Board of Directors
|Nominating & Corporate
Chair of Board
President & Chief Operating Officer,
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, plc.
|Eric H. Bjerkholt||(bio)||—||—||Member|
|William ‘Obi’ Greenman
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer, San Ramon Regional Medical Center
|Timothy L. Moore||(bio)||—||Member||—|
Former Chairman, Zosano Pharma
Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Affymetrix, inc
Dan Swisher – Mr. Swisher has served as a member of our Board since June 2011 and has served as Chair of the Board since October 2013. Mr. Swisher has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharmaceutical company, since January 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Sunesis, a biopharmaceutical company, and a member of its board of directors from January 2004 through December 2017, and as its President since August 2005. From December 2001 to December 2003, he served as the Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Sunesis. From June 1992 to September 2001, Mr. Swisher served in various management roles, including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, for ALZA Corporation. He also serves on the board of directors of Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated, or Corcept Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company. Mr. Swisher holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Eric H. Bjerkholt – Mr. Bjerkholt has served as a member of our Board since October 2018. Since November 2020, Mr. Bjerkholt has been the Chief Financial Officer of Chinook Therapeutics, Inc. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on kidney diseases. Prior to that, and since April 2017, Mr. Bjerkholt was the Chief Financial Officer of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing treatments for food allergies. From 2004 until April 2017, Mr. Bjerkholt held various roles at Sunesis, including as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From 2002 to 2004, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at IntraBiotics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Ardea Biosciences, Inc. in 2006. Mr. Bjerkholt was a co-founder of LifeSpring Nutrition, Inc., a nutraceutical company, and from 1999 to 2002 served at various times as its Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Financial Officer. From 1990 to 1997, he also served as a vice president in the healthcare banking group at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated, an international banking firm. He has served on the boards of directors of several publicly traded companies, including as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Corium International, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, until its acquisition by Gurnet Point Capital in November 2018, and as a member of the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of StemCells, a biotech company, until its November 2016 acquisition by Microbot Medical Ltd. He holds a Cand. Oecon degree in Economics from the University of Oslo and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School..
William ‘Obi’ Greenman – Mr. Greenman has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since April 2011. Mr. Greenman served as our Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing from August 2008 until April 2011 and was named our Chief Business Officer in April 2010. Mr. Greenman served as our President, Cerus Europe, from 2006 until August 2008. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Greenman served as our Vice President, Business Development after returning to Cerus after a brief time in the venture capital business. Prior to joining us in 1995 as Director of Business Development, Mr. Greenman worked in various marketing and business development positions in Baxter’s Biotech Division from 1991 to 1995. Beginning in June 2010, Mr. Greenman served on the board of directors of Aduro Biotech, Inc., or Aduro, a public clinical-stage immunotherapy company. Subsequent to Aduro’s merger with Chinook Therapeutics, Mr. Greenman now serves on the Chinook Therapeutics board of directors, the surviving entity. Mr. Greenman holds a B.A.S. in economics and biological sciences from Stanford University.
Ann Lucena – Ms. Lucena joined as a member of our Board in August 2021. She is currently the CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center, a 123-bed acute care hospital located in the Bay Area. She serves as the chairperson of the board overseeing the joint venture between John Muir Health and Tenet Healthcare. Ann previously served as Chief of Staff for the President of Hospital Operations of Tenet Healthcare in Dallas, Texas from 2015 until 2018. She returned to San Ramon Regional Medical Center to become its CEO in 2018, having previously served as an administrator over numerous operational departments in the hospital for several years. In her previous work experience in healthcare consulting, Ann served a number of health systems across the US. She earned her undergraduate degrees in human biology and Spanish from Stanford University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board as well as on the boards of several hospital industry associations and not-for-profit-organizations.
Jami Nachtsheim – has served as a member of our Board since March 2019. Ms. Nachtsheim served in a variety of positions with Intel Corporation from 1980 until her retirement in 2000, most recently as the Corporate Vice President of the Sales and Marketing Group and Director of Worldwide Marketing. Ms. Nachtsheim served on the board of directors of FEI Company from March 2010 until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in September 2016. Ms. Nachtsheim also served on the board of directors of Affymetrix from May 2009, and as Chairman starting January 2015, until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in March 2016. Ms. Nachtsheim currently serves on the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and has since April 2017. Ms. Nachtsheim holds a B.S. in Business Management from Arizona State University.
Gail Schulze – Ms. Schulze has served as a member of our Board since 2007. From May 2008 until June 2012, she was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Zosano Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company. From May 2006 to March 2007, she was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of YM Biosciences US and President, YM Biosciences, Inc., a then global biopharmaceutical organization. Prior to joining YM Biosciences in 2006, she was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Eximias Pharmaceutical Corporation, then a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Schulze was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Aventis Behring LLC, then a fully independent biologics subsidiary of Aventis, and from 1997 to 2001, she was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. From 1995 to 1997, she was Corporate Vice President of Allegiance Healthcare Corporation, where she led the creation and management of the Cost Management Services group of divisions. From 1979 to 1995, Ms. Schulze held multiple positions within Baxter Healthcare Corporation focused on the global development and commercialization of chronic therapies, most recently as President of the US Managed Care division and President of Renal Division Europe. Ms. Schulze has served on multiple private and public boards. She received a B.A. with highest honors in psychobiology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied neurophysiology at the University of Wisconsin and received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Frank Witney – Frank Witney, Ph.D., has served as a member of our Board since March 2014. Dr. Witney served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Affymetrix, Inc., or Affymetrix, a provider of life science products and molecular diagnostic products, from July 2011 through March 31, 2016, the date it was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Dr. Witney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dionex Corporation, a provider of analytical instrumentation and related accessories and chemicals, from April 2009 until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. in May 2011. Between December 2008 and April 2009, Dr. Witney served as Affymetrix’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that, Dr. Witney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Panomics, Inc. from July 2002 to December 2008. Dr. Witney was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an M.S. in Microbiology from Indiana University, and B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois.