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Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (SGYP.PH)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Jacob

68 2013 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Marino Garcia

2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Patrick Griffin

60 2015 Executive Vice President and Chief medical officer

Bernard Denoyer

67 2013 Senior Vice President - Finance, Secretary, IR Contact Officer

Kunwar Shailubhai

57 2008 Chief Scientific Officer

Troy Hamilton

2015 Chief Commercial Officer

Thomas Adams

73 2008 Independent Director

John Brancaccio

67 2008 Independent Director

Timothy Callahan

2015 Independent Director

Richard Daly

62 2015 Independent Director

Alan Joslyn

57 2009 Independent Director

Melvin Spigelman

66 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Jacob

Dr. Gary S. Jacob, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. Since May 2013, Dr. Jacob has also been serving as Chairman of our previously wholly-owned subsidiary, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical drug development company and was Chief Executive Officer of ContraVir from May 2013 until March 2014. Dr. Jacob served as Chief Executive Officer of Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2003 until January 2013 and a director from October 2004 until January 2013. Dr. Jacob currently serves as a director of Trovagene, Inc., a diagnostics company. Dr. Jacob has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries across multiple disciplines including research & development, operations and business development. Prior to 1999, Dr. Jacob served as a Monsanto Science Fellow, specializing in the field of glycobiology, and from 1997 to 1998 was Director of Functional Genomics, Corporate Science & Technology, at Monsanto Company. Dr. Jacob also served from 1990 to 1997 as Director of Glycobiology at G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals Inc. During the period of 1986 to 1990, he was Manager of the G.D. Searle Glycobiology Group at Oxford University, England.

Marino Garcia

Mr. Marino Garcia is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the company. He has over 20 years of experience in various commercial, new product planning and business development roles. Prior to joining Synergy, Mr. Garcia served as Vice President of Global Business Development at Aptalis Pharma, a privately held specialty company focused on the gastrointestinal and cystic fibrosis markets which was acquired by Forest Labs in early 2014. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Garcia served as Vice President of US Commercial Operations and New Product Development at Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Zurich-based Vifor Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Garcia served in various U.S. and international leadership roles of increasing responsibility in companies like Eli Lilly & Co and Pfizer. Mr. Garcia received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.

Patrick Griffin

Dr. Patrick H. Griffin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the company, since January 19, 2015. Prior to which he served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer since joining on May 23, 2013. From March 2012 until April 2013 Dr Griffin served as Associate Vice President Clinical Development and Head of External Innovation. From January 2010 to Feb 2012 Dr. Griffin served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Development at Immusant, Inc. He is a board-certified physician in both internal medicine and gastroenterology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from Columbia University, completing a residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Following his residency and fellowship, Dr. Griffin joined the medical faculty of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he held a number of academic, clinical research, teaching and management positions, as well as a solo private practice in New York.

Bernard Denoyer

Mr. Bernard F. Denoyer, CPA., Senior Vice President - Finance, Secretary of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., since July 2008. From May 2013 until June 2014, Mr. Denoyer served as Chief Financial Officer of our previously wholly-owned subsidiary, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. From December 2007 until January 2013, Mr. Denoyer also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Secretary of Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc., our former parent company, and from January 2004 to November 2007 Mr. Denoyer served as Callisto's Vice President, Finance and Secretary. From October 2000 to December 2003, Mr. Denoyer was an independent consultant providing interim CFO and other services to emerging technology companies, including Callisto and certain portfolio companies of Marsh & McLennan Capital, LLC. From October 1994 until September 2000, Mr. Denoyer served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at META Group, Inc., a public information technology research company, where he was instrumental in their 1995 IPO. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Vice President Finance of Environetics, Inc., a pharmaceutical water diagnostic test manufacturer, acquired by IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

Kunwar Shailubhai

Dr. Kunwar Shailubhai is serving as Chief Scientific Officer of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., since July 2008. From March 2004 until July 2008 he served as Senior Vice President, Drug Discovery, of Synergy which at that time was a subsidiary of Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Synergy DE"). From May 2003 until March 2004, Dr. Shailubhai served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development of Synergy DE. From 2001 to April 2003, Dr. Shailubhai held the position of Vice President, Drug Discovery at Synergy DE where he was chiefly responsible for the preclinical development of our GC-C agonist program for drugs to treat colon cancer and GI inflammation. Between 1993 and 2000, he was with Monsanto Company, serving as Group Leader of the cancer chemoprevention group. Dr. Shailubhai previously served as a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. Dr. Shailubhai received his Ph.D. in microbiology in 1984 from the University of Baroda, India, and his M.B.A. in 2001 from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Troy Hamilton

Mr. Troy Hamilton is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. He has over 19 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with an emphasis on general management, P&L responsibility, commercialization, partnerships, acquisitions, and global product launches in the gastroenterology and primary care markets. Prior to joining Synergy, Mr. Hamilton held multiple commercial leadership roles over a nine year period within Shire Pharmaceuticals' GI Business Unit. Most recently, he was Vice President, Product Strategy and Commercial Lead, responsible for the GI motility, hepatology, and pipeline products. In this role he also led the GI business development efforts and was involved in all of their recent GI-related company acquisitions. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of GI International Marketing as part of a two year international assignment based in Belgium, and as General Manager for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease franchise globally. Mr. Hamilton joined Shire in 2006 as the Head of US Marketing, leading the successful launch of Lialda ® and continued commercialization of Pentasa ® . Previously, he spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals and McNeil Specialty Products in a number of in-house and field-based leadership roles within GI/primary care brand management, strategic planning, new product development, and medical services. Mr. Hamilton holds a BS in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an MBA from St. Joseph's University.

Thomas Adams

Dr. Thomas H. Adams, Jr. Ph.D. is an Independent Director of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., since July 2008. Since June 2005, Dr. Adams has served as a director of IRIS International, Inc., a diagnostics company, and as Chief Technology Officer of IRIS from April 2006 until November 2012 when it was acquired by Danaher Corporation. Dr. Adams served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leucadia Technologies, a privately held medical-device company, from 1998 to April 2006, when Leucadia was acquired by IRIS. In 1989, Dr. Adams founded Genta, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company in the field of antisense technology, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 1997. Dr. Adams founded Gen-Probe, Inc. in 1984 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman until its acquisition by Chugai Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1989. Before founding Gen-Probe, Dr. Adams held management positions at Technicon Instruments and the Hyland Division of Baxter Travenol. He has significant public-company experience serving as a director of Biosite Diagnostics, Inc., a publicly held medical research firm, from 1989 to 1998 and as a director of Invitrogen, a publicly held company that develops, manufactures and markets research tools and products, from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Adams currently serves as a director of Xifin, Inc., a private lab billing company and Chairman of the Board of Trovagene, Inc. Dr. Adams holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, at Riverside.

John Brancaccio

Mr. John P. Brancaccio is an Independent Director of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. since July 2008. Since May 2013, Mr. Brancaccio has also been serving as a Director of our previously wholly-owned subsidiary, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical drug development company. Since April 2004, Mr. Brancaccio has been the Chief Financial Officer of Accelerated Technologies, Inc., an incubator for medical device companies. From May 2002 until March 2004, Mr. Brancaccio was the Chief Financial Officer of Memory Pharmaceuticals Corp., a biotechnology company. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Brancaccio was the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Eline Group, an entertainment and media company. Mr. Brancaccio is currently a director of Tamir Biotechology, Inc. as well as a director of Trovagene, Inc. Mr. Brancaccio's chief financial officer experience provides him with valuable financial and accounting expertise which the Board believes qualifies him to serve as a director of our company.

Timothy Callahan

Mr. Timothy Callahan is an Independent Director of the Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Callahan is a global life sciences business leader with over 21 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biologic commercialization, most recently with the Actavis organization. From 2013-2014 he served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations where he played a leadership role in the transformation of the Actavis brand business into a $7B/yr division with a focus in Gastroenterology, Women's Health, Urology, Dermatology, and other specialty markets. From 2010-2012, Mr. Callahan served as Vice President, International Brands & Biologics Marketing at Actavis, and from 2003-2009 he served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the company's Nephrology division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Callahan held positions of increasing responsibility in commercial leadership at Watson Pharmaceuticals and Schein Pharmaceutical. Mr. Callahan was educated at Cornell University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Business Management.

Richard Daly

Mr. Richard J. Daly is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Daly has over 20 years of commercial pharmaceutical experience working in positions of progressive responsibility in sales, marketing and operations. Recently, Mr. Daly was the President of U.S. Diabetes for the joint alliance between Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. In the past, Mr. Daly was a founding partner and board member of SagePath Partners LLC, a commercial outsourcing provider to the pharmaceutical industry that was successfully sold to Ashfield Commercial & Medical Services in 2013. During his 13-year tenure at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, he served as Executive Vice President with P&L responsibility for businesses across the U.S., Canada, and Central/South America. Earlier in his career, he served in the sales organizations at Merrell-Dow Pharmaceuticals (now part of Sanofi) and TAP Pharmaceuticals (formerly a division of Abbott Labs) in sales, marketing, operations and senior leadership positions at TAP and Takeda. Mr. Daly currently serves on the board of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals and Andean Health & Development. Mr. Daly holds a BS in Microbiology from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Alan Joslyn

Dr. Alan F. Joslyn is an Independent Director of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., since October 2009. Since April 2014, Dr. Joslyn has been a partner in Lazarus Pharmaceuticals, LLC. From March 2010 to April 2014, Dr. Joslyn was a drug development consultant to Sentinella Pharmaceuticals. From August 2009 to October 2012 Dr. Joslyn served as the Chief Executive Officer of Edusa Pharmaceuticals, a privately held biotechnology company. From March 2007 to March 2009, Dr. Joslyn served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mt. Cook Pharma and as Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Penwest Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2007. From 1995 to 2004, Dr. Joslyn held a number of leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson focusing on development of gastroenterology products including Propulsid®, Motilium®, Aciphex® and prucalopride. Dr. Joslyn received his B.S. in medicinal chemistry, B.A. in biology and Ph.D. in biochemical pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Melvin Spigelman

Dr. Melvin K. Spigelman is an Independent Director of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., Since August 2008. Since January 2009, Dr. Spigelman has served as President and CEO and from June 2003 to December 2008 as Director of Research and Development for the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, a non-profit organization which seeks to accelerate the discovery and development of faster-acting and affordable drugs to fight tuberculosis. Dr. Spigelman was President of Hudson-Douglas Ltd, a consulting company, from June 2001 to June 2003. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Spigelman served as a Vice President, Global Clinical Centers at Knoll Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical unit of BASF Pharma, and from 1992 to 2000, Dr. Spigelman was the Vice President of Research and Development at Knoll. Dr. Spigelman has been a director of The Medicines Company since September 2005. Dr. Spigelman received a B.A. in engineering from Brown University and an M.D. from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.