Board of Directors
M. James Barrett, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board
Partner Emeritus, New Enterprise Associates
Dr. Barrett has served on our board of directors since May 2015. Dr. Barrett has been a manager of an affiliate of New Enterprise Associates 12, Limited Partnership, or NEA, a venture capital fund, since 2001. He also serves on the boards of Blend Biosciences, Inc., Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cerecor Inc., Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS), Galena Therapeutics, Inc., GlycoMimetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLYC), PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc., Psyadon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Roka Bioscience, Inc., Senseonics Inc., Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUPN), Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRGT) and Zosano Pharma, Inc. Jim formerly served on the boards of CoGenesys Inc. (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NASDAQ: TEVA)), Iomai Corporation (acquired by Intercell AG (OTCBB: INRLF, INRLY)), MedImmune, Inc. (acquired by AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN)), Pharmion Corp. (acquired by Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG)), Inhibitex, Inc. (NASDAQ: INHX, acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY)), and Peptimmune, Inc. Prior to NEA, Dr. Barrett served as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sensors for Medicine and Science, Inc. (n/k/a Senseonics) and also led three NEA-funded companies, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genetic Therapy, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.), which was formed through the merger of GIBCO Corporation and Bethesda Research Labs, Inc., where Dr. Barrett was President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he worked in various divisions of SmithKline and French (now GlaxoSmithKline Plc (NYSE: GSK)). Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee, his M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc.
Ms. Chhabra has been serving as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since May 2014. From August 2007 to May 2014, Ms. Chhabra was President and Chief Executive Officer at Allozyne, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From December 2006 to August 2007, she served as Vice President of Business Development and Licensing at the Novartis Pharmaceuticals division of Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS). From July 2003 to November 2006, she served as Chief Business Officer at BioXell SpA, a spin-off from F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd.’s Milan Research Institute (Italy), where she led corporate development and financing activities. Ms. Chhabra has also held management positions with Fresenius Kabi AG, Warner-Lambert Company, LLC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY). She obtained her M.B.A. from York University and her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Managing Director, FMB Research
Mr. Berger is a consultant to biotechnology industry participants, including major biopharmaceutical firms, mid-capitalization biotechnology companies, specialist asset managers and venture capital companies, providing business development, strategic advisory, financing, partnering and royalty acquisition advice. Mr. Berger is also a biotechnology industry analyst with over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial analysis. Mr. Berger worked at Sectoral Asset Management as a co-founder of the small-cap focused NEMO Fund from January 2007 through June 2008. From May 1998 to March 2003, he served at J.P. Morgan Securities, most recently as Managing Director, Equity Research and Senior Biotechnology Analyst. Previously, Mr. Berger served in similar capacities at Salomon Smith Barney and Josephthal & Co. Mr. Berger also serves on the boards of directors of BELLUS Health, Inc. (OTCPK: BLUSF), ESSA Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIX), Immune Design Corp. (NASDAQ: IMDZ) and Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX), each of which is a public biotechnology company. Mr. Berger previously served as a member of the board of directors of Seattle Genetics, Inc., a public biotechnology company, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, and Emisphere Technologies, Inc., BioTime, Inc. and VaxGen, Inc., each of which were public biopharmaceutical companies during Mr. Berger’s service as a director. Mr. Berger received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in International Economics both from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Helen M. Boudreau
Chief Financial Officer, FORMA Therapeutics
Ms. Boudreau has served as the Chief Financial Officer of FORMA Therapeutics, Inc. since October 2014. From September 2008 to September 2014, Ms. Boudreau worked at Novartis Corporation, the U.S. corporate arm of Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS), including serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Novartis Corporation from November 2012 to September 2014, Vice President of Investor Relations from January 2012 to December 2012, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Novartis Oncology from September 2008 to January 2012. Before joining Novartis, Ms. Boudreau worked at Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE: PEE), where she served in multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Finance, Customer Business Unit and Commercial Operations, Vice President of Finance, Research and Development, and the Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Ms. Boudreau received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Jeffery W. Kelly, Ph.D.
Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry, Chairman, Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Kelly, a co-founder of our company, has served on our board of directors since December 2006 when our company was founded. Since September 2008, he has been serving as the Chairman of Molecular and Experimental Medicine and the Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry within the Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. From August 2000 to December 2008, he served as Dean of Graduate Studies at The Scripps Research Institute, and from July 2000 to December 2006, he also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Kelly also co-founded FoldRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Misfolding Diagnostics Inc. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We believe that Dr. Kelly’s long history with our company and scientific and technical expertise makes him qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Eric B. Rabinowitz
Vice President Global Corporate Development, Perrigo Company, PLC
Mr. Rabinowitz joins us from Perrigo Company, PLC where he is the Vice President of Global Corporate Development. At Perrigo, Mr. Rabinowitz leads the Global Corporate Development team in devising Perrigo’s strategy and identifying and executing inorganic growth opportunities to achieve its long-term objectives. Prior to joining Perrigo in August 2014, Mr. Rabinowitz held several positions of increasing responsibility over an 11 year career in investment banking. Most recently, Mr. Rabinowitz served as a Managing Director, Health Care Mergers & Acquisitions at Barclays Capital. Before joining Barclays Capital in 2010, Mr. Rabinowitz held positions in Health Care Investment Banking at Oppenheimer from 2009-2010 and J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns from 2003-2009. Mr. Rabinowitz also held management positions at TheStreet.com and BOO.com. Mr. Rabinowitz began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte and Touche, LLP. Mr. Rabinowitz earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida, Fischer School of Accounting and an M.B.A from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Christopher T. Walsh, Ph.D.
Hamilton Kuhn Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology,Harvard Medical School
Dr. Walsh, a co-founder of our company, has served on our board of directors since December 2006, when our company was founded. Since July 2014, he has been a consulting professor of chemistry at Stanford University. From 1987 to July 2014, he was a professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He has been on a number of advisory boards, including the Whitehead Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, California Institute for Biomedical Research and the science review board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Walsh holds a Ph.D. in life science from Rockefeller University and an A.B. degree in biology from Harvard University.