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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Alfred Altomari

Alfred Altomari
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Altomari has served as our Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer since October 2016 and has been a member of our board of directors since February 2004. Mr. Altomari served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2016. Previously Mr. Altomari served as Agile's Executive Chairman from 2004 to 2010. 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 Baudax Bio, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of Recro Pharm, Inc. Mr. Altomari received an M.B.A. from Rider University and his B.S. from Drexel University. He currently serves on the 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).

    Sharon Barbari

    Director
    Ms. Barbari has over 40 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience. From 2004 to 2017, she was Chief Financial Officer at Cytokinetics. From 2002 to 2004, she was employed as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at InterMune.  Ms. Barbari spent four years from 1998 to 2002 in senior financial roles at Gilead Sciences, including Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, she led the finance, accounting, and information technology functions during a period of significant growth for Gilead. Ms. Barbari was also employed as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Foote, Cone & Belding Healthcare. She began her career at Syntex Corporation/Roche Pharmaceuticals, where she held various roles of increasing responsibility from 1972 to 1996. Ms. Barbari currently serves as a board member for Sonoma Pharmaceuticals and Menlo Therapeutics (formerly Foamix Pharmaceuticals), and as a board member for the Association of Bioscience Finance Officers Northern California Chapter. She previously was a board member for Phytogen Life Sciences. In 2017, Ms. Barbari was a recipient of the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards. She received her BS in accounting from San Jose State University.

    Sandra Carson, M.D., FACOG

    Director
    Dr. Carson is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University.  Most recently, she served as the Emeritus Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) from August 2018 to February 2019 and Vice President for Education from March 2013 to August 2018.  Prior to joining ACOG she served as Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brown University from January 2007 to February 2013.  She had previously directed the Assisted Reproductive Technology programs at the University of Tennessee (1986-1998) and the Baylor College of Medicine from October 1998 to June 2007. Dr. Carson is one of the foremost leaders in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and she has published over 150 papers, received numerous competitive grants and had a major impact on the field.  She has held multiple national leadership positions including President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Member of the council of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, Head of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Director and Vice President of the ABOG board and Vice President of ACOG.  Dr. Carson served on the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s Fertility and Maternal Health Drugs Advisory Committee from July 1992 to July 1996 and the from 2007 to 2009.  Dr. Carson is a board-certified OB/GYN.  She received her Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her residency fellowship training at Northwestern University Medical School and fellowship training at Michael Reese Hospital Medical Center, University of Chicago.

    Seth H.Z. Fischer

    Lead Independent Director

    Mr. Fischer has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2016. Mr. Fischer currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and is also an advisor to MedHab, LLC. Previously, from 2013 – 2017, Mr. Fischer served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vivus, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs. 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.

    Independent Director

    John Hubbard Ph.D., FCP

    Director

    Dr. Hubbard has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2014. Dr. Hubbard currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Genstar Capital and is responsible for advising the private equity firm on investments in the area of healthcare. He also serves as a non Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Signant Health, a privately owned specialty clinical trials and technology service provider, and Advarra, a privately owned institutional review board. Dr. Hubbard was President and the Chief Executive Officer of Bioclinica, a leading privately owned provider of medical imaging, clinical technology and research services until January 1, 2018. 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. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc., a leading biopharma industry consortium, and served on the Executive, Audit and Finance Committees. Dr. Hubbard has been leading pharmaceutical research and development activity for over thirty years and held positions of increasing responsibility in the biopharmaceutical and clinical research and development services industries. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2010, he was Group President, Global Clinical Research Services at ICON Clinical Research, a leading global clinical research organization, where he was responsible for the global business and operations. He is an Executive Committee Member on the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, Board Member of Life Sciences Pennsylvania and former Chairman of the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO). 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.

    Ajit S. Shetty, Ph.D.

    Director

    Ajit S. Shetty, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Shetty currently also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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 educational background. 

    James P. Tursi, M.D.

    Director

    Dr. Tursi has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2014. Dr. Tursi currently serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Research & Development, and Chief Medical Officer for Antares Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of self administered parenteral pharmaceutical products using advanced drug delivery auto injection technology. At Antares, he is responsible for all pharmaceutical and clinical development/medical affairs activities. Prior to Antares Pharma, Inc., he served as Chief Medical Officer for Aralez Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and was responsible for oversight of the clinical development, pharmacovigilance, medical affairs and regulatory affairs functions. Prior to Aralez Pharmaceuticals, 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 the Chief Medical Officer of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals from 2011 to 2015. He served as Vice President of Clinical Research and Development at Auxilium from 2009 to 2011. Prior to Auxilium, Dr. Tursi was at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals from 2006 to 2009, where he was the Director of Medical Affairs for cervical cancer vaccines in North America. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Tursi served as a Medical Director for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals where he worked in various therapeutic areas including female sexual dysfunction, overactive bladder, and osteoporosis. Dr. Tursi was a board certified OB/GYN and practiced medicine for over 10 years. He was the founder of the medical education company I Will Pass®, which assisted physicians in the process of board certification. Dr. Tursi received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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