Board of Directors
Vivek Ramaswamy is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc., and the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Axovant Sciences, Inc. Prior to founding Roivant, Mr. Ramaswamy was a well-known investor in the biotechnology sector. In 2007, he co-founded and served as President of Campus Venture Network, a technology company that was acquired in 2009. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arbutus Biopharma Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of Axovant Sciences Ltd., Myovant Sciences Ltd., and Roivant Sciences Ltd. He received an A.B. summa cum laude in biology from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Lawrence Olanoff, MD, PhD
Dr. Olanoff has served as a member of the Board since May 2015. Dr. Olanoff most recently served as chief operating officer from October 2006 to December 2010, and as a director from October 2006 to July 2014, of Forest Laboratories, Inc. (acquired by Actavis plc). From July 2005 to October 2006, Dr. Olanoff was President and Chief Executive Officer at Celsion Corporation. He also served as executive vice president and chief scientific officer of Forest Laboratories from 1995 to 2005. Prior to joining Forest Laboratories in 1995, Dr. Olanoff served as senior vice president of clinical research and development at Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation (now a division of the Novartis Group) and at the Upjohn Company in a number of positions including corporate vice president of clinical development and medical affairs. Dr. Olanoff is currently a member of the board of directors of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly held pharmaceutical company. He is also an adjunct assistant professor and is currently employed as special advisor to the president for corporate relations at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Olanoff is involved with several non-profit organizations, including service as an ex-officio director of the MUSC foundation for research development, as well as chairman of the board of the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute at Roper St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Olanoff is a member of the innovation steering committee of the Harrington Discovery Institute and the scientific advisory board of BioMotiv, a bioaccelerator. Dr. Olanoff received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. We believe that Dr. Olanoff’s detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, his broad operational experience and his research and development leadership over the course of his career qualify him to serve on the Board.
Atul Pande, MD
Dr. Pande has served as a member of the Board since March 2015. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer of PureTech Health. Since April 2014, Dr. Pande has served as President of Verity BioConsulting, a drug development consulting firm, and since December 2014 has served as Chief Medical Officer of Tal Medical, a clinical-stage medical device company. From 2007 to April 2014, Dr. Pande was Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Pharmaceutical R&D at GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company. He has also held senior roles at Pfizer R&D, Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert and Lilly Research Laboratories. Dr. Pande is also a non-executive board member of Autifony Therapeutics and of Karuna Pharmaceuticals. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Cennerv Pharma and Centrexion Corporation. Dr. Pande completed his research fellowship training in psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and his postgraduate specialty training and psychiatry residency program at Western University. We believe that Dr. Pande’s medical background and significant knowledge of the life sciences industry qualify him to serve on the Board.
Mr. Oren has served as a member of the Board since March 2015. Mr. Oren has served as Vice President, Business Development at Dexcel Pharma Technologies Ltd., an international pharmaceutical company involved in the development, manufacture and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, since September 2011. From 2007 to July 2011, he was employed by L.E.K. Consulting and advised clients in the life sciences sector on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and drug commercialization projects. Mr. Oren currently serves as a director of Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, and as a director of Roivant Sciences Ltd. Mr. Oren received his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College. We believe that Mr. Oren’s extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the life sciences industry qualifies him to serve on the Board.
Mr. Modig has served as a member of the Board since March 2015. Since March 2016, Mr. Modig has served as Chief Executive Officer of Pharvaris B.V. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Prosensa Holding N.V., a pharmaceutical company, from March 2010 until its acquisition by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. in January 2015. From October 2003 to November 2008, Mr. Modig was Chief Financial Officer at Jerini AG, a pharmaceutical company, where he directed private financing rounds, its initial public offering in 2005, and its acquisition by Shire plc in 2008. Before that, Mr. Modig served as Chief Financial Officer at Surplex AG from 2001 to 2003 and as Finance Director Europe of U.S.-based Hayward Industrial Products Inc. from 1999 to 2001. In previous positions, Mr. Modig was a partner in the Brussels-based private equity firm Agra Industria from 1994 to 1999 and a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Industry Group of Price Waterhouse LLP in New York from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Modig currently serves as a director and member of the audit committee of Affimed N.V. (NASDAQ:AFMD) and as a director and the chair of the audit committee of Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ:EARS), both publicly held pharmaceutical companies. He also serves on the supervisory board of Kiadis Pharma N.V., a public company whose shares are listed on the Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels stock exchanges. He also served as a director of Mobile Loyalty plc from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Modig received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics and German from the University of Lund, Sweden and his M.B.A. from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). We believe that Mr. Modig’s extensive international experience in finance and operations, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions qualifies him to serve on the Board.
Gary Pisano, PhD
Dr. Pisano has served as a member of the Board since May 2016. Dr. Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He has been on the Harvard faculty since 1988. Dr. Pisano’s research and teaching focus on technology and operations strategy, the management of innovation and intellectual property, and competitive strategy. For more than two decades, he has consulted extensively on these issues with companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, specialty chemical and health care industries. He is a co-founder and director of XiMo AG, a Swiss-based company commercializing novel catalytic technologies. He also serves as a director of Axcella Health, Inc., a biotechnology company developing drugs based on amino acid pharmacology, and Patheon N.V., a provider of development and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Pisano received his B.A. in economics from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. We believe that Dr. Pisano’s knowledge of business administration and operations strategy, particularly within the health care industry, qualifies him to serve on the Board.
David Hung, MD
Dr. Hung has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board since April 2017. Previously, Dr. Hung was a co-founder of Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its board of directors, from December 2004 until its acquisition by Pfizer Inc. in September 2016. From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Hung was employed by ProDuct Health, Inc., a privately held medical device company, as Chief Scientific Officer and then as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Hung served as a consultant to Cytyc Corporation from 2001 until 2002 to assist with transitional matters related to Cytyc Corporation’s acquisition of ProDuct Health, Inc. Dr. Hung served as a member of the board of directors of Opexa Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from May 2006 to October 2011. Dr. Hung received an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and an AB in Biology from Harvard College.
Ms. Falberg has served as a member of the Board since April 2017. Previously, Ms. Falberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc, a multi-national specialty biopharmaceutical company, from March 2012 to March 2014 after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2009. Her responsibilities at Jazz Pharmaceuticals included strategy, corporate development, corporate communications, and information technology. From 2001 through 2009, Ms. Falberg served as a corporate director and audit committee chair for several companies. From 1995 to 2001, Ms. Falberg was with Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, where she served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer and prior to that as Vice President Chief Accounting Officer, and Vice President, Treasurer. Ms. Falberg also serves as a member of the board of directors for the public biopharmaceutical companies Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., aTyr Pharma, Inc. and BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., and The Trade Desk, Inc., a publicly held technology company. Ms. Falberg also served on the board of directors of the public companies Medivation, Inc. and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Falberg received an M.B.A. in Finance and B.A., in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Mr. Vernon has served as a member of the Board since April 2017. Previously, Mr. Vernon served as senior advisor to Kraft Foods Group, Inc. from January 2015 through May 2015, and Chief Executive Officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. from October 2012 to December 2014. Mr. Vernon previously served as Executive Vice President and President at Kraft Foods of North America from 2009 to October 2012. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Vernon was the Healthcare Industry Partner at Ripplewood Holdings, Inc., a private equity firm. Mr. Vernon previously led a number of Johnson & Johnson’s largest franchises during a 24-year career at Johnson & Johnson, a public company engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of products in the healthcare field. From 2004 until 2005, Mr. Vernon was employed as Company Group Chairman of Depuy Inc., an orthopedics company, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. From 2001 until 2004, Mr. Vernon served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Centocor, Inc., a biomedicines company, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson. He has also served as President of McNeil Consumer Products and Nutritionals, Worldwide President of The Johnson & Johnson-Merck Joint Venture, and as a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Group Operating Committees for Consumer Healthcare and Nutritionals, Biopharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. Mr. Vernon serves as a member of the board of directors of NovoCure Ltd., a medical device company, Intersect ENT, Inc., a medical device company, and The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, and formerly served as a director of Medivation, Inc. and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Mr. Vernon received a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.