Board of Directors

  • Ann F. Hanham, Ph.D.

    Chair of the Board of Directors
    Dr. Hanham has served on our Board of Directors since August 2016 and has served as chair of our Board of Directors since January 2021. Prior to this, Dr. Hanham served as Lead Independent Director from April 2019 to December 2020 and as chair of our Board of Directors from March 2017 to March 2019. Since March 2017, Dr. Hanham has provided independent management consulting as a sole proprietor. Previously, she was the founding and managing partner of BAR Capital LLC, an investment company, a position she has held from December 2013 to March 2017. From February 2000 to November 2013, Dr. Hanham was the Managing Director and General Partner of Burrill and Company, a life science investment company. Prior to that, Dr. Hanham held positions of increasing responsibility in product development, medical affairs, and clinical and regulatory affairs at various companies, including InterMune Inc., Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Otsuka”), Celtrix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Celtrix”), and Becton Dickinson and Company (“BD”). InterMune, Inc., Otsuka and Celtrix are, or prior to respective acquisitions, were clinical-stage biopharmaceutical companies, and BD is a life sciences discovery and diagnostics company. Dr. Hanham also currently serves on the board of directors of  SCYNEXIS (Nasdaq: SCYX). Dr. Hanham received her B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada; her M.Sc. degree, in biology, from Simon Fraser University, Canada; and her Ph.D. degree, in biology, from the University of British Columbia, Canada. 
  • Thomas W. Dubensky Jr., Ph.D.

    Dr. Dubensky joined our board of directors in August 2022. Dr. Dubensky was the founding chief executive officer of Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPST) (“Tempest”), and currently serves as the President of Tempest. Tempest is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing small molecule therapeutics to treat cancer through mechanisms that directly kill tumor cells and activate tumor-specific immunity. Dr. Dubensky brings significant expertise in the discovery, development and translation of novel small molecule-, biologic- and vector-based cancer therapies, having advanced several first-in-human drug candidates. He previously held various roles leading discovery biology, development and clinical translation in cancer immunotherapy and infectious disease indications at multiple biotech companies, including Viagene, Inc., Chiron Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Cerus Corporation and Immune Design Corp. He also has an extensive publication and patent record. Dr. Dubensky received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bacteriology and Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences center. He conducted his post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Pathology and received executive training at the University of California, San Diego, Executive program for Scientists and Engineers. 
  • Donnie (Don) M. Hardison

    Mr. Hardison has served on our Board of Directors since May 2016. Since February 2021, he has been working as an independent consultant. He was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer, and served on the board of directors, of Biotheranostics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company focused on oncology, from February 2017 until it was acquired by Hologic, Inc. in February 2021. From April 2010 to March 2016, Mr. Hardison was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Good Start Genetics, a molecular genetic testing and information company. For more than 20 years prior to that, Mr. Hardison held various executive and senior management positions at companies including Laboratory Corporation of America (“LabCorp”) a clinical laboratory company, Exact Sciences Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, OnTarget, Inc., a sales and marketing consulting company, Quest Diagnostics Inc., a clinical laboratory company, SmithKline Beecham Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and others. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cytek Biosciences (Nasdaq: CTKB), MDxHealth (Nasdaq: MDXH) and BioPorto, Inc. (BIOPOR.CO) and as an independent director or advisor for several private companies, including Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Inc., YourBio Health, Breath BioMedical and IQuity, Inc. He also previously served on the board of directors of Exact Sciences Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAS) from May 2000, through its initial public offering in February 2001, until August 2007. Mr. Hardison received his Bachelor of Arts degree, in political science, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Michelle R. Griffin

    Ms. Griffin has served on our Board of Directors since August 2018. Ms. Griffin currently serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the compensation committee for Acer Therapeutics, Inc (Nasdaq: ACER), Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp (Nasdaq: ADPT) and Chinook Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq KDNY). She has also served on the board of directors and as audit committee chair for PhaseRx, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZRX) from 2016 to 2018, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OGXI) from 2008 to 2011, and Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNUS) from 2004 to 2008. Ms. Griffin served as executive vice president, operations, and chief financial officer at OncoGenex from 2011 to 2013; served as acting chief executive, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRBN) from 2009 until its acquisition in 2010 and as its chief financial officer from 2006 to 2009; and served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Dendreon Corp. (Nasdaq: DNRN) from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Griffin began her career in the biopharmaceuticals industry in 1994 at Corixa Corp. (Nasdaq: CRXA) and served as its chief financial officer from its IPO in 1997 until 2005 when Corixa was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. She received a post‐graduate certificate in accounting and an MBA from Seattle University, a B.S. in statistics and marketing from George Mason University and has passed the certified public accountant exam. 
  • Christopher P. Kiritsy

    Mr. Kiritsy has served on our Board of Directors since January 2022. Mr. Kiritsy currently serves as audit and compensation committee chairs and on the board of directors of Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PIRS). Since 2018, Mr. Kiritsy has been the managing member of Precision Kapital, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm that he founded. Prior to forming Precision Kapital, Mr. Kiritsy co-founded Arisaph Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Arisaph”) and served as Arisaph’s President and Chief Executive Officer until its exit in 2018. At Arisaph, Mr. Kiritsy evolved the drug discovery organization from an academic orientation to a clinical development enterprise, taking several cardiometabolic products into clinical development. Prior to Arisaph, Mr. Kiritsy served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KOSP). Mr. Kiritsy is a seasoned entrepreneur, who possesses more than 25 years of business and technical experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.  He received his A.B. in Biology from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Boston University. 
  • John L. Lubniewski

    President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors
    • Lee R. McCracken

      Mr. McCracken has served on our board of directors since October 2015. Since 2022, Mr. McCracken has served as the Chief Executive Officer of NephroSant, a diagnostics company developing innovative tests focused on early detection of kidney disease and injury. From May 2021 to October 2022, Mr. McCracken was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Thorne HealthTech, a leader in the development of innovative solutions for personalized approaches to health and wellbeing, following its acquisition of Drawbridge Health, where he served as and Chief Executive Officer from June 2018 to April 2021 and became the and Chair of the board of directors in May 2021. From May 2016 to May 2017 and from April 2013 to March 2014, Mr. McCracken was a strategic and restructuring consultant in the regenerative medicine and diagnostics industries through his firm, McCracken Consulting. In addition, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Gensignia Life Sciences, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, from April 2014 through May 2016.  Mr. McCracken previously held executive positions or roles with significant responsibility at several biotechnology and therapeutics companies, including Pathwork Diagnostics, Inc., Prometheus Laboratories Inc., GenStar Therapeutics Corporation, CombiChem Inc., and Allergan Inc., as well as at the investment companies, 3i Capital and Union Venture.  Mr. McCracken received his M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, his Master of Computer Science (MCS) from the University of Dayton, and his B.S. in Commerce from Santa Clara University.