People: Acceleron Pharma Inc (XLRN.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Knopf

61 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Kevin McLaughlin

54 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Steven Ertel

44 2006 Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer

Matthew Sherman

58 Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Ravindra Kumar

53 2004 Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President

John Quisel

42 2006 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Terrence Kearney

59 2014 Director

Jean George

55 2005 Independent Director

George Golumbeski

56 2011 Independent Director

Edwin Kania

55 2004 Independent Director

Tom Maniatis

70 2003 Independent Director

Terrance McGuire

58 2005 Independent Director

Richard Pops

52 2004 Independent Director

Joseph Zakrzewski

51 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Knopf

Dr. John Knopf is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He co-founded Acceleron in 2003 and is our Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Knopf served on our board of directors from 2003 to 2004, and has served from 2007 to the present. Prior to founding Acceleron, Dr. Knopf served as Site Head of the Wyeth Research facilities in Cambridge, MA and Vice President of Metabolic and Respiratory Disease. Dr. Knopf was an early key scientist at Genetics Institute (GI) from 1982 to 1998, where he participated in the development of pioneering biopharmaceutical products including the first treatment for hemophilia, recombinant factor VIII Recombinate® and helped establish GI as a premier biopharmaceutical company. While at GI, he established a structure-based small molecule discovery group. Dr. Knopf is the author of several key scientific manuscripts in the area of signal transduction, and is named as an inventor of several patents. Dr. Knopf received a BS in biology from SUNY Stonybrook and his Ph.D. in biology at SUNY Buffalo. We believe Dr. Knopf's extensive experience and knowledge of biopharmaceuticals and our company qualifies him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Kevin McLaughlin

Mr. Kevin McLaughlin is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in November 2010 and is our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He most recently served, from 2009 through 2010, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Qteros, Inc. He was a co-founder of Aptius Education, Inc. and from 2007 through 2009 he worked as the Chief Operating Officer and a director. From 1996 through 2007, Mr. McLaughlin held several executive positions with PRAECIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He joined PRAECIS as their first Chief Financial Officer where he had responsibility for private financings, partnership financings, the company's initial public offering and subsequent stock offering. Later, Mr. McLaughlin became COO, and then President and CEO, and he served as a member of the board of directors. In this capacity he was responsible for negotiating the sale of the company to GlaxoSmithKline. He began his career in senior financial roles at Prime Computer and Computervision Corporation. Mr. McLaughlin received a BS in business from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College.

Steven Ertel

Mr. Steven Ertel is Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in January 2006 and is our Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer. Mr. Ertel established our business development function and currently leads our business development, commercial strategy and program management functions. Mr. Ertel has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology industry at Vivus, Inc., Genentech, Inc., Biogen Idec, Inc., and Synta. His responsibilities at these companies included program management for preclinical and clinical stage programs, commercial strategy for clinical stage programs, market launch of a novel biologic agent, and business development. Mr. Ertel began his career in the venture capital industry at Oxford Bioscience Partners. Mr. Ertel received a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Sherman

Dr. Matthew L. Sherman is Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in May 2006 and is our Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Synta Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for clinical research, clinical operations, biostatistics, data management, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and program management. Prior to that, Dr. Sherman worked at Genetics Institute and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in various capacities including Therapeutic Area Director for Oncology. While at Wyeth, Dr. Sherman provided senior oncology and hematology leadership for worldwide clinical development for both small molecule and biologic therapeutics, including the submission and approval of Mylotarg® by the FDA. He has published numerous papers and book chapters in the field of oncology and clinical development and is named as an inventor of several patents. Dr. Sherman is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine and held various clinical positions at Harvard Medical School with corresponding hospital appointments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Sherman received an SB in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MD from Dartmouth Medical School.

Ravindra Kumar

Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in March 2004 and is currently our Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Kumar established and currently leads our discovery research. Previously, Dr. Kumar worked for 12 years at Genetics Institute and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. At Genetics Institute, Dr. Kumar was a key member of the Small Molecule Drug Discovery group and was responsible for cell biology. Following the integration of discovery functions from GI and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Kumar served as Senior Scientist in the Biological Chemistry group. Dr. Kumar is the author of several key scientific manuscripts in the area of protein glycosylation and is named as an inventor of several patents. Dr. Kumar received his BS in chemistry from Rohilkhand University, his MS in chemistry from Meerut University, his Ph.D. from University of New Brunswick and he completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, NY.

John Quisel

Dr. John D. Quisel, J.D., Ph.D., is Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He joined Acceleron in October 2006 and is our Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining us, Dr. Quisel worked at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP and, prior to that, the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP. In his work at law firms, Dr. Quisel has, through strategic in-licensing and protection of internal research programs, assembled and licensed product and platform focused intellectual property portfolios for numerous biotechnology ventures. Over his entire career, Dr. Quisel's experience spans many aspects of biotechnology law, including the negotiation of intellectual property licenses and product development collaborations, patent prosecution and litigation. Dr. Quisel received an AB in biology from Harvard University, an MS in biology from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Terrence Kearney

Mr. Terrence C. Kearney is Director of the Company. Terrence C. Kearney has more than three decades of global healthcare experience at major pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Most recently, Mr. Kearney served on the executive management team for Hospira, Inc. where he held the role of Chief Operating Officer from 2006 through 2011 and Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2006. In these roles, Mr. Kearney had broad responsibility for the company's global operations, including commercial, manufacturing and research and development activities, and financial management strategies. Prior to Hospira, Mr. Kearney spent 25 years at Abbott Laboratories in various financial management roles, including Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Kearney earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Mr. Kearney serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Management Development and Compensation Committee for Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Jean George

Ms. Jean M. George is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. She has served as a member of our board of directors since 2005. Since 2002, Ms. George has been a Managing Director at Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV), and, concurrently since April 2013, Ms. George has been a Managing Director at LSV Capital Management. She joined ATV in 2002 and serves as the firm's East Coast lead partner for healthcare investments. Prior to joining ATV, Ms. George was a Director at BancBoston Ventures, where she led the health care team's investment activity in NuGenesis Technologies Corp., Microbia, Inc., Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Neurometrix, Inc. Before BancBoston Ventures, she worked at Genzyme Corporation from 1988 to 1998, where she held a variety of operational roles in marketing, product development, and business development, including Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. She also worked as a Vice President and Founder of Genzyme's Tissue Repair Division. She is currently a Director of Calithera Biosciences, Hydra Biosciences, Inc., Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc., Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Thrasos Therapeutics and Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. George was a Director of Hypnion, Inc., Critical Therapeutics, Inc. and Proteolix, Inc. She was named a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Ms. George received a BS in biology from the University of Maine and an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. We believe that Ms. George's executive experience in the life sciences and therapeutic device industries qualifies her to serve as a member of our board of directors.

George Golumbeski

Dr. George Golumbeski, Ph.D., is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Since 2009, Dr. Golumbeski has been a Senior Vice President of Business Development for Celgene Corporation, where he is responsible for the full array of business development activities, including identification and evaluation of opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, in-licensing, M&A, out-licensing, and alliance management. At Celgene, these activities are focused primarily within the therapeutic areas of oncology and inflammation. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Golumbeski served as the CEO of Nabriva Therapeutics AG. Prior to Nabriva, Dr. Golumbeski served as Vice President of Business Development, Licensing and Strategy for Novartis-Oncology. During his tenure at Novartis, Dr. Golumbeski's group closed a significant number of collaboration agreements which bolstered the development pipeline. Earlier in his career, Dr. Golumbeski held senior positions at Elan Pharmaceuticals and at Schwarz Pharma, where he led the effort to in-license rotigotine and lacosamide (now both approved agents). Dr. Golumbeski received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We believe that Dr. Golumbeski's experience as an officer of other pharmaceutical companies, as well as Dr. Golumbeski's extensive experience in research and development and corporate leadership positions, qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Edwin Kania

Mr. Edwin M. Kania, Jr., is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Since 2000, Mr. Kania has been a Managing Partner and the Chairman of Flagship Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm that he co-founded and that also manages the Applied Genomic Technology Capital Fund, L.P. (AGTC Fund) as well as funds raised by OneLiberty Ventures. Prior to co-founding Flagship Ventures, Mr. Kania was a Managing Partner at OneLiberty Ventures and its predecessor firm, Morgan Holland Ventures which he joined in 1985. Mr. Kania currently serves on the boards of several private companies. Mr. Kania has also served on the boards of Aspect Medical, EXACT Sciences and other public and private companies. Mr. Kania's direct investment experience covers over 100 companies, and he has been intimately involved in the launch and development of more than a dozen companies as the founding, lead or co-lead investor, and has on occasion assumed operating roles in support of management. Mr. Kania received a BS in physics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Kania's extensive experience investing in, guiding and leading start-up and early phase companies qualifies him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Tom Maniatis

Dr. Tom Maniatis, Ph.D., is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He co-founded Acceleron in 2003 and has served as a member of our board of directors and chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board since 2003. Since 2010 he has been a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to working at Columbia, Dr. Maniatis was a professor at Harvard University where he studied the mechanisms of transcription and RNA splicing in eukaryotes. Dr. Maniatis currently serves on the board of Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Maniatis is also a co-founder of Genetics Institute and ProScript Inc., where he served on the board of directors. Dr. Maniatis is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous awards for his research contributions, including the Eli Lilly Research Award in Microbiology and Immunology, the Richard Lounsbery Award for Biology and Medicine from the U.S. and French National Academies of Science, and the 2012 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. Maniatis received a BA in biology, an MS in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University. We believe Dr. Maniatis's extensive experience and knowledge of biopharmaceuticals and the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Terrance McGuire

Mr. Terrance G. McGuire is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2005. Mr. McGuire co-founded Polaris Partners in 1996 and is currently one of their general partners. Prior to starting Polaris Partners, Mr. McGuire spent seven years at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., investing in early stage medical and information technology companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of Adimab/Arsanis, Alector, Quantum Designs, Arsenal Medical/480 Biomedical, Editas, Iora Health, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Life Line Screening, MicroCHIPS, NextCode, Pulmatrix, SustainX, and Trevena. He has served on the board of directors of numerous companies, including Remon Medical Technologies, GlycoFi, Akamai Technologies, Aspect Medical Systems, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Transform Pharma, and deCODE genetics. Mr. McGuire is the former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, chairman of the board of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a member of the boards of The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Mr. McGuire earned a BS in physics and economics from Hobart College, an MS in engineering from The Thayer School at Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. McGuire's extensive experience as a venture capitalist focused on the biotechnology industry, as well as Mr. McGuire's many years of experience helping companies evolve from the start-up phase to successful public companies qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Richard Pops

Mr. Richard F. Pops is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Since 2011, Mr. Pops has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Alkermes plc, the parent company of Alkermes. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Pops served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Alkermes, from 2007 to 2009 he served as the Chairman of the board of Alkermes, and from 1991 through 2007 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. Mr. Pops also serves on the board of directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., Epizyme Inc., the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Pharmaceutical Researcher and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). He has previously served on the board of directors of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2008, and CombinatoRx, Inc. from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Pops also served on the board of directors of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, a privately held pharmaceutical company purchased by GlaxoSmithKline in 2007, and on the advisory board of Polaris Venture Partners. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows from 2002 through June 2012. Mr. Pops received a BA in economics from Stanford University. We believe that Mr. Pops leadership experience and industry knowledge qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Joseph Zakrzewski

Mr. Joseph S. Zakrzewski is Independent Director of ACCELERON PHARMA INC. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Since 2010 and through 2013, Mr. Zakrzewski had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin Corporation. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Zakrzewski served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Xcellerex. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Zakrzewski served as the Chief Operating Officer of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, overseeing the launch of Omacor®, a drug to treat elevated triglyceride levels. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Zakrzewski served in a variety of positions at Eli Lilly and Company including as Vice President, Corporate Business Development from 2003 through 2004. In addition, Mr. Zakrzewski served as a Venture Partner with OrbiMed in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Zakrzewski also currently serves on the board of directors of Amarin and Insulet Corporation and has also served on the board of directors of Xcellerex, Azelon/Zelos Therapeutics and Promedior. Mr. Zakrzewski received a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Biochemical Engineering from Drexel University as well as an MBA in Finance from Indiana University. We believe that Mr. Zakrzewski's substantial experience as an executive officer of other pharmaceutical companies, as well as Mr. Zakrzewski's service on boards of directors of other pharmaceutical companies qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.
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