Jay Lichter, Ph.D.
Chairman and Co-FounderJay Lichter, Ph.D. has served as chairman of our board of directors since August 2015, and as a board member since May 2008. Dr. Lichter served as our Chief Executive Officer from inception until November 2010. He is an experienced biotechnology and pharmaceutical business executive with 25 years of experience in management, scientific research and business development. Since 2007, Dr. Lichter has been a managing director at Avalon Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on information technology and life sciences. In that role, he led Avalon’s investments in and served as a director and chief executive officer for privately-held biotechnology companies Afraxis, Inc., Carolus Therapeutics, Inc., ReVision Therapeutics, Inc. and Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Lichter also led Avalon’s investments in or serves on the board of privately-held companies Sova Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Avelas Biosciences, Inc., COI Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sitari Pharmaceuticals Corp. Dr. Lichter received a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He also completed post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University and Du Pont Merck Pharmaceutical Company.
James B. Breitmeyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Board MemberJames B. Breitmeyer, MD., Ph.D. has served on our board of directors since June 2018. Since September 2015, Dr. Breitmeyer has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Oncternal Therapeutics, Inc. a clinical-stage oncology biotechnology company. He has been a director of Zogenix, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, since March 2014, and was their acting Chief Medical Officer from August 2012 to February 2013. Previously, Dr. Breitmeyer served as President of Bavarian Nordic, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Bavarian A/S, a multinational corporation headquartered in Denmark, from February 2013 to July 2015. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of Development and Chief Medical Officer of Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from August 2006 to August 2012, and the Chief Medical Officer of Applied Molecular Evolution Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Co., a global pharmaceutical company, from December 2001 to August 2006. Dr. Breitmeyer has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute, and as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research & Development for North America at Serono Laboratories Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Breitmeyer served as a founding collaborator and scientific advisor to lmmunogen Inc., a biotechnology company, and held clinical and teaching positions at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Breitmeyer earned his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.
Board MemberVickie Capps has served on our board of directors since March 2014. From July 2002 to December 2013, Ms. Capps was the Chief Financial Officer of DJO Global, Inc. Ms. Capps joined DJO Global, Inc. in 2002. Prior to joining DJO Global, Inc., Ms. Capps served as the Chief Financial Officer of several other public and private companies. Earlier in her career, Ms. Capps was a Senior Audit and Accounting Professional at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Capps is currently a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Consonance Capital Partners, or CCP, a healthcare investment firm, and is an Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of CCP’s portfolio company, Eagle Rx, Inc. Ms. Capps is also a member of the board of directors of Connecture, Inc., a public company, and RF Surgical Systems, Inc., and is the chair of the audit committees of both companies. From 2007 to July 2010, Ms. Capps served as a member of the board of directors of SenoRx, Inc., prior to its acquisition by C. R. Bard, Inc. in July 2010. In addition, Ms. Capps serves as a member of the board of directors of the San Diego State University Research Foundation and is a member of its audit committee and its finance and investment committee. Ms. Capps is a California Certified Public Accountant and was recognized as CFO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal in 2009 and 2010. Ms. Capps holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from San Diego State University.
Board MemberIain McGill has served on our board of directors since August 2016. Mr. McGill has served as senior vice president, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Europe and Rest of World for Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC since March 2015. In this role, he has responsibility for all ex-US operations and leads a multidisciplinary team covering commercial, development, medical, legal, compliance, business development and finance. From March 2014 to March 2015, Mr. McGill served as head of EUSA Pharma and senior vice president, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and as chief commercial officer, EUSA Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from June 2012 to March 2014, when he joined Jazz Pharmaceuticals in connection with its acquisition of EUSA Pharma. From October 2011 to June 2012, Mr. McGill served as chief commercial officer at EUSA Pharma (Europe) Ltd. From August 2010 to September 2011, he served as president Europe, international & global marketing of EUSA Pharma (Europe) Ltd, and from January 2010 to July 2010, as president of Europe. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. McGill served as vice president and global business manager at Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company acquired by Pfizer Inc. Previously, Mr. McGill held commercial positions of increasing responsibility over thirteen years with Novartis, Roche and Syntex. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of London.
Heather Preston, M.D.
Board MemberHeather Preston, M.D. has served on our board of directors since August 2010. Dr. Preston is currently employed as a Partner and Managing Director of TPG Biotech, a biotechnology venture capital firm. Dr. Preston joined TPG in 2005. She currently serves on the board of directors of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company and on the boards of a number of private companies. Prior to joining TPG Biotech, Dr. Preston served for two years as a medical device and biotechnology venture capital investor at JP Morgan Partners, LLC, a private equity firm. Prior to that, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Preston served as a leader of the pharmaceutical and medical products consulting practice at McKinsey & Co. in New York. Dr. Preston holds a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of London and an MD from the University of Oxford. After leaving Oxford, Dr. Preston completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University. Dr. Preston completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then sub-specialized in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at U.C.S.F. During Dr. Preston’s academic career, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Fulbright Cancer Research Scholarship, a Harlech Scholarship and a Science and Engineering Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship Award.
Board MemberTed Schroeder has served on our board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Schroeder is the president, CEO, director and co-founder of Zavante Therapeutics. His accomplishments at Zavante include raising $45 million in Series A financing to support the development of the company’s first-in-class injectable antibiotic to treat serious infections. Previously, Mr. Schroeder co-founded Cadence Pharmaceuticals in 2004 and served as president, CEO and member of the board of directors until the company’s acquisition by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in 2014 for $1.4 billion. Under his leadership, Cadence raised in excess of $400 million from private and public investors including completion of a successful IPO, and established a strong hospital-based sales and marketing presence in support of its acute care product. Prior to co-founding Cadence he held several roles at Elan Pharmaceuticals including senior vice president of North America sales and marketing and vice president and general manager of the Hospital Products Business Unit, a role he also held at Dura Pharmaceuticals before its acquisition by Elan. Prior to joining Dura, Mr. Schroeder held a number of hospital-related sales and marketing positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Schroeder currently serves on the board of Cidara Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CDTX) and previously served on the boards of Hyperion Therapeutics, Incline Therapeutics and Trius Therapeutics until their respective acquisitions. Mr. Schroeder is a member of the Sharp Hospital Foundation board and chair of the BIOCOM board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Rutgers University. In 2014, Mr. Schroeder was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the San Diego region and was named a national EOY finalist that same year.
David A. Weber, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member
David A. Weber, Ph.D. has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and on our board of directors since November 2010. Prior to joining us, Dr. Weber served from February 2004 to April 2010 as the Chief Executive Officer of MacuSight, Inc., a developer of a sustained delivery formulation of sirolimus for the treatment of severe ophthalmic diseases. Prior to MacuSight, Dr. Weber served as acting Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Oculex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of intraocular pharmaceuticals and drug delivery systems, until its acquisition by Allergan in 2003. Dr. Weber has also held management positions with Oral-B Laboratories, a developer and manufacturer of oral hygiene products, and with Procter & Gamble, Co., a consumer products company. Dr. Weber received his Ph.D. in medical microbiology from Creighton University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences from Wichita State University.