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Board of Directors

 

Bruce Downey - Chairman

Bruce L. Downey has been a director since June 2009 and has served as chairman of the board since June 2018. Mr. Downey has served as a partner at NewSpring Capital, a venture capital firm, since April 2009. Previously, Mr. Downey was chairman and chief executive officer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company that operated in more than 30 countries worldwide and was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in 2008. Mr. Downey is a member of the board of directors of Cardinal Health, Inc., serving on the audit committee, as well as privately held companies. Mr. Downey graduated with honors from Miami University in 1969 and received his law degree, cum laude, from Ohio State. Mr. Downey’s qualifications to sit on the board include his significant experience serving as a chief executive officer of a global generic pharmaceutical company that also had a substantial brand business and an active biologics research and development program, his years serving as a lawyer in private practice and his experience serving on other boards of directors in the biopharmaceutical industry.

 

Corey N. Fishman

Corey N. Fishman has been a director since September 2016. Mr. Fishman has served as chief executive officer and director of Iterum Therapeutics Limited, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, since 2015. From 2010 to 2015, he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where he managed a successful IPO and secondary offering, and led the negotiation and sale of Durata to Actavis plc. Prior to Durata, Mr. Fishman served as chief financial officer of Ganic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and served in several other leadership roles, including chief financial officer, at Meda Pharmaceuticals, formerly MedPointe, a pharmaceutical company. Mr. Fishman holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign and an M.S.M. in Finance from Purdue University. Mr. Fishman’s qualifications to sit on the board include his experience with public and financial accounting matters, and his senior executive experience at companies within the biopharmaceutical industry.

 

Georges Gemayel Ph.D.

Georges Gemayel, Ph.D., has been a director since January 2016. Since 2010, he has served as a consultant for several biotechnology companies and venture capital funds. From February 2011 to December 2012, Dr. Gemayel served as executive chairman of Syndexa Pharmaceuticals Corp., a privately held drug development company. Prior to that, in 2010, Dr. Gemayel served as executive chairman of FoldRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until its acquisition by Pfizer Inc. From June 2008 until November 2009, Dr. Gemayel served as president and chief executive officer of Altus Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. In November 2009, while Dr. Gemayel was president, chief executive officer and a director, Altus Pharmaceuticals Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and ceased operations at such time. Dr. Gemayel received his doctorate in pharmacy from St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Paris‑Sud University in Paris, France. Dr. Gemayel currently serves as chairman of the boards of directors of several privately held companies, and on the boards of directors of Orphazyme ApS and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which are publicly traded biotechnology companies. He was previously a director of publicly traded biotechnology companies, Dimension Therapeutics, Inc., which was acquired by Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Horizon Pharma plc, Adolor Corporation, which was acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Prosensa Holding N.V., which was acquired by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Shire plc. Dr. Gemayel’s qualifications to sit on the board include his over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including management and executive positions.

 

Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D.

Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D., has been a director since June 2016. In 2016, Dr. Gilman was appointed as the chief executive officer and the chairman of the board of directors of ContraFect Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company. Until 2015, he served as the executive vice president, Research & Development and chief scientific officer at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company, until its acquisition by Merck & Co. Before joining Cubist in 2008, Dr. Gilman served as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of ActivBiotics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company. In addition to his service on ContraFect Corporation’s board of directors, Dr. Gilman currently serves on the boards of directors of publicly traded biotechnology companies, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., serving on the research and development and audit committees, SCYNEXIS Inc., serving on the nominating and corporate governance and audit committees, and Vericel Corporation, serving on the compensation committee. Dr. Gilman received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University, his post‑doctoral training at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and a B.A. in microbiology from Miami University of Ohio. Dr. Gilman’s qualifications to sit on the board include his leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including his senior executive positions at ContraFect and Cubist and his experience serving on other boards of directors in the biotechnology industry.

 

Donna Roy Grogan, M.D. 

Donna Roy Grogan, M.D., has been a director since September 2019. Dr. Grogan previously served as chief medical officer of Clementia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Ipsen in April 2019), a biopharmaceutical company innovating new treatments for ultra-rare bone disorders and other diseases. Prior to working at Clementia, Dr. Grogan served as the chief medical officer for several Health Care Venture focused companies including Anexon, Apofore and DecImmune. She previously worked at FoldRx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer in October 2010) as chief medical officer. She has made significant contributions to numerous successful NDAs, including Lunestaâ, Xopenex HFAâ, BrovanaTM and most recently the EMA authorization of Vyndaqelâ (tafamidis) for the treatment of the rare neurologic disease Transthyretin Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy. Dr. Grogan received her B.A. from College of the Holy Cross and earned her M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Grogan’s qualifications to sit on the board include her 15 years of experience as a board-certified physician, her leadership in numerous investigational new drug applications and her expertise in the design and execution of clinical programs across multiple therapeutic areas.

 

Jose-Carlos (JC) Gutiérrez-Ramos, Ph.D.

Jose‑Carlos Gutiérrez‑Ramos, Ph.D., has served as a director since March 2016. Since 2015, he has served as chief executive officer and president of Synlogic, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Synlogic, Dr. Gutiérrez‑Ramos was group senior vice president of Worldwide Research and Development and global head of Biotherapeutics Research and Development at Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Gutiérrez‑Ramos received a B.S. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his Ph.D. in immunochemistry from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Dr. Gutiérrez‑Ramos’ qualifications to sit on the board include his senior executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including his significant experience in research and development.

 

Thomas Koestler, Ph.D.

Thomas P. Koestler, Ph.D., has been a director since January 2011. Since March 2010, Dr. Koestler has served as executive‑in‑residence at Vatera Healthcare Partners, a private equity company. Prior to joining Vatera Healthcare Partners, Dr. Koestler was executive vice president of Schering‑Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and president of Schering‑Plough Research Institute, the pharmaceutical research and development arm of Schering‑Plough Corporation, which he joined in 2003. Dr. Koestler has also held senior positions at Pharmacia Corporation, Novartis AG, Ortho‑McNeil and Bristol‑Myers Squibb. Dr. Koestler is also a member of the board of directors of Melinta Therapeutics, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, including serving on the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees, and of a privately‑held company. Dr. Koestler holds a B.S. degree in biology and genetics from Daemen College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, where he studied medicine and pathology. Dr. Koestler’s qualifications to sit on the board include his years of senior executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including his involvement with over 80 product approvals during his career, including 30 related to new molecular entities.

 

Elizabeth Stoner, M.D.

Elizabeth Stoner, M.D., has been a director since October 2007. Since September 2012, Dr. Stoner has been the chief development officer at Vascular Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Stoner was the chief development officer of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, and since December 2014, she has been a member of Rhythm’s Scientific Advisory Board. Since October 2007, Dr. Stoner has served as a managing director at MPM Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm. Prior to joining MPM Capital, Dr. Stoner had a distinguished 22‑year career at Merck Research Laboratories. At the time of her retirement from Merck, Dr. Stoner was senior vice president of Global Clinical Development Operations with responsibility for the company’s clinical development activities in more than 40 countries, including Merck’s Japanese subsidiary. Prior to her position at Merck, she was an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Stoner served on the board of Radius Health, Inc. from 2011 to 2015. Dr. Stoner received her B.S. in Chemistry from Ottawa University, KS, her M.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Stoner’s qualifications to sit on the board include her more than 20 years of senior executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including her expertise in leading clinical development organizations.

 

Craig A. Wheeler

Craig A. Wheeler has served as our president and a director since August 2006 and was appointed our chief executive officer effective September 2006. Prior to joining Momenta, Mr. Wheeler served as president of Chiron Biopharmaceuticals, a division of Chiron Corporation, a biotechnology company, from August 2001 until June 2006. Mr. Wheeler serves on the board of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., including serving on the science and compensation committees. Mr. Wheeler served as a director of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., from September 2005 to January 2015, including serving on the corporate governance and audit committees, and serving as chairman of the board beginning May 2007. Mr. Wheeler has been a member of the board of the Association for Accessible Medicines, formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, for over eight years, including serving as chairman of the board from 2014 to 2016 and as a member of the executive committee for the past six years. Mr. Wheeler received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wheeler’s qualifications to sit on the board include his years of senior executive management experience in the biotechnology industry, including over ten years as our president and chief executive officer, and his experience serving on other boards of directors in the biotechnology industry.

 

Last Updated 9/19/2019