Management Team

John Whelan

Acting Chief Executive Officer

John Whelan was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer in April 2018.  He joined Neuraltus in 2014 and has served as its President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, bringing over 25 years of experience to the company. Most recently, Mr. Whelan held the role of President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at A.P. Pharma, a specialty pharmaceuticals company. Prior to his tenure with A.P. Pharma, Mr. Whelan held executive leadership positions with several life science companies, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Raven Biotechnologies, Inc. and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Eos Biotechnology, Inc.  Mr. Whelan also held ascending management positions at Hewlett Packard Company, culminating in his tenure as Director of Corporate Development. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Mike McGrath, M.D., Ph.D.

Acting Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Mike McGrath is the company’s Acting Chief Scientific Officer. He is also a Professor of Laboratory Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. McGrath founded Neuraltus in 2004 based on a broad technology portfolio and intellectual property assembled with the company’s other founding clinical researchers. He has authored over 100 scientific articles with a focus on the role of macrophages in the pathogenesis of chronic neurologic diseases and AIDS. Since joining the staff at UCSF in 1985, Dr. McGrath has held numerous positions including Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Associate Professor of Pathology. Dr. McGrath holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Gil Block, M.D., Ph.D.

Acting Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Gil Block joined Neuraltus in 2009 and serves as the Acting Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Block is also an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine, where he teaches early stage drug development and translational medicine and neuroscience. He is a member of the external review boards for the NIH Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Disease (TRND) and the NIH Bridging Interventional Development Gaps (BRIDGS) groups, and serves as a consultant for the Gladstone Institutes. In addition, he previously served on the T1 Translational Catalyst Advisory Board of University of California. Dr. Block was previously Vice President of Clinical Research, Neuroscience and Clinical Pharmacology for Cephalon. Prior to Cephalon, he was Executive Director, Global Medicine and Science for AstraZeneca and Senior Director and Head of Clinical Neuropharmacology for Merck & Co. Dr. Block holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and Neuroendocrinology from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.