Dennis G. PodlesakChairman of the Board of Directors
Dennis G. Podlesak has served as chairman of our board of directors since December 2008. Since November 2007, Mr. Podlesak has served as a partner at Domain Associates, LLC, a life science-focused venture capital firm. While at Domain, Mr. Podlesak has served as the Chairman of the board of Tobira Therapeutics, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Allergan plc in November 2016. Mr. Podlesak also served on the board of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, through its acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in January 2015 and was on the board of Rightcare Solutions, which was acquired by Cardinal Health’s Naviheath division in December 2015. Mr. Podlesak was also the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Calixa Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, that was acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Mr. Podlesak was the Executive Chairman of Corthera, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Novartis AG. Earlier in his career, Mr. Podlesak served as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cerexa, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest Laboratories, Inc. after being acquired by Forest. Prior to Cerexa, Mr. Podlesak served as the Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company, and led the sale of Peninsula to Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical subsidiary. Prior to joining Peninsula, Mr. Podlesak held various executive management positions at Novartis AG, a publicly traded healthcare company, Allergan, plc, a publicly traded healthcare company and Smith Kline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline plc, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company). Mr. Podlesak is the Chairman of Adynxx and serves on other private company boards. Mr. Podlesak received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and has completed postgraduate studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Briggs W. Morrison, M.D.Chief Executive Officer and Director
Briggs W. Morrison, M.D. has served as our Chief Executive Officer since June 2015 and as a member of our board of directors since July 2015. Dr. Morrison currently serves as a managing director of MPM Capital, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, since June 2015. Prior to joining us, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca plc, a publicly traded company, from January 2012 to June 2015, leading the company’s global, late-stage development organization and serving as a member of the AstraZeneca senior executive team. He previously held a number of positions at Pfizer Inc., a publicly traded company, from 2007 to January 2012 that culminated in his appointment as Head, Medical Affairs, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Pfizer’s human health business, and also served in roles of increasing responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., from 1995 to 2007, ascending to the role of Vice President, Clinical Sciences, Oncology, responsible for clinical development of all novel anti-cancer drugs. Dr. Morrison was chairman of the board of TransCelerate BioPharma Inc., an industry-funded company charged with improving aspects of clinical trials, from 2014 to 2015, a member of the executive committee of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) sponsored by FDA, and is on the board of ACRES (Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety) and Oncorus, Inc. Dr. Morrison received a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut.
Fabrice Egros, Ph.D.Director
Fabrice Egros, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2013. Since October 2015, Dr. Egros has served as President, Asia Pacific and Japan of Lupin Limited, an Indian publicly traded pharmaceutical company. From November 2012 to September 2015, Dr. Egros served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Operating Officer of NovaMedica LLC, a privately held pharmaceutical company, and was its Chief Operating Officer and a member of its board of directors from July 2012 to September 2015. From February 2011 to July 2012, Dr. Egros served as the Chief Operating Officer of Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company. From September 2009 to February 2011, he served as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development and Strategy of UCB, S.A., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. From August 2006 to August 2009, Dr. Egros served as the President of UCB, Inc., a subsidiary of UCB, S.A., and from September 2003 to August 2006, he served as the President of UCB Japan Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of UCB, S.A. Prior to joining UCB, Dr. Egros held various management and executive positions at Parke-Davis, Warner Lambert Company, a privately held pharmaceutical company, and Sanofi, formerly known as Sanofi-Aventis, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Dr. Egros received a B.S. in Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism and a Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Chatenay Malabry University, and has participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He also holds an MBA from Schiller International University.
Jennifer Jarrett has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Since March 2017, Ms. Jarrett has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Arcus Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing next generation cancer immunotherapies. Prior to Arcus, Ms. Jarrett was Chief Financial Officer of Medivation, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2016. Before Medivation, Ms. Jarrett spent 20 years in investment banking, most recently at Citigroup where she ran the firm’s west coast life sciences investment banking practice, and prior to that at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In 2014, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Ms. Jarrett currently serves on the board of directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals and Audentes Therapeutics. Ms. Jarrett received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Dartmouth College and her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Keith A. KatkinDirector
Keith A. Katkin has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2017. Since September 2017, Mr. Katkin has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Urovant Sciences Ltd., a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for urologic conditions. From March 2007 through January 2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, where he led the execution of the company’s sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in 2015. Mr. Katkin joined Avanir in July 2005 as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a member of Avanir’s executive management team. Mr. Katkin was responsible for creating and executing the plan that led to the approval of Nuedexta and the company’s growth to commercial success. Prior to joining Avanir, Mr. Katkin served as the Vice President, Commercial Development for Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, playing a key role in the concurrent initial public offering and ultimate sale of the company to Johnson and Johnson. Additionally, Mr. Katkin’s employment experience includes leadership roles at InterMune, Amgen and Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Katkin also serves on the board of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, MC10, Inc., Otic Pharma Ltd. (Chairman), Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Brain Injury Association of America. Mr. Katkin previously served on the board of CoverMyMeds LLC (acquired by McKesson Corporation) and Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc. (currently known as KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, from December 2014 to November 2016. Mr. Katkin has an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA and earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Indiana University. Mr. Katkin is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Pierre Legault has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Legault also serves on the board of Poxel Pharmaceuticals (Chairman), Iroko Pharmaceuticals and NephroGenex. Previously, he served on the board of Tobira Therapeutics, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Forest Laboratories, Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Eckerd Pharmacy, Regado Biosciences and several others. Mr. Legault served as Chairman of NephroGenex from 2012 through 2013 and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 through 2016, as Chief Executive Officer of Prosidion from 2010 through 2012, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of OSI Pharmaceuticals from 2009 through 2010. His prior senior executive experience also includes serving as President of Eckerd Pharmacy and as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Rite Aid Corporation. He also held several senior positions with Sanofi-Aventis and predecessor companies, including President of Worldwide Dermatology Operations. Mr. Legault studied at McGill University, HEC Montreal and Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA, BAA, CA, CPA and Six Sigma Green Belt diplomas.
William Meury has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Since May 2016, Mr. Meury has served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Allergan, plc. Mr. Meury previously served as President, Branded Pharma from March 2015 to May 2016 and joined Allergan in July 2014 as Executive Vice President, Commercial, North American Brands. He has significant experience in launching and commercializing healthcare products. Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Meury served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Forest Laboratories, Inc. He joined Forest in 1993 and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, New Products, Business Development, and Sales. Before joining Forest, Mr. Meury worked in public accounting for Reznick Fedder & Silverman and in financial reporting for MCI Communications. Mr. Meury is currently on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including The Jed Foundation and the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation. Mr. Meury earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.