Founder, CEO & President

“Unhealthy children stunt the growth of national and international economies”

As a ‘big pharma veteran’ Ed Maliski knows the ins and outs of the pharmaceutical industry. Ed’s heart breaks when he sees statistics on worldwide childhood deaths, and he wants to change that. Ed is an accomplished research scientist with 30 years of experience in the development of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products at companies such as Sterling Winthrop Research Institute, Glaxo Research Institute, Merck & Co., and Amgen Inc. maliski@oaktherapeutics.com

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Senior Scientist

Zachary Nicolay is a pharmaceutical chemist with work experience in analysis via HPLC, Cell Culturing, In Vitro/Vivo Drug assays, Drug Delivery Formulation and Drug Encapsulation. He has received a BS in Nursing from Mid America Nazarene University, BA in Chemistry from University of Kansas, and active Pharmacy Technician license with 3 years of experience. nicolay@oaktherapeutics.com


Corporate Development


Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

“Companies can do well while doing good”

Having lived and worked in multiple countries, Gerhard is our global strategic thinker and the big picture mind of Oak Therapeutics. He has worked as a diplomat in Singapore and the United States, and as an educator and entrepreneur in United States and Austria. He is a co-founder of AT Consult, CURE Pharmaceutical, and Start-Up Kids, and he mentors a number of other start up companies. apfelthaler@oaktherapeutics.com

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Business Development

Kassra has  broad and international experience in Sales, Strategy & Business Development, Operations, Talent Management. With over 25 years of experience in the USA, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, he has developed  deep industry expertise in chemicals, distribution, and high-tech industries. Kassra holds a BS in Clinical and Biomedical Scences from San Francisco State University, a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Sciences from Stanford, an he has complete management courses from UC Berkely. kassra@oaktherapeutics.com

Cameron brings over 16 years of proven business and manufacturing experience, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. His diverse business acumen, proven track record of managing complex businesses, and providing high-level advisory to a diverse client list, has been critical in his successful development both professionally and personally. Cameron’s prides himself on his ability to view obstacles as opportunities, to seek solutions and strategically and methodically conquered each challenge. mcfarlane@oaktherapeutics.com