Board of DirectorsEddy Mejia2019-10-07T19:11:10+00:00
Board of Directors
Thomas J. Schall, Ph.D.President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Schall is the founder of our company and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since we commenced operations in 1997 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in April 2012. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Schall worked at the DNAX Research Institute, a division of Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Prior to his work at the DNAX Research Institute, he worked as a scientist with Genentech, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Schall participated in some of the earliest discoveries of chemokine system function and activities. Dr. Schall cloned one of the first chemokines to be discovered, and provided some of the earliest data for the existence of the previously unknown family of molecules which later came to be called the chemokines. Dr. Schall’s laboratories have been responsible for the discovery or co-discovery of a large percentage of all known chemokine receptors. Dr. Schall received his B.S. in biology from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in cancer biology from Stanford University.
Thomas A. EdwardsRetired Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Thomas A. Edwards has served on our board of directors since July 2015. Until his retirement in March 2014, Mr. Edwards practiced law with Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, since 1983, having become partner in January 1991. His practice focused on general corporate and securities law, including capital financings, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs of companies and partnerships. Mr. Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Joseph M. Feczko, M.D.Former Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Feczko has served on our board of directors since April 2012. Until his retirement in May 2009, Dr. Feczko was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer Inc. and a member of its Executive Leadership Team with global responsibilities for all aspects of the company’s medical, regulatory and safety activities. Dr. Feczko served Pfizer in both New York and the United Kingdom since 1982, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in clinical research and regulatory affairs and safety, culminating in the role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Feczko is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has a B.S. degree from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Feczko also serves on the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cytheris, SA. Dr. Feczko also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Cardoz Pharmaceuticals AB (Stockholm, Sweden) and as a member of the Supervisory Board of uniQure B.V., based in the Netherlands.
Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., Ph.D.Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer Inc.
Henry A. McKinnell has served on our board of directors since October 2016. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. McKinnell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer Inc., from 2001. After joining Pfizer in 1971 in Tokyo, Dr. McKinnell held positions of increasing responsibility around the world including president Asia, vice president strategic planning, chief financial officer and president and chief operating officer.
Dr. McKinnell serves as Chairman of Moody’s corporation. He also serves as a director of View Ray, Inc. and the Chairman Emeritus of the Connecticut Science Center. He has served as a Director of the Trilateral Commission and the Business Council, and Chairman of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, Chairman Emeritus of the Business-Higher Education Forum, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the Boards of Trustees of the New York City Public Library, the New York City Police Foundation and the Economic Club of New York. He served as the Chairman of the Accordia Global Health Foundation and also served as a Senior Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation’s International Advisory Board and the Thomas H. Lee Private Equity Partnership. He is a Director of the Medal of Honor Foundation, the Royal Shakespeare Company of America and a life trustee of the Japan Society. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (Pharma), the Food and Drug Law Institute and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. He has served as a director of more than 12 public companies over twenty years. Dr. McKinnell earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of British Columbia and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Geoffrey M. ParkerChief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Tricida, Inc
Mr. Parker has served on our board of directors since December 2009. Since April 2017, Mr. Parker has served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Tricida, Inc., a biotechnology company. From September 2010 to May 2015, Mr. Parker was Chief Financial Officer of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. after serving in a consulting capacity since December 2009. From July 2009 to July 2010, Mr. Parker served in a consulting capacity as the Chief Business Officer of InteKrin Therapeutics, Inc. a biotechnology company and previously served as Managing Director and Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. From 1997 to 2009, Mr. Parker directed Goldman Sachs’ West Region Healthcare Investment Banking practice. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Parker was Vice President at Feibusch & Co., a venture capital firm. Mr. Parker serves as a director for a number of healthcare companies including Perrigo Company plc, Genomic Health and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Parker received his A.B. in Engineering Sciences and Economics from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Rita Jain, M.D.Former Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Akebia Therapeutics
Rita Jain, M.D. has served on our board of directors since March 2019. From May 2017 to June 2019, Dr. Jain served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for patients with kidney disease. Prior to joining Akebia in May 2017, Dr. Jain was Vice President of Men’s and Women’s Health and Metabolic Development at AbbVie, Inc. Before that, Dr. Jain held various positions including Divisional Vice President and Vice President in Pharmaceutical Development at Abbott Laboratories, and after AbbVie’s split from Abbott, at AbbVie. In addition to her work in men’s and women’s health, and metabolic development, Dr. Jain also led activities in pain, respiratory, and cystic fibrosis development. Before AbbVie, she held management positions in the Arthritis, Inflammation and Pain Group at Searle (acquired by Pharmacia and subsequently Pfizer). Prior to joining Searle, Dr. Jain was a faculty member at North Shore University Hospital in New York, with an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jain received her B.S. in biology from LIU/C.W. Post and her M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Jain completed her medical training in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Rheumatology at North Shore University Hospital and a Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
James L. TyreeFormer Executive Vice President, Abbott Laboratories
Mr. Tyree has served on our board of directors since June 2012. Mr. Tyree is the co-founder and managing partner of Tyree & D’Angelo Partners, a private equity investment firm. During the last fifteen years, Mr. Tyree has held numerous executive positions at Abbott Laboratories, including Corporate Vice President Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Products Group Business Development, Senior Vice President Global Nutrition and Executive Vice President Global Pharmaceuticals. He retired as President of Abbott Biotechnology Ventures in March 2012. Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. Tyree was the President of SUGEN, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on oncology. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tyree held management positions in Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer and Abbott. Over his entire career, he was a four-time expatriate living and working over six years in Latin America and seven years in Japan. Mr. Tyree is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and co-chairman of the Global Health Policy Roundtable. Mr. Tyree also serves as a director for a number of public and privately held companies. Mr. Tyree earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Forensic Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University.