Board of Directors

Alexander J. Denner, Ph.D
Chairman of the Board, Chair of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Compensation Committee and Audit Committee

Alexander J. Denner, Ph.D., has been a director since February 2016 and chairman since June 2018. Dr. Denner is the founding partner and the chief investment officer of Sarissa Capital Management LP, a registered investment advisor, which he founded in 2012. Sarissa Capital focuses on improving the strategies of companies to better enhance shareholder value. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Denner served as a senior managing director at Icahn Capital, an entity through which Carl Icahn conducts his investment activities. Prior to that, he served as a portfolio manager at Viking Global Investors, a private investment fund, and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a global asset management firm. Dr. Denner currently serves as a director of Biogen Inc.  Dr. Denner also previously served as a director of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he also served as chairman, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bioverativ Inc., Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ImClone Systems Incorporated, where he also served as chairman of the executive committee and VIVUS, Inc. 

Dr. Denner has a strong background overseeing the operations, capital allocation and research and development of healthcare companies and evaluating corporate governance matters. In addition, Dr. Denner has extensive experience as an investor, particularly with respect to healthcare companies and has broad healthcare-industry knowledge. Dr. Denner received his S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

Fredric N. Eshelman, PharmD.
Director

Fredric N. Eshelman has been a director and was chairman from August 2015 to June 2018.  Dr. Eshelman has more than 35 years of strategic development, executive, operational and financial leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Dr. Eshelman was the founder of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPD) and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 2014, Dr. Eshelman founded Eshelman Ventures, LLC, an investment company focused on healthcare companies. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Eshelman served as Chairman of the Board of Furiex. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Executive Chairman of PPD. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of PPD from 1990 to 2009 and as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors from 1993 to 2009. Dr. Eshelman currently serves on the board of directors of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and G1 Therapeutics, Inc.

Dr. Eshelman has served on the executive committee of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, was on the Board of Trustees for UNC-W and in 2011 was appointed by the NC General Assembly to serve on the Board of Governors for the state's multi-campus university system as well as the NC Biotechnology Center. In addition, he chairs the board of visitors for the School of Pharmacy at UNC-CH. One of the top pharmacy programs in the United States, in May 2008 the school was named the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in recognition of his many contributions to the school and the profession. Dr. Eshelman has received many awards including the Davie and Distinguished Service Awards from UNC and Outstanding Alumnus from both the UNC and University of Cincinnati schools of pharmacy, as well as the NC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award. He has received the doctor of pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, completed a residency at Cincinnati General Hospital and a BS in pharmacy from UNC-CH. He is a graduate of the OPM program at Harvard Business School.

Geno J. Germano
Independent Director

Geno J. Germano has been a director since November 2017.  Mr. Germano was, most recently, President of Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology, from June 1, 2016 to March 2017. He previously held the position of Group President of the Global Innovative Pharma Business of Pfizer, Inc., where he led a growing global $14 billion business with market-leading medicines and an extensive portfolio of late-stage development candidates in several therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular, metabolic disease, neuroscience, inflammation, immunology, and rare diseases. Mr. Germano was also Co-Chair of Pfizer’s Portfolio Strategy and Investment Committee and, prior to that, President and General Manager of Pfizer’s Specialty Care and Oncology business units. Prior to joining Pfizer, Mr. Germano held numerous executive and leadership roles at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, including President of Wyeth U.S., where he was responsible for the delivery of operational results across four business units, as well as President of its Global Pharmaceutical and Women’s Healthcare Business. Mr. Germano has been a member of the Group of Fifty (G50) and served on the Board of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Chaired the International Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association and was a Trustee of the Albany College of Pharmacy from October 2008 to October 2017, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. Mr. Germano was formerly a director of Zoetis Inc. and is currently a director of Bioverativ Inc. and Sage Therapeutics.

John C. Kelly
Independent Director, Chair of Audit Committee

John C. Kelly has been a director since April 2011 and served as our lead director from May to August 2015. From October 2009 to February 2010, Mr. Kelly served as senior vice president, finance of Pfizer Inc. From March 2008 to October 2009, Mr. Kelly served as vice president and controller at Wyeth and from June 2002 to March 2008, he served as vice president, financial operations of Wyeth. Prior to joining Wyeth in 2002, he spent more than 35 years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen in various leadership capacities, including as the partner in charge of audit and business consulting practices in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Kelly previously served as a director of C.R. Bard, Inc., a medical device company, and a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is a certified public accountant and was an elected member of the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kelly received a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. in international finance from Seton Hall University.

Clive A. Meanwell, MD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Clive A. Meanwell has been a director since 1996. He has served as our chief executive officer since February 2012, our chief executive officer and president from October 2009 to February 2012, as our chief executive officer from August 2004 to October 2009, as our president from August 2004 to December 2004, our executive chairman from September 2001 to August 2004 and as our chief executive officer and president from 1996 to September 2001. Dr. Meanwell was also chairman of our board from September 2001 to August 2015. From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Meanwell was a partner and managing director at MPM Capital, L.P., a venture capital firm. From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Meanwell held various positions at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, including senior vice president from 1992 to 1995, vice president from 1991 to 1992 and director of product development from 1986 to 1991. Dr. Meanwell received an M.D. (British equivalent MB ChB) and a Ph.D. (British equivalent MD hons) from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Paris Panayiotopoulos
Independent Director, Chair of Compensation Committee, Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Paris Panayiotopoulos has been a director since March 2017. Mr. Panayiotopoulos is an operating partner and member of the investment team at Clarus and serves as the executive chairman of Genevant Sciences. From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he led approximately a five-fold multiple in market value in one year and the acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion in February 2017. Prior to joining ARIAD in January 2016, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President of EMD Serono Inc., the North American biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, from 2013 through 2015. Prior to being appointed President of EMD Serono, Mr. Panayiotopoulos held positions of increasing responsibility within Merck KGaA, serving as President of Merck Serono, Tokyo, Japan, from 2012 through 2013; Global Chief of Staff for the CEO in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2011 through 2012; Head of Western Europe for the fertility and endocrinology franchises, in 2011; Global Director of the neurology franchise, from 2007 through 2011; and Global Strategy and Business Intelligence Director from 2004 through 2007. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. from 1999 to 2004. 

Mr. Panayiotopoulos has led multiple partnerships, including those with Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly & Co., Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma, Mitsubishi Tanabe, Otsuka and Incyte and has served on the board of directors of BIO. Mr. Panayiotopoulos holds a combined B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management Studies from University College London and a M.Sc. in Marketing and Product Management from Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom.

Sarah J. Schlesinger, MD
Independent Director, Member of Compensation Committee and Audit Committee

Sarah J. Schlesinger has been a director since February 2018.  Dr. Schlesinger has spent more than 20 years working in the field of cellular immunity.  She is currently the Chair of The Rockefeller University Hospital’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Senior Physician and Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation at The Rockefeller University.  Prior to becoming Chair of the hospital’s IRB, Dr. Schlesinger served as Clinical Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Clinical Director of The Laboratory of Cellular Immunology and Physiology - the laboratory led by the late Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.  Before joining The Rockefeller University in 2003, Dr. Schlesinger was a scientist at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York City from 2002 to 2003, and a Research Physician/Pathologist at the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1996 to 2002.  Dr. Schlesinger trained in Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and began her career in pathology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and hospitals in New York including Buffalo General, Hospital New York and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Schlesinger leads clinical trials and also chairs the research education and training committee of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Rockefeller University Hospital. She is co-director of Rockefeller’s Clinical Scholars program and the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences program. Widely published in her field, Dr. Schlesinger has been recognized with numerous awards for her research and teaching. She is also a member of numerous, prominent medical societies, including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Schlesinger serves on the board of three non-profit organizations: AVAC (AIDS Vaccines Advocacy Coalition); Global Viral; and The Hastings Center, the pre-eminent center for the study of bioethics. She served as an independent director of Ariad Pharmaceuticals from 2013 until its sale to Takeda in 2017. She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Lycera Corp., as well as a consultant to Lycera’s CEO on matters of clinical development, and an independent director of Innoviva, Inc. Dr. Schlesinger graduated with honors from Wellesley College and obtained her medical doctorate from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

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