Alfred Altomari serves as our Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2016 and has been a member of our Board of Director’s since February, 2004. Mr. Altomari was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Previously, Mr. Altomari served as Agile's Executive Chairman from 2004 to 2010. From 2008 to September 2010, Mr. Altomari was also a consultant. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Altomari held multiple senior management positions at Barrier Therapeutics, Inc., including Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. In 2008, in his role as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of Barrier's board of directors, Mr. Altomari completed the successful sale of Barrier to Stiefel Laboratories, which was subsequently acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Altomari held numerous executive roles in general management, commercial operations, business development, product launch preparation, and finance with Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Altomari also serves on the board of directors of Insmed Inc. and Recro Pharma, Inc. Mr. Altomari received an M.B.A. from Rider University and his B.S. from Drexel University. He currently serves on LeBow College of Business Advisory Board and the Board of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen).
Seth H.Z. Fischer has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2016. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Vivus, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs and sexual health. Mr. Fischer also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of BioSig Technologies, Inc., and is also an advisor to MedHab, LLC. He has served in positions of increasing responsibility with Johnson & Johnson from 1983 until his retirement in 2012. Most recently, Mr. Fischer served as Company Group Chairman Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Franchise Chairman, Cordis Corporation from 2008 to 2012, and as Company Group Chairman, North America Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2007, which included responsibilities for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Janssen and Scios. Prior to that, Mr. Fischer served as President of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2004. His operating responsibilities encompassed the commercialization of products in multiple therapeutic categories including Topamax® for epilepsy and migraine and products in the analgesic, anti-infective, cardiovascular, neurologic, psychiatric and women's health areas, including ORTHO EVRA®, one of the most successful contraceptive launches in the U.S and the first ever contraceptive patch. He earned a Bachelor of General Studies from Ohio University and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Hubbard has served as a member of our board of directors since November, 2014. Dr. Hubbard currently serves as President and CEO of BioClinica, Inc., a privately-owned specialty clinical trials service provider. Prior to joining BioClinica, he was Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Development Operations for Pfizer Inc., and was responsible for the global clinical trial operations and management of more than 450 clinical projects from Phase I to IV. Dr. Hubbard has been leading pharmaceutical research and development activity for nearly thirty years and held positions of increasing responsibility in the biopharmaceutical and clinical research & development services industries. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2010, he was Group President, Clinical Research Services at ICON Clinical Research, a leading global clinical research organization, where he was responsible for the global business and operations. During his career, Dr. Hubbard has been directly responsible for drug discovery and non-clinical pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, project management, product development optimization, commercial assessment of new chemical entities, and clinical development operations. He has led several drug development teams to successful commercialization of new chemical entities and has participated at FDA meetings to support end of Phase II and end of Phase III data presentations for psychiatric, neurological, cardiovascular, and anti-infective drugs. Dr. Hubbard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from the University of Santa Clara and a Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, with a research focus on the genetic basis of hypertension and autonomic dysfunction. He was a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. We believe Dr. Hubbard's qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his extensive pharmaceutical experience leading global clinical trial operations and research and development programs and his significant education background.
Abhijeet Lele has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2010 and Lead Independent Director since October 2016. Since 2009, Mr. Lele has served as a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Investing at Investor Growth Capital, or IGC. IGC focuses on late-stage venture capital and growth equity investments in healthcare and technology companies. Before joining IGC, Mr. Lele spent ten years as a Managing Member of EGS Healthcare Capital Partners, or EGS, a venture capital firm focusing on private and public investments in biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior to EGS, Mr. Lele was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he primarily served medical device, pharmaceutical and health insurance clients. He previously held operating positions with Lederle Laboratories, Inc., Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Clontech Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Lele previously served on the board of directors of Stereotaxis, Inc., Medarex Inc. and Aptalis Pharma Inc. He received an M.B.A. with Distinction from Cornell University and an M.A. from Cambridge University, where he studied Natural Sciences.
Mr. McKee has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2014. Mr. McKee currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MBJC Associates, LLC, a business consulting firm. Mr. McKee served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for EKR Therapeutics, Inc., or EKR, from July 2010 until June 2012 when EKR was sold to Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., or Cornerstone. Until March 2010, Mr. McKee served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, or Teva, and the successor entity to Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Barr, an NYSE listed company, which was acquired by Teva in December 2008. Mr. McKee was also Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barr prior to its acquisition by Teva, after having served in positions of increasing responsibility at Barr from 1995 until its acquisition. Prior to joining Barr, Mr. McKee served as Director of International Operations and Vice President-Finance at Absolute Entertainment, Inc. from June 1993 until December 1994. From 1990 until June 1993, Mr. McKee worked at Gramkow & Carnevale, CPA's, and from 1983 until 1990, he worked at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. McKee currently serves as a director of Cerulean Pharma Inc, and was a director at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until it was acquired by Endo International plc in January 2015. Mr. McKee received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Through his years of experience as a chief financial officer and a public accountant, Mr. McKee provides valuable financial and leadership experience to the Board.
Ajit S. Shetty, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Shetty spent 36 years at Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) in a wide range of global roles. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Corporate Vice President Enterprise Supply Chain reporting to the CEO and was responsible for the transformation and optimization of J&J’s supply chain. Dr. Shetty served as Managing Director of Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium from 1999 to 2008, and was part of the management team that grew the Janssen Group of Companies from $1 billion to $8 billion in global sales. Dr. Shetty held the position of Executive Vice President Finance from 1991 to 1999. As President of Janssen Pharmaceutica, U.S. from 1984 to 1990, Dr. Shetty was responsible for in-licensing Durogesic, the first transdermal pain medication, which became the fourth largest J&J product in 2008, with sales reaching $2 billion. In recognition of his unique services as a business leader, Dr. Shetty was awarded the Right Honourable Sir and Title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium in 2008 and the Life-Time Achievement Award by India in 2010. He was elected “Manager of the Year 2004” by the magazine Trends and Kanaal Z. Dr. Shetty serves as a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and has served on the corporate Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, the Board of Governors for GS1 (Global Standards), the Board of MCB Forum as Chairman, and the Supervisory Board of Cilag GMBH in Switzerland. He earned a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and B.A. Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge University and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. We believe Dr. Shetty’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his extensive pharmaceutical experience leading commercial and supply chain operations and his significant education background.
James Tursi, M.D has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2014. Dr. Tursi has over eleven years of extensive experience developing pharmaceuticals across a number of therapeutic areas. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Pozen Pharmaceuticals where he is responsible for oversight of the clinical operations, drug safety, medical and regulatory affairs functions. He will become Chief Medical Officer of Aralez Pharmaceuticals upon the anticipated business combination among Aralez, POZEN and Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. Most recently he served as Chief Medical Officer of Innocoll AG where he was responsible for managing all clinical research and development, medical affairs and safety activities. Prior to joining Innocoll, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2011 to 2015, where he previously held the position of Vice President of Clinical Research & Development from 2009 to 2011. He was responsible for oversight of clinical and nonclinical development programs, clinical operations, medical affairs and global safety activities. Dr. Tursi served as the clinical medical safety lead for all regulatory agency interactions with the FDA, Europe and Canada. Prior to Auxilium, he served as Director of Medical Affairs for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals from 2006 to 2009 and directed all medical affairs responsibilities for cervical cancer vaccines in North America. Dr. Tursi entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2004 as a Medical Director for Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals until 2006. He worked on several products and therapeutic areas, which included female sexual dysfunction, overactive bladder, and osteoporosis. His responsibilities included clinical development and medical affairs. Dr. Tursi was a board certified OB/GYN and practiced medicine and surgery for over ten years. Dr. Tursi received his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We believe Dr. Tursi's qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his significant clinical and regulatory expertise in the pharmaceutical industry coupled with established experience as an OB/GYN physician.