Founder and Executive Chairman of Adeona Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
A leader in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Steve H. Kanzer has founded 23 companies over the course of the last 20 years. In 1981, Steve Kanzer earned a full-tuition scholarship to Baruch College, a senior college at The City University of New York. During his time there, Mr. Kanzer founded and operated his own company, Manhattan Computer Products, which supplied college students with imported personal computers. Ranked first in his accounting class, Mr. Kanzer graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He then passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in a single sitting.
Following the conferral of his degree and the acquisition of his CPA designation, Steve Kanzer enrolled at the New York University School of Law. During his legal studies, Steve H. Kanzer contributed to the New York University Law Review and the New York University Annual Survey of American Law; he received his Juris Doctor in 1988.
After working in mergers and acquisitions law at a New York law firm, Steve H. Kanzer embarked on a series of entrepreneurial endeavors in the biotechnology industry. In 2001, Mr. Kanzer cofounded Adeona Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as the company’s sole investor until 2006 and held a series of executive roles, including President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. He also directed the Ann Arbor-based company’s subsidiaries, including Solovax, Inc.; CD4 Biosciences, Inc., and Putney, Inc. Other companies led or founded by Mr. Kanzer include Developmental Therapeutics Inc., Paramount Capital, and Avigen, Inc.
When he is not managing his venture capital firm or seeking out entrepreneurial opportunities, Steve H. Kanzer enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including surfing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. An avid chess player, Mr. Kanzer is also interested in computer programming and animation.