Dr. Williams founded the company in December 2001 and has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2002, as our President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2011, and as our Executive Chairman from July 2003 to January 2012. Previously, Dr. Williams spent seven years at Chiron Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, now Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc., most recently as its Chief Scientific Officer. He also served on Chiron’s board of directors from 1999 to 2001. Prior to joining Chiron, Dr. Williams was a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and served as director of the University’s Cardiovascular Research Institution and Daiichi Research Center. Dr. Williams also has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and co-founded COR Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on cardiovascular disease. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Williams was previously a member of the boards of directors of COR Therapeutics, Inc. and Beckman Coulter, Inc., each of which is a public company. Dr. Williams received a B.S. from Rice University and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
Mr. Berger has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2010. Mr. Berger is a consultant to biotechnology industry participants, including major biopharmaceutical firms, mid-capitalization biotechnology companies, specialist asset managers and venture capital companies, providing business development, strategic advisory, financing, partnering, and royalty acquisition advice. Mr. Berger is also a biotechnology industry analyst with over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial analysis. Mr. Berger worked at Sectoral Asset Management as a founder of the small-cap focused NEMO Fund from 2007 through June 2008. From May 1998 to March 2003, he served at J.P. Morgan Securities, most recently as Managing Director, Equity Research and Senior Biotechnology Analyst. Previously, Mr. Berger served in similar capacities at Salomon Smith Barney and Josephthal & Co. Mr. Berger also serves on the boards of directors of BELLUS Health, Inc., Immune Design Corp., ESSA Pharma Inc., and Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., each of which is a public biotechnology company. Mr. Berger previously served as a member of the board of directors of BioTime, Inc. and Seattle Genetics, Inc., each of which was a public company during Mr. Berger’s service as a director. Mr. Berger received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in International Economics both from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Nicholson has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2017. Mr. Nicholson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of XTuit Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from September 2015 to October 2016. From May 2008 to March 2015, Mr. Nicholson served at Pfizer Inc. as President, Pfizer Oncology. Prior to joining Pfizer, Mr. Nicholson worked at Eli Lilly and Company where he held roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as the Global Oncology Platform Leader. Mr. Nicholson currently serves on the board of directors of Tesaro, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company. Mr. Nicholson received a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Gujrathi has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2015. Dr. Gujrathi served as the Chief Medical Officer of Receptos, Inc., from June 2011 to August 2015 when Receptos was acquired by Celgene Corporation. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Gujrathi served as Vice President of the Global Clinical Research Group in Immunology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Gujrathi worked at Genentech from 2002 to 2008, where she held roles of increasing responsibility in the Immunology, Tissue Growth and Repair clinical development group. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Gujrathi served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare practice, where she provided strategic advice on a variety of projects in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Gujrathi received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.D. from Northwestern University in their accelerated honors program in Medical Education. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gujrathi received additional training at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University in their Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program.
Dr. Jensen has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2011. Dr. Jensen is currently President of Bay Way Consultants, LLC, a consulting firm founded by Dr. Jensen in 2010 that advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Dr. Jensen has over 24 years of global drug development experience in both pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has been responsible for more than 40 new drug approvals in the U.S., Europe and Japan during his career. Dr. Jensen’s experience includes over 20 years with Schering- Plough Corporation, a global pharmaceutical company, and then Merck & Co., Inc. after the merger of Schering- Plough with Merck in 2009. Dr. Jensen most recently served at Schering-Plough as Corporate Senior Vice President, and General Manager, R&D for Japan and Asia/Pacific from 2006 to 2010. Dr. Jensen has also served at British Biotech plc and Chiron Corporation in clinical development executive positions and earlier in his career at CIBA-GEIGY Limited. Dr. Jensen is also a member of the board of directors of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company. Dr. Jensen previously served as a member of the board of directors of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was a public pharmaceutical company during Jensen's service as a director. Dr. Jensen received an M.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen, where he also completed his post-graduate medical training in neurology and internal medicine.
Mr. McDade has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2006. Mr. McDade currently serves as Executive Vice President, Established Brands, Solutions and Supply, at UCB S.A., which he joined in April 2008. UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines. Mr. McDade previously served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of PDL BioPharma, Inc., a biotechnology company, and as Chief Executive Officer of Signature BioScience, Inc., a drug discovery company focused on developing treatments and leads for cancer and other diseases. Mr. McDade also served as an officer and a director of Corixa Corporation, a company he co-founded, which focused on developing innovative products that regulate immunity. At Corixa, he most recently served as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. McDade is also a member of the board of directors of Dermira, Inc., a public specialty biopharmaceutical company. Mr. McDade received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Ringo has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2014. Since June 2010, Mr. Ringo has served as a senior advisor to Barclays Healthcare Group. From April 2008 until his retirement in April 2010, Mr. Ringo was Senior Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Innovation at Pfizer Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, and was responsible for guiding Pfizer’s overall strategic planning and business development activities. Prior to joining Pfizer, Mr. Ringo served as an executive in residence at Warburg Pincus and Sofinnova Ventures. From August 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Ringo served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Abgenix, Inc., a biotechnology company acquired by Amgen, Inc. Prior to Abgenix, Mr. Ringo served for 28 years at Eli Lilly and Company in numerous executive roles, including Product Group President for Oncology and Critical Care, President of Internal Medicine Products, President of the Infectious Diseases Business Unit and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for U.S. Pharmaceuticals. Following Mr. Ringo’s retirement from Eli Lilly in 2001, from March 2001 to December 2007, Mr. Ringo served on various boards of directors, including InterMune, Inc. where he served as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors after serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2003 to September 2003. Mr. Ringo currently serves on the boards of directors of Assembly Biosciences, Inc., Dermira, Inc., Immune Design Corp., Mirati Therapeutics, Inc., and Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., each of which is a public biotechnology company. Mr. Ringo also served on the board of directors of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from February 2011 until its acquisition by Amgen in October 2013. Mr. Ringo received a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.
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