Inc.) from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Himawan holds a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard University. Based on his background in corporate finance and capital raising and his extensive experiences in the biotechnology industry.

Yuichi Iwaki

Dr. Yuichi Iwaki, M.D., Ph.D., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of MediciNova, Inc. He is the company founder and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors from our inception in September 2000 to March 2007, becoming Executive Chairman in July 2005, Acting Chief Executive Officer as of September 2005 and President and Chief Executive Officer as of March 2006. From September 2001 until January 2007, Dr. Iwaki also served as our consultant in connection with financing transactions and business development activities. Dr. Iwaki was a member of the Board of Avigen, Inc. from 1994 to 2008. He holds three professorships at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in the Departments of Urology, Surgery and Pathology and has been Director of the Transplantation Immunology and Immunogenetic Laboratory since 1992. Dr. Iwaki is also a visiting professor at the Nihon University School of Medicine and Kyushu University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Iwaki held professorships at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology from 1989 through 1991. Dr. Iwaki received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Sapporo Medical School in Sapporo, Japan. Dr. Iwaki is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 book chapters. Dr. Iwaki has been advising pharmaceutical companies and venture capital funds regarding research and investment strategies for over 25 years and serves on the board of directors of several biotechnology companies. Based on his medical background, relationships with leading Japanese biotechnology companies and extensive experiences as a professor and as an advisor to pharmaceutical companies,

Ryan Selhorn

Mr. Ryan Selhorn is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Selhorn joined Signature Analytics as the Vice President Operations in July 2013 after spending 10 years with Grant Thornton LLP, most recently as a Senior Manager in the audit practice and then in the national Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He has experience working with both public and private companies in many industries including life sciences, biotech, and medical devices.

Geoffrey O'Brien

Mr. Geoffrey O'Brien, J.D./M.B.A., is the Vice President of MediciNova, Inc. Mr. O'Brien has served as Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning for MediciNova since 2012 and was Director, Business Development from 2009-2012. Prior to joining MediciNova, Mr. O'Brien was an equity research analyst covering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies at UBS Securities, Nomura Securities, and Punk, Ziegel, and was a Vice President from 2004-2008. During his career as a senior equity research analyst on the sell side and buy side, he focused on clinical, scientific, financial, strategic and competitive analysis of development programs and marketed products. He used this analysis to predict the future prospects of both development-stage and established pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition, Mr. O'Brien executed acquisitions and equity offerings as a health care investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette/Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to graduate school, he worked on the successful development of a biotechnology product at The Liposome Company. Mr. O'Brien received a B.S. in chemistry, cum laude, from the University of Delaware and a J.D./M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Masatsune Okajima

Mr. Masatsune Okajima is Vice President, Head - Japanese Office of MediciNova, Inc., Since September 2006. Prior to joining us he served as Deputy General Manager at Daiwa Securities SMBC Co., Ltd. since 2002. From 1999 through 2002, Mr. Okajima served as Manager, Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co., Ltd. (now Daiwa Securities SMBC Co., Ltd.). From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Okajima served as Manager, Sumitomo Capital Securities Co., Ltd. and between 1991 and 1996. Mr. Okajima served in various positions at Sumitomo Bank, Ltd. (now Mitsui Sumitomo Bank). Mr. Okajima received a B.S. degree from the Department of Science and Technology, Tokyo Science University.

Kazuko Matsuda

Dr. Kazuko Matsuda, M.D., Ph.D,, MPH, is Chief Medical Officer of MediciNova, Inc., since September 02, 2011. Dr. Matsuda served as our Vice President of Clinical Development from April 2010 to September, 2011. Dr. Matsuda has responsibility for all of our clinical development. From August 2008 to November 2009, Dr. Matsuda served as an assistant professor with the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. From August 2005 to July 2008, Dr. Matsuda served as Clinical Fellow with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Matsuda commenced her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at Michigan State University and completed a pediatric residency at Loma Linda University. Dr. Matsuda is a board certified pediatrician in both the United States and Japan. Dr. Matsuda holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine and an MPH from Harvard University, School of Public Health.

Yoshio Ishizaka

Mr. Yoshio Ishizaka is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ishizaka complements the MediciNova Board with 50 years of experience in marketing and product development with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). His international experience includes assignments in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Mr. Ishizaka started his career at TMC after graduating with a degree in law from the Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Coordinating Officer at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc. (TMS) from 1986 to 1990 and was instrumental in the development of the Lexus Division. He accepted the appointment of General Manager of TMC's Europe Division in 1990 where he built an integrated, local organization in Europe. In 1992, he was named to TMC's Board of Directors and returned to TMS U.S.A. to serve as President from 1996 to 1999. He returned to Japan in 1999, whereupon he was promoted to Senior Managing Director in charge of overseas operations. In 2001, he was promoted to Executive VP in overseas operations for TMC, and in 2005, became Senior Advisor to the TMC Board.

Yutaka Kobayashi

Mr. Yutaka Kobayashi is an Independent Director of MediciNova, Inc., since October 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in business. He has served as a consultant or special advisor to various companies. In addition, he was elected a member of Upper House in Japan in 2001 and re-elected in 2007. He also served as Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan in 2005. He graduated from Waseda University and was a Fellow at Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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