THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR”
THE ELECTION OF EACH NAMED NOMINEE.
Directors Continuing in Office Until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Elaine Jones, Ph.D. has served as a member and chairperson of our Board of Directors since May 2020. Previously, Dr. Jones was a Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Senior Partner at Pfizer Ventures, the venture capital arm of Pfizer, from 2008, when she joined as an Executive Director, until her retirement in April 2019. At Pfizer Ventures, Dr. Jones was responsible for making and managing venture investments for Pfizer as well as serving on the boards of directors of several biotechnology platform and therapeutic companies. Prior to this, Dr. Jones held the position of General Partner at EuclidSR Partners, a venture firm specializing in investment in private and public equity within the health sciences, healthcare, and biopharmaceutical sectors, until 2008. Dr. Jones began her investment career at S.R. One, the corporate investment fund of GSK, where she served from 1999 to 2003. Prior to this role, Dr. Jones served as Director of Scientific Licensing at SmithKline Beecham and as a research scientist in the Research and Development division of SmithKline Beecham Ltd. Dr. Jones currently sits on the boards of directors of CytomX Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company, Nextcure, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, and HBM Healthcare Investments AG, a public venture capital company. Dr. Jones also served on the board of directors of Ibere Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly a public special purpose acquisition company, and has served on the boards of directors of more than 20 early to mid-stage biotechnology, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies during her venture career. Dr. Jones holds a B.S. in biology from Juniata College and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
We believe that Dr. Jones is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to her educational background, her knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, her experience as a board member of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and her experience as an investor in new life sciences companies.
Steve Krognes has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2018. Mr. Krognes served as Chief Financial Officer of Denali Therapeutics Inc. (“Denali”), a public biotechnology company, from October 2015 to April 2022. Prior to Denali, Mr. Krognes worked at Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”), a private biotechnology company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the executive committee from April 2009 to September 2015. Mr. Krognes also oversaw Genentech’s site services organization between 2011 and 2015, and Genentech’s information technology organization between 2009 and 2011. He chaired the Genentech Access to Care Foundation between 2009 and 2015. From January 2004 to April 2009, Mr. Krognes served as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and a member of the finance executive committee at Roche Holding AG (“Roche”), a public Swiss biotechnology company. From July 2002 to December 2003, Mr. Krognes served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Danske Bank, based in Norway. From April 2000 to June 2002, he was a venture capitalist with Pylonia Ventures, a Swedish venture investments company. Prior to that, Mr. Krognes worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, based in London and Boston. Mr. Krognes currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Denali, Guardant Health, Inc., a public precision oncology company, and argenx SE, a public biopharmaceutical company based in the Netherlands. Mr. Krognes also serves as a member and chairman of the board of directors of Tessa Therapeutics Ltd., a private biotechnology company with headquarters in Singapore. Mr. Krognes also served on the boards of directors of Corvus Pharmaceuticals Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, between 2016 and 2021, the California Life Sciences Association between 2010 and 2015, and the California Academy of Sciences between 2014 and 2018. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe that Mr. Krognes is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his educational background and his experience as a board member and senior executive of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Clare Fisher has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2022. Ms. Fisher currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development, Licensing and M&A (ex-China) at BeiGene, Ltd. (“BeiGene”), a public, global, science-driven biotechnology company focused on developing innovative and affordable medicines to improve treatment outcomes and access for patients worldwide. Ms. Fisher has over 20 years of experience in healthcare corporate and business development, leading collaborations, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, investments and divestments across many technologies and therapeutic areas. Prior to joining BeiGene, Ms. Fisher was Chief Business Officer of Kaleido Bioscience, Inc., formerly a public biotechnology company dedicated to targeting the microbiome to treat a variety of diseases, from April 2019 to