Board of Directors
Since October 2016, Mr. Altmeyer has served as the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Axovant Sciences GmbH and he previously served as the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Axovant Sciences, Inc. from March 2015 to October 2016. Both Axovant Sciences GmbH and Axovant Sciences, Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Axovant Sciences Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company. From February 2009 to December 2014, Mr. Altmeyer served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Prior to his time at Otsuka, Mr. Altmeyer served in a number of executive leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, including Senior Vice President, Global Commercialization from 2006 to 2008 and Senior Vice President, Neuroscience Business Unit from 2002 to 2005 during the approval and launch of Abilify, a branded drug used to treat multiple psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Mr. Altmeyer also currently serves on the non-profit board of Contact of Mercer County. Mr. Altmeyer received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Altmeyer’s extensive experience serving in executive leadership roles at pharmaceutical companies qualifies him to serve on the Board.
Since April 1, 2017, Ms. Curran has served as President, Global Inflammation and Immunology Franchise of Celgene Corporation, an American biotechnology company that discovers, develops and commercializes medicines for cancer and inflammatory disorders. Previously, she was Head of Worldwide Markets for the I&I Franchise. Ms. Curran joined Celgene in 2013 as the U.S. Commercial Head of the I&I Franchise and built the capabilities and recruited the teams that executed the successful U.S. launch of OTEZLA®. Before Celgene, she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager — Global Women’s Health business at Merck and Co., Inc. At Merck, she was responsible for all commercial activities within the global business and led a number of successful global product launches. Prior to Merck, Ms. Curran was a General Manager at Schering-Plough where she successfully launched Remicade in Switzerland and Australia. From March 2014 to March 2017, Ms. Curran served as a director of H. Lundbeck A/S, a global pharmaceutical company specialized in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Ms. Curran received her B.S. and Graduate Diploma of Marketing degrees from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. We believe that Ms. Curran’s extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the life sciences industry qualifies her to serve on the Board.
Since July 2013, Mr. Guinan has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, a provider of diagnostic information services. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry. Previously, he had served in a number of finance and operations roles in a long career at Johnson & Johnson including 2009 to 2010 as Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, and 2005 to 2009 as Vice President, Group Finance Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 1997, he held a number of financial roles at Procter & Gamble. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Olin Business School at the Washington University in St. Louis. We believe that Mr. Guinan’s substantial executive management, business development and financial experience qualify him to serve on the Board.
Dr. Manchester currently serves as a Managing Director and Head of Life Sciences for QVT Financial LP, an investment firm, where he has been employed since 2005, and focuses on investments in both publicly-traded and privately-owned life sciences companies. Prior to joining QVT Financial, Dr. Manchester was Vice President of Business Development from 2002 to 2004 and Director of Business Development from 2000 to 2002 at Applied Molecular Evolution, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 1999 to 2000, Dr. Manchester was an associate at Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From 1997 to 1999, he was an investment banker in the healthcare group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Manchester also currently serves as a director of Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, and of Roivant Sciences Ltd., our majority shareholder, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Roivant Sciences, Inc., a drug development and commercialization company. He also currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Medigene, AG, a biotechnology company. Dr. Manchester received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. We believe Dr. Manchester’s medical background, significant knowledge of the life sciences industry and his experience as a life sciences investor qualify him to serve on the Board.
Mr. Ramaswamy is the founder of Roivant Sciences Ltd., a drug development and commercialization company, and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roivant Sciences Ltd., our majority stockholder, a position he has held since May 2014. From March 2015 to April 2017, Mr. Ramaswamy served as the Principal Executive Officer of Axovant Sciences Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, and the Chief Executive Officer of its wholly owned subsidiary, Axovant Sciences, Inc. From August 2007 to May 2014, Mr. Ramaswamy was a member of the investment team at QVT Financial LP., a privately-owned investment firm. In addition, in 2007, Mr. Ramaswamy co-founded and served as the President of Campus Venture Network, Inc., a technology company that was acquired in 2009. Mr. Ramaswamy currently serves as a director of Roivant Sciences Ltd., as well as chairman of the board of directors of Axovant Sciences Ltd. and Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Ramaswamy received his A.B. in Biology from Harvard College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. We believe that Mr. Ramaswamy’s experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc. and as a director of publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies, as well as his experience as a life sciences investor, qualify him to serve on the Board.
From April 2009 to June 2014, Ms. Sebelius served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, or HHS. As Secretary of HHS, she presided over 11 operating divisions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health and oversaw the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Sebelius was Governor of Kansas. From 1995 until 2003, Ms. Sebelius held the position of Kansas Insurance Commissioner, and from 1987 to 1995, she served in the Kansas House of Representatives. Ms. Sebelius also currently serves as a director of Dermira, Inc., a medical dermatology company, Humacyte, Inc., a regenerative medical technology company, and Grand Rounds, Inc., a healthcare technology company. Ms. Sebelius received her B.A. in political science from Trinity Washington University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. We believe that Ms. Sebelius’ extensive experience in executive leadership and public health qualify her to serve on the Board.
Dr. Seely is the Principal Executive Officer of Myovant Sciences Ltd. and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Myovant Sciences, Inc. From March 2005 to October 2015, Dr. Seely served as Chief Medical Officer of Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where she served on the Executive Committee and led the development of XTANDI® for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer from IND-enabling studies through to NDA approval and post-approval clinical studies. Dr. Seely was responsible for building the clinical organization at Medivation, Inc., as well as the regulatory, quality, project management, medical affairs and biologics manufacturing functions. Dr. Seely previously served as Vice President of Clinical Development at Anesiva, Inc. (formerly Corgentech), a biopharmaceutical company, and at Cytyc Health Corporation, a medical device company. In addition, she currently serves as a director of Blueprint Medicines Corporation, a biotechnology company. Dr. Seely received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After serving as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, she completed her basic science and clinical fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. We believe that Dr. Seely’s position as our Principal Executive Officer and her extensive prior experience in the biopharmaceutical industry qualify her to serve on the Board.