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Board of Directors

Russ Plumb

Mr. Plumb has served as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors since November 2015, Executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors from October 2014 until November 2015, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company from November 2012, when he joined the Company, until September 2014. Mr. Plumb previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Inhibitex, Inc. from December 2006 to February 2012, when it was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to that, Mr. Plumb served as Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Inhibitex from August 2000 to December 2006. From December 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Plumb served as Chief Financial Officer of Emory Vision. From 1994 to November 1999, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance of Serologicals Corporation. Mr. Plumb received both a Bachelor of Commerce and a M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. Mr. Plumb has received designations as a certified public accountant. 

Anne VanLent

Ms. VanLent has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2013, as Lead Independent Director since November 2015, and as Chair of the Audit Committee since May 2013. Ms. VanLent is currently President of AMV Advisors, which provides corporate strategy and financial consulting services to emerging growth life sciences companies. From May 2002 to April 2008, Ms. VanLent was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barrier Therapeutics, Inc. From July 1997 to October 2001, she was the Executive Vice President – Portfolio Management for Sarnoff Corporation. Ms. VanLent currently serves as a director and chairs the audit committees of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ocera Therapeutics, Inc., and Applied Genetics Technologies Corporation (AGTC). During the past five years, Ms. VanLent also served as a director of Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. where she also served as Audit Chair, and as a director of Integra Life Sciences Corporation until May 2012. Ms. VanLent received a B.A. degree in Physics from Mount Holyoke College. 

Joseph Patti PhD

Dr. Patti joined the Company in November 2012 and served as its Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy until October 1, 2014, when he was appointed as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a director. Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Patti co-founded Inhibitex, Inc. in 1998 and served as its Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development from 2007 until it was acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb in February 2012. He also served as its Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research and Development from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice President, Preclinical Development prior to that. Before co-founding Inhibitex, Dr. Patti was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M's Institute of Biosciences and Technology and also served on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Patti received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S.P.H. from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Patti was a director of SciStem Therapeutics, Inc. from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Patti was a director of Inhibitex from 1998 to 2005. 

Armando Anido

Mr. Anido has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2015 and has been the Chair of the Compensation Committee since November 2015. Since October 2014, Mr. Anido has been the Chairman of the Board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Zynerba, Mr. Anido served as a business consultant to the life science industry from May 2014 to October 2014. Mr. Anido previously served as Chief Executive Officer and as a director of NuPathe, Inc., from July 2012 through March 2014. Prior to joining NuPathe, Mr. Anido served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as a director of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from July 2006 through December 2011. He is currently a member of the board of directors of PABio and Auris Medical. Mr. Anido also served as a director of Respira Therapeutics, Inc. from May 2012 through September 2014 and as a director of Adolor Corporation from September 2003 through December 2011. Mr. Anido was retired from January 2012 through June 2012. Mr. Anido holds both a B.S. in Pharmacy and an MBA from West Virginia University. 

Geoffrey Cox PhD

Dr. Cox has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000. He was a Director (2000-2012) and the Non-Executive Chairman (2007 to 2012) of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. prior to its merger with the Company in 2012. He is currently the interim Chief Executive Officer of QLT Inc. (since October 2014) and a Director (since 2012). Dr. Cox has extensive pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience holding a broad range of senior management and board positions with private and public companies. Dr. Cox remains the Principal of Beacon Street Advisors LLC (since 2013) but is working full time for QLT at this time. Previously, he was a partner with Red Sky Partners LLC, a life sciences consulting firm (from 2011 to 2013). He also served as a Director of Gallus Biopharmaceuticals LLC (2011 – 2014) and currently serves as a Director of Lakewood-Amedex LLC (since 2013). Dr. Cox was Chairman, President and CEO of GTC Biotherapeutics Inc. (now rEVO Biologics) (2001 to 2010). Prior to 2001, Dr. Cox was Executive Vice President, Operations of Genzyme Corporation and later Chairman, President and CEO of Aronex Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Cox is a past Chairman and current member of the Board of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. He previously served on the Board of Biotechnology Industries Association and as a member of its Health Governing and Emerging Companies Sections. Dr. Cox received a B.Sc. (Hons) in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham, UK and PhD in biochemistry from the University of East Anglia, UK. 

Michael Dougherty

Mr. Dougherty has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2013. Mr. Dougherty was Executive Chairman of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from August 2015 to July 2016. Mr. Dougherty was a director at Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from July 2013 to July 2016 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors from September 2014 to August 2015. Mr. Dougherty was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Kalidex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2012 to October 2012. Mr. Dougherty was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Adolor Corporation from December 2006 until December 2011. Mr. Dougherty joined Adolor as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations in November 2002. From November 2000 to November 2002, Mr. Dougherty was President and Chief Operating Officer of Genomics Collaborative, Inc. Previously, Mr. Dougherty served in a variety of senior positions at Genaera Corporation, including as President and Chief Executive Officer and at Centocor, Inc., a biotechnology company, including as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dougherty currently serves as a director of Cempra, Inc., and Trevena, Inc. Mr. Dougherty was a director of Viropharma Incorporated from 2004 to January 2014. Mr. Dougherty received a B.S. from Villanova University. 

Michael Dunne M.D.

Dr. Dunne has served as a member of the Company’s board since September 2015. Dr. Dunne is currently Chief Science Officer at Iterum Therapeutics LLC.  From 2014 until 2015, Dr.  Dunne was Vice President Research and Development at Actavis plc.   Prior to its acquisition by Actavis plc in 2014, Dr. Dunne served as the Chief Medical Officer at Durata Therapeutics, Inc. from September 2010. Prior to joining Durata, Dr. Dunne served as its acting Chief Medical Officer on a consulting basis from December 2009 to September 2010. From 1992 to 2009, Dr. Dunne served in a variety of roles in connection with the clinical development of numerous infectious disease compounds at Pfizer Inc., including as the Vice President, Therapeutic Head of Development for Infectious Disease from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Dunne holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.D. from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. 

John P. Richard

Mr. Richard has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since August 2013. Mr. Richard is co-founder and Head of Corporate Development for Mereo BioPharma Group plc. Mr. Richard is also a non-executive director of Phase4 Partners, a venture capital firm based in London, UK, and had been a Partner of Georgia Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm that focuses on the biotechnology industry from 2005 to 2015. He has also served as a senior business adviser to a number of biotechnology companies as well as a consultant to numerous portfolio companies of Georgia Venture Partners and Phase4 Ventures. Previously, he held senior executive business development positions at SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., VIVUS, Inc. and Genome Therapeutics Corporation. Since August 2015, Mr. Richard serves as a director of Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. a company that merged with Targacept, Inc. Mr. Richard served as a director of Targacept from November 2002 to August 2015, the time of the merger, and was its Chairman from January 2014 through the completion of the merger. He currently serves as a Director of QUE Oncology and as Senior Business Advisor to Albireo AB. Mr. Richard has also been a director of QUE Oncology, Inc. since 2013. Mr. Richard received a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Stanford University. 

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