Scientific Advisory Board

Caroline Baird

Caroline Baird, with more than 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, is the former Vice President of European Research and Development for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare where she was responsible for medical, regulatory and product development activities. With extensive experience in prescription, OTC and generic products and devices, Ms. Baird is a leading European Regulatory Affairs expert, having directed Glaxo’s International Regulatory Affairs Department, GlaxoWellcome’s Regulatory Compliance Group and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare’s European Regulatory Affairs function. In addition to the above, she has global marketing experience having been jointly responsible for launching a novel antibiotic at GlaxoWellcome. Mrs. Baird founded FarmaSOL, a management consulting firm in 1998 and is its CEO. She is currently working for Archimedes Pharma, a start-up pharmaceutical company, Boots LLC as well as other consultancy assignments.  Mrs. Baird has a BSc (Honours) in Zoology from Southampton University.


Jim Ballard PhD

Dr. Jim Ballard is the owner of Ballard Pest Management Consulting, LLC which was organized in 2008 to provide product development support to the professional pest management industry.  For the past 25 years, Dr. Ballard had provided technical service and product development support to FMC Corporation and Dow Chemical Company.  As a nationally known urban entomologist, Dr. Ballard has been involved with technology used to manage general household pests, termites, and turf insect pests.  He is named on 14 patents and more than 100 publications and professional presentations.

Dr. Tyra Bryant Stephens

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens is a board-certified pediatrician, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as Attending Preceptor in Primary Care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Stephens is the founder and medical director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CAPP was founded in 1997 and began its first project funded by the U.S. Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health. CAPP aimed to improve the health and well-being of asthmatics by providing free asthma classes in the community for parents and their children with asthma.


Dr. Peter Copeman

Dr. Peter Copeman is a leading internationally-acclaimed dermatologist who has written over a hundred peer-reviewed articles reporting original research from his own laboratory work and that of clinical teams he has managed.  These include general medical as well as dermatological subjects.  Dr. Copeman has pioneered research on allergic vasculitis which completely revised the thinking at the time and which is now considered common medical knowledge.  In addition to being a leader in the introduction of immuno-flourescence and electromicroscopy for dermatological research, Dr. Copeman has spent considerable time researching pathogenesis of another important disease, malignant melanoma.  Dr. Copeman, now retired, was a Consulting Dermatologist at Westminster & Chelsea Hospital in London.

Dr. Marla Gold

Dr. Marla Gold is the Dean of Drexel University’s School of Public Health and a Professor of Health Management and Policy.  She completed an internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She previously served as Philadelphia’s Assistant Health Commissioner for Infectious Disease Control in the Public Health Department, where she was responsible for all reportable and communicable diseases and conditions.  Among her responsibilities, Dr. Gold represented the City of Philadelphia as the grantee for Ryan White CARE Act awards, CDC Cooperative Agreements for HIV, TB, and STD, and directed the design of a delivery system of HIV care among Philadelphia’s eight public health centers.  She directed the immunization program for the City.  She also designed and established the largest comprehensive HIV/AIDS care program in the Greater Philadelphia Region known as The Partnership.  Dr. Gold has extensive national experience working with community-based organizations, community leaders and coalitions on a wide range of public health issues.  Prior to joining the Drexel School of Public Health in 2002, Dr. Gold served as Chief of the Division of HIV/AIDS Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Gold is interested in the relationship between public health and human rights and committed to addressing this critical area throughout the education, public health practice and research arms at the School.  Her own research has focused on HIV service delivery and prevention programs for women with HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Gold is a member of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan Advisory Board as well as a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health.  Among her honors are the U.S. Public Service Assistant Secretary of Health Award for outstanding service to persons with HIV/AIDS, the Sisterhood Award from the National Commission of Christians and Jews and Health Care Provider of the Year in Pennsylvania from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  She has been listed as a “top doctor” for women with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia Magazine and honored by the Mazzoni Center for her work with people with HIV/AIDS.  IN November 2007, she was among the recipients of the “Women of Distinction” awards from the Philadelphia Business Journal for her life work in medicine and public health.