Board of Directors
Amit D. Munshi
Amit D. Munshi has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2016, and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2016.
Previously, Mr. Munshi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Percivia LLC, a biotechnology company (sold to JNJ). Prior to Epirus and Percivia, Mr. Munshi was a co-founder and served as Chief Business Officer of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2005 to 2010, (sold $2.1B to AGN) and held multiple leadership positions at Amgen Inc. from 1997 to 2005, including General Manager, Nephrology Europe. Mr. Munshi holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.B.A. from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Munshi has more than 28 years of global biopharmaceutical industry experience in executive management, business development, product development and portfolio management. Mr. Munshi currently serves on the boards of Pulmatrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: PULM), Enterprise Therapeutics Ltd, and Galecto, Inc.
Tina S. Nova, PhD
Tina S. Nova, PhD, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2004 and as its Chair since June 2016. Dr. Nova previously served as the Board’s lead independent director from June 2015 to June 2016. Dr. Nova has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Decipher Biosciences, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused in prostate cancer, since August 2018. Prior to joining Decipher, Dr. Nova served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Molecular Stethoscope, Inc, a molecular diagnostics company. Dr. Nova served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Illumina Inc.’s oncology business unit from July 2014 to August 2015. She was a co-founder of Genoptix, Inc., a medical laboratory diagnostics company, and served as its President from 2000 to April 2014. Dr. Nova also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Genoptix and as a member of its board of directors from 2000 until Novartis AG acquired Genoptix in March 2011. Dr. Nova was a co-founder of Nanogen, Inc., a provider of molecular diagnostic tests, and she served as its Chief Operating Officer and President from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Nova served as Chief Operating Officer of Selective Genetics, a biotechnology company, from 1992 to 1994, and in various director-level positions with Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a drug discovery and development company, from 1988 to 1992, most recently as Executive Director of New Leads Discovery. Dr. Nova has also held various research and management positions with Hybritech, Inc., a former subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company, a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Nova serves as a member of the board of directors of Veracyte, Inc., a diagnostics company. Within the past five years, Dr. Nova also served as a member of the board of directors of Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, NanoString Technologies, Inc., a provider of life science tools, and Cypress Biosciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Nova was the Chair of the board of directors of BIOCOM, a life science association representing more than 650 member companies in Southern California, from March 2001 to March 2002. Dr. Nova holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside.
Jayson Dallas, MD
Dr. Dallas has served on our Board of Directors since February 2017. Dr. Dallas has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies, since June 2018. Prior to joining Aimmune, he served as the first Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel products for rare and ultra-rare diseases, since August 2015. Prior to Ultragenyx, Dr. Dallas served as General Manager of Roche, a healthcare company, in the United Kingdom from January 2013 to July 2015. Before joining Roche, he held two different positions at Genentech, a pharmaceutical company, as Head of Global Oncology Launch Excellence and Biosimilar Strategy and Head of Global Product Strategy for Immunology and Ophthalmology, from May 2010 to December 2012 in South San Francisco. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dallas worked at Novartis and Pfizer / Pharmacia in the United States and previously at Roche in Switzerland. Dr. Dallas holds an M.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an M.B.A. from Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom.
Oliver Fetzer, PhD
Dr. Fetzer has served on our Board of Directors since February 2017. Dr. Fetzer has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a private synthetic biology company commercializing genomic technologies, since November 2014. Prior to Synthetic Genomics, Dr. Fetzer was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerulean Pharma Inc., a pharmaceutical company that develops nanoparticle drug conjugate oncology therapeutics, from April 2009 to October 2014. Prior to Cerulean Pharma, Dr. Fetzer served in a variety of positions at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Research & Development, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Business Officer, and Senior Vice President, Business Development. Dr. Fetzer began his career in 1993 in various positions of increasing responsibility at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global leading management consulting firm, including Consultant, Project Leader, Principal, Partner and Managing Director. Dr. Fetzer served on the boards of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2005 to 2015 and of Cerulean Pharma, Inc. from 2009 to 2014, and has served on the board of Tecan Group AG, a publicly traded provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics, since 2011. Dr. Fetzer received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the College of Charleston, a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina, and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kieran T. Gallahue
Mr. Gallahue has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2018. Mr. Gallahue served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CareFusion Corporation, a medical products company, from 2011 until its acquisition by Becton, Dickinson and Company in 2015 for $12.3 billion. He previously served as President, CEO and a director of ResMed, a medical device firm serving the sleep disordered breathing and respiratory markets, and also held a variety of senior-level positions at Nanogen, Inc., Instrumentation Laboratory, Procter & Gamble Co., and General Electric Co. Mr. Gallahue is currently a member of the board of directors of two medical device companies, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and Intersect ENT. He previously served on the board of directors of Volcano Corporation, a developer of products for interventional cardiology and image guided therapy, from 2007 until its acquisition by Royal Philips in 2015. Mr. Gallahue also served on the Executive Committee of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a trade association representing 80% of medical technology firms in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Jarrett currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Development and Capital Markets of Uber Technologies, Inc., a transportation and technology company. Prior to joining Uber, Ms. Jarrett was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Arcus Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing next generation cancer immunotherapies. Prior to Arcus, Ms. Jarrett was Chief Financial Officer of Medivation, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2016. Before Medivation, Ms. Jarrett spent 20 years in investment banking, most recently at Citigroup, where she ran the firm’s west coast life sciences investment banking practice, and prior to that at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In 2014, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Ms. Jarrett currently serves on the boards of Arcus Biosciences and Audentes Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products. Ms. Jarrett received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Katharine Knobil, M.D.
Katharine Knobil, M.D., has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2020. Dr. Knobil currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research & Development at Kaleido, a position she has held since December 2018. Dr. Knobil spent more than 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), most recently serving as the corporate CMO, overseeing medical affairs, health outcomes, global clinical safety and medical governance across the pharmaceutical, vaccines, and consumer businesses. Previously she was CMO for Pharmaceuticals at GSK from 2015 to 2017, and prior to that was senior vice president, value evidence and outcomes. Dr. Knobil first joined GSK in 1997 as a research physician in respiratory clinical development, and subsequently held a number of roles, including leading the European respiratory clinical team, and building the late-stage clinical development for all therapeutic areas in China. Dr. Knobil was recently named one of 2018’s Fiercest Women in Life Sciences by FiercePharma. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Health Council and has been active with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Knobil received her B.A. from Cornell University, her M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Garry A. Neil, MD
Dr. Neil has served on our Board of Directors since February 2017. Dr. Neil serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of Aevi Genomic Medicine, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company focused on translating genetic discoveries into novel therapies to improve the lives of children and adults with pediatric onset life altering diseases, a position he has held since September 2013.
Prior to joining Aevi Genomic Medicine, Dr. Neil was a Partner at Apple Tree Partners, a life science private equity firm, from September 2012 to September 2013, and held a number of senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including most recently Corporate VP of Science & Technology at Johnson & Johnson from November 2007 to August 2012. Prior to these roles, Dr. Neil served as Group President at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, VP of R&D at Merck KGaA/EMD Pharmaceuticals, and VP of Clinical Research at AstraZeneca and Astra Merck. Dr. Neil holds a B.S. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Neil also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. He served on the board of GTx, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer and other serious medical conditions, until its merger with Oncternal Therapuetics in March 2019. Garry is the Founding Chairman of TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc., a non-profit pharmaceuticals industry R&D consortium. He also serves on the board of Reagan Udall Foundation and previously served on the board of Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and on the Science Management Review Board of the NIH. Dr. Neil is also the past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) Science and Regulatory Executive Committee and the PhRMA Foundation Board.
Manmeet S. Soni
Mr. Soni has served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases by targeting molecular pathways involved in the regulation of cellular metabolism and inflammation, since August 2019. From May 2017 to August 2019, Mr. Soni served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From March 2016 to February 2017, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-held biopharmaceutical company, when ARIAD was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Previously, Mr. Soni served as Chief Financial Officer of Pharmacyclics, Inc., a publicly-held biopharmaceutical company, until its acquisition by AbbVie, Inc. in May 2015. He first joined Pharmacyclics in September 2012 as corporate controller and served in various increasingly senior roles prior to being appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in February 2014. Prior to joining Pharmacyclics, Mr. Soni worked at ZELTIQ Aesthetics Inc., a publicly held medical technology company, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the Life Science and Venture Capital Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers India, providing audit and assurance services. Mr. Soni currently serves as director of Pulse Biosciences, Inc. He is a certified public accountant and completed his Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.