Board of Directors
Dr. Göran Ando has had a distinguished career in the global pharmaceutical industry that has spanned nearly four decades. He began his career at Pfizer, Inc., where he held several senior clinical positions both in the U.S. and in Europe. Dr. Ando also served as President of the Astra Research Centre. He held various senior appointments at GlaxoSmithKline plc, including Research and Development Director for Glaxo Group Research.. Dr. Ando then joined Pharmacia AB in 1995 as Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer to lead Research and Development with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, information technology, business development and M&A. During his nine-year tenure as Head of Research and Development at Pharmacia/Pharmacia & Upjohn, 17 new drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to Pharmacia’s acquisition by Pfizer for $60 billion.
Dr. Ando is the retired Chairman of Novo Nordisk A/S and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cell Tech Group PLC. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for several European-based biopharmaceutical companies and he currently serves as a Board member of biopharmaceutical companies in Europe, U.S. and Singapore. He is a Senior Advisor at EW Healthcare Partners. Dr. Ando received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and Doctor of Medicine degree from Linköping University in Sweden.
Ms. Lurker has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia), now a part of Pfizer, Inc. She also served as a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as chair of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, both privately held companies. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, in addition to serving as a director of PDI, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. We believe Ms. Lurker is qualified to serve on our Board because of her role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as her broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches, which provide her with valuable expertise and perspective on our corporate strategy, management, operations and governance.
Dr. Guyer currently serves as Executive Chairman of Ophthotech Corporation, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company specializing in gene therapy treatments for ocular diseases, which he co-founded. Before founding Opthotech, Dr. Guyer served as a partner and venture partner at SV Life Sciences Advisers, a venture capital firm focused on healthcare. Dr. Guyer co-founded Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2000 until it was acquired by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2005. Prior to co-founding Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Guyer was a Professor and served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oxurion NV, a publicly traded biotechnology company.
Dr. Guyer received a B.S. from Yale College and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Guyer completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retinal fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Mazzo has been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc., a Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, or NASDAQ, listed company, since January 2015. Caladrius is a clinical stage development company with a pipeline of cell therapy product candidates in autoimmune disease (type I diabetes) and select cardiovascular indications. Prior to joining Caladrius, Dr. Mazzo served from August 2008 to October 2014 as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Regado Biosciences, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antithrombotic drug systems for acute and sub-acute cardiovascular indications. Prior to his leading Regado, from March 2007 to April 2008, Dr. Mazzo was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Æterna Zentaris, Inc., a publicly held international biopharmaceutical company. From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Mazzo served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Chugai Pharma USA, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company which was the U.S. subsidiary of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Japan. Dr. Mazzo has also held senior management and executive positions in research and development and/or directorships with the Essex Chimie European subsidiary at Schering-Plough Corporation, a publicly held pharmaceutical company that was subsequently acquired by Merck & Co., Inc.; Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Hoechst AG, which was subsequently acquired by Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceuticals company; and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a subsidiary of Rhone-Poulene SA, a French pharmaceuticals company, which was subsequently acquired by Hoechst AG. He also previously served on the board of directors of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2005 until Avanir was sold to Otsuka Holdings in 2015. Dr. Mazzo earned a B.A. in the Honors Program (Interdisciplinary Humanities) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University. In addition, Dr. Mazzo received his M.S. in chemistry and his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was also a research fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. We believe Dr. Mazzo is qualified to serve on our Board because his extensive experience as an executive officer and director in the life sciences industry, his understanding of the strategic and regulatory environment in which we conduct our business, his lengthy track record in global product development, his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and his broad scientific and managerial background provide him expertise in the oversight of companies in this sector and the ability to guide such companies through varying operating climates.
Mr. Rogers serves as Chief Financial Officer of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals,Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing first-in-class treatments for ocular diseases. Previosuly, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Acorda Therapeutics,Inc., a biotechnology company focused on neurological disorders, from October 2013 until October 2016. From June 2009 to October 2012, Mr. Rogers served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BG Medicine,Inc., a company focused on the development of novel biomarker-based diagnostics. Mr. Rogers was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Teasurer of Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from February 1999 until April 2009. Mr. Rogers was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer at Advanced Health Corporation, a health care information technology company, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of AutoImmune, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and Vice President, Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers, Inc. and at PaineWebber, Inc. Mr. Rogers is the chairman of the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative medicines to people with renal disease. Mr.Rogers was previously a director of Coronado Biosciences, Inc. We believe Mr. Rogers is qualified to serve on our Board because of his significant experience as CFO of various companies and as an investment banker have provided him with expertise in strategic transactions, corporate operations, financial management, taxes, accounting, controls, finance and financial reporting in the life sciences industry as well as valuable insight into the strategy of our company.
Mr. Godshall serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Shockwave Medical, a privately held company which is creating and commercializing interventional devices designed to better address patients with problematic cardiovascular calcification. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of HeartWare International, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company, and its predecessor HeartWare Limited, a medical device company focused on heart failure, from September 2006 until August 2016 and as director from October 2006 until August 2016. HeartWare was acquired by Medtronic PLC in August 2016. Prior to joining HeartWare Limited, Mr. Godshall served in various executive and managerial positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he had been employed since 1990, including as a member of Boston Scientific’s Operating Committee. From January 2005 he served as President, Vascular Surgery, and for the prior five years as Vice President, Business Development, focused on acquisition strategies for the cardiology, electrophysiology, neuroradiology and vascular surgery divisions. Mr. Godshall has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lafayette College and Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University. Mr. Godshall has served on the board of directors of Vital Therapies, Inc., a public company traded on NASDAQ that develops cell-based therapies for the treatment of liver disease, since May 2013, and the board of directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, a national trade association, since May 2014. We believe Mr. Godshall is qualified to serve on our Board because his managerial experience at public, life sciences companies provides him insights as a successful life sciences entrepreneur with in-depth knowledge of medical product strategy and development.
Dr. Duker is the Director of the New England Eye Center, where he has served in various capacities since 1992. He is also Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. He has published more than 200 journal articles related to ophthalmology and is co-author of Yanoff and Duker’s Ophthalmology, a best-selling ophthalmic text. Dr. Duker is co-founder of three companies, including Hemera Biosciences, Inc., a privately held company seeking to develop anti-compliment gene-based therapies for the treatment of dry and wet age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Duker serves as a director of Hemera and Eleven Biotherapeutics, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company advancing a broad pipeline of novel anti-cancer agents based on its Targeted Protein Therapeutics. Dr. Duker received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. We believe Dr. Duker is qualified to serve on our Board because his extensive clinical and academic experience and expertise in ophthalmology coupled with his leadership as co-founder of other life sciences companies provide him with valuable clinical, scientific and commercial insight to bring to our company.
Ms. Peterson has over 30 years of healthcare industry experience. She most recently served from 2009 to 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of Valeritas, Inc., a medical technology company focused on innovative drug delivery systems, and as a strategic advisor to Valeritas until August 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Peterson served as Company Group Chair of Johnson & Johnson's biotech groups from 2006 to 2009, and as Executive Vice President of Johnson & Johnson's global strategic marketing organization from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Biovail Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and President of Biovail Pharmaceuticals from 2003 to 2004. Ms. Peterson began her career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, holding assignments of increasing responsibility spanning marketing, sales and general management, including running a cardiovascular/metabolic business unit and a generics division. Ms. Peterson is also a director of Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Immunogen, Inc. and Amarin Corporation plc, and within the past five years also served as a director of Valeritas, Inc. Ms. Peterson earned a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. We believe Ms. Peterson is qualified to serve on our Board because of her extensive executive management and sales and marketing experience in both large, multinational pharmaceutical and smaller biotechnology companies, in particular as it relates to later stage development and commercialization, as well as her other public company board experience.
Ron Eastman joined Essex Woodlands in 2006 as a Partner, and was appointed Managing Director in 2008.
Mr. Eastman led and served on the Board of Directors of EW's growth equity investment in ProteinSimple (acquired by Bio-Techne). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of EW portfolio companies Elusys, Corium, Suneva and Symphogen.
Mr. Eastman has over 40 years of experience in building healthcare businesses. He began his career at American Cyanamid Company, which was acquired by American Home Products (now Pfizer), where Mr. Eastman spent 15 years managing various pharmaceutical products, divisions and subsidiaries in the U.S. and overseas. Later as CEO of Geron, Mr. Eastman led the company's growth from a venture-backed start-up to a publicly traded pioneer in the fields of regenerative medicine and cancer. Most recently, at Rinat, a private biotech company spun out of Genentech with the support of EW in late 2001, Mr. Eastman led the effort to build the first company dedicated to discovering and developing large molecule drugs for treating nervous system disorders. Rinat was acquired by Pfizer for $500M in 2006.
Mr. Eastman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University
Dr. Landis is currently President of the Board of Exelead, a lipid drug delivery CMO, and serves on the Board of Symphogen, a company developing mixtures of monoclonal antibodies against oncology targets, where he chairs the development committee. He also chairs the Purdue University External Oncology Board, helping the faculty to transition their discoveries to the clinic. He is a current member of Purdue University’s Chemistry Leadership Council for the School of Science.
Dr. Landis earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Kent State University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 2008.