Keith Bank has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2009, and has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2012. Mr. Bank was the founder, and has served as Managing Director of KB Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, since its inception in 1996. Mr. Bank was a founding board member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and has been an active early stage investor and board member across many industries and companies over his eighteen year venture capital career. Prior to starting KB Partners, Mr. Bank was a commercial real estate developer and entrepreneur. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA with honors from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ron Ginor, MD
Ron Ginor, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2009. Dr. Ginor serves as a Venture Partner at Orbimed Advisors LLC. Dr. Ginor served as CEO at Becker & Associates Consulting, Inc., a highly specialized regulatory consulting firm, from 2011 to 2012. Dr. Ginor also served as President from January 2007 to August 2011, as Medical Director from September 2008 to July 2012, and as President of Becker Venture Services Group from 2007 to 2012. At Becker, Dr. Ginor specialized in guiding medical device companies through initial research and development, clinical study development and management and, ultimately, FDA approval and third party reimbursement. Since October 2007, Dr. Ginor has served as the Managing Director for Samson Venture Partners, LLC, a life science investment fund. Dr. Ginor is a graduate of the Elliot School of International Affairs with a degree in International Economics, and the George Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to leaving academic medicine in 1997, Dr. Ginor worked on the development of conformal 3D radiation therapy modalities for prostate cancer treatment at The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and on radio sensitizing drugs at Stanford University. Dr. Ginor holds several U.S. and International patents, and has published extensively in peer reviewed literature.
Donald D. Huffman has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2015. Since July 2013, Mr. Huffman has served on the board of directors of Dance BioPharma, Inc., a company developing inhaled insulin, after consulting to the company from April 2012 to July 2013. In July 2014, Mr. Huffman joined the board of directors of Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc., a publicly-held company developing treatments and diagnostics for neurological diseases and regenerative medicine. From September 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Huffman served as the Chief Financial Officer and later, Co-President, of Wafergen Biosystems Inc., a publicly-held company. From October 2008 to September 2010, Mr. Huffman served as the Chief Financial Officer of Asante Solutions, Inc., a medical device company with an approved wearable insulin pump. Previously, Mr. Huffman served as Chief Financial Officer of Guava Technologies, Inc. (now Merck) and was Chief Financial Officer and principal of Sanderling Ventures, a biomedical venture capital firm. Mr. Huffman also has served as the Chief Financial Officer of three other public companies: Volcano Corporation (acquired by Royal Philips); Microcide Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Celtrix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Insmed). Mr. Huffman earned a B.S. in Mineral Economics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed the Financial Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Elizabeth (Liz) Cermak
Elizabeth (Liz) Cermak has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July of 2015. Since July 2014 Ms. Cermak has served on the Board of Clarus Therapeutics Inc. and also serves on the Board of the non-profit charity organization, Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc. Previously Mrs. Cermak served as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for POZEN, Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN) from 2009 to 2013. As a member of the Executive Committee, she led all Commercial, Business Development and Alliance Management functions and worked closely with the Board of Directors on corporate strategy execution. Prior to that Ms. Cermak. spent 25 years at Johnson & Johnson serving in notable senior management roles including VP, Global Marketing for a Personal Products portfolio in the Consumer Health Care business (NYSE: JNJ), VP of the Women's Healthcare RX Franchise for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals and General Manager for the Johnson & Johnson Health & Fitness Services Business. Ms. Cermak holds an MBA in Finance from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and a BA Cum Laude in Accounting and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Stephen J. Farr, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2012. Dr. Farr has served as President and a member of the board of directors of Zogenix Inc since May 2006. From 1995 to August 2006, Dr. Farr held positions of increasing responsibility within pharmaceutical sciences and research and development at Aradigm Corporation, and he served most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. From 1986 to 1994, Dr. Farr was a tenured professor at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, concentrating in the area of biopharmaceutics. He is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Farr is a registered pharmacist in the United Kingdom and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Wales.
Brian J. Stark has served on our Board of Directors since February 2012. Mr. Stark was a Founding Partner of Stark Investments in 1993, a multi-strategy global hedge fund, which managed in excess of $14 billion of assets during its peak years. Mr. Stark served as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer from 1993 through 2013, and was responsible for global portfolio construction and capital allocation. In 2012, Stark Investments elected to close its funds; Mr. Stark continues to serve as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer overseeing the wind-down of the funds' assets. Mr. Stark managed predecessor hedge funds between 1987 and 1992. Mr. Stark is the author of Special Situation Investing: Hedging, Arbitrage and Liquidation published by Dow Jones Irwin in 1983. Prior to entering professional fund management, he was a partner at the commercial litigation firm of Coghill & Goodspeed, P.C. He currently serves on the board of directors of Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) and New Gulf Resources, a privately held company, in addition to the Wisconsin Advisory Board for US Bank. Mr. Stark obtained his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1980 and his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University in 1977.
Jonathan RigbyPresident & CEO
Jonathan M.N. Rigby has served as our President and CEO and a member of our board of directors since August 2011. In 2006 Mr. Rigby cofounded Zogenix, Inc. a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of CNS and pain products where he served as the company's Vice President of Business Development until December 2010. As a member of the senior management team he played an important role in the development, approval and U.S. launch of the world's first needle free drug device combination product to treat migraine. Between 2002 and 2006 Mr. Rigby held positions of increasing responsibility at Aradigm Corporation, including Vice President of Business Development where he was involved in M&A activities as well as inhalation delivery technology licensing in various therapeutic fields including Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, or PAH. Between 1995 and 2002 Mr. Rigby held various commercial and business development positions at Profile Therapeutics, UK, where he played a key role in the licensing of inhalation technology that resulted in the approval and launch of an inhalation product to treat PAH. Between 1990 and 1995 he held various sales and marketing positions at large pharmaceutical companies including Merck Sharpe and Dohme, or MSD, and Bristol Myers Squibb, or BMS. Mr. Rigby has a Bachelor of Science Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences from Sheffield University, UK, and an MBA from Portsmouth University, UK.