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Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc (ACHN.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Scheer

63 2010 Chairman of the Board

Milind Deshpande

59 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mary Fenton

51 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Joel Barrish

58 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer

Martha Manning

61 2016 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

David Apelian

50 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Joseph Truitt

51 2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Amy Jennings

2016 Senior Vice President - Regulatory Affairs

Michael Kishbauch

66 2013 Director

Frank Verwiel

54 2015 Director

Jason Fisherman

58 2000 Independent Director

Gary Frashier

78 2008 Independent Director

Kurt Graves

48 2012 Independent Director

Robert Van Nostrand

58 2007 Independent Director

Nicole Vitullo

58 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

David Scheer

Mr. David I. Scheer serves as Chairman of the Board of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Since March 2010. Since 1981, Mr. Scheer has been President of Scheer & Company, Inc., which focuses on venture capital activities, corporate strategy, and transactional advisory services focused on life sciences. Mr. Scheer is on the Board of Directors, and also serves as Chairman of the Board, of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Scheer previously served on the Board of Directors of Tengion, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Scheer also serves as Chairman of the Board of two privately-held biotechnology companies. Additionally, Mr. Scheer serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut United for Research Excellence, an educational and business advocacy network. He is on the Executive Board of the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technologies (CBIT) at Yale University. He has been a co-organizer or Chair of a series of life science conferences involving public and global health in collaboration with Yale, and has been a speaker at the annual conferences involving orphan drug innovation for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. He serves as a member of a working group with the Division of Bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center focusing on Expanded Access and Compassionate Use policy. Mr. Scheer has been invited to be a guest lecturer or panelist for courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Yale School of Management, and the University of New Haven, and has been an Executive-in-Residence at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Global Task Force to Expand Access to Cancer Care in the Developing World, and as chair of the Unfinished Agenda in Infectious Diseases, both of which being initiatives associated with the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. Scheer received an A.B. from Harvard College and a M.S. from Yale University.

Milind Deshpande

Dr. Milind S. Deshpande, Ph.D., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Prior to that, he was our President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to joining Achillion in September 2001, Dr. Deshpande was Associate Director of Lead Discovery and Early Discovery Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company, from 1991 to 2001, where he managed the identification of new clinical candidates to treat infectious and neurological diseases. From 1988 to 1991, he held a faculty position at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Deshpande is on the board of directors of Spero Therapeutics, a biotechnology company. Dr. Deshpande received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio University, following his undergraduate education in India.

Mary Fenton

Ms. Mary Kay Fenton is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Prior to joining Achillion in October 2000, Ms. Fenton, a certified public accountant, held various positions within the Technology Industry Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, from 1991 to 2000, most recently as Senior Manager responsible for the life sciences practice in Connecticut. Prior to 1991, Ms. Fenton was an economic development associate in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Fenton is on the Executive Committee of the board of directors of Connecticut Business and Industry Association, a representative business organization. Ms. Fenton holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Connecticut and an A.B. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Joel Barrish

Dr. Joel C. Barrish, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Achillion in January 2016, Dr. Barrish was Vice President and Head of Discovery Chemistry at Bristol-Myers Squibb, or BMS, a global pharmaceutical company, from December 2010 to December 2015, leading chemical research on small molecules and other modalities across all therapeutic areas and sites. Prior to that role, from January 1990 to December 2010, he was responsible for teams at BMS that advanced more than 20 compounds into clinical development including SPRYCEL® (dasatinib), a marketed kinase inhibitor used for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia, which he co-invented. He and his co-inventors received the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for its discovery. Dr. Barrish has co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications, is a co-inventor on more than 35 issued U.S. patents, and has been invited to give more than 40 lectures at international conferences and universities. In 2010, Dr. Barrish was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society Medicinal Chemistry Division and served as its Chair in 2013. He was named an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2012. Dr. Barrish is also a Scientific Advisory Board member for the chemistry departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Barrish graduated summa cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and received a doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Columbia University.

Martha Manning

Ms. Martha Manning, Esq., is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company., effective February 1, 2016. Prior to joining Achillion in February 2016, Ms. Manning was General Counsel of iCeutica Inc., a drug development company from 2013 to 2016. She served as Chief Legal Officer of OraPharma, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from 2011 to 2012 when the company was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She joined OraPharma from Sandoz Inc., the generic pharmaceutical division of Novartis, where she served as Vice President and General Counsel from 2008 to 2011. Prior to Sandoz, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Adolor Corporation, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company from 2002 to 2008. Ms. Manning began her legal career with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

David Apelian

Dr. David Apelian, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Prior to Joining Achillion in May 2013, Dr. Apelian was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at GlobeImmune, a biopharmaceutical company, from 2005 to 2013, where he was responsible for clinical development, regulatory affairs, clinical immunology, development of companion diagnostics, as well as target discovery and preclinical research. Prior to GlobeImmune, Dr. Apelian was Clinical Director in the Infectious Diseases Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company, serving as medical co-lead for the clinical development and NDA submission of entecavir for chronic hepatitis B viral infection. Prior to BMS, Dr. Apelian served as Clinical Director in the Department of Hepatology/Gastroenterology at Schering Plough, a pharmaceutical company, coordinating a supplemental NDA filing for interferon alpha-2b and ribavirin for the treatment of pediatric patients with chronic hepatitis C viral infection. Dr. Apelian completed his residency training in Pediatrics at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. He received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and B.A. from Rutgers University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Quinnipiac University.

Joseph Truitt

Mr. Joseph Truitt is Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Achillion in January 2009, Mr. Truitt was Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy for Lev Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, from October 2007 to December 2008. From July 2006 through September 2007, he served as Lev’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing and led the build out of the commercial team and infrastructure in preparation for product launch. From February 2002 to July 2006, Mr. Truitt was Vice President of Sales and Operations at Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company, where he directed commercial operations at the company’s OraPharma subsidiary. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Truitt was Vice President of Sales and Operations of OraPharma, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, prior to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Truitt holds an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia and a B.S. in Marketing from LaSalle University, Philadelphia.

Amy Jennings

Ms. Amy Jennings, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President - Regulatory Affairs of the Company. Amy Jennings joined Achillion in January 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. She was previously with Sanofi where she was the head of US regulatory for diabetes. Prior to Sanofi, Amy assumed roles of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb within Regulatory over more than 12 years, culminating in her leading U.S. regulatory for CV/Metabolics. During her tenure at BMS, she was involved with both U.S. and Global regulatory for all phases of drug development, across broad therapeutic areas, and contributed to multiple drug approvals, including leading the U.S. regulatory efforts for the recent approvals of Farxiga and Xigduo XR for patients with type 2 diabetes. To obtain the U.S. approval of Farxiga, Amy led the team through the NDA submission, preparation of two advisory committee meetings, and an NDA resubmission. Amy earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry.

Michael Kishbauch

Mr. Michael D. Kishbauch is Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. From September 1996 to July 2004, Mr. Kishbauch was President and Chief Executive Officer of Achillion from July 2004 until his retirement in September 2013. From September 1996 to July 2004, Mr. Kishbauch founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OraPharma, Inc., a publicly traded, commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused on oral health care, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003. Prior to OraPharma, Inc., Mr. Kishbauch held senior management positions with MedImmune, Inc., a biotechnology company. Mr. Kishbauch serves on the Board of Directors of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology company, and TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Kishbauch holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University. Mr. Kishbauch has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry for over 28 years. His extensive operational, strategic and product planning and promotion experience is coupled with extensive sales, marketing and product launch experience. In addition, Mr. Kishbauch previously served as our Chief Executive Officer and has held board positions with several other life sciences companies.

Frank Verwiel

Dr. Frank A. G. M. Verwiel, M.D., is Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. With more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Verwiel was most recently President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Aptalis Pharma. Prior to its acquisition in 2014 by Forest Laboratories for $2.9 billion in an all-cash transaction, Aptalis manufactured, marketed and distributed a broad line of specialty pharmaceutical products and services used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders in more than 40 countries. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Verwiel defined and implemented a strategy to achieve Aptalis' vision to become the reference GI specialty pharma company. Dr. Verwiel initiated and led the LBO that resulted in Aptalis being acquired in 2008 by TPG Capital for $1.3 billion. In 2011, Axcan Pharma acquired, under Dr. Verwiel's leadership, the specialty pharma and pharmaceutical technology company Eurand in a transaction valued at approximately $600 million. The combined entity was renamed Aptalis Pharma. . Dr. Verwiel was a member of Intermune's Board of Directors, serving as chairman of the Compensation committee and member of the Audit committee, from 2012 until the company's acquisition by Roche in 2014. Dr. Verwiel was a member of the Board of Directors and the Health Section Governing Board of BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization), and he is currently an observer of the Board and of the Audit committee of Bavarian Nordic A/S. Dr. Verwiel holds an M.D. degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau in France.

Jason Fisherman

Dr. Jason S. Fisherman, M.D., is an Independent Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since March 2000. Since 2007, Dr. Fisherman has been a Managing Director of Synthesis Capital (formerly known as Advent Healthcare Ventures), a life science venture capital firm he co-founded in 2007. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Fisherman was a Managing Director of Advent International, a global private equity firm which he joined in 1994. Prior to Advent, Dr. Fisherman served for four years as Senior Director of Medical Research for Enzon Pharmaceuticals and previously managed the clinical development of a number of oncology drugs at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Fisherman is currently a director of several private biopharmaceutical companies and previously served on the Board of Directors of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a public biopharmaceutical company, from December 2005 until April 2011. Dr. Fisherman received his B.A. from Yale University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fisherman’s qualifications include his scientific experience, notably in clinical development and strategic product development. In addition to drug research and clinical development expertise, Dr. Fisherman brings a wealth of venture capital management experience in such areas as financing, business development and alliance formation.

Gary Frashier

Mr. Gary E. Frashier is an Independent Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since March 2008. Mr. Frashier, through his company Management Associates, has been a strategic consultant to emerging growth companies in the life sciences field since 2000. From 1990 until 1998, he served as Chief Executive Officer of OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, and from 1997 until 2000, as its Chairman of the Board. From 1987 until 1990, he served as President and CEO of Genex Corporation, a protein engineering company, and from 1984 until 1987, as Chairman and CEO of Continental Water Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of equipment to produce ultra-high purity water used by the pharmaceutical, medical, electronics and research industries. Mr. Frashier also served as Executive Vice President of Millipore Corporation, a provider of products and services used in pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, clinical, analytical and research laboratories, and as President of Millipore’s Waters Associates chromatography subsidiary. Mr. Frashier also serves on the Board of Directors of privately held Metric Medical Devices, Inc, a medical device developer and marketing company, and Viroxis Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Frashier received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University, where he is a Distinguished Engineer, and received his M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

Kurt Graves

Mr. Kurt C. Graves is an Independent Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., with effect from June 11, 2012. Mr. Graves has served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intarcia Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, since September 2010. Prior to joining Intarcia Therapeutics, Mr. Graves served as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Corporate and Strategic Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company, from July 2007 to November 2009. From January 1999 to July 2007, Mr. Graves held various leadership positions at Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, most recently as Global Head of the General Medicines Business Unit and Chief Marketing Officer for the Pharmaceuticals division. Prior to Novartis, Mr. Graves held commercial and general management positions of increasing responsibility at Merck and Astra Merck Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Graves currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Intarcia Therapeutics, and is also Chairman of the Board at Radius Health, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Graves also serves on the Board of Directors of Pulmatrix, a privately-held biotechnology company. Mr. Graves earned his B.S. in Biology from Hillsdale College and has attended executive leadership programs at Harvard, Wharton School of Management and University of Michigan.

Robert Van Nostrand

Mr. Robert L. Van Nostrand is an Independent Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since April 2007. Mr. Van Nostrand is currently on the Board of Directors of Enumeral Biomedical Corporations, a biotechnology company, Intra-Cellular Therapies, a biopharmaceutical company, Metabolix, Inc., a bio industrial company, and the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, a private company providing clinical trial services. Prior to this, Mr. Van Nostrand was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aureon Laboratories, Inc., a pathology life science company, from January 2010 to July 2010. Prior to joining Aureon Laboratories, Mr. Van Nostrand served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AGI Dermatics, a private biotechnology company, from July 2007 to September 2008 when the company was acquired. From May 2005 to July 2007, Mr. Van Nostrand served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a biotechnology company, where he previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from December 1996 through May 2005 and as Vice President, Finance and Administration prior to that. He also served as OSI’s Treasurer from March 1992 to May 2005 and Secretary from March 1995 to January 2004. Mr. Van Nostrand joined OSI as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in September 1986. Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Van Nostrand served in a managerial position with the accounting firm, Touche Ross & Co., currently Deloitte. Mr. Van Nostrand is also on the Board of the New York Biotechnology Association and was the former chairman, and is on the Foundation Board of Farmingdale University. Mr. Van Nostrand holds a B.S. in Accounting from Long Island University, New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Nicole Vitullo

Ms. Nicole Vitullo is an Independent Director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc., since September 2010. Ms. Vitullo currently serves the company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Vitullo joined Domain Associates, a venture capital firm with an exclusive focus on life sciences, in 1999 and became a Partner in 2004. In addition to investment responsibilities, she is involved in the distribution/liquidation strategies for the public companies in Domain’s Venture Capital portfolios. Ms. Vitullo is on the Board of Directors of VentiRx Pharmaceuticals and an Observer to the Board of Cotera Inc., both privately-held life sciences companies, and serves on the Boards of Directors of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Esperion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Marinus Pharmaceuticals, all publicly traded pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Vitullo was formerly on the board of Durata Therapeutics (which was sold to Acatvis Plc). From 1992 through 1999, Ms. Vitullo was Senior Vice President at Rothschild Asset Management, Inc. where she had responsibility for the U.S. public market investments of International Biotechnology Trust plc and Biotechnology Investments Limited. From 1991 to 1992, Ms. Vitullo served as the Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at Cephalon, a publicly traded biotechnology company. Prior to Cephalon, Ms. Vitullo spent 12 years at Eastman Kodak, most recently in Corporate Development where she was involved in the development and management of Eastman Kodak’s venture capital activities. Ms. Vitullo received a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. Ms. Vitullo’s extensive industry knowledge allows her to contribute to our Board in such matters as strategic product development and planning, financing, alliance formation, and market communications.