Board of Directors

We are a team of seasoned biotechnology professionals with significant experience developing and launching leading pharmaceutical products.

David J. Matlin


Mr. Matlin was the Chief Executive Office of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, a global private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2002. David was a former Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and also a founding partner of Merrion Group, LP. He currently serves on the public boards of MedTech Acquisition Partners (NASDAQ: MTAC) and U.S. Well Service (NASDAQ: USWS), as well as privately held Dermasensor, Inc., Pristine Surgical, LLC, Traffk, LLC, and Empyrean Neuroscience, Inc. David holds a JD from the Law School of the University of California at Los Angeles and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rob Etherington


Mr. Etherington brings nearly 30 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry to Clene. Prior to joining Clene as CEO, Mr. Etherington worked for Actelion Pharmaceuticals, which was the largest biopharmaceutical company based in the EU until Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals acquired the company in 2017. He initially joined Actelion as founding Director of Marketing in 2000, the same year the company went public, and went on to hold various roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Etherington served as the first U.S. commercial employee, leading U.S. commercial operations and serving as Chair of the U.S. Commercial Strategic team where he was responsible for five marketed drugs. Prior to Actelion, Mr. Etherington began his pharmaceutical career with a number of sales and marketing roles at Parke-Davis, a division of Pfizer, culminating in a Team Leader position that oversaw the drug Lipitor. As the founding CEO of Clene, Mr. Etherington has raised more than $150M in equity financings, and has driven Clene’s focus on neurodegenerative diseases.

Arjun (JJ) Desai, MD

Board Member

Arjun (JJ) Desai, MD is the Chief Strategic Innovation Officer of INSIGHTEC, a pioneer and global leader in Focused Ultrasound, with a mission to help transform lives by delivering the therapeutic power of acoustic energy. Dr Desai leads the strategy for future platforms, luminary ecosystem development, clinical and economic data analytics and modeling, and Medical Advisory Board operational support at INSIGHTEC. Dr. Desai was formerly at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, where he held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for delivering on the goals and objectives across the global JLABS organization and the Center for Device Innovation. Dr. Desai completed his advanced medical training at Stanford University where he sits on both clinical and Biodesign faculty. He holds an MD from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a B.S. in Economics from The University of Oklahoma.

Jonathon T. Gay

Board Member

Mr. Gay is a Managing Partner at Kensington-SV Global Innovations LP (KSV), a growth stage investment firm which he co-founded in 2018. Prior to joining KSV, Mr. Gay was Managing Partner and co-led the investment strategy of Kensington Capital Ventures, where he oversaw transaction and execution of deals and monitored portfolio companies. Previous to co-leading KCV, he was a principal at KCH, a single-family office where he focused on PE/VC fund and direct investment strategies. Prior to joining KCH, Mr. Gay worked as a Vice President at HGGC in Palo Alto, California. While at HGGC, Mr. Gay performed functions in all aspects of the firm’s private equity practice including fund raising, investment sourcing, investment analysis and deal execution. Prior to joining HGGC, Mr. Gay served as an Operations Analyst at Sorenson Capital. Mr. Gay received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mr. Gay was selected to serve as a director due to his investment experience in healthcare and biotech industries; expertise in venture, growth equity and late-stage investments; and proven business acumen.

Shal Jacobovitz

Board Member

Shal Jacobovitz is the chief executive officer of CIVI Bio, a privately held biopharmaceutical, and the former CEO of the American College of Cardiology.

In this role at the ACC, Jacobovitz led the ~50,000 member organization in its mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. Prior to joining the ACC, Jacobovitz served as president of Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in orphan cardiopulmonary therapies. He has also held positions at F. Hoffmann La Roche, Abbott Canada, Nordic Labs and Marion Merrill Dow — now known as Sanofi — in Canada. Shal earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Western University in Canada.

Matthew Kiernan AM, Ph.D., DSc

Board Member

Professor Matthew Kiernan is the Bushell Chair of Neurology at the University of Sydney, and the Co-Director of the University’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is Professor of Neurology and Staff Specialist Neurologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and is the incoming Chief Executive Officer at Neuroscience Research Australia. Professor Kiernan leads a research group comprised of a team of clinicians, scientists, biomedical engineers, doctoral and postdoctoral students with a focus on neurological disease. His research team’s focus is clinical neurology, including frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone syndromes such as ALS. Currently his team is investigating the mechanisms and the prevention of neurodegeneration in ALS and frontotemporal dementia; chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity; spinal muscular atrophy and inherited neuropathies. His research has been recognised through a number of awards including the Sheila Essey Award of the American Academy of Neurology in 2022. Professor Kiernan is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (BMJ Publishing Group, United Kingdom), having served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal from 2010-2022. He is past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, Board Member of Motor Neurone Disease Research Australia and President of the Brain Foundation, the largest priming institution for neuroscience in Australia, responsible for distributing funding towards research and medical education for the treatment and prevention of neurological disorders. In 2019 he was elected Chair of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) Research Committee for Neurodegenerative Disease and currently serves as Scientific Chair for the World Congress of Neurology.

Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD

Board Member

Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD, is the Kim A. Eagle MD Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and completed her internal medicine residency at University of Michigan Hospitals and cardiology fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. McLaughlin is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and American Heart Association (AHA). She has been the Principal Investigator of several major clinical trials of drug therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension and has published numerous papers in this field. Dr. McLaughlin is an editorial board member of Chest, a Guest Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and past Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. She is a past Chair of the Scientific Leadership Committee and immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, has chaired the American College of Cardiology Foundation/AHA Clinical Expert Consensus Document Committee for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and is Chair of the Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund Steering Committee.

Alison H. Mosca

Board Member

Alison Mosca is a Managing Director & CEO of Kensington Capital Holdings. Prior to founding Kensington Capital Holdings, Alison built a multi-family office within Audax Group, a leading middle market private equity firm. Previously, Alison spent several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in its Private Client Group & Audit Assurance. Alison is a Certified Public Accountant, she received her MS with distinction in Personal Financial Planning from Bentley University and her BS, cum laude with university honors program distinction, in Accounting from Northeastern University.

Reed N. Wilcox

Board Member

Reed Wilcox is the President of Southern Virginia University. Reed co-founded Clene Nanomedicine. Prior to Clene Nanomedicine, President Wilcox was co-founder and senior managing director of General Resonance. Earlier, Reed co-founded The Flagship Group, worked as CEO of The Lifelike Company, served a three-year mission as president of the France Marseille/Toulouse Missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a worldwide partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Reed earned his bachelor degree in economics at Brigham Young University and his JD/MBA from Harvard University.