Mr. Bochnowski has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014 and as Chairman of our board since June 2014. Since 1988, Mr. Bochnowski has served as the founder and Managing Member of Delphi Ventures, a venture capital firm. In 1993, Mr. Bochnowski co-founded Technology Venture Investors. Mr. Bochnowski holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
We believe Mr. Bochnowski is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant experience with venture capital backed healthcare companies and experience as both an executive officer and member of the board of directors of numerous companies.
Lisa Conte, Founder & CEO
Ms. Conte has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since she founded the company in June 2013. From 2001 to 2014, Ms. Conte served as the Chief Executive Officer of Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company she founded in November 2001. In 1989, Ms. Conte founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a natural product pharmaceutical company. Additionally, Ms. Conte is Napo Pharmaceutical’s current Interim Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of its board of directors since 2001. Ms. Conte is also currently a member of the board of directors of Healing Forest Conservatory, a California not-for-profit public benefit corporation. Ms. Conte holds an M.S. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.B.A. and A.B. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College.
We believe Ms. Conte is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive knowledge of our company and experience with our product and product candidates, as well as her experience managing and raising capital for public and private companies.
Mr. Qiu has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014. Since 2010, Mr. Qiu has served as a Principal of BioVeda China Fund, a life science investment firm. From 2009 to 2010, he served as an interpreter for the Delegation of the European Union to China. Mr. Qiu holds a B.S. in Biotechnology from the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.
We believe Mr. Qiu is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience evaluating, managing and investing in life science portfolio companies for BioVeda China Fund.
John Micek III
From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Micek was managing director of Silicon Prairie Partners, LP, a Palo Alto, California based family-owned venture fund. Since 2010, Mr. Micek has been managing partner of Verdant Ventures, a merchant bank dedicated to sourcing and funding university and corporate lab spinouts in areas including pharmaceuticals and cleantech. Mr. Micek serves on the board of directors of Armanino Foods of Distinction, Innovaro Corporation and JAL/Universal Assurors. He is also a board member and the CEO and CFO of Enova Systems, and from March 2014 to August 2015 he served as interim CFO for Smith Electric Vehicles Inc. From 2000-2003, he was on the board of directors of Universal Warranty Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMACI (a General Motors subsidiary). Mr. Micek is a cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is a practicing California attorney specializing in financial services. Additionally, he was an adjunct faculty professor in Corporate Governance and Ethics at the graduate school of Economics at the University of San Francisco in 2013 and 2014.
Jonathan B. Siegel
Jonathan B. Siegel recently founded JBS Healthcare Ventures to pursue investments in public and private healthcare entities. In 2017 he left Kingdon Capital, where he was principal of the firm, a member of the executive committee and the sector head for healthcare. He joined Kingdon in 2011 and has more than 18 years of investment experience. Prior to joining Kingdon, Siegel was with SAC Capital Advisors from 2005–2011, serving as a portfolio manager for healthcare starting in 2007. Before joining SAC, he was an associate director of pharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical research with Bear, Stearns & Co.; a research associate with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, specializing in pharmaceuticals; a consultant to the Life Sciences Division of Computer Sciences Corporation; a research associate at the Novartis Center for Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and a research assistant at Tufts University School of Medicine. Additionally, he previously served on the board of KV Pharmaceutical Company. Siegel received a BS in Psychology from Tufts University in 1995 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1999.
We believe Mr. Siegel is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive knowledge of Mytesi®, his background in the pharmaceutical investment sector, and his previous board experience in this space.
Jeff Johnson is a Partner at Sagard Holdings, and is based in New York. Jeff is active across Sagard’s public and private investments and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to this role, he was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst at Evercore Asset Management, where he invested across a range of sectors. Before that, Jeff was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Citigroup Asset Management where he was responsible for consumer and healthcare investments. He began his career at strategy consulting firm Braxton Associates.
We believe Mr. Johnson is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive investment experience and his prior experience as a board member in the healthcare space.
Mr. Divis currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Avadel Pharmaceuticals, an emerging branded specialty pharmaceutical company he joined in 2017. Prior to Avadel he served as an Executive-in-Residence and Operating Partner for Linden Capital, a healthcare-focused middle market private equity firm. Previous roles also include President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumara Health, a specialty-branded pharmaceutical company focused on women’s health, where Mr. Divis led the successful turnaround and transformation of the business resulting in a series of transactions culminating in the successful sale to AMAG Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Divis has also held such notable roles as Vice President, Business Development & Lifecycle Management at Sanofi-Aventis, and Vice-President and General Manager, UK and Ireland, for Schering-Plough Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mobius Therapeutics and previously served on the Board of Tolero Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Divis is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Mr. Divis’s extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and experience as both an executive officer and member of the board of directors of other companies led the Board to conclude that he is qualified to serve as a director of the Company.
Mr. MacNaughtan is an executive with more than 25 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience, with roles spanning financing, venture capital, royalty investing, business development, and process development. Most recently, he led the intellectual property investing strategy at CPPIB Credit Investments Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, for eight years, focused on the acquisition and securitization of pharmaceutical royalty streams. Prior to this, he was co-head of the royalty monetization fund at DRI Capital (formerly Drug Royalty Corp.). From 1999 to 2002, he was Vice President of Business Development at Paladin Labs, a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he led a team responsible for acquiring and licensing products for the Canadian market. He joined Paladin from Royal Bank Capital Corp., the venture capital subsidiary of RBC, where he was an investment manager. Mr. MacNaughtan began his career in the biopharmaceutical industry at Hemosol Inc. as a process development engineer. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Science from Queen’s University in Ontario, and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Mr. MacNaughtan’s extensive experience in specialty finance and the pharmaceutical industry led the Board to conclude that he is qualified to serve as a director of the Company.