Healthcare >> CEO Interviews >> January 10, 2001

Alan Kessman – Vion Pharmaceuticals Inc (vion)

ALAN KESSMAN is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Kessman was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 12, 1999. His prior management experience has been primarily in telecommunications and healthcare communications. Mr. Kessman was named one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1987 by Venture magazine. Mr. Kessman's experience includes various leadership and Board positions with some of the leading telecommunications companies, including Rolm Corp., Octel Communications Corp. and Executone Information Systems, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Kessman has successfully established and led two startups and two turnaround situations. Mr. Kessman currently serves on the Boards of Paragon Networks, International (wireless backbone infrastructure) and Fastnet Corp. (business Internet services, web hosting and colocation provider). Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a quick history and an overview of Vion?

Mr. Kessman: The company was formed in 1994, borne out of two merged

entities, OncoRx and MelaRx, both companies having