Board of Directors
Andrew Scott Blank is Chairman of our board of directors and was appointed to our board of directors in October 2019. Mr. Blank is President of National Brands, Inc., an investment group that was one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors prior to divestiture of those operations, and has served in that capacity since March 1993. Mr. Blank also currently serves as President of WareITis Technologies, developer of one of the foremost enterprise level content management software suites called Records Studio, President of Archive America, one of the country’s largest family-owned document storage firms, President of Seaboard Warehouse Terminals, Seaboard Chicago U.S. and Seaboard Warehouse, a group of companies providing nationwide third-party logistics services, and President of the Blank Family Foundation, a private family foundation that provides philanthropic support to worthy charitable organizations. Mr. Blank also currently serves on the board of directors of Neumentum, Inc. Mr. Blank holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Miami.
Simon H. Stertzer, M.D. has served on our board since 2002 and was previously Chairman of our board of directors. Dr. Stertzer is a Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He was appointed Professor of Medicine at Stanford University in 1998, and became Professor Emeritus at Stanford University in 2011. Dr. Stertzer serves on the medical advisory board of Avenda Health, a private prostate cancer therapy company, and was appointed in June 2019. Dr. Stertzer is managing member of Windrock Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment company since May 1999. He has served as a Director of Frontiere Algorithmic Design LLC, and AIVA App LLC, both software development companies, from June 2014 to October 2020. Dr. Stertzer was a founder and board member of Arterial Vascular Engineering, an angioplasty balloon and stent company that went public in 1996 and was subsequently acquired by Medtronic. He also serves as Director of AVIA App LLC since 2015. Dr. Stertzer received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University. He also earned a Certificat de Physiologie from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and had a fellowship at New York University Hospital in Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Stertzer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Union College.
Jay M. Moyes has served on our board of directors since 2011. He has served on the board of directors of Puma Biotechnologies (NYSE: PBYI) since April 2012, and on the board of directors of Achieve Life Sciences from 2018 to the present and on the board of directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Osiris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OSIR), a biosurgical company, from May 2006 until December 2017. He also served as a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Integrated Diagnostics, a privately held molecular diagnostics company, from 2011 to 2016. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Moyes served as a member of the board of directors of Amedica Corporation, a publicly traded orthopedics company, and as Chief Financial Officer from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Moyes was the Chief Financial Officer of Sera Prognostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SERA), a women’s health diagnostics company, from March 2020 to June 2023. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Moyes served as Chief Financial Officer of CareDx, a publicly traded molecular diagnostics company. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Myriad Genetics, Inc., a publicly held healthcare diagnostics company, from June 1996 until his retirement in November 2007, and as Vice President of Finance from July 1993 until July 2005. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Moyes served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Genmark, a privately held genetics company. Mr. Moyes held various positions with the accounting firm of KPMG from 1979 to 1991. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Life Science Association from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Moyes holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Weber State University and is formerly a Certified Public Accountant.
Bill Facteau was appointed to our board of directors effective October 18, 2023. Mr. Facteau is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Earlens Corporation, which is focused on transforming the hearing aid industry with its novel and proprietary light-based technology, and has served in that capacity since November 2013. Prior to joining Earlens, Mr. Facteau served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acclarent, the company that created Balloon Sinuplasty. Mr. Facteau previously served as a director on the board of a number of companies, including Acclarent, Aerin Medical, PROCEPT BioRobotics, Neotract, CVI, Cabachon and ExploraMed. Mr. Facteau holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
Richard Krasno, Ph.D. was appointed to our board of directors in October 2016. Dr. Krasno has served as a director of OPKO Health, Inc. since 2017. Dr. Krasno previously served as a director on the board of Ladenburg Thalmann from 2006 until 2020 and Castle Brands, Inc. from 2014 until 2019. Dr. Krasno served as the executive director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust from 1999 to 2014 and, from 1999 to 2010, as president of the four affiliated funds. Prior to that, Dr. Krasno was the president of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Krasno also served as a director of the University of North Carolina Health Care System and served as chairman of the board of directors from 2009 to 2012. From 1981 to 1998, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education in New York. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1980. Mr. Krasno holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Stanford.
Jim Allen was appointed to our board of directors effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Allen is Chief Executive Officer and President of Sea Star, Inc., a real estate development company, and has served in that capacity since he founded the company in February 1989. Mr. Allen has founded multiple companies from concept to full operation involving the development of various technologies, patents, manufacturing processes, and sales, distribution and maintenance programs. Six of his ventures have resulted in sales to publicly-traded companies. One of his companies was sold to Roper Technologies, Inc. and he is currently serving in a consulting capacity for TransCore Atlantic LLC, a Roper Technologies, Inc. Company. He is a named inventor on 29 issued and pending patents. Mr. Allen studied business at Troy University and Auburn University at Montgomery.
Peter Altman, Ph.D. has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002 and has global responsibility for the development, manufacture and marketing of our therapeutic candidates and products. He was founding Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2003 and board member of CareDx (NASDAQ: CDNA) from 1999 to 2014, a developer of a gene-based diagnostics to be used in chronic inflammatory diseases, including cardiac transplantation, coronary artery disease and systemic lupus erythematosus. He was also founding Chief Executive Officer for Lumen Therapeutics from 2004 to 2005, an early-stage pharmaceutical company. He has extensive experience in life science research and product development, is named inventor in 45 U.S. patents, and has authored 40 scientific publications. Dr. Altman currently serves as a director on the board of Oncocyclist Biotech. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering/Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley, his Management of Technology certificate from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Altman has been elected Fellow of the American Heart Association.
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