Mr. Vogelbaum has served as a member of our Board since July 2010 and has been the Chairman of our Board since June 2022. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Inning One Ventures, an early stage life sciences venture capital firm. He also serves as CEO of Ajax Therapeutics, a private oncology company. Previously, Mr. Vogelbaum served as Corporate Vice President, Business Development at Celgene Corporation (now Bristol Myers) from 2015 to 2017. Prior to joining Celgene, Mr. Vogelbaum served as a partner of Rho Ventures from 2005 until 2015, where he focused on investments in biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has more than 27 years of investment experience in the life sciences sector, having been involved with companies at all stages of development, including co-founding multiple companies. Prior to his venture capital career, he was a research associate in the bone marrow transplantation unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, where he conducted research in graft-versus-host-disease (“GVHD”). He currently serves on the Healthcare Advisory Board for the Partnership Fund for New York City as well as the External Advisory Board for the Office of Therapeutic Alliances at NYU Langone. Mr. Vogelbaum received his A.B. in biology and history from Columbia University.
Mr. Posner has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2021 and has served as a member of our Board since August 2018. He has broad experience in commercial and marketing operations and product management at both large and specialty pharmaceutical companies, where he has focused on products for autoimmune, inflammatory and pain conditions, including Xeljanz® and Enbrel®. From July 2017 to October 2021, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of LEO Pharma, Inc. US, a subsidiary of LEO Pharma A/S, a global healthcare company specializing in dermatology and critical care, including such conditions as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Prior to joining LEO, he was the Head of Worldwide Commercial Operations at R-Pharma-US, LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oncology and chronic immune disorders, from 2014 until 2017. Previously, Mr. Posner held a variety of senior management positions in commercial and marketing operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer Inc., Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals plc. Mr. Posner holds an M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University.
Harrison M. Bains
Mr. Bains has served as a member of our Board since July 2014. Mr. Bains served in multiple roles at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, including Vice President, Treasurer and acting Chief Financial Officer from 1988 through his retirement in 2004. Mr. Bains’s career also includes serving as Senior Vice President of the Primary Industries group at Chase Manhattan Bank and 11 years with RJR Nabisco and two of its predecessor companies as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He currently serves as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Mercer Funds, Inc., a registered investment company. He has previously served as a member of the board of trustees of the Park Avenue Armory from October 2007 to June 2020, as a member of the board of trustees of the Civil War Trust from September 2007 to September 2019, as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Redlands from October 1989 to May 2013, as a member of the board of directors of BG Medicine, Inc. from 2007 to 2015 and as a member of the board of directors of Bank of America Funds from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Bains earned an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in economics from the University of Redlands. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Susan Shiff, Ph.D.
Dr. Shiff has served as a member of our Board since June 2020. Currently, Dr. Shiff is the President of Ontada, McKesson’s oncology technology and insights business. Ontada delivers real-world insights to transform the fight against cancer and focuses on its world-class suite of oncology provider technologies, while leveraging the business’ deep expertise in oncology insights, data and real-world evidence (RWE) to improve patient outcomes. Previous to Ontada, from 2014 to 2021, Dr. Shiff served as Senior Vice President and Head of the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (“CORE”) at Merck & Co., Inc. In 2018, CB Insights named CORE as one of the most innovative Corporate Labs in healthcare. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Shiff was the Global Vice President, Health Economics Research and Evidence Based Medicine at Teva, Inc. Prior to Teva, she spent seven years at Pfizer, including several years as a Vice President in the areas of outcomes research, epidemiology, health economics, and access and pricing. She also led the global risk management group and US HEOR group at Roche and spent four years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). In 2016, Dr. Shiff was named one of the top 15 women in Biopharma by FiercePharma, in 2017 Proclinical named her as one of today’s most inspiring women in the pharmaceutical industry, and in 2019 GNS Healthcare named Dr. Shiff as an International Women’s Day Healthcare Innovator. Dr. Shiff received her Ph.D. degree from UCLA, and an MBA degree from Cornell University. Dr. Shiff currently serves on the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Education Committee, is a Non-Executive Director of Synthace Ltd.
Jeffrey L. Ives, Ph.D.
Dr. Ives has served as a member of our Board since July 2014. Dr. Ives currently is an Advisor to Access Biotechnology, a healthcare technology venture firm, and a Principal at NeuroPharma Advisors, LLC, an advisory group focused on companies developing therapeutics for the central nervous system. Dr. Ives also serves as a board member for Acumen Pharmaceuticals, a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. He also serves as a board member for Pinteon Therapeutics, Orthogonal Neuroscience and Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals, all companies targeting therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Ives served as the Chief Executive Officer of Satori Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on discovery and development of breakthrough therapies for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease from 2008 until 2013. Prior to Satori, Dr. Ives led the CNS, pain and oncology research teams at Pfizer for over two decades and, from 2001-2007, served as a Senior Vice President leading the global Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism organization. Dr. Ives received his doctorate and master degrees from Yale University and received his bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University.
Lisa von Moltke, M.D.
Dr. von Moltke has served as a member of our Board since November 2022. Dr. von Moltke has directed successful development programs, led clinical teams, and interacted with regulatory agencies across multiple therapeutic areas. Currently, Dr. von Moltke serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Seres Therapeutics, a leading microbiome therapeutics company. Prior to joining Seres, Dr. von Moltke served in roles of increasing seniority at Alkermes, Inc., culminating as Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Development. Previously, Dr. von Moltke was Vice President Clinical Pharmacology at Sanofi/Genzyme Corporation, where she also served as U.S. Head Clinical & Exploratory Pharmacology Sciences (CEP) and Early Development and later as Head CEP for Japan and China regions. Earlier in her career, she was Head, Translational Medicine for the Takeda Oncology Company. Dr. von Moltke has served as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and M.D. from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.
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