Leadership Team

H. Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D. photo
H. Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D.
President and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Snodgrass co-founded VistaGen with Dr. Gordon Keller in 1998 and served as our Chief Executive Officer until August 2009. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior biotechnology management and is recognized as an expert in stem cell biology with more than 28 years' experience in the uses of stem cells as biological tools for research, drug discovery and development. Prior to founding VistaGen, Dr. Snodgrass served as a key member of the executive management team that led Progenitor, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developmental biology, through its initial public offering, and was its Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director. Dr. Snodgrass also has over 10 years of research experience as a professor at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and served as a member of the Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland. He is a former Board Member of the Emerging Company Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and a former member of the International Society Stem Cell Research Industry Committee. Dr. Snodgrass has published more than 50 scientific papers, is the inventor of more than 17 patents and a number of patent applications, and is or has been, the Principal Investigator on U.S. federal and private foundation sponsored research grants with budgets totaling more than $14.5 million. He received his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania.