James J. Bochnowski
Mr. Bochnowski has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014 and as Chairman of our board since June 2014. Since 1988, Mr. Bochnowski has served as the founder and Managing Member of Delphi Ventures, a venture capital firm. In 1993, Mr. Bochnowski co-founded Technology Venture Investors. Mr. Bochnowski holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
We believe Mr. Bochnowski is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant experience with venture capital backed healthcare companies and experience as both an executive officer and member of the board of directors of numerous companies.
Lisa Conte, Founder & CEO
Ms. Conte has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since she founded the company in June 2013. From 2001 to 2014, Ms. Conte served as the Chief Executive Officer of Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company she founded in November 2001. In 1989, Ms. Conte founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a natural product pharmaceutical company. Additionally, Ms. Conte is Napo Pharmaceutical’s current Interim Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of its board of directors since 2001. Ms. Conte is also currently a member of the board of directors of Healing Forest Conservatory, a California not-for-profit public benefit corporation. Ms. Conte holds an M.S. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.B.A. and A.B. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College.
We believe Ms. Conte is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive knowledge of our company and experience with our product and product candidates, as well as her experience managing and raising capital for public and private companies.
Mr. Qiu has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014. Since 2010, Mr. Qiu has served as a Principal of BioVeda China Fund, a life science investment firm. From 2009 to 2010, he served as an interpreter for the Delegation of the European Union to China. Mr. Qiu holds a B.S. in Biotechnology from the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.
We believe Mr. Qiu is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience evaluating, managing and investing in life science portfolio companies for BioVeda China Fund.
Zhi Yang, Ph.D.
Dr. Yang has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014. Since 2005, Dr. Yang has served as the Chairman, Managing Partner and Founder of BioVeda China Fund, a life science investment firm. Dr. Yang is currently an advisor to the China Health and Medical Development Foundation, under China’s Ministry of Health. Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, as well as an M.A. in Cellular and Developmental Biology, both from Harvard University.
We believe Dr. Yang is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant experience as a founder, investor and member of the board of directors of numerous life sciences companies, as well as his life sciences background and education.
Mr. Kamphuis most recently served as Global Head of Strategic Planning at Novartis Animal Health, the former animal health unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, a role in which he oversaw business development and licensing, portfolio and salesforce development, and was a member of Novartis’s Animal Health Executive Committee. He joined Novartis Animal Health in 2009, and from 2012 to 2014 served as General Manager North America. Prior to 2009, Mr. Kamphuis spent 20 years in various executive, business development and global marketing roles at Pfizer Animal Health/Pharmacia and Merial.
We believe Mr. Kamphuis is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in the global animal health market.
John Micek III
From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Micek was managing director of Silicon Prairie Partners, LP, a Palo Alto, California based family-owned venture fund. Since 2010, Mr. Micek has been managing partner of Verdant Ventures, a merchant bank dedicated to sourcing and funding university and corporate lab spinouts in areas including pharmaceuticals and cleantech. Mr. Micek serves on the board of directors of Armanino Foods of Distinction, Innovaro Corporation and JAL/Universal Assurors. He is also a board member and the CEO and CFO of Enova Systems, and from March 2014 to August 2015 he served as interim CFO for Smith Electric Vehicles Inc. From 2000-2003, he was on the board of directors of Universal Warranty Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMACI (a General Motors subsidiary). Mr. Micek is a cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is a practicing California attorney specializing in financial services. Additionally, he was an adjunct faculty professor in Corporate Governance and Ethics at the graduate school of Economics at the University of San Francisco in 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Ari Azhir
Dr. Azhir is an entrepreneur and has been a founder and CEO of two companies focused on central nervous system (CNS) therapeutics: Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals and Neurocea LLC. She has broad experience launching and building life science companies and has successfully commercialized and brought more than 20 healthcare products to market, ranging from small molecule pharmaceuticals for CNS and dermatology to disruptive technologies in medical devices. These technologies include flow cytometry products at Becton Dickinson and ultrasound devices at Accuson, where she held executive management positions. Dr. Azhir has wide-ranging drug development experience and has filed an NDA and gained approval for Luxiq®, a drug that has been successfully commercialized. She also has extensive experience building strong patent portfolios and is the key inventor and patent holder of 12 patents. She serves on the translational research board of UCSF and has served on private boards (Polar Springs and Neuraltus), as well as nonprofit boards (The Hearing Society and American Women in Science). Dr. Azhir received her B.SC in Biochemistry and Mathematics, as well as her M.Ph. in Biophysics, from Kings’ College, London University, and received a PhD. in Biophysics from Tehran University.
We believe Dr. Azhir is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive.