Board of Directors
Mr. Aldrich is a co-founder and Partner of Longwood Fund. He has co-founded and helped to build several successful biotech companies including Concert Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CNCE), where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SIRT acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2008), and Longwood portfolio companies Alnara Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Eli Lilly in 2010), Verastem (NASDAQ: VSTM), OvaScience (NASDAQ: OVAS), where he serves as Lead Director and FlexPharma (NASDAQ FLKS). Mr. Aldrich also serves as a Director of Longwood portfolio companies Mitobridge, Inc., Colorescience, Inc. and KalVista Pharmaceuticals. Prior to co-founding Longwood, he was General Partner of RA Capital, a biotechnology investment fund he co-founded in 2001. Mr. Aldrich was also a founding employee of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) where he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer and managed all commercial and operating functions from 1989 to 2001. Prior to joining Vertex, Mr. Aldrich held several management positions at Biogen, Inc. Mr. Aldrich also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Mr. Aldrich received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Aldrich’s broad-based experience in business, including his leadership and board experience at life science companies, and his familiarity with our business as a co-founder of our company allows him to be a key contributor to our board of directors.
Thomas G. Auchincloss, Jr. has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2014. Since October 2013, Mr. Auchincloss has served as Managing Partner at Counterpoint Trading Company, LLC, a private investment firm. From May 2005 to August 2007, Mr. Auchincloss worked as Chief Financial Officer of Metabolix, Inc., a public biomaterials company. Prior to joining Metabolix, Mr. Auchincloss served as a consultant with Metabolix from April 2002 to May 2005 providing business development, financial and strategic consulting services. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Auchincloss served in a variety of positions at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, most recently as vice president, finance and treasurer. Mr. Auchincloss is trustee and Treasurer of Kieve Wavus Education, Inc. a not-for-profit camp and education organization. Mr. Auchincloss received a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School. We believe that Mr. Auchincloss’ financial and industry experience, including his experience as the chief financial officer of a publically traded biomaterials company, makes him a key contributor to our board of directors.
Ronald W. Barrett, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2007. Dr. Barrett was a founder of XenoPort, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2015, its Chief Scientific Officer from 1999 to 2001 and as a member of its board of directors from 1999 to 2015. Prior to XenoPort, Dr. Barrett held various positions at Affymax Research Institute, a drug discovery company now owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc, and Abbott Laboratories, a healthcare company. Dr. Barrett received a B.S. from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Rutgers University. We believe that Dr. Barrett’s industry and board experience, including his experience as the chief executive officer of a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, makes him a key contributor to our Board of Directors.
Meghan FitzGerald, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2016. Since December 2016, Ms. FitzGerald has served as a Managing Partner at L1 Health LLC. From May 2015 to October 2016, Ms. FitzGerald served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Policy at Cardinal Health. From October 2010 until May 2015, she served as President, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions. From March 2008 to July 2010, she was Senior Vice President, New Markets International Division and Business Development, with Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Currently, she is also a member of the Board of Directors of SeniorLink, a privately held provider of in home elder care and GELESIS, a privately held biotechnology company. Dr. FitzGerald obtained a Doctor of Public Health degree at New York Medical College, focusing on health policy. She also earned a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fairfield University. Dr. FitzGerald’s broad-based experience in business, including her leadership and board experience in the healthcare industry, allow her to be a key contributor to our board of directors.
Peter Barton Hutt has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2006. Mr. Hutt has practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP, specializing in food and drug law, since 1960 (except for the period from 1971 to 1975) and currently serves as senior counsel. From 1971 to 1975 he was Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Hutt is a member of the board of directors of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, DBV Technologies SA, Q Therapeutics, Inc. and Xoma Ltd., each of which is a public biotechnology company, as well as numerous private companies. During the last five years, Mr. Hutt also served as a member of the board of directors of Celera Genomics, a public biotechnology company that was acquired by Quest Diagnostics, Inc. in 2011, CV Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company that was acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2009, and Ista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public pharmaceuticals company that was acquired by Bausch & Lomb Inc. in 2012. Mr. Hutt received a B.A. from Yale University, an LL.B. from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. We believe Mr. Hutt’s extensive knowledge of regulatory and legal issues related to drug development and his service on numerous boards of directors allows him to be a key contributor to our board of directors.
Wilfred E. Jaeger, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2006. Dr. Jaeger co-founded Three Arch Partners, a venture capital firm, in 1993 and has served as a Partner since that time. Prior to co-founding Three Arch Partners, Dr. Jaeger was a general partner at Schroder Ventures. He is also a member of the board of directors of Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, as well as numerous private companies. Dr. Jaeger received a B.S. in Biology from the University of British Columbia, his M.D. from the University of British Columbia School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In addition to representing one of our principal stockholders, we believe that that Dr. Jaeger’s financial and medical knowledge and experience allows him to be a key contributor to our board of directors.
Roger D. Tung, Ph.D. is our co-founder and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since April 2006. Before Concert, Dr. Tung was a founding scientist at Vertex, a pharmaceutical company, where he was employed from 1989 to 2005, most recently as its Vice President of Drug Discovery. Prior to Vertex, he held various positions at Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, a global healthcare provider, and The Squibb Institute for Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Tung received a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We believe that Dr. Tung’s detailed knowledge of our company and his 28 year career in the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including his roles at Vertex, provide a critical contribution to our board of directors.
Ms. van Heek has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2016. Ms. van Heek has served as an advisor and consultant to several companies in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. From 1991 to 2003, Ms. van Heek served in various roles at Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, including positions as Corporate Officer and President, Therapeutics Division; General Manager, Renal Division; and Vice President, Global Marketing. In addition, she has held various sales and marketing positions at Genentech, Inc. and Caremark/HHCA. From 2007-2014, Ms. van Heek served as a member of the board of directors of Affymax, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Ms. van Heek currently serves on the Board of Directors for Visioneering Technologies, Inc. She holds a B.S.N. from the University of Iowa and received her M.B.A. from Lindenwood University in St. Louis. We believe that Ms. van Heek's industry experience, including her extensive experience in strategic roles of a publicly traded biomaterials company, make her a key contributor to our Board of Directors.
Wendell Wierenga, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2014. From June 2011 to February 2014, Dr. Wierenga worked as Executive Vice President, Research and Development of Santarus, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in January 2014. From 2007 to May 2011, Dr. Wierenga served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development of Ambit Biosciences Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of small-molecule kinase inhibitors. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for neuropsychiatric, neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Wierenga served as the Chief Executive Officer of Syrrx, Inc., biotechnology company focused on small-molecule drug compounds. Prior to joining Syrrx, from 1990 to 2000, he was senior vice president of worldwide pharmaceutical sciences, technologies and development at Parke-Davis, a division of Warner Lambert Co., a pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Pfizer Inc. in 2000. Prior to Parke-Davis, Dr. Wierenga worked at Upjohn Co., later Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc., a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, for 16 years in various positions, most recently as executive director of discovery research. Pfizer acquired Pharmacia & Upjohn, then named Pharmacia Corp., in 2002. Dr. Wierenga received a B.S. from Hope College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University. Dr. Wierenga is a member of the boards of directors of Cytokinetics, Incorporated and Ocera Therapeutics, Inc., which are publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies. During the last five years, Dr. Wierenga also served as a member of the boards of directors of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Amgen in 2013, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Pfzier in 2016 and XenoPort, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC in 2016. We believe that Dr. Wierenga’s extensive experience in biopharmaceutical research and development and his service on the boards of directors of several public biopharmaceutical companies allows him to be a key contributor to our board of directors.