Carmen I. Bigles
President and CEO
Carmen I. Bigles is President and CEO of Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals, Corp. (Coquí Pharma), a company founded in 2009 with the goal of establishing a medical radioisotope production facility in the United States.
Prior to founding Coquí Pharma, Bigles co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer of Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center in Puerto Rico. The center is one of the region’s premier medical facilities for advanced oncological radiation technology. Bigles oversaw the $12 million construction of the center’s first facility in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and ensured the clinic was opened one year ahead of schedule.
It was during her time at Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center that Bigles noticed several patients coming to the clinic not properly diagnosed. She learned that this was the result of the global shortage of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Recognizing that patients’ treatments could be compromised as a result of the shortage, Bigles sought to learn more about the Mo-99 industry and ultimately decided to establish a domestic source of Mo-99, thus founding Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals.
Bigles was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received her education in Florida and Puerto Rico. In 1997, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Interamerican University in San Juan and subsequently master’s degrees in architecture and suburban and town planning from the University of Miami in 2000.
Bigles lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with her husband, Dr. Pedro A. Serrano-Ojeda, and their two daughters, Carmen Irene Serrano-Bigles and Caterina Isabel Serrano-Bigles.
General Counsel and Vice President for Corporate Affairs
Alejandro Valderrábano-Wagner serves as General Counsel and Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals, Corp. He is also a partner at the law firm Casillas, Santiago & Torres, LLC, where he serves as a corporate and tax attorney. Valderrábano-Wagner graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) in the field of Federal Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.
He has advised clients in corporate matters, regulatory compliance, and tax compliance. As a corporate attorney, he has handled corporate compliance, governance and has been custodian of the corporate books of multinational companies. As a tax attorney, he has provided transactional services involving multimillion dollar settlements for clients. He has also been called upon to analyze internal operations and policies for businesses to then provide them with a regulatory roadmap for local and federal compliance on corporate and taxation issues.
Comptroller and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Julio Diez is a certified public accountant with over 30 years of experience in public accounting and management. After completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the Inter American University, he held several accounting and management positions in local and multinational companies based in Puerto Rico.
From 1990 to 2008, Diez founded and managed his own public accounting firm, providing auditing, tax, and business consulting services to a large portfolio of corporate and individual clients. Since January 2008, Diez has occupied the comptroller position at the Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center, and has served as lead analyst for assisting in the preparation of financial projections and for filing Coquí Radiopharmaceuticals, Corp.’s tax returns.
Larry Goldman, CPA
Larry Goldman is a certified public accountant with over 30 years of combined CFO, audit, consulting, and technical U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance experience.
Goldman worked from 2004 to 2007 as interim Chief Financial Officer for Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR), a nuclear fuel technology company and nuclear services consulting company, and presently works as an accounting consultant to the Company. He worked closely with the Company’s investment bankers William Blair and the Company’s management to raise approximately $18 million in capital over the past two years from various funds. Goldman has been chairman of several Audit Committees for NASDAQ listed companies and has experience serving micro-cap companies in the U.S. and China marketplace for over 15 years.
Goldman was a partner at Livingston Wachtell & Co., LLP, a New York City-based Certified Public Accountant (CPA) audit firm (now part of Weiser LLP), and had been with that firm for 19 years. He audited and worked with a wide variety of private and public companies at the firm. As audit partner, he was the in-charge audit partner of one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S., with annual consolidated revenue of approximately $1 billion with locations worldwide. The audit procedures included auditing the company’s internal controls over financial reporting and issuing management letters to the company’s management and its board on recommendations to improve the company’s internal controls and financial reporting. Goldman worked closely with the Company’s internal audit department to help them plan their annual internal audit procedures of the Company’s internal controls each year, in order to facilitate the audit firm’s audit testing of internal controls at year end.
For the past 10 years, he has also worked as a consultant assisting private and public companies in raising capital, streamlining their operations, implementing proper accounting systems and internal controls, and increasing their profitability.
Goldman obtained a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1980 and his master’s degree from Pace University in New York in 1988. He obtained his CPA designation from the State of New York in May 1982. Goldman keeps up to date by attending continuing professional education (CPE) classes annually on SEC Rules and Regulations and U.S. GAAP rule changes from the SEC Institute and other CPE providers.
Our Support Team
INVAP is an Argentinian nuclear engineering firm that has contracted with Coquí to be the designer and general contractor for construction of the Medical Isotope Production Facility (MIPF). INVAP has been involved in nuclear development for over 30 years, during which it has worked on more than 15 nuclear reactors and related facilities across the world, including several reactors used to produce medical isotopes—namely the OPAL reactor in Australia, the ETRR-2 reactor in Egypt, and the NUR reactor in Algeria. The MIPF will use an open pool reactor technology similar to that employed in the INVAP-designed OPAL facility in Australia.
Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Hogan Lovells is an international law firm with experienced nuclear regulatory and environmental attorneys who will assist Coquí with facility licensing and environmental review. Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities with their critical business and legal issues. The firm has more than 2,500 lawyers in more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.
Gresham, Smith and Partners
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, GS&P is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary architectural, engineering, and environmental firm with more than 650 employees. GS&P assists private and public sector clients nationally in developing new facilities including design, permitting and environmental reviews. GS&P has contracted with Coquí to assist with site selection, and has primary responsibility for drafting environmental reviews, collecting site data, and preparing the Environmental Report for the Medical Isotope Production Facility applications.
MPR Associates is a leading nuclear engineering firm that employs more than more than 170 engineers and scientists. The Alexandria, Va.-based firm has been at the forefront of advanced/new nuclear plants for over 20 years and is known for solving technical problems with the client’s point of view in mind. MPR Associates has been contracted by Coquí as the owner’s engineer.