Dr. Ekman is an executive partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc., a position he has held since 2008. Dr. Ekman is also Chairman of the Board of Sophiris Bio Inc. where he also served as President from 2011 to 2012. He also is Chairman of the Board of Amarin Corporation plc, serves as a director of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., served as a director of Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (from 2009 to 2015) and served as a director of Intermune Inc. (from 2006 to 2014). Dr. Ekman co-founded Cebix Incorporated, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2012. He was President of Research & Development at Elan Corporation, plc (from 2001 to 2007), where he also served as a director (from 2005 to 2012). From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Ekman was Executive Vice President, Research & Development at Schwarz Pharma AG. Prior to that, he held various senior positions at Pharmacia Corporation. Dr. Ekman is a board-certified surgeon with a Ph.D. in experimental biology, and has held several clinical and academic positions in both the United States and Europe. He earned his Ph.D. and M.D. from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Ekman has served as Chairman of our Board since 2012.
Richard T. Collier
Mr. Collier is the former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Elan Corporation, plc., a position he held from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc., Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, and Pharmacia Corporation. Mr. Collier was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he taught drug and medical device law from 2004 to 2017. He also practiced law at two leading Philadelphia-based law firms and with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Collier earned both his B.A. and his J.D. from Temple University. He has served on our Board since 2012.
Shane M. Cooke
Mr. Cooke is the former President of Alkermes plc, a position he held from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, he served as Head of Elan Drug Technologies and Executive Vice President of Elan Corporation, plc (from 2007 to 2011), where he also served as Chief Financial Officer (from 2001 to 2011) and as a director (from 2005 to 2011). Mr. Cooke has also held a number of senior positions in finance in the banking and aviation industries. He is also a director of Alkermes plc and Endo International plc. Mr. Cooke earned his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Accounting degrees from University College Dublin, Ireland, and is a chartered accountant. He has served on our Board since 2012.
Anders O. Härfstrand, MD, PhD
Dr. Härfstrand is Chairman of Härfstrand Consulting AG, which he founded in 2010. Dr. Härfstrand also served as Chief Executive Officer of BBB Therapeutics BV from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer Europe of Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd. from 2013 to 2014; President and Chief Executive Officer of Humabs BioMed SA from 2011 to 2012; and Chief Executive Officer of Nitec Pharma AG from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Härfstrand serves as a director of Karolinska Development AB. He also served in various executive and management roles at Serono, Pfizer and Pharmacia, and in non-executive roles on a number of Supervisory Boards in Europe. Dr. Härfstrand earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in neuropharmacology endocrinology from Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He has served on our Board since 2015.
Christopher S. Henney, PhD, DSc
Christopher S. Henney, Ph.D., D.Sc., is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a member of the Board of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From 1995 to 2004, Dr. Henney served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dendreon Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded. He also co-founded and served as a director and in executive positions at both Immunex Corporation and ICOS Corporation. Dr. Henney was Chairman of the Board of Cascadian Therapeutics, Inc. from 2006 to 2018, where he also served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer for part of 2016. He is a 2011 inductee to The Biotechnology Hall of Fame. Dr. Henney earned his B.Sc. in medical biochemistry, his Ph.D. in experimental pathology and his D.Sc. for contributions to the field of immunology from the University of Birmingham, England. He has served on our Board since 2013.
Dennis J. Selkoe, MD
Dr. Selkoe is the Vincent and Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, positions he has held since 2000 and 1985, respectively. He has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School since 1978. Dr. Selkoe was the principal founding scientist and served as a director of Athena Neurosciences, Inc. until it was acquired by Elan Corporation, plc in 1996. He has received numerous honors, including the Mathilde Solowey Award in the Neurosciences (NIH), the Potamkin Prize (American Academy of Neurology), the A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine, the Pioneer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Alzheimer’s Association), the George C. Cotzias Lecture of the American Academy of Neurology and the Ulysses Medal of University College Dublin. Dr. Selkoe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Physicians, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a director of the Foundation for Neurologic Diseases. He served as a director of Elan from 1996 to 2013. Dr. Selkoe earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.D. from the University of Virginia. He has served on our Board since 2013.