Board of Directors
Richard H. Aldrich is our co-founder and has served as a member of our Board of Directors and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Aldrich is a co-founder and has been a Partner of Longwood Fund, a venture capital firm, since December 2010. Mr. Aldrich has been an employee of Longwood Management LLC since August 2015. Mr. Aldrich founded RA Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund, in 2001 and served as a Managing Member from 2001 to 2008 and as a Co-Founding Member from 2008 until 2011. Mr. Aldrich has co-founded and helped to build several biotechnology companies including Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2008), Alnara Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Eli Lilly in 2010), Verastem, Inc., OvaScience, Inc. and Flex Pharma, Inc. Mr. Aldrich was also a founding employee of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, 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 boards of a number of private biotechnology companies. During the last five years, Mr. Aldrich also served as a member of the board of directors of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. and Verastem, Inc., both of which are public biopharmaceutical companies, as well as OvaScience, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company at the time of its merger with Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. in 2018. Mr. Aldrich received his B.S. in Management from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. We believe 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 allow 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 August 2007 through September 2013, Mr. Auchincloss was self-employed in private investing. From May 2005 to August 2007, Mr. Auchincloss worked as Chief Financial Officer of Metabolix, Inc., a public biomaterials company. Prior to that, 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 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 publicly traded biomaterials company, make 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. During the last five years, Dr. Barrett also served as a member of the board of directors of XenoPort. 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, make him a key contributor to our Board of Directors.
Jesper Høiland has served as a member of our Board of Directors Since April 2019. Mr. Høiland has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Radius Health, Inc. since July 2017. Prior to joining Radius, Mr. Høiland served as President/Executive Vice President of Novo Nordisk Inc. USA, the US affiliate of Novo Nordisk A/S, a global healthcare company focused on diabetes and other serious chronic conditions. After joining Novo Nordisk in 1987, Mr. Høiland held multiple global roles of increasing responsibility, including leading its International Operations, which spanned 150 countries. Mr. Høiland has 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry across numerous senior leadership roles, geographies and therapeutic areas. He possesses extensive knowledge about the areas of endocrinology, biopharmaceuticals and women's health, as well as unique insights about U.S. market access. Mr. Høiland is a member of the board of directors of LEO Pharma A/S, a pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology. Mr. Høiland received his M. Sc. in Management from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. We believe Mr. Høiland is qualified to serve as a member of our Board because his extensive operational knowledge of, and executive level management experience in, the global biopharmaceutical industry.
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 Flex Pharma, Inc., Moderna, Inc., Immunomedics, Inc. and Q Therapeutics, Inc., 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 BIND Therapeutics, Inc., Seres Health, Inc., Xoma Ltd., DBV Technologies SA, a public biotechnology company, and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biotechnology company. 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 allow 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, and Nevro Corporation, a public medical device 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. We believe that Dr. Jaeger’s financial and medical knowledge and experience allow 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. He is also a member of the board of directors of Flex Pharma, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company. Before founding Concert, Dr. Tung was a founding scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, 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 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We believe that Dr. Tung’s detailed knowledge of our Company and his 34-year career in the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including his roles at Vertex, provide a critical contribution to our Board of Directors.
Christine van Heek has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2016. Ms. van Heek has served as an adviser and consultant to several companies in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. From 1991 to 2003, Ms. van Heek served in various roles at Genzyme, Inc., 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. During the last five years, Ms. van Heek also served as a member of the board of directors of Affymax, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Ms. van Heek holds an M.B.A. from Lindenwood University in St. Louis and a B.S.N. from the University of Iowa. We believe that Ms. van Heek's industry experience, including her extensive experience in strategic roles of a publicly traded biotechnology 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 served 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. 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 Apricus Biosciences, Inc., and Cytokinetics, Incorporated, which are publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies. During the last five years, Dr. Wierenga also served as a member of the boards of directors of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., acquired by Pfizer in 2016, Xenoport, Inc., acquired by Arbor Pharmaceuticals in 2016, Ocera Therapeutics, Inc., acquired by Mallinckrodt in 2017, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Amgen in 2013. 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 allow him to be a key contributor to our Board of Directors.