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. Upon reaching mandatory retirement age of 60, Mr. Ingram served as the Vice Chairman, Pharmaceuticals at GSK before becoming Strategic Advisor to the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline Plc. Mr. Ingram is Chairman of the Board of Novan, Inc., a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology. He recently retired as Chairman of the Cree Board and the Board of Selenity Pharmaceuticals Inc. In 2013, Bob received the NACD B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
At the request of US President George H.W. Bush, Bob formed and chaired the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Advisory Board. He accepted his third Presidential appointment most recently in 2019, when he was appointed by President Donald J. Trump’s administration to serve on the Presidential Cancer Panel. In 2014, Bob received the North Carolina Award for public service, the highest civilian honor the state can bestow on an individual. Bob currently serves on the board of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, the Research Triangle Institute, and is Chairman of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Mr. Ingram graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
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.
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. Ms. Heggie is currently CEO of Freeline, a fully integrated, clinical-stage, next generation, liver targeted AAV gene therapy company. She was previously 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.
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.
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.
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.
Helen Thackray, M.D., FAAP, was appointed to the Board in September 2019. Dr. Thackray is the Chief Research and Development Officer for BioCryst. Prior to joining BioCryst, she was the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at GlycoMimetics, Inc. where she led their orphan product, fast track, and breakthrough therapy programs in rare diseases and oncology.
Previous experience includes a senior role in clinical development at Biosynexus and over a decade on the research ethics review board of the National Center for Healthcare Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a board-certified pediatrician, serving on the faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2000 to present. Dr. Thackray has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and presentations.
Dr. Thackray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, and an M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s National Medical Center, trained in medical genetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).