JON S. SAXE, J.D.
Jon S. Saxe has served as the Chairman of SciClone’s Board of Directors since July 2009 and as a Director since August 2000. Mr. Saxe was President of PDL BioPharma, Inc. (formerly Protein Design Labs, Inc.) (NASDAQ: PDLI) from 1995 to early-1999. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Saxe was President of Saxe Associates, Inc., consultants to venture capital firms and biotechnology, diagnostic, and pharmaceutical companies. He was the President and CEO of Synergen, Inc., a biotechnology company acquired by Amgen, from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Saxe is former Vice President, Licensing and Corporate Development and Head of Patent Law for Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., where he worked for almost 30 years. Mr. Saxe received his B.S.Ch.E from Carnegie Mellon University, his J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He serves as a director of other public and private companies, including Durect Corporation and as Chairman of VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. He also has broad experience as a Board member in our industry including experience as an audit committee, business development committee, compensation committee, nominating and governance committee member.
FRIEDHELM BLOBEL, Ph.D.
Friedhelm Blobel, Ph.D., has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since June 2006. From July 2000 to 2006, Dr. Blobel was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Gryphon Therapeutics, Inc., a South San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Gryphon Therapeutics in July 2000, Dr. Blobel spent more than two decades as an executive with the Hoechst Group and the Boehringer Mannheim Group, including responsibilities in the areas of diabetes and in vitro diagnostics. His roles at these companies included Group President of several product divisions, Chief Technology Officer and General Manager in Tokyo, Japan of a marketing and sales joint venture between Boehringer and Yamanouchi Pharmaceuticals (now Astellas Pharma, Inc.), Senior Vice President of Research and Development Diabetes and Patient Care in Mannheim, Germany as well as in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Blobel earned his doctorate degree (“Dr.rer.nat.”; a Ph.D. equivalent) with a dissertation in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany and holds an advanced degree in Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Dr. Blobel has spent his entire career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and brings to the Board experience in general management, research and development, and product marketing and distribution.
NANCY T. CHANG, Ph.D.
Nancy T. Chang, Ph.D., has served as a Director since September 2013. Since 2007, Dr. Chang has served as the President of Apex Enterprises, Inc., an investment management company with a major focus on healthcare investments. From 2007 to 2012, she was the Chairperson and Senior Managing Director of Caduceus Asia Partners at OrbiMed Advisors L.L.C. From 1987 to 2007, Dr. Chang served as F-Founder, President and Chairman of Tanox, Inc., which was sold to Genentech in 2007. Prior to founding Tanox, Dr. Chang held several leadership positions at Centocor, now a division of Johnson and Johnson. She was also an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and before that, she worked at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. Dr. Chang received her Doctorate in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University. Dr. Chang brings to the Board deep industry and business expertise, drawing on her scientific knowledge and her long history as a president and board member at a variety of public and private biopharmaceutical companies.
RICHARD J. HAWKINS
Richard J. Hawkins has served as a Director since October 2004. Since 2011, Mr. Hawkins has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumos Pharma, Inc., a privately-held company. Mr. Hawkins has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of id2, Inc., a privately-held company since 1992, and as the Chairman and CEO of LabNow, Inc., a privately-held company he founded that develops lab-on-a-chip sensor technology to be used in point-of-care diagnostic testing systems since 2003. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Hawkins co founded and served as Director at Corning BioPro, a protein contract manufacturing firm. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Hawkins co-founded and served as Chairman of Sensus Drug Development, which developed and received regulatory approval for SOMAVERT® , a growth hormone antagonist approved for the treatment of acromegaly and now marketed by Pfizer in both the United States and Europe. In 1982, Mr. Hawkins founded Pharmaco, a clinical research organization (CRO) that in 1991 was merged with the predecessor of PPD-Pharmaco, one of the largest CROs in the world today. Mr. Hawkins has served as a member of the board of directors of Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. since 2007. Mr. Hawkins graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Ohio University. Mr. Hawkins is an entrepreneur who has formed, financed and operated multiple ventures in the pharmaceutical industry and he brings substantial experience to the Board in clinical development as well as the management of growing enterprises.
GREGG ANTHONY LAPOINTE
Gregg Anthony Lapointe has served as a Director since March 2009. Mr. Lapointe is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Cerium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From April 2008 to March 2012, Mr. Lapointe served as Chief Executive Officer of Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on rare disorders and the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma-Tau Finanziaria S.pA. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from November 2003 to March 2008. Mr. Lapointe is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and a Chartered Accountant in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University of Montreal, a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University of Montreal and an M.B.A. from Duke University. Mr. Lapointe also serves on the Boards of Directors of Soligenix, Inc, and Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. Mr. Lapointe brings to the Board substantial experience in finance and management, including operational experience as the CEO of a pharmaceutical development and sales organization.
Simon Li was appointed a Director in January 2013. He is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J W Medical System Ltd., an affiliated company of Biosensors International Ltd. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Li served in various positions at Medtronic, a global medical technology company, including as the Global Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of Medtronic and President, Greater China and Chairman of the Board, Medtronic-Weigao JV. Prior to Medtronic from 1999 to 2005, Mr. Li served in various positions at Johnson & Johnson Medical, China, including International Vice President, North Asia / New Business Development, Asia Pacific / Strategic Medical Affairs, Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career with J&J, he held the positions of International Vice President, North Asia, Managing Director, China and Hong Kong, and Managing Director, China. Prior to J&J, Mr. Li was President and Chief Operating Officer of the ConvaTec business with Bristol-Myers Squibb in Hong Kong. He also served as General Manager of the pharmaceutical distributor Y.C. Woo & Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong, an M.B.A. degree from Henley Management, and an advanced E.M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Li brings to the Board international experience and perspective, combined with substantial knowledge of emerging markets, success in building profitable companies and experience in managing complex international business operations.