Nominating and Governance Committee Charter

 

Committee Members

Richard H. Aldrich
 
 
Richard H. Aldrich
Co-Founder and Partner, Longwood Founders Fund

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.

Peter Barton Hutt
 
 
Peter Barton Hutt
Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

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.

Wendell Wierenga,, Ph.D
 
 
Wendell Wierenga,, Ph.D
Former Executive Vice President, Research and Development,
Santarus, Inc.

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.