Board of Directors
Lewis T. "Rusty" Williams, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Franklin M. Berger, CFA
Mr. Berger has served as a member of our Board 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.
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D. Phil.
Dr. Cohen has served as a member of our Board since May 2002. In 2001, Dr. Cohen joined TPG Capital, a private investment firm, to initiate and lead TPG’s venture efforts in biotechnology and life sciences as a Partner and Managing Director. He retired from this role at TPG at the end of 2016 and now serves as a Senior Advisor to TPG. Beginning is 1986, and until his retirement in 2016, Dr. Cohen also served as a member of the faculty of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cohen is a member of the boards of directors of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., CareDx, Inc., Genomic Health, Inc., Roka BioScience, Inc., Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., UroGen Pharma Ltd, and Veracyte, Inc., each of which is a public company. Dr. Cohen previously served as a member of the board of directors of Quintiles Transnational Holdings, Inc., which was a public company during Dr. Cohen’s service as a director. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cohen received a B.S. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a D.Phil. degree in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an M.D. degree from Stanford University.
Kapil Dhingra, M.B.B.S.
Dr. Dhingra has served as a member of our Board since December 2015. Dr. Dhingra currently serves as the Managing Member of KAPital Consulting, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm that he founded in 2008. Dr. Dhingra has over 25 years of experience in oncology clinical research and drug development. From 1999 to 2008, Dr. Dhingra worked at Hoffmann-La Roche, where he served in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President, Head of the Oncology Disease Biology Leadership Team and Head of Oncology Clinical Development. From 2000 to 2008, he held a Clinical Affiliate appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Dhingra worked at Eli Lilly and Company where he served in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Clinical Research Physician. Dr. Dhingra also served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1997 to 1999. Priorto Eli Lilly, Dr. Dhingra was a member of the faculty of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1989 to 1996. Dr. Dhingra currently serves on the board of directors of Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A., a public pharmaceutical company. Dr. Dhingra previously served as a member of the board of directors of Micromet, Inc., until its acquisition by Amgen Inc., and YM Biosciences Inc., until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences, Inc., each of which was a public company during Dr. Dhingra’s service as a director. Dr. Dhingra received his M.B.B.S. degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and New York Medical College and completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Emory University School of Medicine.
Sheila Gujrathi, M.D.
Dr. Gujrathi has served as a member of our Board 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.
Peder K. Jensen, M.D.
Dr. Jensen has served as a member of our Board 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 hiscareer 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. Knickerbocker served as our Chief Operating Officer since September 2016 and as a member of our Board since October 2013. Mr. Knickerbocker also served as Executive Vice President from August 2015 to September 2016, Chief Business Officer from April 2012 to September 2016, Senior Vice President from April 2012 to August 2015, and Vice President, Business Development from September 2009 to April 2012. From 2001 to September 2009, Mr. Knickerbocker served at Genentech, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility most recently as Senior Director, Business Development from 2001 to September 2009. Prior to 2001, Mr. Knickerbocker served as Director of Commercial Development at ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical company acquired by Johnson & Johnson, as Senior Manager, Corporate Development at Amgen Inc., a public biotechnology company and as a scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a public biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Knickerbocker received an A.B. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Mark D. McDade
William R. Ringo
Mr. Ringo has served as a member of our Board since October 2014. Since June 2010 until December 2016, Mr. Ringo 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., and Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., each of which is a public biotechnology company. Mr. Ringo was previously a member of the board of directors of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was a public company during Mr. Ringo’s service as a director. Mr. Ringo received a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.