Peter S. Greenleaf
Peter S. Greenleaf has been our Chairman of the Board and Director since May 2018. Mr. Greenleaf has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cerecor, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERQ), an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on pediatric healthcare, since March 2018. Mr. Greenleaf previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on medical applications of a class of ion channel modulators, from March 2014 to February 2018, when Sucampo was sold to Mallincrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK). Prior to that, Mr. Greenleaf served as Chief Executive Officer of Histogenics Corporation, a regenerative medicine company, from June 2013 to March 2014, as President of MedImmune, Inc., a fully integrated biologics division of AstraZeneca Group and President of MedImmune Ventures, a venture capital fund within the AstraZeneca Group, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business, from January 2010 to June 2013, and Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations of MedImmune from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Greenleaf also held senior commercial roles at Centocor Biotech, Inc. (now Janssen Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson), a biotechnology company founded with the goal of developing new diagnostic assays using monoclonal antibody technology, from 1998 to 2006, and at Boehringer Mannheim G.m.b.H. (now Roche Holdings), a diagnostics and pharmaceuticals business, from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Greenleaf has served on the board of directors of Cerecor since May 2017. Mr. Greenleaf currently chairs the Maryland Venture Fund Authority, whose vision is to oversee implementation of InvestMaryland, a public-private partnership to spur venture capital investment in the state. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the largest trade organization in the world representing the biotechnology industry, where he serves on the Governing Boards of the Emerging Companies and Health Sections. Mr. Greenleaf previously served on the boards of PhARMA, the Tech Council of Maryland, a technology trade association for companies with operations in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, and the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., which advises the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore on matters affecting programs, students, faculty, employees, and the community. Mr. Greenleaf earned an MBA degree from St. Joseph’s University and a BS degree from Western Connecticut State University.
Mark A. Sirgo, Pharm.D.
Mark A. Sirgo, Pharm.D., has been our Director since August 2005 and Vice Chairman since October 2016. He was formerly our President since January 2005 and Chief Executive Officer since August 2005. He joined our company in August 2004 as Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Corporate Development upon our acquisition of Arius Pharmaceuticals, of which he was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. He has also served as our Executive Vice President, Corporate and Commercial Development and our Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Sirgo has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 16 years in clinical drug development, 7 years in marketing, sales, and business development, and 12 years in executive management positions. Prior to his involvement with Arius Pharmaceuticals, from 2003 to 2004, he spent 16 years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in both clinical development and marketing at Glaxo, Glaxo Wellcome, and GlaxoSmithKline, including Vice President of International OTC Development and Vice President of New Product Marketing. Dr. Sirgo was responsible for managing the development and FDA approval of Zantac 75 while at Glaxo Wellcome, among other accomplishments. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Sirgo was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a leading contract service provider to the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sirgo served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLXP), a specialty pharmaceutical company specializing in gastrointestinal products, from 2008 until its sale in 2015. Dr. Sirgo was added to the Board of Directors of Biomerica, Inc. (NASDAQ: BMRA), a diagnostics and therapeutic company, in July 2016 and as Chairman of the Board of RDD Pharma, a private gastrointestinal development company, in April 2018. Dr. Sirgo received his BS in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and his Doctorate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Chief Executive Officer
Herm Cukier has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since May 2018. From December 2013 to April 2018, he served in various capacities at Allergan plc, ultimately as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Strategy and Innovation. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Eye Care division and as Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Woman’s Healthcare division. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Bayer HealthCare, and from 2009 to 2010, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and board member at Reverion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a start-up company associated with Weill Cornell Medical College. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Organon Biosciences, which was acquired by Schering-Plough. He began his career in 1992 at Pfizer and later served as Executive Director of Global Marketing at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Cukier received an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Todd C. Davis
Todd C. Davis has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2018. He has served as the Founder, Managing Partner, and President of RoyaltyRx Capital, LLC, a special opportunities investment firm focused on pharmaceuticals, since January 2018. Mr. Davis previously served as Founding Managing Director and Managing Partner of HealthCare Royalty Partners, a global healthcare investment firm, from 2007 to December 2017. Previously, Mr. Davis was a partner at Paul Capital Partners, an investment firm where he co-managed royalty investments, from 2004 to 2006, and a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity investment group where he was responsible for biopharmaceutical growth investments, from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Davis held various sales and product management roles at Abbott Laboratories and worked in business development, operations, and licensing at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Davis has served on the boards of directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND), a biopharmaceutical company, since March 2007, and Palvella Therapeutics, a rare-disease biopharmaceutical company serving patients with monogenic rare diseases, since June 2017. Mr. Davis is a board member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association. Mr. Davis earned a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kevin Kotler has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2018. Mr. Kotler has over 25 years of experience as an investor and analyst following the healthcare industry. He is the founder and Managing Member of Broadfin Capital, which is the investment advisor for Broadfin Healthcare Master Fund, Ltd., a healthcare-focused investment fund that he launched in 2005. Mr. Kotler has served as a Director of Novelion Therapeutics, Inc. since November 2016 and has served as a director of InnerSpace Neuro Solutions, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, since 2014. Mr. Kotler earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Frank E. O'Donnell Jr, MD
Frank E. O'Donnell Jr, MD, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2002 and served as our Chairman of the Board until May 2018. Dr. O'Donnell has previously served as our President and Chief Executive Officer. In January 2005, he relinquished the title of President, and in August 2005 he relinquished the title of Chief Executive Officer. Until November 2016, Dr. O'Donnell served as a Manager of The Hopkins Capital Group, an affiliation of limited liability companies that engage in private equity and venture capital investing in disruptive technologies in healthcare. Dr. O'Donnell is Chairman of Defender Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held company developing pharmaceuticals for national defense. Until November 2016, Dr. O'Donnell was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hedgepath Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is developing oncology drugs for an orphan indication. Dr. O'Donnell is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and received his residency training at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. O'Donnell is a former professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is a trustee of St. Louis University.
William Mark Watson, CPA
William Mark Watson, CPA, joined our Board of Directors as an independent member in December 2017 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Watson is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in public accounting and auditing, having spent his entire career from January 1973 to June 2013 at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its predecessor, most recently as Central Florida Marketplace Leader. Among other industries, he has a particular expertise in the health and life sciences sector, having played a significant role in the development of Deloitte’s audit approach for health and life sciences companies and leading its national healthcare regulatory and compliance practice. He has served as lead audit partner and advisory partner on the accounts of many public companies ranging from middle market firms to Fortune 500 enterprises. Mr. Watson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Watson is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hedgepath Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQX:HPPI). He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Marquette University.