Board of Directors
With strong governance and guidance, our board ensures that the BioCryst discovery platform leads to extraordinary medicines and patients living more ordinary lives.
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 Boards of Novan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and Cree, Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor light-emitting diode materials and devices, and Viamet Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private company focused on anti-infective research. Mr. Ingram also serves as a member of the board of directors of HBM Healthcare Investments, Ltd., a publicly traded Swiss investment 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, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Foundation and Chairman, 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 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 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 10 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 served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Innoviva, Inc. from June 2014 until September 2018. He currently 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, MD, DPhil 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 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 BS degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, his DPhil in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, his MD 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.
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.
Theresa Heggie was appointed to the Board in November 2018, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a business leader in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and rare disease industry. Ms. Heggie is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Canada for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. She was previously global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Bupa, and before that, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations for Shire Human Genetic Therapies (HGT).
Ms. Heggie joined Shire in 2005 as part of the acquisition of TKT where she was responsible for HGT’s business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and following the acquisition of Jerini, in 2008, was appointed CEO of Jerini AG based in Berlin. Prior to joining Shire, Ms. Heggie spent more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Ohmeda Pharmaceutical Products Division (part of BOC), and Baxter in marketing, sales, and clinical research roles. Ms. Heggie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Dr. Nancy 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 PhD in Physiology from Vanderbilt University.
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.
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 where his responsibilities included corporate mergers and acquisitions, global licensing and business development, as well as corporate strategy and alliance management. Mr. Stonehouse was responsible for leading the effort to develop a strategy for Merck that significantly changed the company. This culminated with the acquisition of Serono, S.A., the largest biotechnology company in Europe at the time of the agreement. 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. 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.