Board of Directors
Robert A. Ingram, Chairman of the Board
Robert A. Ingram was appointed to the Board in August 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2017. Mr. Ingram joined Hatteras Venture Partners, a venture capital firm formed to invest primarily in early stage companies with a focus on biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT, and related opportunities in human medicine, as a General Partner in January 2007. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a professional sales representative and rose through a series of roles with increasing responsibility to ultimately become CEO and Chairman of GlaxoWellcome, a pharmaceutical company. He co-led the merger and integration that formed GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in December 2000. He subsequently served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Pharmaceutical Operations at GSK from January 2001 to January 2003. He served as Vice Chairman Pharmaceuticals of GSK, acting as a special advisor to GSK’s corporate executive team, until January 1, 2010. Mr. Ingram serves as Chairman of the Board of Novan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and as Lead Independent Director of Cree, Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor light-emitting diode materials and devices. Mr. Ingram also serves as a member of the board of directors of HBM Healthcare Investments, Ltd., a publicly traded Swiss investment company, and of Malin Corporation plc, a publicly traded life sciences company based in Ireland. Mr. Ingram also serves as Chairman of Viamet Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private company focused on anti-infective research, and a director of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Ingram graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ingram formed and chaired the CEO Roundtable on Cancer at the request of former President George H. W. Bush, and he is a member of numerous other civic and professional organizations. Mr. Ingram is a member of the boards for the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Foundation and Chairman, North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Mr. Ingram’s extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry as both an executive and director and his private investment expertise contribute valuable insight and expertise to the Board.
George B. Abercrombie
George B. Abercrombie was appointed to the Board in October 2011. Mr. Abercrombie has over 30 years of experience as a business leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He most recently served from 2001 to 2009 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where he was responsible leading operations in both the U.S. and Canada. During his tenure, Mr. Abercrombie also served as a member of the Roche Pharmaceutical Executive Committee, which was responsible for developing and implementing global strategy for the Pharmaceuticals Division. In 1993, Mr. Abercrombie joined Glaxo Wellcome Inc. as Vice President and General Manager of the Glaxo Pharmaceuticals Division, and was later promoted to Senior Vice President, U.S. Commercial Operations. Prior to joining Glaxo, he spent over ten years at Merck & Co., Inc., where he gained experience in sales and marketing, executive sales management and business development. Mr. Abercrombie began his career as a pharmacist after receiving a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later earned an MBA from Harvard University. Mr. Abercrombie currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Innoviva, Inc., a publicly traded bio-pharmaceutical asset management company. He also serves on the Board of Brickell Biotech, a private pharmaceutical company. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a board member of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Mr. Abercrombie’s executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and management positions with major pharmaceutical companies provide an excellent background for service on the Board.
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil. was appointed to the Board in July 2013. In 2001, Dr. Cohen joined TPG Capital, a private investment firm, to initiate and lead TPG’s venture efforts in biotechnology and life sciences. He retired from this role at the end of 2016 and now serves as a Senior Advisor to TPG. Beginning in 1986, and until his retirement in 2016, Dr. Cohen served as a member of the faculty of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, Dr. Cohen served as an Internist for hospitalized patients, a consulting Endocrinologist and as the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. His research interests include structure based drug design, prion diseases, computational biology and heteropolymer chemistry. Dr. Cohen received his B.S. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, his D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, his M.D. from Stanford and his postdoctoral training and postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at UCSF. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. Dr. Cohen was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Currently, Dr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Directors of Genomic Health, Inc., Veracyte, Inc., Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., Roka Bioscience, Inc., UroGen Pharma Ltd. and CareDx, Inc., as well as on the Boards of several privately held companies. Dr. Cohen’s extensive expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, private investment expertise and experience serving on boards of biotechnology companies contribute valuable insight and experience to the Board.
Stanley C. Erck
Stanley C. Erck was appointed to the Board in December 2008. Mr. Erck has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Erck has served as President, CEO and Director of Novavax, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company since 2011, having previously served as Executive Chairman from 2010 to 2011, and he has served as a director of Novavax since 2009. From 2000 through 2008, Mr. Erck served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Iomai Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, leading the company through an initial public offering and a merger with Intercell AG, an Austrian vaccine company, and through the development of a late-stage infectious disease product candidate. Prior to Iomai, Mr. Erck served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Procept, Inc., a publicly traded immunology company; as Vice President, Corporate Development at Integrated Genetics Inc. (now Genzyme Corp.), and in management positions within Baxter International Inc. In addition to Novavax, Mr. Erck currently sits on the Board of Directors of MaxCyte, Inc., a publicly traded company developing cell based medicines. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Erck’s executive experience in the biotech industry and his management positions with major pharmaceutical companies, including his experience with late-stage product candidate development, provide an excellent background for service on the Board.
Nancy Hutson, Ph.D.
Dr. Hutson was appointed to the Board in January 2012, bringing over 30 years of experience as a seasoned professional and leader within the pharmaceutical industry. She retired from Pfizer, Inc. in 2006 after spending 25 years in several research and leadership positions, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Global Research & Development (R&D) as well as Director of Pfizer’s pharmaceutical R&D site, Groton/New London Laboratories. Currently, Dr. Hutson currently serves on the board of directors for Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Endo International plc., the Scientific Advisory Board of Hatteras Venture Partners and is an active member on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. She is also involved in several professional societies, including but not limited to, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physiological Society. Dr. Hutson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in physiology from Vanderbilt University.
Kenneth B. Lee, Jr.
Kenneth B. Lee, Jr. was appointed to the Board in June 2011. Mr. Lee has over 40 years of experience counseling management teams, boards of directors and investors of technology-based companies worldwide. He is currently a General Partner with Hatteras Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital fund focusing on life science companies, which he joined in 2003. Previously he was President of A.M. Pappas & Associates, LLC, following 29 years with Ernst & Young LLP, where he was most recently Managing Director of the firm’s health sciences corporate finance group, and at one time served as the National Director of the Life Sciences Practice. Mr. Lee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Lee is currently on the Board of Directors of Aralez, Inc., and serves on the Board of a private company, Clinipace. Previously, Mr. Lee served on the Boards of Abgenix, CV Therapeutics, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Maxygen, OSI Pharmaceuticals and Clinverse. He has served in various leadership capacities on these Boards, including Chairman of the Board, Independent Lead Director and Chairman of Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Lee’s experience advising biotechnology companies regarding financial and partnering strategies, his extensive background in finance and his experience serving on the Boards of biotech companies contribute valuable insight and experience to the Board.
Sanj K. Patel
Sanj K. Patel is the Chairman and CEO of Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, which was formed in 2015 to develop therapies for patients with devastating diseases and unmet medical need. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and has a combination of scientific, clinical and commercial skills. Sanj K. Patel created Synageva in June 2008 to focus on rare diseases, and designed and initiated its lead program (Kanuma®) for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (LAL Deficiency) in July 2008. Kanuma was approved globally in 2015 as the first therapy for patients suffering from LAL Deficiency. He took the company public on the NASDAQ Global Market in November 2011 and raised over $1 billion in capital in less than 5 years. In June 2015, Synageva was sold to Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $9.5B (including cash), which represented the highest premium ever paid for a biotech company valued over $5B.
Prior to Synageva, he was at Genzyme Corporation (1999-2008) where most recently he was the head of U.S. Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations for Genzyme Therapeutics franchise and led the U.S. launch of Myozyme®, in addition to sales and marketing responsibility for Cerezyme®, Fabrazyme® and Aldurazyme®. Previously, Sanj held several cross-functional senior leadership roles at Genzyme, including Vice President, Clinical Research and Head of the Global Clinical Research Operations Council for all Genzyme divisions, including Therapeutics, Oncology and Transplant. He was responsible for clinical operations and development for all cross-business Genzyme products and was instrumental in the path to commercialization of several treatments. Notably, Sanj led the Fabrazyme® clinical operations team and development program to FDA approval in April 2003. Prior to Genzyme, Sanj held roles in clinical research and commercial operations with increasing levels of responsibility at Burroughs Wellcome, Hoechst Marrion Roussel and Fujisawa/Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Sanj obtained his BSc with Honors in Biotechnology from the University of the South Bank, London. He completed his management and business studies at Ealing College, London and his Pharmacology research program at the Wellcome Foundation. Sanj is a member of the Board of Directors for Syros Pharmaceuticals and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, both publicly traded biotechnology companies. He is also the founder and director of the Sanj K. Patel and Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports various charities supporting patients with rare and devastating diseases.
Jon P. Stonehouse
Jon P. Stonehouse joined BioCryst in January 2007 as Chief Executive Officer and Director. He was also named President in July 2007. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Merck KGaA, a pharmaceutical company, since July 2002. His responsibilities included corporate mergers and acquisitions, global licensing and business development, corporate strategy and alliance management. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Stonehouse held a variety of roles at Astra Merck/AstraZeneca. Mr. Stonehouse began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative and held increasing sales leadership positions at Merck & Co., Inc. In 2008 and 2011, respectively, Mr. Stonehouse joined the Advisory Boards of Precision Biosciences, Inc., a private biotechnology company and Genscript, a private bioservices company. Also in December 2014, he joined the Board of Directors of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on novel cellular immunotherapies. Mr. Stonehouse earned his BS in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. As Chief Executive Officer and President of BioCryst, Mr. Stonehouse brings to the Board an intimate knowledge of our business, and his executive experience in a variety of capacities at major pharmaceutical companies provides industry-specific operational experience that is beneficial to the Board.