Board of Directors

William Oldaker


Mr. William Oldaker has served on Neuralstem’s board of directors since April 2007. Mr. Oldaker is a founder and partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Oldaker Group LLC. Prior to founding the firm in 1993, Mr. Oldaker was a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips from 1987 to 1993. In 2004, Mr. Oldaker was a founder of Washington First Bank in Washington, D.C. and serves as a member of the board of directors. He previously served as a director of Century National Bank, from 1982 until its acquisition in 2001. Mr. Oldaker was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a commissioner on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, a post he held until 2001. He is a member of the Colorado, D.C. and Iowa Bar Associations, the Bar Association for the Court of Appeals, D.C., and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is also a partner in The National Group, a consulting firm. Mr. Oldaker has extensive experience with managing and developing federal government regulations and expertise in the legislative process. He also was a founding member, and has served on the board of directors of a bank for almost thirty years.

Cristina Csimma, Pharm.D, MHP


Cristina Csimma is the Executive Chair, Board of Directors for Exonics Therapeutics and is also a Board Member and Member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of Juniper Pharmaceuticals.  She also serves on advisory boards including Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Venture Philanthropy Scientific Advisory Committee; the Executive Oversight Board to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) NeuroNext Network; the External Oversight Committee of NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network, the Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital MRCT Center External Advisory Board, the Rockefeller University Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund Review Committee and the TREAT-NMD Advisory Committee for Therapeutics (TACT). She was previously a Board Director of Vtesse (acquired in March 2017 by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals) and Cydan, where she was also President and founding CEO, the Vice President of Drug Development at Virdante Pharmaceuticals Inc (acquired by Moderna), Principal at Clarus Ventures LLC, and held roles in Clinical Development and Translational Research at Wyeth (now Pfizer), Genetics Institute and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Csimma holds both a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, as well as a Master of Health Professions from Northeastern University.

Xi Chen, Ph.D.


Dr. Chen has served as the Assistant General Manager of Manufacture, Equipment, and Administration at Tianjin Kinnovata Pharmaceutical since 2014. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Marketing Department at Tianjin Pharmaceutical Holdings since 2012. Previously, Dr. Chen was the Executive Vice General Manager of Tianjin Lights Medical Device Co., and a Research Associate, Lab Manager at the University of Ottawa, and Anesthesiologist at Tianjin Union Hospital.   

Dr. Chen. holds a PhD in Enterprises Management, a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Bachelor’s Degree from Tianjin Medical University.

Scott Ogilvie


Mr. Scott V. Ogilvie has served as a director on Neuralstem’s board since February 2008. Mr. Ogilvie is currently the President of AFIN International, Inc., an international private equity and strategic advisory firm, which he founded in 2006. Prior to December 31, 2009, he was CEO of Gulf Enterprises International, Ltd, an investment and strategic advisory company with primary activities in the Middle East and North Africa. He held this position since August 2006. Mr. Ogilvie previously served as Chief Operating Officer of CIC Group, Inc., an investment manager, a position he held from 2001 to 2007. He began his career as a corporate and securities lawyer with Hill, Farrer & Burrill, and has extensive public and private corporate management and board experience in finance, real estate, and life science and technology companies. During the past five years, Mr. Ogilvie has served on the board of directors of Innovative Card Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:INVC), Preferred Voice, Inc., (OTCBB:PRFV), GenSpera, Inc. (OTCQB: GNSZ) and Research Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB:RSSS). His expertise is in both public and private organizations regarding corporate finance, securities and compliance and international business development.

Sandford Smith


Mr. Sandford D. Smith has served on Neuralstem’s board of directors since March 2014. Since December 2011, Mr. Smith has served as Founder and Chairman of Global Biolink Partners. From 1996 until 2011, Mr. Smith served in various senior and executive management positions at Genzyme Corporation (Formerly NASDAQ:GENZ), including Executive Vice President and President, International Group with responsibility for the commercial activities for Genzyme’s products outside of the U.S. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Smith served from 1986 to 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Repligen Corporation, a formerly publicly traded biotechnology company. Mr. Smith previously held a number of positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) from 1977 to 1986, including Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the Pharmaceutical Group. Mr. Smith currently serves as a director of Cytokynetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) and Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APRI). Mr. Smith serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, member of the Advisory Board of Tullis Health Investors in Greenwich, Connecticut and an advisor to BioNEST Partners in New York and Paris. Mr. Smith also is the founder of Smith Scholars, a medical residency program for physicians from resource-poor nations. Mr. Smith has a history of marketing and developing of therapies targeted at rare disease or those with orphan designations as well as his general experience in the biotech industry.

Stanley Westreich

Lead Director

Mr. Stanley Westreich has served on Neuralstem’s board of directors since February 2011. Mr. Westreich is the manager of Westreich Services, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm which he founded in 2005. Prior to founding Westreich Services, LLC, Mr. Westreich was President of Westfield Realty, Inc., a real estate development and construction company, from 1965 to 2005. From July 1994 to May 2010 he served as a director of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) and also served as a director of Capital One Bank (USA), National Association. He served as a member of the Capital One Financial Corporation Compensation Committee from March 1995 through February 2010 and was its Chairman from March 1995 through April 2005. He has also served on the Capital One Financial Corporation Finance and Trust Oversight Committee from April 2004 to May of 2010.