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KindredBio Board of Directors
Ervin Veszprémi has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 15, 2013. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Invent Farma, a vertically integrated generics company, from January 2015 until October 2016. Previously he served as CEO of Medichem, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, between 2003 and 2014, and has nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 15 years in the animal health sector. Mr. Veszprémi served as the Vice President and Global Head of Marketing for Novartis Animal Health, one of the largest veterinary companies in the world, from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Veszprémi holds a physiology degree from the University of British Columbia and has studied management at Harvard Business School and Stanford University. Because of his extensive experience in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, his extensive experience in commercialization, and his knowledge of the global animal health market, Mr. Veszprémi is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.
Raymond Townsend, PharmD
Raymond Townsend, Pharm.D., was appointed to our Board of Directors on November 11, 2013. From 2001 until his retirement in 2017, Dr. Townsend served as the President of Wasatch Health Outcomes, Inc., his personal consulting firm engaged in providing support for pharmaceutical product development, pricing and commercialization. From 1978 to 1988, Dr. Townsend was employed in various positions at the Upjohn Company, where he pioneered the first modern pharmacoeconomic research department within the pharmaceutical industry. Between 1988 and 1997, he served in various positions at Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline), culminating in the positions of Worldwide Director and Vice President, Outcomes, Epidemiology and Policy Research. Between 1998 and 2001, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outcomes Services, Inc. From 2004 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President, Pharmacoeconomic & Epidemiology Outcomes Research, at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Townsend earned a B.A. in Economics at California State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Townsend is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in senior management roles in the pharmaceutical industry.
Herbert D. Montgomery
Herbert D. Montgomery was appointed to our Board of Directors effective April 15, 2016. Mr. Montgomery has worked as a consultant providing senior management and financial consulting services since January 2009. From January 2001 until December 2008, Mr. Montgomery was Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lightpost Holdings, LLC. From November 1999 to May 2001, Mr. Montgomery was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Standard Media International. From January 1998 to November 1999, Mr. Montgomery was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cotelligent, Inc. From June 1994 to January 1998, Mr. Montgomery was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Guy F. Atkinson. Mr. Montgomery has taken three companies public and has served as financial advisor of technology, product and services companies over the last 30 years. Mr. Montgomery holds a Master of Science degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Montgomery was Chairman of the Board and Director of The Institute for OneWorld Health, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded nonprofit organization, engaged in developing drugs for neglected diseases, from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Montgomery was a Board Director of Bank of San Clemente from 1987 to 1991. Because of his extensive experience in senior management roles, including in the pharmaceutical industry, and his financial expertise, Mr. Montgomery is well qualified to serve on our Board.
Ernest Mario, PhD
Ernest Mario, Ph.D., was appointed to our Board of Directors effective April 2, 2018 and previously served as a member of the Board from February 15, 2013 until May 23, 2016. Dr. Mario served as Deputy Chairman of Glaxo Holdings plc from 1992 to 1993 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 1993. From 1993 until 2001, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ALZA Corporation, a drug delivery technology company acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2001. From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Mario served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline. He currently is Chairman of Soleno Therapeutics Inc., a public pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic products to treat migraine and allergic rhinitis. He is also a Venture Partner with Pappas Ventures and serves on a number of corporate boards, including the following public companies: Soleno Therapeutics Inc., Celgene Corporation and Eyenovia Inc. Dr. Mario earned a B.S. in pharmacy at Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical sciences at the University of Rhode Island. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Rhode Island and Rutgers University. In 2007 he was awarded the Remington Medal by the American Pharmacists’ Association, pharmacy’s highest honor. Because of his extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and his extensive experience serving on public company boards of directors, Dr. Mario is well qualified to serve on our Board.
Joseph S. McCracken DVM, MS
Dr. Joseph S. McCracken, D.V.M., was appointed to our Board of Directors effective April 20, 2018. Dr. McCracken currently advises biopharmaceutical companies on the design and implementation of corporate strategy and business development initiatives. Dr. McCracken also serves on the boards of biopharmaceutical companies, including as a Director of Alkahest, Inc., Savara Pharmaceuticals, Regimmune Inc. and EdiGene Corporation, and he previously served as a Director of NexVet. From July 2011 to September 2013, Dr. McCracken was Vice President and Global Head of Business Development & Licensing for Roche Pharma, a research-focused healthcare company, where he was responsible for Roche Pharma’s global in-licensing and out-licensing activities. From October 2009 until July 2011 he was General Manager, Roche Pharma Japan & Asia Regional Head, Roche Partnering. Prior to joining Roche Pharma, Dr. McCracken held the position of Vice President, Business Development at Genentech for 10 years, and previously held similar positions at Aventis Pharma and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer. Dr. McCracken holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. We believe Dr. McCracken’s extensive experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries qualifies him to serve on the Board of Directors.
Richard Chin, MD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Chin is a Harvard-trained physician and a former Rhodes Scholar with a track record of almost a dozen drug approvals and over 50 INDs. Drugs Richard developed, including Lucentis®, Xolair®, Tysabri®, and Rituxan® for immune diseases, have current aggregate sales of well over $10 billion per year.
Previously, Richard was Head of Clinical Research for the Biotherapeutics Unit at Genentech where he oversaw all of Genentech’s drug development programs except oncology products; Senior VP of Global Development at Elan; CEO of Oxigene, a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company; and CEO of OneWorld Health, a Gates Foundation-funded nonprofit developing drugs for impoverished patients in developing countries. Richard was named by BusinessWeek in 2006 as one of 99 youngest public company CEOs in the United States. He has authored several major textbooks on clinical development and teaches drug development at UCSF.
Founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer
Denise Bevers is an experienced pharmaceutical executive with a distinguished career in clinical operations, medical affairs, and scientific communications. With over 20 years of pharmaceutical and research experience, she has successfully managed dozens of product launches and development programs from Phase I through Phase IV. Ms. Bevers previously held leadership positions at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Quintiles, and SkyePharma. Prior to co-founding KindredBio, she was President and Founding Partner of SD Scientific, a full-service medical affairs and communications company.