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Corporate Governance

Board of Directors


Dan Burgess

Mr. Burgess has more than 20 years of executive level experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Burgess is currently a venture partner at SV Health Investors, and serves as the Acting President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Therini Bio, Inc., a private vascular biology company.In 2011, he was one of the founding members of Rempex, which was subsequently acquired by The Medicines Co. in 2013 for $140M upfront, with a total potential deal value of $474M. Prior to Rempex, Mr. Burgess was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mpex Pharmaceuticals, which he joined in 2007. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mpex advanced its lead product Aeroquin from Phase 1 into Phase 3 clinical trials, raised substantial venture capital funding and ultimately achieved a successful exit in 2011 with its acquisition by Aptalis. The transaction with Aptalis was named by Scrip magazine as a finalist for “Deal of the Year”. Before joining Mpex, Mr. Burgess was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on biodefense, infectious disease and immune system disorders. Previously, he spent ten years at Gensia Sicor, Inc., which is a specialty pharmaceutical firmand was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, where he held a variety of executive level positions with responsibility for overall finance for the company as well as a number of different operating units. Mr. Burgess received his Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Burgess was a member of the Board of Directors of Santarus, Inc. until its acquisition by Salix for $2.6B in 2013.

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D.

Dr. Bassler currently serves in several roles at Princeton University, including Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology since 2013, associated faculty member of the Department of Chemistry since 2010, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2005, Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology since 1994, and associate faculty member of the Princeton Environmental Institute since 1996. Previously, Dr. Bassler served as the Director of the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University from July 2008 to June 2013. Dr. Bassler has served as a board member of Royalty Pharma plc since June 2020, as a board member of Kaleido Biosciences, Inc. since 2018, as a board member of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2016, and as a Trustee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 2014, and previously served as a board member of Sanofi from November 2014 to September 2016. Dr. Bassler served as a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from January 2012 to December 2016. She was a member of the National Science Board from January 2010 until May 2016. Dr. Bassler has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society, among other honorific organizations. She received a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California-Davis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the John Hopkins University.

Carin Canale-Theakston

Ms. Canale-Theakston currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Canale Communications Inc., a life sciences communications company that she founded in May 2010. Prior to founding Canale Communications, Ms. Canale-Theakston served as President of the life sciences division of Porter Novelli, an international public relations firm, from May 2005 until May 2010. Prior to Porter Novelli, Ms. Canale-Theakston was a Partner and Managing Director of Atkins + Associates, a life sciences communication firm, from February 2000 until it was acquired by Porter Novelli in May 2005. She has also served as a member of the CONNECT (previously San Diego Venture Group), board since January 2007, including Chair in 2011-2012. Since January 2007, Ms. Canale-Theakston has served as a member and vice chair of the board of directors of BIOCOM and is currently chair of the nominating-governance committee. Ms. Canale-Theakston also serves on the advisory board for Abintus Bio and Epitracker Inc. Ms. Canale-Theakston holds a B.A. in communications and marketing from the University of Tulsa.

Timothy Franson, M.D.

Dr. Franson currently serves as a Principal in the Health and FDA Practice for Faegre Drinker Consulting. From 2014 until 2019, he served as the Chief Medical Officer of YourEncore, an advisory firm focused on global life sciences and consumer health companies. From 2009 until 2014, he was a Principal of FaegreBD Consulting, a clinical and regulatory pharmaceutical development consulting firm, which merged into Faegre Drinker in 2020. In 2008, Dr. Franson founded and served as President of Franson Pharma Advisors LLC, a clinical and regulatory pharmaceutical development consulting firm. Between 1986 and 2008, Dr. Franson held various senior leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Company. At the time of his retirement, he served as Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs at Lilly Research Laboratories, an Eli Lilly subsidiary. Dr. Franson was integrally involved in global public health initiatives through the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), serving as the past President of this organization and on the USP Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2020. He serves on the Board of Directors of Paratek Pharmaceuticals and as the Board Chair for the Critical Path Institute, which collaborates with FDA and industry in innovation advances. Dr. Franson has authored more than 50 articles in the fields of infectious disease, epidemiology, pharmacoeconomics and antibiotic utilization. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from Drake University and an M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

David Gollaher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gollaher was the Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs at Vir Biotechnology, Inc., a role he held from May 2019 to February 2021. Previously, Dr. Gollaher served as the Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Policy for Gilead Sciences from early 2014 to mid-2018, a period during which the company launched a breakthrough cure for hepatitis C (HCV) and tripled revenues from $10 billion to $30 billion. In addition to the introduction of three novel drugs for HCV, building on Gilead’s strength in virology, he was involved in the launch of a new generation of medicines for HIV/AIDS. Before joining Gilead, Dr. Gollaher was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). From 1993 to 2013,he built CHI into the nation’s premier state-based life sciences policy research and advocacy association, with offices in La Jolla, Washington D.C. and Sacramento, representing some 370 biopharma, medical device and diagnostics companies, along with leading academic institutions, venture capital and professional services firms. In 2018, Dr. Gollaher was appointed Quintiles Senior Fellow at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. In addition, he serves on the Board of Overseers for Scripps Research. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gollaher was Vice President at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, responsible for managed care, strategy and corporate affairs. He earned his B.A. from UCSB and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees, concentrating in the History of Science and Medicine, from Harvard University.

Chrysa Mineo

Ms. Mineo led corporate development at Receptos, Inc., from 2009 to 2015, where strategic partnering efforts for Phase 3 immunology candidate ozanimod resulted in the company’s acquisition by Celgene for $7.2 billion. During her tenure,she played a key role in the Receptos initial public offering (IPO) and established product and technology collaborations with AbbVie, Ono, Lilly and Janssen. Prior to Receptos, Ms. Mineo held roles of increasing business development responsibilityat Neurocrine Biosciences from 1997 to 2009, where she led or played a primary role in negotiating and closing more than 25 transactions, including worldwide or regional product candidate collaborations from Phase 1 to registration and product in-licensing transactions. Prior to Neurocrine, Ms. Mineo served in various capacities in research, marketing and business development for such companies as Amgen, DNAX Research Institute, Schering Plough and Baxter Biotech. Ms. Mineo holds a B.S. in Zoology from theUniversity of California, Davis and received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Additionally, Ms. Mineo is a Co-Founder of Alume Biosciences, a member of the Director’s Council at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Ted Schroeder

Mr. Schroeder is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of Nabriva Pharmaceuticals, a role he has held subsequent to the 2018 acquisition of Zavante Therapeutics, a company that he co-founded and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was one of Cadence Pharmaceutical’s co-founders and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors member since its inception in May 2004 until its acquisition by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for $1.4 billion in 2014. From August 2002 to February 2004, he served as Senior Vice President of North American Sales and Marketing of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a neuroscience-based pharmaceutical company. From February 2001 to August 2002, Mr. Schroeder served as General Manager of the Hospital Products Business Unit at Elan, a position he also held at Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty respiratory pharmaceutical and pulmonary drug delivery company, from May 1999 to November 2000 until its acquisition by Elan. Prior to joining Dura, Mr. Schroeder held a number of hospital-related sales and marketing positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global pharmaceutical company. Mr. Schroeder is the former Chairman of Biocom, the California life sciences trade association. Additionally, Mr. Schroeder is the current Chairman of The Antimicrobials Working Group (AWG), a trade association focused on improving the prospects for innovation in antimicrobials. Mr. Schroeder is also a current director of Otonomy, Inc. Previously Mr. Schroeder served on the board of Collegium Pharmaceuticals until May 2021 and he also served on the boards of Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Incline Therapeutics, Hyperion Therapeutics and Trius Therapeutics until their respective acquisitions. Mr. Schroeder holds a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University.

Jeffrey Stein, Ph.D.

Dr. Stein has been President, CEO and Director of Cidara since January 2014. Previously he was CEO of Trius Therapeutics, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in September 2013. During his tenure, Trius developed the antibacterial drug tedizolid, which received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2014. Tedizolid is now marketed by Merck under the name Sivextro. Dr. Stein currently serves as a Director of Paratek Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PRTK) and Ideaya Biosciences. He is also founding Chairman and President of the Antimicrobials Working Group, an industry leading 501(c)(6) organization. Previously, Dr. Stein was a Venture Partner and Kauffman Fellow with Sofinnova Ventures and opened the firm’s San Diego office in 2005. Prior to joining Sofinnova Ventures, Dr. Stein was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Quorex Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in 2005. He has also served as a Principal Scientist with Diversa Corporation and the Agouron Institute. Dr. Stein conducted his postdoctoral research as an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and his graduate work as a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

Committee Compositions

  • The Audit Committee consists of Dan Burgess (chair), Chrysa Mineo, and Ted Schroeder.
  • The Compensation and Human Capital Committee consists of Ted Schroeder (chair), Carin Canale-Theakston, Tim Franson, M.D., and Chrysa Mineo.
  • The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee consists of Tim Franson, M.D. (chair), Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D., Dan Burgess, and David Gollaher, Ph.D.
  • The Science & Technology Committee consists of Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D. (chair), Tim Franson, M.D., David Gollaher, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Stein, Ph.D.