William E. Rhodes, III

Mr. William E. Rhodes, III, served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Curetis N.V. since the IPO in 2015. Curetis merged with OpGen Inc (NASDAQ:OPGN) in 2020, and Mr. Rhodes now serves as Chairman of the Board of OpGen. He is also currently the Interim Chairman of the Board of Omega Diagnostics Group plc (LON:ODX). Mr. Rhodes is a healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During his 14-year career at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD, 1998-2012), Mr. Rhodes held several senior leadership positions, including roles as Worldwide President of BD Biosciences (2009-2011), a greater than US$1 billion revenue segment of BD. Mr. Rhodes was also an Executive Officer of BD, and was responsible for corporate strategy and merger and acquisition functions for all of BD’s businesses. Furthermore, he founded BD Ventures, the venture capital arm of Becton, Dickinson and Co. Prior to Becton Dickinson, he served in senior business development positions at Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc. Mr. Rhodes also served as President at The William-James Co. and has a track record of over 20 successful acquisitions and divestitures. He was director of Andor Technologies plc (2013-2014), and has served on the boards of Novocell Inc., Conticare Medical, Vitagen Inc., Cellector Inc. and the California Healthcare Institute, BIO, the San Jose State University Research Foundation and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He currently serves as Director of Third Day Advisors LLC (since 2013), as Director of Omega Group plc (since 2013), Paramit Corporation LLC (since 2014) and as a member of the Advisory Board of Cayuga Venture Fund (since 2013). Mr. Rhodes has a number of advisory roles with Cornell University, including serving on the Advisory Councils of the McGovern Family Center for Life Sciences (since 2013) and Entrepreneurship at Cornell (since 2015). He also was appointed to the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Council (2016) and served as a venture consultant for Cornell’s Blackstone Launchpad (2016). Moreover, he is on the Editorial Board of the journal Clinical and Translational Medicine. Mr. Rhodes holds a Master’s degree in International Business from Seton Hall University and a BSc degree from Cornell University. He originated eleven U.S. patents for novel topical drugs and has been a lecturer on entrepreneurship in life sciences at Cornell University, and served as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in innovation technology and M&A at Seton Hall University and San Jose State University.

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