President and CEO
Mr. Hasnain has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and one of our directors since November 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Hasnain was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Facet Biotech Corporation, a biology driven antibody company with a focus in multiple sclerosis and oncology. He held that position from December 2008 until the company's acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in April 2010.
Previously, Mr. Hasnain was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDL BioPharma, Inc. from October 2008 until Facet Biotech was spun off from PDL BioPharma in December 2008. From October 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Hasnain served at Biogen Idec Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer, most recently as Executive Vice President in charge of the oncology/rheumatology strategic business unit. Prior to Biogen Idec, Mr. Hasnain held roles with Bristol Myers Squibb, where he was President of the Oncology Therapeutics Network, and for 14 years at GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor organizations. Mr. Hasnain was appointed Chairman of the Board of Ambit Biosciences Corporation in November 2010 and serves on the board of directors of Aragon Pharmaceuticals. He has been Chairman of the Board of Sente, Inc. since 2008 and served as a member of the board of directors of Tercica, Inc. Mr. Hasnain received a B.H.K. and B.Ed. from the University of Windsor Ontario in Canada.
Chief Technology Officer and Founder
Dr. Boehm has served as our Chief Technology Officer since October 2011, as well as our Vice President of Chemistry from May 2009 to October 2011, and he is
a Co-Founder. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Boehm served as the Vice President of Chemistry for Apoptos, Inc., which we acquired in May 2009. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Boehm held the position of Senior Director of Chemistry at Biogen Idec with responsibility for multiple medicinal chemistry programs and served as the head of chemistry for the San Diego site. Dr. Boehm formerly served as Vice President of Chemistry at Conforma Therapeutics until its acquisition by Biogen Idec in 2006. Prior to joining Conforma, Dr. Boehm held various positions with progressing responsibility in medicinal chemistry at Ligand Pharmaceuticals, where he led chemistry efforts on multiple intracellular receptor (IRs) programs. Dr. Boehm received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from State University of New York Stony Brook and completed a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Cooper joined us as Chief Financial Officer in February 2013. Prior to joining us, during 2012, Mr. Cooper was the Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Geron Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer therapies. From 2006 until 2011, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on obesity. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Cooper held positions of increasing responsibility including Director, Health Care Investment Banking, at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he was responsible for executing and managing a wide variety of financing and merger and acquisition transactions in the life sciences field. From August 1992 to January 1995, he worked as an accountant at Deloitte & Touche, and was previously a C.P.A. Mr. Cooper holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Gujrathi has served as our Chief Medical Officer since June 2011. She joined us from Bristol Myers Squibb where she was Vice President of the Global Clinical Research Group in Immunology from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining BMS, Dr. Gujrathi worked at Genentech where she held roles of increasing responsibility in the Immunology, Tissue Growth and Repair clinical development group from 2002 to 2008. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Gujrathi was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare practice where she provided strategic advice on a variety of projects in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Gujrathi received her B.S. with highest distinction in Biomedical Engineering and M.D. from Northwestern University in their accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine. She received additional training at University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University in their Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ms. Mineo has served as our Vice President, Corporate Development since July 2009 and is responsible for our collaborations with AbbVie, Ono and Lilly and our partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Mineo has 23 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including in roles of increasing responsibility from 1997 to 2009, leading to Senior Director of Business Development for Neurocrine Biosciences. Prior to Neurocrine, Ms. Mineo served in various capacities in research, marketing and business development for such companies as Amgen, DNAX Research Institute, Schering Plough and Baxter Biotech. She began her career in 1987 with Amgen as a member of a cellular biology team. Ms. Mineo holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis and received her M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Chief Scientific Officer and Founder
Dr. Peach has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since October 2011, as well as our Vice President of Biology from May 2009 to October 2011, and he is a Co-Founder. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Peach co founded and served as the Vice President of Biology for Apoptos, Inc., which we acquired in May 2009. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Peach was Senior Director of Oncology Discovery at Biogen Idec where he had responsibility for several bicoastal research programs. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Peach served as Director of Antibody Discovery and Tumor Immunology at IDEC Pharmaceuticals and at the merged Biogen Idec where he worked on developing new autoimmune therapeutic opportunities. Prior to joining Biogen Idec, Dr. Peach held several research positions with increasing responsibility at Bristol Myers Squibb from 1991 to 2000. He received his B.S. and M.S. (1st class honors) from the University of Canterbury and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Mr. Schmidt has served as our Vice President, Finance and Administration since November 2009 and Senior Director of Finance and Operations from May 2009 to October 2009. During 2007, he provided consulting services for Apoptos, Inc., which we acquired in May 2009, and from 2008 to 2009, he served as Senior Director of Finance and Operations for Apoptos, Inc. He was formerly Senior Director of Finance and Operations at Conforma Therapeutics from 2001 until its acquisition by Biogen Idec in 2006 where he assisted in the transition and integration of the companies. Prior to that, from 1986 to 2001 Mr. Schmidt served in various financial and operational roles including Chief Financial Officer for Kent SeaTech Corporation, Controller for Medical Imaging Centers of America, Inc., MCA, Inc./MCA Concerts, Inc. and Manager of Accounting-Retirement Inns of America, Inc. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand and received his B.S. in Accounting and Corporate Finance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.