Board of Directors
Robert Buchalter, a director since 2018, is co-founder and managing principal of Capital Growth Properties and its affiliates. He also served as past chairman of the Alabama Builders Political Action Committee and was on the Stillman College President’s Advisory Committee. Giving back is a top priority for Robert, and he is currently involved in numerous civic activities. He previously served as the president for
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Birmingham, where he served as
a board member. He was also a board member of the Tuscaloosa chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He served as a member of Executive Leadership Committee for the March of Dimes annual March for Babies, and previously served as a fundraising director for Boy Scouts of West Alabama. He is very involved in Habitat for Humanity. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Robert received his bachelor’s degree in business administration/corporate finance and marketing from the University of Houston.
David Keefer, a director since 2018, is currently leading a technology company focused on enhancing health education and enablement. Mr. Keefer is a 30-year industry veteran with broad-based experience in leading commercial operations. In addition, he is engaged in the nutraceutical area with a healthy energy supplements and drinks company. Mr. Keefer has been a visionary leader in the healthcare industry with a proven track record of success. He is a seven-time winner of Pharma Voice’s top 100 leaders in healthcare. Mr. Keefer has held executive roles at Biovail, Pharmacia, Pfizer, Wyeth and Publicis Health. Roles include CEO, Chief Global Development Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, and other commercial focused roles in marketing and communications. Most recently, Mr. Keefer had overall responsibility for Global Business Development for Publics Health, the world’s largest global health focused organization offering marketing, communications, and personal message delivery solutions to the life sciences market.
William L. Pridgen, M.D
William L. Pridgen, M.D. is our founder and has been a director since 2018. Dr. Pridgen is a board-certified surgeon practicing with Tuscaloosa Surgical Associates, P.C. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Pridgen obtained his B.S. in Biology from Rhodes College, attending the medical school and completing his surgical residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Pridgen is certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pridgen has spent nearly 20 years searching for effective treatments in IBS, FM, and MECFS, and served as a physician and surgeon in the United States Navy for five years.
Robert Young, a director since 2018, is currently an owner of Owen Meredith & Sons, a fee-based property management company located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mr. Young is a 1971 graduate of Virginia Tech where he majored in business and accounting. His career has spanned more than 25 years in advertising and 25 years in real estate. He was an equity partner in the multi-state advertising company, Creative Displays, and founder of the Tuscaloosa/Atlanta-based Outdoor Today.
Greg Duncan is the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Virios Therapeutics. Previously, Mr. Duncan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Celtaxsys, Inc., a privately held biotech company focused on developing anti-inflammatory medicines for rare diseases where he scaled the required capital to build out the organizational capability to advance both pre- clinical and clinical development candidates. Prior to Celtaxsys, he served as an Executive Committee member at Belgium-based UCB, a specialty pharma entity developing and commercializing medicines for immunologic and central nervous system disorders. Before joining UCB, Mr. Duncan, while at Pfizer, held several executive U.S. and international appointments, including President of Pfizer’s $2B Latin America Operations and SVP of Marketing. His operational teams had accountability for the launches of many pharmaceutical brands including Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra, Celebrex, Aricept, Lyrica, Cimzia, Zithromax (ZPack), Diflucan, Sutent, Rebif and Vimpat. Mr. Duncan has served as director for Biotie Therapeutics, the American Psychiatric Foundation, Bio International Organization (BIO), Southeast BIO (SEBIO), and the Georgia Bio industry association groups. Greg holds a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York in Albany, NY.