Mr. Trost is a highly experienced Chief Financial Officer having held the role with his four most recent emerging companies (public and VC-backed) in the life sciences space over the past twenty years. He has raised over $900 million in capital, comprised of approximately $700 million of venture capital and public company offering proceeds, and over $200 million of non-dilutive government funding, pharma sublicensing and collaboration proceeds, and other nontraditional financings. In addition to fundraising experience, he has sourced, built and managed financial and accounting infrastructure ranging from small finance teams, to leading a forty- employee corporate finance group. He has similarly built high performance teams in related corporate functions including HR, IT and IR.
He most recently served as CFO of Chimerix (NASDAQ: CMRX), where he took the company through its IPO and four follow-on financings. Prior to CMRX, he was CFO of Argos Therapeutics, a VC-backed company where he was instrumental in venture financing, collaboration with a Japanese pharma, and sourcing capital via disposition of stock received in sublicensing transaction. Previous to Argos, he served as CFO of InteCardia, a VC-backed entity where he coordinated four rounds of venture capital, consummation of two acquisitions, and the successful sale of the company to a NASDAQ-listed entity. Prior to InteCardia, he was CFO of Coastal Physician Group (NYSE: DR), after having joined as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, where he was one of a three-person leadership team over a thirteen-person M&A department.
Early career experience includes VP Finance of Morganite North America, the US holding company for Morgan Advanced Materials (LON: MGAM). He began his professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, assigned to four office locations (including an international assignment), last serving as a Senior Manager in the Research Triangle practice. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a CPA.