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About Us

Board of Directors

Jean-Jacques Bienaimé Chief Executive Officer
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Mr. Bienaimé joined BioMarin in May 2005 as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Under Mr. Bienaimé's leadership, the market capitalization of BioMarin went from around $450 million in May 2005 to approximately $9 billion in April 2014. BioMarin's 2013 revenues were approximately $550 million. BioMarin is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with over 1300 employees. From November 2002 to April 2005, Mr. Bienaimé served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Genencor, a biotechnology company focused on industrial bioproducts and targeted cancer biotherapeutics. Under his leadership, Genencor's revenues increased substantially to over $400 million and shareholder value increased dramatically, culminating in the sale of the company to Danisco in the spring of 2005 for an enterprise value of over $1.2 billion. From 1998 to late 2002, Mr. Bienaimé served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sangstat Medical Corporation, an immunology-focused biotechnology company that he guided to profitability prior to its acquisition by Genzyme Corporation. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Bienaimé held several senior management positions at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals (now Sanofi-Aventis), culminating in the position of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development responsible for, among other things, the launch of Lovenox® (for the prevention of pulmonary embolism and treatment of unstable angina) in the United States and Taxotere® (for breast and lung cancer) worldwide. Earlier in his career, he worked at Genentech, Inc. where he was involved in the launch of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) for the treatment of heart attacks.

Mr. Bienaimé currently serves on the boards of Intermune, Inc., a biotechnology company, Vital Therapies, Inc., a biotechnology company, Portola Pharmaceuticals and The Biotech Industry Organization. He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in economics from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

Kenneth M. Bate Independent Consultant

Kenneth M. Bate joined the Board in September 2010. Mr. Bate is currently an independent consultant. From May 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Bate served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Archemix, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company engaged in discovering and developing aptamer therapeutics to treat chronic and acute diseases. In March 2011, he was elected Non-Executive Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 2006 to April 2009, Mr. Bate served in various positions at NitroMed, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Bate served as Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals where he headed the commercial organization. Prior to joining Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bate co-founded JSB Partners, LLC, a banking and advisory services firm for biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. From 1990 to 1996, he was with Biogen (now Biogen Idec), a biotechnology company, first as their Chief Financial Officer and then as head of the commercial organization responsible for launching its multiple sclerosis business. Mr. Bate received his B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving on the boards of two public companies, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and two private companies, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, and TransMedics, Inc., a medical device company.

Michael Grey Venture Partner, Pappas Ventures;
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Lumena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Michael Grey joined the Board in December 2005. He has been serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company, since February 2011 and as Venture Partner with Pappas Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm, since January 2010. Between January and September 2009, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private biotechnology company. From January 2005 until its acquisition in August 2008, Mr. Grey was President and Chief Executive Officer of SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biotechnology company, where he previously served as President from June 2003 to January 2005 and as Chief Business Officer from April 2001 until June 2003. Prior to joining SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Grey acted as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Trega Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company. From November 1994 to August 1998, Mr. Grey was the President of BioChem Therapeutic, Inc., the pharmaceutical operating division of BioChem Pharma, Inc. During 1994, Mr. Grey served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Ansan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. From 1974 to 1993, he served in various roles with Glaxo, Inc. and Glaxo Holdings, plc, culminating in the position of Vice President, Corporate Development. Mr. Grey is currently a director of Horizon Pharma, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, and Selventa, Inc., a healthcare company. Mr. Grey previously served on the board of directors of two public companies during the past five years: IDM Pharma, Inc. (from 1999 to 2009) and Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (from 2001 to 2010). He received a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Elaine J. Heron, Ph.D. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Elaine J. Heron, Ph.D., joined the Board in July 2002. Dr. Heron served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private early stage drug development company, from February 2009 to July 2012 and continues to serve as Chair of that company. From July 2001 to October 2008, Dr. Heron was Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Labcyte Inc., a private biotechnology company. Before joining Labcyte Inc., she spent six years in increasingly responsible positions at the Applied Biosystems Group of Applera Corporation, a biotechnology company, including the position of General Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Dr. Heron earned a B.S. in chemistry with highest distinction and a Ph.D. in analytical biochemistry from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Pierre Lapalme Former President and Chief Executive Officer,
Ethypharm, Inc., North America

Pierre Lapalme joined the Board in January 2004 and was named as Chairman of the Board in August 2004. From 1995 until his retirement in 2003, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of North America Ethypharm, Inc., a drug delivery company. Throughout his career, Mr. Lapalme held numerous senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Rhône-Poulenc Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Canada, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America Ethicals, a division of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Inc. (now known as Sanofi-Aventis), where he oversaw the development of the ethical pharmaceutical business in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Mr. Lapalme served on the board of the National Pharmaceutical Council and was a board member of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada, where he played a leading role in reinstituting patent protection for pharmaceuticals. Mr. Lapalme previously served on the board of directors of one public company during the past five years, Bioxel Pharma (from 2004 to 2009). He also serves on the board of two private biotech companies. Mr. Lapalme was appointed to the board of Aeterna Zentaris, a biopharmaceutical company, in December 2009, was appointed to the board of Insys Therapeutics, Inc., in May 2013 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Pediapharm Inc. in January 2014. Mr. Lapalme studied at the University of Western Ontario and INSEAD France.

V. Bryan Lawlis, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer,
Itero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

V. Bryan Lawlis, Ph.D., joined the Board in June 2007. Since August 2011 he has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Itero Biopharmaceuticals, LLC, a privately held limited liability holding company which has held the assets of Itero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. since August 2011. Dr. Lawlis co-founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Itero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2006 until it discontinued operations in August 2011. Dr. Lawlis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aradigm Corporation, a pharmaceutical company from August 2004, and served on its board of directors from February 2005, continuing in both capacities until August 2006. Dr. Lawlis served as Aradigm Corporation's President and Chief Operating Officer from June 2003 to August 2004 and its Chief Operating Officer from November 2001 to June 2003. Previously, Dr. Lawlis co-founded Covance Biotechnology Services, a contract biopharmaceutical manufacturing operation, served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 1999, and served as Chairman from 1999 to 2001, when it was sold to Diosynth RTP, Inc., a division of Akzo Nobel, NV. From 1981 to 1996, Dr. Lawlis was employed at Genencor, Inc., a biotechnology company, and Genentech, Inc. His last position at Genentech, Inc. was Vice President of Process Sciences. Dr. Lawlis holds a B.A. in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington State University. In addition to BioMarin, Dr. Lawlis holds board positions on two privately held companies, Itero Biopharmaceuticals, LLC, and Sutro Biopharma, Inc. Dr. Lawlis was appointed to the board of Geron Corporation, a public biopharmaceutical company, in March 2012, and was appointed to the board of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, in August 2013. Dr. Lawlis has acted as the chairman of the scientific advisory board for Coherus Biosciences, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company since November 2012.

Alan J. Lewis, Ph.D. Chairman
Cellastra Inc.

Alan J. Lewis, Ph.D., joined the Board in June 2005. Dr. Lewis currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Cellastra Inc., a private biotechnology company, and director of two other private biotechnology companies, DiaVacs, Inc., and Targazyme, Inc. Dr. Lewis served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Medistem, Inc., a public biotechnology company, from October 2012 to March 2014. From July 2010 to November 2011, Dr. Lewis served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ambit Biosciences, a private biotechnology company. From January 2009 to June 2010, Dr. Lewis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. From February 2006 until December 2008, Dr. Lewis was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Novocell, Inc., a privately held regenerative disease biotechnology company. Prior to joining Novocell Inc., a company focused on stem cell therapy, starting in 2000, he was President of Celgene Signal Research, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Celgene Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. From February 1994 to August 2000, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Signal harmaceuticals, Inc., where he guided the company to its successful acquisition by Celgene Corporation. From 1979 to 1994, Dr. Lewis held a number of positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Research and its predecessor, Wyeth Laboratories, Inc., including Vice President of Research at Wyeth-Ayerst Research. Dr. Lewis has published over 120 full manuscripts and has written and edited seven books. Dr. Lewis was a Research Associate at Yale University from 1972 to 1973. Dr. Lewis received a B.Sc. In physiology and biochemistry from Southampton University, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Richard A. Meier Independent Consultant

Mr. Meier joined the Board in December 2006. He is currently providing management and financial advisory services to medical device and biopharmaceutical companies, and private equity and venture capital firms. From January 2010 through March 2012, Mr. Meier was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at TeleFlex, Incorporated, a global medical device company. From November 2007 to May 2009, Mr. Meier served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Medical Optics, a global Ophthalmic Medical Device company, that was acquired by Abbott in February 2009. Between April 2002 and November 2007, Mr. Meier served continuously as Advanced Medical Optics' Chief Financial Officer, while serving in a variety of additional senior operating roles, Prior to joining Advanced Medical Optics, Mr. Meier was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from October 1999, and Senior Vice President & Treasurer from May 1998 to October 1999. Before joining Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Meier was an executive with the investment banking firm of Schroder & Co. Inc. in New York, from 1996. Prior to Mr. Meier's experience at Schroder & Co., he held various financial and banking positions at Salomon Smith Barney, Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, Australian Capital Equity, and Greyhound Lines, Inc. Mr. Meier is also a Director of Staar Surgical, Inc, an ophthalmic medical device company, since 2009: and serves on both the Compensation and Audit Committees.

Dennis J. Slamon, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Clinical/Translational Research,
and Director, Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer
Research Program at UCLA's Jonsson
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Slamon joined the Board in March 2014. Dr. Slamon currently serves as director of Clinical/Translational Research, and as director of the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program, at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Slamon is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at, and executive vice chair for research for, UCLA's Department of Medicine and also serves as director of the medical advisory board for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, a fund-raising organization that promotes advances in colorectal cancer. A 1970 B.A. honors graduate in biology from Washington & Jefferson College and a 1975 graduate of the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Slamon earned his Ph.D. in cell biology that same year. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, becoming chief resident in 1978. One year later, he became a fellow in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UCLA where he now serves on the faculty of medicine.

William D. Young Venture Partner,
Clarus Ventures, San Francisco and Cambridge

William D. Young joined the Board in September 2010. Mr. Young is a partner with Clarus Ventures, a life science venture capital firm that he joined in March 2010. Mr. Young was appointed Chairman of the Board of Biogen Idec in January 2010 and began serving as a Director of IDEC Pharmaceuticals in 1997. From 1999 to October 2009, Mr. Young was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monogram Biosciences, Inc., a life sciences company engaged in the development of molecular diagnostic products, until its acquisition by LABCorp, Inc. in October 2009. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Young served as Chief Operating Officer of Genentech, Inc. Mr. Young joined Genentech, Inc. in 1980 as Director of Manufacturing and Process Sciences and became Vice President in 1983. He was promoted to various positions and, in 1997, became Chief Operating Officer, taking on responsibility for all development, operations and sales and marketing activities. Prior to joining Genentech, Inc., Mr. Young was with Eli Lilly & Co. for 14 years. Mr. Young holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He is also a Director of Theravance, Inc., Executive Chairman of NanoString Technologies and a Director of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. Mr. Young was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 for his contributions to Biotechnology.