Board of Directors

Richard M. Glickman, L.L.D. (Hon)

Dr. Glickman presently serves as the Company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board. In addition to being a Founder of the company, he previously served as the Interim Executive Chairman of the Company for the period September 20, 2013 to February 28, 2014 and as Acting Interim CEO for the period October 22, 2013 to November 5, 2013. He was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (“Aspreva”), playing an integral role in the development and establishment of CellCept®, or MMF, as the current standard of care for lupus nephritis. Aspreva Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Swiss pharmaceutical company Galenica for nearly $1B in 2008.  He currently serves as founding Chairman of Essa Pharmaceuticals Inc., Chairman of the Board of Engene Corporation and a Director of Cardiome Pharma. He is also a Partner at Lumira Capital, one of Canada’s most successful healthcare focused venture capital firms.  Dr. Glickman has served on numerous biotechnology and community boards, including member of the federal government’s National Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Director of the Canadian Genetic Disease Network, Chairman of Life Sciences B.C. and a member of the British Columbia Innovation Council. Dr. Glickman is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a recipient of both BC and Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award, the BC Lifesciences Leadership Award and the Corporate Leadership Award from the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).

Lorin Jeffry ("Jeff") Randall

Mr. Randall has over 30 years of experience serving in financial and operating roles spanning biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. He has led a number of companies through multi-million dollar financings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his current board positions, Mr. Randall served on the board of directors of Nanosphere, Inc. from 2008 to 2016, most recently as Chairman of the Board. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Randall, a financial consultant, was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eximias Pharmaceutical Corporation, a development-stage drug development company. Mr. Randall holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Gregory M. Ayers, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ayers is a consultant to the medical device and biopharmaceutical industry providing clinical and regulatory advice to various companies. He has more than 25 years of experience working with medical device start-up companies. He began his career in the industry at InControl, Inc., the developer of the first implantable atrial defibrillator, where he served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs. InControl was acquired by Guidant in 1999. He was a Venture Partner at MPM Capital when he founded CryoCor, Inc. (NasdaqNM: CRYO), a medical technology company headquartered in San Diego, CA that developed products using cryogenic technology to treat arrhythmias, where he also served as President & CEO until March 2006. CryoCor was sold to Boston Scientific in 2007. He served on the board of directors of Hemosense, Inc. (AMEX: HEM), where he also served as interim CEO until April 2002. Hemosense was sold to Inverness Medical in 2008. While at MPM he served as medical director, interim CEO or member of the board of directors for eight other portfolio companies including Alsius and ARYX pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARYX). Dr. Ayers is also Co-Founder of IMedPro, a German-based consulting company for small U.S. companies seeking European approval or early marketing of their medical products, where he has worked with seven additional start-up medical device companies. He has served as a medical consultant for Heartstream, a company that pioneered the use of AEDs (automatic external defibrillator). He is a founder of SonarMed, Inc. an Indianapolis-based medical device company developing products for critical care medicine, where he served as Executive and Chairman of the Board until April 2008. He served as acting Medical Director of Catheter Robotics, Inc., a New Jersey-based company. He was President and CEO of ViewRay, a Cleveland-based oncology company. Dr. Ayers served as Chief Medical Officer of Heart Metabolics, Ltd., an Irish company focused on securing registration for perhexiline in the treatment of hypertropic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Ayers is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Heart Rhythm Society. He holds 21 U.S. patents and has published more than 200 book chapters, scientific abstracts, and manuscripts. Dr. Ayers received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and his M.D. from Indiana University.

David R.W. Jayne, M.D. FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci

Dr. Jayne is Director of the Vasculitis and Lupus Clinic and Reader in Vasculitis at The University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Jayne received his B.S. in Surgery and Medicine from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He received postgraduate training at several London hospitals and Harvard University. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medical Science. He is a certified nephrologist and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge UK. Dr. Jayne is a medical advisor to UK, U.S. and EU regulatory bodies, patient groups and professional organizations. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He was elected the first President of the European Vasculitis Society in 2011 and is a member of the ERA-EDTA immunopathology working group. Dr. Jayne’s research includes investigator-initiated international trials and the introduction of newer therapies in vasculitis and SLE with collaborators on five continents.

Hyuek Joon Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee is the Director of New Business Development for ILJIN Group and is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and managing overseas investments, joint ventures and subsidiaries. As of October 2014, he joined the board of directors of Life Science Enterprises in Massachusetts, a privately held company focusing on advanced biomaterials that promote bone repair. Dr. Lee has more than 18 years of experience in consulting, management, business development and strategic planning in a number of industries including information technology, chemical and media. 

Dr. Lee received his B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Benjamin Rovinski, Ph.D.

Dr. Benjamin Rovinski has 27 years of investment, operational, managerial and research experience in the healthcare sector. Dr. Rovinski joined Lumira Capital in 2001, where he is a Managing Director, with an investment focus on mid- to late-stage private and public life sciences companies. Prior to joining Lumira Capital, he held several senior management positions in the biotechnology sector, including 13 years at Sanofi Pasteur where he was a senior scientist and director of molecular virology. Dr. Rovinski led global R&D programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS and therapeutic cancer vaccines, bringing several of them through to clinical-stage.

Dr. Rovinski holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montréal and did post-doctoral studies in Molecular Oncology and Retrovirology at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston. His current and past board roles and investment responsibilities include several private and public companies, including GI Therapeutics; Vascular Pharmaceuticals; KAI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen); Morphotek (acquired by Eisai); Cervelo Pharmaceuticals; Health Hero Network (acquired by Bosch); Avalon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVRX; acquired by Clinical Data, Inc.); Inovise Medical, Inc.; Protana; Signature Biosciences; and SGX Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SGXP; acquired by Eli Lilly). He also serves on the board of directors of Life Sciences Ontario and the steering committee of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade’s Health Science Cluster initiative. Dr. Rovinski has published over 25 scientific articles and reviews and is the recipient of 31 issued patents.