Board of Directors
Gary L. Crocker has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004 and as Chairman of our board of directors since 2005. Mr. Crocker is President and Managing Director of Crocker Ventures, LLC, a privately-held life science investment firm funding differentiated biotechnology and medical device companies. Mr. Crocker has held senior executive positions or served on the board of directors of several life science companies, including as Chairman of the Board of ARUP Laboratories, co-founder and director of Theratech, Inc. (acquired by Actavis plc) and President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Research Medical, Inc. (acquired by Baxter International). Mr. Crocker also served on the boards of directors of the publicly traded firms Interleuken Genetics, Inc. and The Med-Design Corporation. Mr. Crocker served as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Branch of San Francisco from 1999 to 2007, and currently serves as the Chairman of the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation and on the board of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Mr. Crocker holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Harvard College.
John M. Dineen has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015. Mr. Dineen has been an Operating Advisor to Clayton, Dublier & Rice, LLC, a private equity firm, since January 2015. From 1986 to October 2014, Mr. Dineen served in a variety of leadership roles with General Electric Company, including as Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare, Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, President of GE Plastics, General Manager of GE's Power Equipment business and General Manager of GE’s Appliances, Microwave and Air-Conditioning businesses. Mr. Dineen holds a B.S. from the University of Vermont.
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2014. Dr. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of University of Utah Health Care since July 2011. From 2007 to June 2011, Dr. Lee served as Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of New York University Medical Center. Dr. Lee also currently serves on the board of directors of Zions Bancorporation. Dr. Lee is a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine and is a Fellow and past President of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in medical engineering from Oxford University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe College.
John Mendelsohn, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2012. Dr. Mendelsohn has served as the Co-Director of the Khalifa Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center since September 2011. Dr. Mendelsohn also served as President of the MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1996 to August 2011. Prior to joining the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Mendelsohn was founding director of the cancer center at the University of California San Diego and served as Chairman of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1985 to 1996. Dr. Mendelsohn also currently serves as the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at the James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Mendelsohn is recognized for his research on the binding of growth factors to cell surface receptors and how they regulate cell functions, which led to the discovery, development and eventual commercialization of the cancer therapy cetuximab (Erbitux®). Dr. Mendelsohn holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a B.S. from Harvard College.
Ulrik B. Nielsen, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2015 and is one of our co-founders. Dr. Nielsen led our research and drug discovery from when he joined us in 2002 to January 2015, including as our Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer from March 2009 until January 2015. Dr. Nielsen has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Torque Inc., a biotechnology company, since January 2015. Dr. Nielsen also served as Chief Executive Officer of Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of ours, from July 2010 to March 2014. Dr. Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen.
Richard Peters, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors and our President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2017. Dr. Peters previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Rare Diseases at Sanofi Genzyme, where he was responsible for a global, $3 billion per year business with 10 commercialized products and a multi-product development pipeline focused on several therapeutic areas. He also served as Head of Japan and Asia Pacific for Specialty Care (Oncology, Rare Diseases, Immunology, and Multiple Sclerosis) at Sanofi Genzyme. He is an expert in the field of Oncology, having previously served as Division Medical Officer at Sanofi Oncology, and is the former Head of Global and US Medical Affairs at Genzyme Transplant/Oncology. He has also served as a Senior Director at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, as a Director at Amgen, and as Chief Executive Officer of Mednav, a venture capital-backed healthcare information technology start-up. Dr. Peters is a Harvard-trained physician-scientist, and has served on the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship in biophysics at Harvard Medical School. He is also an active founder and angel biotech investor in start-up biopharmaceutical companies.
Michael E. Porter, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2010. Dr. Porter was also a strategy advisor to us from 1999 until he joined our board in December 2010. Dr. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and has been on the faculty at Harvard Business School since 1973. Dr. Porter also served on the boards of directors of PTC Inc. from 1995 to 2015, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company from 2013 to 2015 and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Porter has written extensively on healthcare delivery and has worked with leading healthcare providers in multiple countries and with government leaders on healthcare policy issues. Dr. Porter holds a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S.E. from Princeton University.
James H. Quigley has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2012. Mr. Quigley also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hess Corporation and on the board of directors of Wells Fargo & Company. Mr. Quigley retired as a Senior Partner from Deloitte LLP, a global public accounting firm, in June 2012, where he also served as Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Limited (Deloitte’s global network) from June 2007 to June 2011. Mr. Quigley is actively engaged in a number of business organizations and committees, including as U.S. co-chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, a member of the board of directors of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Economic Club of New York, and a trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. Mr. Quigley is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of Brigham Young University and the Advisory Board of the Center for Leadership and Ethics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Quigley holds a B.S. and an honorary Doctorate of Business from Utah State University.
Russell T. Ray has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2015. Mr. Ray has been a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Healthcare Investment Banking at Stifel Financial Corp., an investment banking firm, since January 2016. From January 2014 to December 2015, Mr. Ray was a Senior Advisor to HLM Venture Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm. Mr. Ray was also a Partner at HLM Venture Partners from 2003 to December 2013. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Ray was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Ray was a Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank and its predecessor entities, BT Alex. Brown and Alex. Brown & Sons. Mr. Ray also serves on the board of directors of SWP Media, Inc. (a private company) and served on the board of directors of Allergan, Inc. from 2003 to March 2015. Mr. Ray holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in evolutionary biology from the University of Pennsylvania and B.S. degrees from the United States Military Academy and the University of Washington.