Dr. Michael Kauffman is the cofounding CEO of Karyopharm Therapeutics. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he was a key leader in the development of Kyprolis® (carfilzomib), a novel proteasome inhibitor approved in refractory myeloma. Dr. Kauffman was Chairman of Proteolix (now Onyx) prior to becoming CMO and is past President and Chief Executive Officer of EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (previously Predix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). He played a key role in the Velcade® Development Program at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and held a number of senior positions at Millennium Predictive Medicine and Biogen. Dr. Kauffman received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine.
Mr. Barberich founded Sepracor, Inc. a publicly-traded, fully integrated research pharmaceutical company, in 1984 and served as CEO and Chairman for more than 20 years. Under his leadership at Sepracor, revenues grew to more than a billion dollars as the company partnered and commercialized a number of successful products, including Allegra®, Clarinex®, Lunesta® and Xopenex®. In 2009, Sepracor, now known as Sunovion, was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo to form one of the largest Japanese-based global pharmaceutical companies. Prior to founding Sepracor, Mr. Barberich spent 10 years as a senior executive at Millipore Corporation, a major supplier of research tools to the life sciences industry. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Boston Medical Center and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers’ Association. Mr. Barberich is a graduate of Kings College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
Mr. Forrester has 14 years of experience as the CEO, COO or CFO of both private and public life science companies with Forma Therapeutics, CombinatoRx (NASDAQ: CRXX, now ZLCS) and Coley (NASDAQ: COLY, acquired by Pfizer). Robert was a managing director of the Proprietary Investment Group at MeesPierson, part of the Fortis Group, investing in life science companies. Prior to MeesPierson, Robert worked for the investment banks, BZW (now Barclays Capital) and UBS, in the corporate finance groups undertaking M&A, and public and private finance transactions. Robert started his career as lawyer with Clifford Chance in London and Singapore. Robert has completed over $12 billion of transactions and holds a LL.B. from Bristol University.
Dr. Friedman was the Chief Executive Officer of Incyte Corporation from November 2001 until his retirement in January 2014 and oversaw the development and commercialization of Jakafi®. Dr. Friedman joined Incyte from DuPont Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories where he served as President. Previously, he served as President of Research and Development of The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, and Senior Vice President at Merck Research Laboratories. During his career, Dr. Friedman was involved in the discovery and/or development of a number of successful pharmaceutical products, including Jakafi®, Aggrastat®, Trusopt®, Crixivan®, Sustiva®, Pedvax®, Pneumovax®, Vaqta®, Varivax® Cozaar®/Hyzaar® and Fosamax®. Dr. Friedman earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School where he subsequently became an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and was a practicing physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Friedman serves on the Board of Directors at Incyte, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., Durata Therapeutics, Inc., Auxilium, Inc., Cerulean Pharma, Inc. and Gliknik, Inc. Dr. Friedman currently serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications.
Ms. Lawton has more than 30 years of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience. Recently, Ms. Lawton served as the Chief Operating Officer of OvaScience. Prior to that, she was at Genzyme for 21 years where she held several senior roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Biosurgery Business and Senior Vice President of Global Market Access, and led global functional organizations including Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Quality Systems, Policy Programs, Health Outcomes and Strategic Pricing, Patient Safety and Risk Management and BMRA Process Excellence and Training. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lawton spent 8 years in the UK at Parke-Davis. Ms. Lawton currently serves on the Board of Directors of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals and serves as a consultant to Aura Biosciences and X4 Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Lawton received her BSc in Pharmacology at Kings College in London.
S. Louise Phanstiel has held several executive positions at WellPoint, Inc., including: President, Specialty Products; Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Planning; and Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller and CFO of all of WellPoint subsidiaries, including Blue Cross of California. Prior to WellPoint, Ms. Phanstiel was a Partner, Los Angeles Cluster Insurance Leader at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Myriad Genetics and Cedar Sinai Health System. Ms. Phanstiel received her BA in accounting from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Bruce Wendel currently serves as Chief Strategic Officer of Hepalink USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Company. Prior to Hepalink, Mr. Wendel served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Abraxis BioScience, LLC where he oversaw the development and commercialization of Abraxane®. He also led the negotiations that culminated in the acquisition of Abraxis by Celgene in a deal valued at over $2.9 billion. Prior to Abraxis, Mr. Wendel served in business and corporate development roles of increasing responsibility at American Pharmaceutical Partners, IVAX Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He began his 14 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb as in-house counsel before shifting to global business and corporate development. He currently serves as a director of ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. Mr. Wendel earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School, and a B.S. from Cornell University.