Board of Directors
Richard M. Glickman, L.L.D. (Hon)
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Dr. Glickman presently serves as the Company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board. In addition to being a Founder of the company, he previously served as the Interim Executive Chairman of the Company for the period September 20, 2013 to February 28, 2014 and as Acting Interim CEO for the period October 22, 2013 to November 5, 2013. He was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (“Aspreva”), playing an integral role in the development and establishment of CellCept®, or MMF, as the current standard of care for lupus nephritis. Aspreva Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Swiss pharmaceutical company Galenica for nearly $1B in 2008. He currently serves as founding Chairman of Essa Pharmaceuticals Inc., Chairman of the Board of Engene Corporation and a Director of Cardiome Pharma. He is also a Partner at Lumira Capital, one of Canada’s most successful healthcare focused venture capital firms. Dr. Glickman has served on numerous biotechnology and community boards, including member of the federal government’s National Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Director of the Canadian Genetic Disease Network, Chairman of Life Sciences B.C. and a member of the British Columbia Innovation Council. Dr. Glickman is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a recipient of both BC and Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award, the BC Lifesciences Leadership Award and the Corporate Leadership Award from the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).
Lorin Jeffry ("Jeff") Randall
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. Randall has over 30 years of experience serving in financial and operating roles spanning biotechnology,
David R.W. Jayne, M.D. FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci
Dr. Jayne is Director of the Vasculitis and Lupus Clinic and Reader in Vasculitis at The University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Jayne received his B.S. in Surgery and Medicine from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He received postgraduate training at several London hospitals and Harvard University. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medical Science. He is a certified nephrologist and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge UK. Dr. Jayne is a medical advisor to UK, U.S. and EU regulatory bodies, patient groups and professional organizations. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He was elected the first President of the European Vasculitis Society in 2011 and is a member of the ERA-EDTA immunopathology working group. Dr. Jayne’s research includes investigator-initiated international trials and the introduction of newer therapies in vasculitis and SLE with collaborators on five continents.
Hyuek Joon Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee is the Director of New Business Development for ILJIN Group and is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and managing overseas investments, joint ventures and subsidiaries. As of October 2014, he joined the board of directors of Life Science Enterprises in Massachusetts, a privately held company focusing on advanced biomaterials that promote bone repair. Dr. Lee has more than 18 years of experience in consulting, management, business development and strategic planning in a number of industries including information technology, chemical and media.
Dr. Lee received his B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
George M. Milne, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Milne has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and product development. He joined Pfizer in 1970 and held a variety of positions conducting both chemistry and pharmacology research. Dr. Milne became director of the department of immunology and infectious diseases at Pfizer in 1981, was its executive director from 1984 to 1985, and was vice president of research and development from 1985 to 1988. He was appointed senior vice president in 1988. In 1993 he was appointed President of Pfizer Central Research and a senior vice president of Pfizer with global responsibility for human and veterinary medicine R&D. Dr. Milne has served on multiple corporate boards including Mettler-Toledo, Inc., MedImmune, Athersys, Biostorage Technologies, Aspreva, and Conor Medsystems. Dr. Milne received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT.
Benjamin Rovinski, Ph.D.
Dr. Benjamin Rovinski has 27 years of investment, operational, managerial and research experience in the healthcare sector. Dr. Rovinski joined Lumira Capital in 2001, where he is a Managing Director, with an investment focus on mid- to late-stage private and public life sciences companies. Prior to joining Lumira Capital, he held several senior management positions in the biotechnology sector, including 13 years at Sanofi Pasteur where he was a senior scientist and director of molecular virology. Dr. Rovinski led global R&D programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS and therapeutic cancer vaccines, bringing several of them through to clinical-stage.
Dr. Rovinski holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montréal and did post-doctoral studies in Molecular Oncology and Retrovirology at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston. His current and past board roles and investment responsibilities include several private and public companies, including GI Therapeutics; Vascular Pharmaceuticals; KAI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen); Morphotek (acquired by Eisai); Cervelo Pharmaceuticals; Health Hero Network (acquired by Bosch); Avalon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVRX; acquired by Clinical Data, Inc.); Inovise Medical, Inc.; Protana; Signature Biosciences; and SGX Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SGXP; acquired by Eli Lilly). He also serves on the board of directors of Life Sciences Ontario and the steering committee of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade’s Health Science Cluster initiative. Dr. Rovinski has published over 25 scientific articles and reviews and is the recipient of 31 issued patents.