Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mary Gardner, Board Director, Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Mary Gardner has more than 25 years’ experience in the life science industry.  She is the founder and inventor of DelNova core assets in 2016 and has led the company through its early research phase and into its Series A financing.


Mary has been a mentor for early stage life science companies since 2014, with CONNECT and MATTER; both startup company accelerators in the greater San Diego and Chicago areas, respectively. As former Director of Technology Assessment with Hospira, a Pfizer company (~11 years), she was responsible for the front end of innovation, including supporting business development via the sourcing and evaluation of external new technology and product opportunities to generate future topline growth in healthcare products (pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and medical devices). She is experienced in the healthcare and  biotechnology industries, including positions in consulting, process design engineering and project management.


Prior to joining Hospira, Mary led the Business Development office of The Lawson Health Research Institute & London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, where she was responsible for managing the IP portfolio, technology transfer & spin-off companies created from innovations arising from leading Canadian teaching hospitals.


Mary is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and earned an MBA (finance major) from McMaster University, Hamilton and a BEngSc (Chemical & Biochemical) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


Daniel M. Bradbury 

Dan Bradbury is a life sciences executive with more than 35 years of experience creating and implementing strategies that transform businesses, bring novel medicines to market and maximize shareholder value. He is the Managing Member of BioBrit, LLC, a life sciences consulting and investment firm and CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder of Equillium, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in La Jolla, CA, focused on developing first-in-class therapies to treat severe autoimmune disorders with high unmet medical need.


Dan is the former President, CEO and Director of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, focused on metabolic diseases. During his 18-year tenure at Amylin, the company launched three first-in-class medicines, including the first once-a-week therapy to treat diabetes and was listed on the Nasdaq 100. He served as Amylin’s Chief Executive Officer from March 2007 until its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for $7 billion in August 2012. Before joining Amylin, Dan worked in marketing and sales roles for ten years at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. He serves on the board of directors of Biocon Limited (NSE: BIOCON), Corcept Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CORT), Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN), Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT), Biolinq, Inc. (Private), Castle Biosciences, Inc. (Private), DiaVacs, Inc. (Private), Equillium, Inc. (Private), Liquid Grids, Inc. (Private), NeuroVia, Inc. (Private), ProSciento, Inc. (Private), Renova Therapeutics (Private) and Sensulin, Inc. (Private). He also serves on the board of the Riecken Community Libraries, the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute, the BioMed Ventures Advisory Committee, the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management’s Advisory Council, the board of, the Pharming Group N.V. Commercial Advisory Board, the ProLynx, LLC Advisory Board and the Arctic Aurora Life Science Advisory Board.


Dan received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Nottingham University and a Diploma in Management Studies from Harrow and Ealing Colleges of Higher Education in the United Kingdom.


Edward A. Ogunro, PhD 

Dr. Ed Ogunro has more than 25 years of product development and management experience in the healthcare industry and is highly experienced in the development of medical devices, generic and branded pharmaceuticals.


Ed is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Hospira, a Specialty Pharmaceutical and Medical Device company based in Lake Forest, IL, which was spun out of Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL in 2004 and later acquired by Pfizer in 2015. Prior to its acquisition by Pfizer, Hospira was the world’s largest producer of generic injectable pharmaceuticals. He led the transition of the Hospital Products focused R&D, Medical and Regulatory Affairs organization from Abbott into an independent company and oversaw the initiation of several key programs including biosimilars, generic pharmaceuticals, integrated infusion therapy products and medication management systems. He retired from Hospira in 2007. Prior to Hospira, he was Corporate Vice President of R&D, Medical and Regulatory Affairs in the Hospital Products Division of Abbott Laboratories and Divisional Vice President in the Abbott Diagnostics Division. During his 22-year tenure in the diagnostics division he launched several key products including AxSym and Architect, two of the most successful immunoassay analysers in the diagnostics industry. He serves on the board of directors of Luminex, Inc (NASDAQ: LMNX).


Ed received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from Reading University, UK and his Doctorate in Biochemistry from London University, UK.