Chief Executive Officer, Director
Peter Greenleaf currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Aurinia. From March 2018 to April 2019, Peter served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cerecor, Inc. He remains on the Board of Directors of Cerecor, Inc., where he has served as a member since May 2017. From March 2014 to February 2018, Peter served as CEO and Chairman of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP). Sucampo was focused on the development and commercialization of medicines to meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide and was sold in February 2018 to UK pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt PLC. From June 2013 to March 2014, Peter served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Histogenics Corporation, a regenerative medicine company. From 2006 to 2013, he was employed by Medlmmune LLC, the global biologics arm of AstraZeneca, where he most recently served as President. From January 2010 to June 2013, Peter also served as President of Medlmmune Ventures, a wholly owned venture capital fund within the AstraZeneca Group. Prior to serving as President of Medlmmune, Peter was Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations of the company, responsible for its commercial, corporate development, and strategy functions. He has also held senior commercial roles at Centocor, Inc. (now Jansen Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson) from 1998 to 2006 and at Boehringer Mannheim (now Roche Holdings) from 1996 to 1998. Peter currently chairs the Maryland Venture Fund Authority, whose vision is to oversee implementation of Invest Maryland, a public-private partnership to spur venture capital investment in the state. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Antares Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biodelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI). Peter earned an MBA from St. Joseph's University and a B.S. from Western Connecticut State University.
Peter’s significant executive management, leadership, corporate development, and commercial operations experience in the biopharmaceutical industry enables him to provide valuable insight to our Board of Directors.
Chief Financial Officer
Dennis Bourgeault has been the Chief Financial Officer of Aurinia since 1998 and is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the Company. During his tenure, he contributed significantly to one of the largest Canadian biotechnology PIPE transactions, totaling $52 million U.S. dollars and was involved in the multi-million-dollar Roche licensing agreement of voclosporin in 2002. In addition, he played a crucial role in executing the merger of Isotechnika and then privately held Aurinia Pharmaceuticals in September 2013. For six years prior to joining Isotechnika, he was the controller for a private industrial distribution company and a Senior Manager in public accounting at KPMG. Dennis obtained his chartered accountant designation in 1984.
Chief Commercial Officer
Max Colao brings nearly 30 years of world-class commercial operations experience to his role at Aurinia. Prior to leading U.S. commercial operations at Alexion and launching multiple rare disease therapies, Max spent nearly 20 years at Amgen, holding roles of increasing responsibility on various marketing and sales teams, most notably leading U.S. launches, commercialization and pricing strategy in the areas of rheumatology, dermatology and autoimmune disorders for Enbrel®, Prolia® and Nplate®. Most recently, he was Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Business Development at Abeona, where he led the company’s commercialization and business development efforts of autologous cell therapy and AAV9-based gene therapy for rare diseases. Max received his B.S. in applied mathematics and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MBA from the University of Southern California.
Max Donley, MBA
Executive Vice President, Internal Operations and Strategy
Max Donley most recently led Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities at Senseonics. Prior to that, Max was Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Strategy at Sucampo Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition in February 2018. Prior to that, Max served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at MedImmune, where he provided business-integrated leadership and delivered professional tools, programs and services to optimize MedImmune’s human capital investments worldwide.
Max received his B.A. from University of Michigan and his MBA from the George Mason University.
Erik Eglite, D.P.M., J.D., M.B.A.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Corporate Compliance Officer
Prior to joining Aurinia, Erik Eglite was Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel for Marathon Pharmaceuticals and Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel for Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel for Ovation Pharmaceuticals and Global Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Counsel for Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. Erik has been involved with the clinical development, launch and commercialization of 12 drugs and drug programs. He is a nationally recognized and frequent speaker on pharmaceutical law. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, Erik worked as Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Human Services and as a medical malpractice, product liability defense litigation and intellectual property, patent attorney for Querry & Harrow in Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed podiatric physician and surgeon and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Erik has a M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. He also holds a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in History, M.Sc. Cand. in Chemistry, and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. He graduated from Des Moines University Iowa Medical School with a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, after which he completed his residency training at Michigan Health Medical Center Hospital. He also completed his medical/surgical externships at the University of Chicago, Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Northwestern University Columbus Cabrini Hospital, Department of Orthopedic/Podiatric Surgery. He has a graduate certificate in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Law from Seton Hall School of Law, an Executive Certificate in Corporate Governance from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Robert Huizinga, Ph.D., R.N., CNeph(C)
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Rob Huizinga has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical development experience. He has managed the global clinical development of voclosporin since 2002 where he was with Isotechnika Pharma, Inc. prior to its merger with Aurinia in 2013. Before joining industry, Rob was an investigator in nephrology and transplantation clinical trials at the University of Alberta Division of Nephrology & Immunology, where he was involved in more than 60 clinical trials from Phase I through Phase IV and the successful development of numerous compounds including CellCept®, Neoral®, Prograf®, Aranesp® and Simulect®. He has acted as a consultant to nephrology and transplantation pharmaceutical companies, has lectured extensively and is recognized as an expert in immunosuppression drug development. Rob has numerous articles published in leading medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and the American Journal of Transplantation. He is a member of many professional societies related to nephrology, transplantation, and nursing and is the founder of RenalPro, a moderated forum for renal professionals.
Rob holds a M.Sc. in Medicine (Epidemiology) from the University of Alberta, a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, is certified in Nephrology and a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing). He holds a certificate in leadership from EQUIP Leadership.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Martin is currently Chief Operating Officer of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. He was formerly CEO, Director and Co-Founder of the privately held Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., which merged in 2013 with the former Isotechnika Pharma Inc. Michael is a biotech and pharmaceutical executive with over 18 years of industry experience. Michael joined Aurinia from Vifor Pharma where he held the position of Director, Global Business Development & Licensing. Prior to Vifor, Michael was a key member of the business development team that saw Aspreva sold to Galenica for $915 million. Upon joining Aspreva in 2004, Michael initiated the strategic launch planning process for CellCept® in “less-common” autoimmune diseases. These included such indications as pemphigus vulgaris, myasthenia gravis, and lupus nephritis. Prior to this, Michael held a variety of progressively senior commercial positions at Schering-Plough. Most recently, he was responsible for the rheumatology business unit for Remicade® in France. In this role, he had full profit and loss responsibilities and had direct responsibility for the sales team, the marketing team and the infusion access team. In addition, while at Schering-Plough, Michael was the brand manager responsible for the Canadian launch of Remicade (infliximab), which ultimately became the most successful product launch in Canadian history. Michael started his career in the industry in the sales organization of Schering-Plough where he received multiple awards and recognition while rapidly progressing towards the prior mentioned roles.
Neil Solomons, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Neil Solomons co-founded privately held Aurinia Pharmaceuticals in 2012. He is a seasoned pharmaceutical physician with 18 years of clinical development and medical affairs experience in both large pharma and biotech. He is a recognized expert in rare disease drug development and is widely published in this field. Neil joined Aurinia from Vifor Pharma, formerly Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ASPV) where he held the position of Vice President, Research and Development, being the lead clinician in the development of CellCept® in rare diseases. Neil led the CellCept clinical development teams of over 50 people that saw the completion, reporting, and publication of studies in pemphigus vulgaris and myasthenia gravis (both industry firsts), and the successful landmark lupus nephritis study called the Aspreva Lupus Management Study (ALMS). He was responsible for all clinical development activities from Phases 1 to 3, as well as participated in the formulation of R&D strategy, portfolio management, and due diligence efforts. Prior to Vifor and Aspreva, Neil held a variety of positions at Roche in both global clinical development and medical affairs in transplantation, virology, and auto-immune diseases. While at Roche, Neil led a diverse team in the development and implementation of post-marketing studies with a budget exceeding $15 million for its transplantation (CellCept® and Zenapax®) and virology (Cytovene®) franchises.
Neil qualified in medicine in 1991 receiving his MBBS (M.D.) at Guys Hospital Medical School, London. He subsequently worked as a physician in London UK, completing specialist training in anesthesia and intensive care. His research interests included sepsis and chronic pain.