Lewis T. "Rusty" Williams, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder, President and CEO
Dr. Williams founded the Company in December 2001 and has served as a member of our Board since January 2002, as our President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2011, as our Executive Chairman from July 2003 to January 2012 and as Chairman of the Board since March 2016. 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 is currently on the board of Protagonist Therapeutics and was previously a member of the boards of directors of COR Therapeutics, Inc. and Beckman Coulter, Inc., each of which was a public company. Dr. Williams received a B.S. from Rice University and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Knickerbocker has served as our Chief Operating Officer since September 2016 and as a member of our Board since October 2013. He also served as our 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 as 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 2005 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.
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Sarena has served as our Chief Strategy Officer since September 2016 and as Secretary since December 2010. He also served as our Executive Vice President from August 2015 to September 2016, General Counsel from December 2010 to September 2016, Senior Vice President from January 2013 to August 2015 and as Vice President from December 2010 to January 2013. From December 2008 to July 2010, Mr. Sarena served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Facet Biotech Corporation, a public biotechnology company that was spun off from PDL BioPharma, Inc. in December 2008 and that was later acquired by Abbott Laboratories in April 2010. From April 2006 to December 2008, Mr. Sarena served at PDL BioPharma, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from June 2008 to December 2008. Prior to April 2006, Mr. Sarena served as an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP where he represented public and private life science and high tech clients primarily in merger and acquisition transactions, corporate and securities law matters and equity financing transactions. Mr. Sarena received a B.S. in Finance from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kevin Baker, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Development Sciences
Dr. Baker has served as our Senior Vice President, Development Sciences since February 2016 and served in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as our Vice President, Preclinical Development, from January 2006 to July 2015. From July 2015 to January 2016, Dr. Baker served as Senior Vice President, Preclinical Development at Audentes Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Baker served at Human Genome Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline, in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Associate Director in the Department of Antibody Discovery and Development. From 1992 to 1999, Dr. Baker served as a Scientist at Genentech. From 1987 to 1992, Dr. Baker served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Dr. Baker received a B.Sc. from the University of Salford in England and a Ph.D. from the University of Dundee in Scotland.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Belsky has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2013. Mr. Belsky also served as our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from October 2013 to December 2013 and as our Vice President, Finance from October 2009 to October 2013. From December 2006 to October 2009, Mr. Belsky served as Vice President, Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer of Cell Genesys, Inc., a biotechnology company acquired by BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to 2006, Mr. Belsky served as Vice President, Global Visa Commerce at Visa Inc., Chief Financial Officer at Active Aero Group, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer at DataWave Systems Inc. Prior to these positions, he served for 15 years at Michigan National Corporation, a holding company for Michigan National Bank, which was acquired by BANA Holding Corporation, in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Vice President, U.S. Payment Products and Services. Mr. Belsky started his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Belsky received a B.S. in Accounting from Wayne State University and an M.B.A. from University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered global management accountant and a certified treasury professional.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Coon has served as our Senior Vice President, Human Resources, since April 2017. Mr. Coon has more than 30 years of Human Resources experience, including more than 15 years in the Life Sciences industry. From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Coon served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Administration for Depomed. He has held senior-level Human Resources positions with multiple companies, including Johnson & Johnson, PDL BioPharm and Exelixis. Mr. Coon received a M.S. in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University and a B.A.in Public Administration from the California State University-Long Beach.
Helen Collins, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Collins has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer since March 2017. She also served as our Vice President of Clinical Development from June 2016 to March 2017. From June 2013 to June 2016, Dr. Collins held positions of increasing responsibility at Gilead Sciences, Inc., most recently as Program and Clinical Lead for Gilead’s GS-5829 (BET inhibitor) and GS-4059 (BTK inhibitor) programs. From November 2009 to May 2013, Dr. Collins held positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., most recently as Global Lead, Oncology Biosimiliars. Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Collins practiced as a medical oncologist and hematologist for 12 years at Redwood Regional Medical Group (RRMG) and served as President of RRMG from 2006 to 2009. In 2005, Dr. Collins co-founded the non-profit North Bay Cancer Alliance (NBCA), whose mission is to increase local access to education and cancer care in counties in the northern San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Collins received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Collins completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed her fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she concentrated in gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Collins is board certified in both oncology and internal medicine.
Senior Vice President, Research
Dr. Irving has served as our Senior Vice President, Research since September 2017. From December 2013 to August 2017, Dr. Irving served in positions of increasing responsibility at CytomX Therapeutics, Inc., most recently as Vice President, Cancer Immunology. From September 2001 to November 2013, Dr. Irving served as a scientist at Genentech, Inc., where his research focused in both areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. Prior to joining Genentech, Inc., Dr. Irving served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at both Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Irving received a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.A. in Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert Sikorski, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Special Projects
Dr. Sikorski has served as our Senior Vice President, Special Projects, since March 2017. Prior to that, he served as our Chief Medical Officer from June 2016 to March 2017, our Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Development from January 2016 to June 2016 and our Vice President of Global Clinical Development from September 2014 to January 2016. Dr. Sikorski also served as our Acting Chief Medical Officer from February 2016 until June 2016. From December 2010 to September 2014, Dr. Sikorski served as Senior Director, Global Oncology Research and Development at Medimmune, a wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca, a public biotechnology company. From March 2006 to December 2010, Dr. Sikorski served as Director, Global Oncology Research and Development at Amgen. From October 2004 to March 2006, Dr. Sikorski served as a medical affairs consultant to Genzyme. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Sikorski served as Chief Technology Officer at Mednav, Inc., a biomedical data acquisition and analytics firm. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Sikorski served as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Sikorski received an M.D. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed an oncology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Dr. Sikorski is board certified in both oncology and internal medicine.