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Tommy G. Thompson
Tommy G. Thompson has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of our company since May 2012. Mr. Thompson currently serves as the Chief Executive officer of Thompson Holdings, a consulting firm. As the Governor of Wisconsin from January 1987 to February 2001, Secretary Thompson was perhaps best known for his efforts to revitalize the Wisconsin economy, for his national leadership on welfare reform, and for his work toward expanding health care access across all segments of society. As the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, or HHS, from February 2001 to January 2005, Secretary Thompson served as the nation’s leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. Secretary Thompson was a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, or Akin Gump, from March 2005 to January 2012, when he resigned to run for the United States Senate. Secretary Thompson served as an Independent Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a health care consulting company, from March 2005 to May 2009. At the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and at Akin Gump, Secretary Thompson built on his efforts at HHS to work toward developing solutions to the health care challenges facing American families, businesses, communities, states, and the nation as a whole.
Secretary Thompson has also served as the President of Logistics Health, Inc., a provider of medical readiness and homeland security solutions, from February 2005 to January 2011. Secretary Thompson has served as a Senior Fellow for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non profit organization focused on bipartisan advocacy and policymaking, since July 2013. Secretary Thompson also serves as a member of the board of directors for the following public companies: C. R. Bard, Inc. [NYSE: BCR], Centene Corporation [NYSE: CNC], United Therapeutics Corporation [NASDAQ: UTHR], Physicians Realty Trust [NYSE: DOC], and Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. [NASDAQ: CYTX]. Secretary Thompson is not standing for reelection to the board of Cytori Therapeutics. Secretary Thompson also served as a member of the boards of directors of CareView Communications, Inc. [OTCQB: CRVW] from July 2005 to January 2014, Cancer Genetics, Inc. [NASDAQ: CGIX] from 2008 to January 2014, Pure Bioscience, Inc. [NASDAQ: PURE] from February 2006 to August 2009, SpectraScience, Inc. [OTCBB: SCIE] from September 2007 to December 2009, AGA Medical Holdings, Inc. [NASDAQ: AGAM] from August 2005 to November 2010, and CNS Response, Inc. [OTCBB: CNSO.OB] from August 2009 to March 2010. We believe Secretary Thompson’s experience in public service, particularly his services and knowledge related to the health care industry as a whole, makes him well suited to serve on our Board of Directors. Secretary Thompson received both his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Angus C. Russell
Angus C. Russell has served as a director of our company since March 2015. Mr. Russell previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Shire PLC, a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2008 until April 2013. Mr. Russell served as the Chief Financial Officer of Shire from 1999 to 2008 and also served as Executive Vice President of global finance. Prior to joining Shire, Russell served at ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca PLC for 19 years, most recently in the role of Vice President, Corporate Finance at AstraZeneca. He is a chartered accountant, having qualified with what is now PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Russell also serves as a director of Mallinckrodt PLC and BioTime Inc. [NYSE MKT: BTX] and as the chairman of the board of Revance Therapeutics Inc. [NASDAQ: RVNC] Mr. Russell previously served as a director of Shire PLC [NASDAQ: SHPG], Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ: QCOR] and InterMune Inc. [NASDAQ: ITMN].
We believe Mr. Russell’s extensive experience as a pharmaceutical industry executive and his experience as a director of other publicly traded pharmaceutical companies provides the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experience that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors. Mr. Russell holds an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Coventry University, U.K.
Dr. Naughton is an accomplished life sciences executive and researcher. Dr. Naughton founded two regenerative medicine companies and is the holder of more than 105 U.S. and foreign patents. She served as the Dean of the College of Business at San Diego State University from 2002-2011. Her current venture, Histogen, is focused on the development of novel solutions based on the products of cells grown under simulated embryonic conditions. She currently serves as Histogen’s Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Business Development Officer and is the inventor of its core technology.
Dr. Naughton has brought several tissue engineered products to market including a product for severe burns (TransCyte), a dermal replacement for diabetic ulcers (Dermagraft), an aesthetic dermal filler (Cosmederm/Cosmeplast) and SkinMedica’s TNS product for skin care. Dr. Naughton has been extensively published and is a frequent speaker in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In 2000, Dr. Naughton received the 27th Annual National Inventor of the Year award by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in honor of her pioneering work in the field of tissue engineering.
Paul Bisaro is an accomplished global business leader with more than 25 years of generic and branded pharmaceutical experience, and an exceptional track record of driving company growth through operational execution and corporate transformation. Most recently, from May 2018 until August 2019, Paul served as the Executive Chairman of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to that appointment, May 2017 to May 2018, Mr. Bisaro was President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as, a member of the Impax Laboratories Board of Directors.
In May 2018, Impax merged with Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Mr. Bisaro assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the merged company. Prior to joining Impax, Mr. Bisaro served as Executive Chairman of Allergan, plc from July 2014 to November 2016, as President and CEO of Actavis, plc (and its predecessor firm Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.) from September 2007 to July 2014. Mr. Bisaro served on the Board of Allergan plc. (and its predecessor firms) from September 2007 until August 2018.
Previously, he also served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company (Barr), from 1999 to 2007. Between 1992 and 1999, Mr. Bisaro served as General Counsel of Barr, and from 1997 to 1999, served in various additional executive leadership capacities. Prior to joining Barr, he was associated with the law firm Winston & Strawn and a predecessor firm, Bishop, Cook, Purcell and Reynolds, from 1989 to 1992. He also served as a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Bisaro holds an undergraduate degree in General Studies from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Cooper C. Collins
Cooper C. Collins has served as a director of our company since February 2012. Mr. Collins has served as Chief Executive Officer of Fortis BioPharma since June 2015. Mr. Collins has served as Chief Strategy Officer of Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. [NASDAQ: PTX], or Pernix, from May 2013 until April 2014, as its President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2010 until May 2013, and as a director from March 2010 until February 2014. Pernix is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the sales, marketing, and development of branded and generic pharmaceutical products primarily for the pediatric market. Mr. Collins joined Pernix Therapeutics, Inc., a predecessor of Pernix, in 2002, where he was appointed as a director in January 2007, its President in December 2007, and its Chief Executive Officer in June 2008, serving in those three capacities until March 2010.
From December 2005 to December 2007, Mr. Collins served as Vice President of Business and Product Development of Pernix Therapeutics, Inc. and as its Territory Manager from December 2003 to December 2005. Mr. Collins was employed for three years by the National Football League franchise, the New Orleans Saints, in its media relations department. We believe Mr. Collins’ specialty pharmaceutical company knowledge and executive experience provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experience that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors. While on a football scholarship, Mr. Collins received a B.A. from Nicholls State University, where he later received an M.B.A.
Jules A. Müsing
Jules A. Musing has served as a director of our company since May 2013. In the course of Mr. Musing’s 36-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, specifically at Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates, he has been responsible for the worldwide licensing and acquisition of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products and technologies and the establishment of strategic alliances. This included the establishment of new scientific, technology and product collaborations in various therapeutic areas, the negotiation of licensing and alliance agreements with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and the partnering, spin-out and out-licensing of company pharmaceutical and biotechnology assets. Prior to moving into those roles, Mr. Musing was Vice President Marketing International for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Group of Companies Worldwide from March 1982 to December 1984; President of Pitman-Moore, Inc., a U.S.-based Johnson & Johnson company from January 1985 to June 1987; Managing Director of Janssen Pharmaceutical in Portugal from July 1987 to March 1990; President of Serono, Inc. in the United States and Executive Vice President with responsibilities for North and South America from April 1990 to January 1993; Member of the board of directors of Ortho Biotech, Inc. from January 1993 to October 1999; and Managing Director of Ortho Biotech in France (a Johnson & Johnson affiliate) from October 1999 to January 2003.
From January 2003 to his retirement in September 2010, Mr. Musing served as Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions for the Pharmaceutical Group at Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for the worldwide licensing and acquisition of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products in all therapeutic areas. He has served as a director of Delphi Digital, Inc. since March 2012 and Chairman of the Scientific Board of Advisors for Noble Capital Financial Markets since February 2012. Mr. Musing also served as a director of iBio, Inc. [NYSE MKT: IBIO] from July 2011 to December 2012. We believe Mr. Musing’s more than 36-years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, including the establishment of numerous strategic and global partnerships and various new product collaborations provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experience that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors. Mr. Musing received his Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Brussels (Belgium) and his Graduate Degree in Economics and Financial Sciences from the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
Ms. Ling is an accomplished human resources executive with more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience. Ms. Ling joined American International Group, Inc. (AIG) as its as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in July 2019 and is responsible for aligning AIG’s talent strategy with the company’s long-term strategic, operational and financial objectives. She oversees all aspects of human capital management, including talent development, talent acquisition, training, compensation and benefits, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Ling joined AIG from Allergan plc, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from 2015 to 2019. Prior to its acquisition of Allergan, Ms. Ling was Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at Actavis plc. Previously Ms. Ling was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Merck Global Human Health and Merck Consumer Care. Prior to that role, she was Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits at Merck. Prior to its acquisition by Merck, she was Group Vice President, Global Compensation & Benefits at Schering-Plough. Ms. Ling also spent 14 years at Wyeth in various positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President of Employee Benefits and Compensation. Prior to joining Wyeth, she practiced corporate law with Goldstein and Manello, P.C. in Boston. Ms. Ling holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.