Applied DNA Sciences Management Team
James A. Hayward, Ph.D., Sc.D. Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. James A. Hayward is Chairman, President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life science and consumer product industries, Dr. Hayward is actively involved in the global effort to ensure the authenticity of products and the protection of global supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion. Patented and applied in over a billion products throughout the world, the Company’s SigNature® DNA markers are unique, botanical, “green” DNA sequences that can help preserve the quality and integrity of products from pharmaceutics to cosmetics.
Dr. Hayward received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1976, his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983, and an honorary Doctor of Science from the same institution in 2000. He was one of the founding principals and research director of Europe's first liposome company, Biocompatibles Ltd. From 1984 to 1989, he was responsible for product development at Esteé Lauder Companies.
In 1990, Dr. Hayward founded The Collaborative Group, a provider of products and services to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and consumer-product industries based in Stony Brook. For 14 years, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Collaborative, spawning multiple businesses including The Collaborative BioAlliance, a contract developer and manufacturer of human gene products, that was sold to Dow Chemical in 2002, and Collaborative Labs, a service provider and manufacturer of ingredients for skincare and dermatology was sold to Engelhard (now BASF) in 2004.
Dr. Hayward has been twice named “Entrepreneur of the Year;” in 2002 by Inc. Magazine and in 2009 by the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame. In January 2014, Dr. Hayward was given the David Award by Networking Magazine as one of eight of Long Island’s most accomplished individuals.
Dr. Hayward has been a General Partner of Double D Venture Fund, a venture capital firm based in New York, New York. Dr. Hayward has served on the boards of many companies, the Stony Brook Foundation, the Research Foundation of the State of New York, the Long Island Association, the New York Biotechnology Association, the Long Island Life Sciences Initiative and the Ward Melville Heritage Foundation.
Karol Kain Gray, Chief Financial Officer
Karol Kain Gray is Chief Financial Officer, responsible for strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, forecasting needs, and establishing and maintaining contacts with stockholders, financial institutions, Wall Street and the investor community.
Ms. Gray comes to the company from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration overseeing financial planning and budgeting; treasury and risk management; facilities planning, construction and operations; purchases and stores; public safety, environmental health and safety; and auxiliary enterprises. The University’s financial budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $3.4 billion.
Ms. Gray served as the Executive Vice President/Treasurer of the Chapel Hill Foundation Real Estate Holdings, Inc., Treasurer of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Investment Fund, Inc. (CHIF), Treasurer of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation, Inc., and Secretary/Treasurer of UNC Management Company. Ms. Gray also sits on the Board of Directors of Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, MBA @UBC LLC, UNC Press Board of Governors, and UNC Health Care System.
Ms. Gray has 35 years of financial, organizational and management experience. Her previous position was at the University at Stony Brook, where she worked her way up steadily as a financial analyst, chief accountant, controller, Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer for the Stony Brook Foundation, she provided financial direction and support for the budget, investment and realty committees and was responsible for the management of an endowment of approximately $120 million with net assets of $200 million.
Ms. Gray is a graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
In 2011 Ms. Gray was named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business.
Since August 2011, Ms. Gray has been a Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Compensation Committee, for APDN.
Judy Murrah, Chief Information Officer
Judy Murrah is Chief Information Officer, responsible for information technology strategy and implementation, including operations support, customer-facing applications and development of the company's underlying technology infrastructure.
Murrah comes to APDN from Motorola Solutions, which had acquired her former firm, Symbol Technologies. At Motorola, Murrah was Senior Director of Information Technology, overseeing financial operations, quality assurance, and IT governance of thousands of resources globally. At the data capture and wireless mobility pioneer, Symbol, Murrah established and led the IT Portfolio and Project Management Office and the company’s first cross-functional business Portfolio Review Board for governing investment spend and programs.
Ms. Murrah holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of eleven U.S. patents.
In addition to the business world, Ms. Murrah has taken her expertise to the non-profit sector. She is co-founder and President of ConnectToTech, a recognized leader in programs to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM disciplines. Recently, ConnectToTech was named a recipient in Computerworld's 2013 Laureate Honors Program. Laureates were recognized at an awards gala in Washington, D.C. Ms. Murrah and her organization were presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission: “A Search for New Heroes.”
Murrah was named to the 2005 and 2006 Top 50 Women of Long Island and received the inaugural 2001 Diamond Award for Women Leaders in Technology.
Ming-Hwa Benjamin Liang, Ph.D., Secretary and Strategic Technology Development Officer
Ming-Hwa Benjamin Liang is Corporate Secretary and Strategic Technology Development Officer. Between May 1999 and September 2005, Dr. Liang was the director of research and development at Biowell Technology Inc. Dr. Liang received a B.S. in Bio-Agriculture from Colorado State University in 1989, a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1991, his Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1997 and his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Shih Hsin University, Taiwan in 2004.
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