Board of Directors
With strong governance and guidance, our board ensures that the BioCryst discovery platform leads to extraordinary medicines and helps patients live more ordinary lives.
Dr. Hutson was appointed to the Board in January 2012, and was elected Chair of the Board in March 2023. She brings 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. Dr. Hutson currently serves on the board of directors for Clearside Biomedical, Inc., Endo International plc., and PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a PhD in physiology from Vanderbilt University.
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.
Steve Aselage was appointed to the Board in January 2019. Mr. Aselage most recently served as chief executive officer of Travere Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare disease, which he joined in 2012. He has more than 40 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including substantial rare disease, commercial and business development experience. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Aselage served as executive vice president and chief business officer of BioMarin. Prior to BioMarin, Mr. Aselage held positions of increasing responsibility at a number of companies, including Bristol Laboratories, Genentech and Sangstat. He currently continues to serve on the board of Travere, as chairman of Acer Therapeutics and on the advisory council of the University of Notre Dame Department of Science.
Steven Galson, MD, MPH was appointed to the Board in September 2021. Most recently, Dr. Galson served as the senior vice president, research and development at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen in 2010, where he also led regulatory affairs, Dr. Galson spent more than 20 years in public service roles across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Galson progressed from deputy director, to acting director, to director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). From 2007 to 2009 he served as acting surgeon general of the United States. Dr. Galson received a B.S. in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an MD from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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 industries. After joining as Chief Commercial Officer, Ms. Heggie most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of ProQR, a company developing RNA therapies using its proprietary Axiomer RNA-editing platform technology for severe, rare & common diseases. Ms. Heggie previously served on the ProQR Supervisory Board from 2019-2021. Prior to joining ProQR in 2021, Ms. Heggie was CEO of Freeline and before that was Senior Vice President, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Canada for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, 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.
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.
Alan G. Levin was appointed to the Board in February 2020. In addition to his 20-year career at Pfizer, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Levin served as Chief Financial Officer of Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. over a five-year period where the company experienced a nearly 400 percent increase in its market capitalization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage company focused on therapeutics to enhance the effectiveness of treatments for stroke and cancer, and on the advisory board of Auven Therapeutics, a global private equity fund that acquires and pursues accelerated development of breakthrough therapeutic drugs, prior to licensing them to commercial partners.
From 2014 through 2019, Mr. Levin served on the Board of Directors of Aceto Corporation, a multinational company involved in the sale and distribution of generic drugs, pharmaceutical intermediates and performance chemicals. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Critical Path Institute, a nonprofit collaboration between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical industry, focused on streamlining and accelerating the development and regulatory pathways for innovative medicines. Mr. Levin is an audit committee financial expert, as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and is a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Amy McKee, MD, was appointed to the Board in September 2021. Dr. McKee currently serves as chief medical officer and global head, oncology center of excellence for Parexel, a leading global clinical research organization. Prior to joining Parexel in 2019, Dr. McKee spent more than a decade at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in leadership roles of increasing responsibility. She served as a primary reviewer of new drug applications (NDAs) and biologics license applications (BLAs) across multiple divisions and served as both the acting deputy director and supervisory associate director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology products where she managed four separate divisions performing NDA and BLA reviews. From January 2018 through February 2019, Dr. McKee was the deputy center director for the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence, which helps expedite development of innovative medical products for oncologic and hematologic malignancies and supports an integrated approach to their clinical evaluation. Dr. McKee received a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Middlebury College and received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine. She was a clinical fellow at the National Cancer Institute/Johns Hopkins University in the pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship program.
Vincent Milano was appointed to the Board in July 2021. Mr. Milano has over 25 years of rare disease leadership experience. He most recently served as chief executive officer of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and previously served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of ViroPharma, which successfully developed and launched Cinryze for the treatment of HAE in the United States and Europe, prior to its acquisition by Shire in 2014. Prior to joining ViroPharma in 1996, he served as a senior manager at KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm. Mr. Milano currently serves on the boards of directors of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Aclaris Therapeutics and VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals, and is the chairman of the board for Life Science Cares Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider College.
Machelle Sanders was appointed to the Board in February 2022. She currently serves as North Carolina Secretary of Commerce. Ms. Sanders has over 30 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience with increasing levels of quality assurance and manufacturing operations responsibilities with Biogen, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and AkzoNobel. Most recently, she led product operations for Biogen’s $8 billion multiple sclerosis franchise and was Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager for Biogen’s 1,200 employee Research Triangle Park facility, the company’s largest global manufacturing operation. Prior to being appointed in February 2021 as North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce, Ms. Sanders served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Administration from January 2017 until February 2021. Ms. Sanders currently serves on the boards of directors of Radius Health and Novan. She received a B.S. in biochemistry from North Carolina State University and a master’s in health administration from Pfeiffer University.
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.