John has served as chairman of our board of directors since March 2015. John currently serves as chief executive officer and a board member of Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., having served as interim chief executive officer since October 2018. He is a recognized leader in the biopharmaceutical industry with more than 30 years of experience at leading global organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly & Company, ImClone, and Pfizer, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. John previously served on the board of directors of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Health Section Governing Board of Biotechnology Industry Organizations (BIO), and BioNJ.
John holds a BS from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Richard has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015. He currently is a partner and executive manager at Quaker Partners Management, LP, a healthcare investment firm, which he initially joined in 2003. Richard currently serves on the board of directors at Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc. and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Lehigh University. He previously served on the board of directors of Insmed; NuPathe, Inc.; Precision Therapeutics, Inc.; and Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Richard has held positions in sales, marketing, and worldwide business development at GlaxoSmithKline and served as investment manager at S.R. One. He practiced as a certified public accountant for 6 years at public accounting firms, including KPMG.
Richard holds an MBA with honors and a Certificate Degree in the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in accounting from Franklin and Marshall College.
Garheng is founder and managing partner of HealthQuest Capital and has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2015. He brings over 20 years of clinical, technical, and business experience in creating and building high-growth and innovation-based healthcare businesses. He currently serves on the board of directors of Alimera Sciences; Avedro, Inc.; Melinta Therapeutics, Inc.; and Laboratory Corporation of America. Garheng previously served as a general partner at Sofinnova Ventures and Intersouth Partners. Garheng’s early career included positions at GlaxoSmithKline, McKinsey, and TherOx before he started his investing career.
Garheng earned his MD, PhD, and MBA from Duke University and received 2 undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and biological sciences from Stanford University.
Matt has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has been president, chief executive officer and director of Strongbridge Biopharma plc since August of 2014. He brings extensive general management and commercial leadership experience to the company, including U.S. and global product launches, negotiation and execution of numerous business development transactions, significant experience in raising capital in the public markets, clinical development, and oversight of global technical operations.
Before joining Strongbridge, Matt was the chief commercial officer at Insmed, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, head of global commercial operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals and also held senior positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb in brand management and payer marketing, and at Johnson & Johnson in various U.S. and global commercial roles.
Matt was previously the chairman of the board of directors at Mast Therapeutics, Inc., and currently serves on the board of directors of Strongbridge Biopharma, Savara Pharmaceuticals, Zyla Life Science, and is a volunteer board member of The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey.
Matt holds MBA and BSBA degrees from Central Michigan University and earned his JD from Michigan State University College of Law.
Jeff currently serves as chief medical officer and executive vice president at Horizon Pharma plc, and has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2016. He brings more than 25 years of research, clinical development, regulatory and commercialization experience within the biopharmaceutical industry. Jeff also serves on the board of directors at Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is a member of a number of professional societies, a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP). He previously held senior leadership positions at IDM Pharma, Takeda Global Research and Development, NeoPharm, Searle/Pharmacia, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is a past president of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and serves as DIA liaison to the FDA Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative (CTTI).
Jeff earned his MD from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/The Chicago Medical School. He completed internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor and a member of the alumni board, and a fellowship program in infectious diseases at the University of California San Francisco, where he was also a research associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in allergy and immunology. He received a B.A. in Biology from Lake Forest College.
Mårten has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2014. Since April 2010, he has served as a Partner of HealthCap VI LP, a venture capital firm investing in life science companies. Prior to HealthCap, from February 2008 until March 2010, Mårten served as director at Merck Serono SA, a biopharmaceutical company. He previously served on the boards of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Wilson Therapeutics AB; Altimmune, Inc.; and FerroKin Biosciences.
Mårten holds an MD and a PhD in clinical chemistry and a BSc in business administration, all from Lund University.
Hilde has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014. She is currently chief executive officer at Staten Biotechnology, an early-stage company developing a human monoclonal antibody with a unique approach toward neutralizing apoC3, a key molecule in dyslipidemia management. She also serves as chief operations officer and co-founder of NorthSea Therapeutics B.V., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company with the lead candidate targeting NASH. Prior to joining Staten Biotechnology and NorthSea Therapeutics, Hilde served as head of strategic innovation management in the Nutrition and Health Division (EN), BASF, as well as head of global Omega-3 innovation management and head of investor relations for Pronova BioPharma. She is on the board of directors and acts as head of the Audit Committee of Nordic Nanovector ASA and director of PCI Biotech AS. She previously served as a member of the board of directors of Algeta ASA, Weifa AS, Invent2 AS, Alertis AS, Clavis Pharma ASA, and Biotech Pharmacon ASA.
Hilde holds a PhD in medical biochemistry from the University of Oslo.
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