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Acer Therapeutics Inc (ACER.OQ)

ACER.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Stephen Aselage

66 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Christopher Schelling

42 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Harry Palmin

48 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Jason Kneeland

2017 Vice President - Finance, Controller

Stacey Bain

2018 Vice President - Clinical Operations

Nancy Duarte-Lonnroth

2018 Vice President - Quality

Usman Iqbal

2018 Vice President - Medical Affairs

Terrie Kellmeyer

2017 Vice President - Clinical Science

John Klopp

2018 Vice President - Manufacturing

Kristin Mulready

2018 Vice President - Program and Alliance Management

Matt Seibt

2018 Vice President - Market Access and Reimbursement

Kim Tharaldsen

2018 Senior Director of Marketing

William Andrews

53 2017 Chief Medical Officer

Donald Joseph

62 2018 Secretary and Chief Legal Officer

Jason Amello

49 2017 Independent Director

Hubert Birner

51 2017 Independent Director

John Dunn

66 2017 Independent Director

Michelle Griffin

52 2017 Independent Director

Luc Marengere

52 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Stephen Aselage

Mr. Stephen J. Aselage is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Since October 2015, Mr. Aselage has served as the chairman of Private Acer’s board of directors. He has served as president and chief executive officer of Retrophin, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, since November 2014 and as a member of its board of directors since October 2012. From May 2014 to November 2014, Mr. Aselage served as the chief operations officer and interim chief executive officer of Retrophin. Prior to joining Retrophin, he held a variety of roles at BioMarin, as executive vice president and chief business officer from December 2009 to September 2012 and senior vice president of global commercial development from July 2005 to December 2009. He has also held leadership roles at Cell Therapeutics, Inc., Sangstat Medical Corporation, Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. and Genentech, Inc. Mr. Aselage earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame. Acer believes that Mr. Aselage is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry, which will enable him to contribute important insights to our Board of Directors on strategic leadership and drug commercialization matters.

Christopher Schelling

Mr. Christopher Schelling serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Schelling founded Private Acer in December 2013 and has served as a director since that time. From December 2013 to February 2016, he served as Private Acer’s chief operating officer, and since February 2016 has served as Private Acer’s president and chief executive officer. Mr. Schelling also founded Apanii Consulting, LLC, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting company, in December 2012 and currently serves as Apanii’s chief executive officer. Prior to founding Apanii Consulting, he served as executive director of strategic marketing at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., or BioMarin, a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company, from May 2006 to October 2012. He has also held roles at Abgenix, Inc., Cell Therapeutics, Inc., Stanford Research Institute Consulting and Organon. Mr. Schelling earned a B.A. in biology from Carroll College. Acer believes that Mr. Schelling’s role in the founding of Acer, his experience as Acer’s Chief Executive Officer and his experience in the biotechnology industry qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Harry Palmin

Mr. Harry S. Palmin serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. From December 2013 to February 2016, Mr. Palmin served as the president, chief executive officer and a director of Private Acer, from February 2016 to September 2017 he served as Private Acer’s acting chief financial officer, and he currently serves as the chief financial officer of Private Acer. Prior to joining Private Acer, he served in a variety of roles at Novelos Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, including as president and director from 1998 to October 2013, chief executive officer from January 2005 to October 2013 and acting chief financial officer from 1998 to September 2005. He has also held roles at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Palmin earned a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University and a M.A. in international economics and finance from the Brandeis University International Business School.

Jason Kneeland

Mr. Jason Kneeland is Vice President - Finance, Controller of the Company. He brings nearly 20 years of progressive experience in the corporate finance leadership of technology and related companies. Prior to joining Acer, Mr. Kneeland was VP Finance at TechTarget, Inc., a public company with 700 employees and $100M of annual revenue, where he led a team responsible for the day-to-day finance and accounting operations, as well as several key initiatives around revenue recognition and systems implementations. Prior to TechTarget, Mr. Kneeland was a Senior Manager at CFGI, where he assisted domestic and international bio-tech and technology clients with public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other complex accounting, reporting and internal-control matters. Prior to that, Mr. Kneeland was Director of Technical Accounting of a multi-billion-dollar publicly traded retail pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management company. He has fulfilled various accounting and reporting roles with publicly traded companies in the technology industry since beginning his career in the audit practice of KPMG LLP. Mr. Kneeland is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University.

Stacey Bain

Dr. Stacey Bain is Vice President - Clinical Operations of the Company. Dr. Bain joined Acer as Vice President, Clinical Operations in February 2018. She brings with her 20 years of international clinical operational and drug development experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical research organization settings. Dr. Bain has managed or played an integral role in over 25 clinical trials, including both domestic and global studies. She oversaw two global Phase 3 oncology programs simultaneously with a combined budget of $75 million. Dr. Bain's experience includes management of various cross functional clinical development areas (clinical operations, drug safety, regulatory, data management, programming, biostatistics, medical writing, and third-party vendors). Previously, she held key leadership roles at Amunix Operating Inc., BioNumerik Inc., QLT Inc., InClin Inc., and PPD Development. Dr. Bain received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Science from Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Nancy Duarte-Lonnroth

Ms. Nancy Duarte-Lonnroth is Vice President - Quality of the Company. She brings more than 20 years of experience implementing, improving and directing Quality initiatives in highly regulated global life science companies. Ms. Lonnroth is a subject matter expert in Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) and has successfully hosted several FDA and other agency inspections and customer/partner audits. Prior to Acer, she has held leadership positions in Commercial and Pre-Commercial Quality at companies including AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Celestica, Acusphere, Histogenics, Stryker Biotech and Alkermes. Ms. Lonnroth obtained her US Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC[US]) from RAPS in 2011. She received her B.A. degree in Modern Languages and B.S./M.S. degrees in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and her MBA from Franklin Pierce University.

Usman Iqbal

Dr. Usman Iqbal is Vice President - Medical Affairs of the Company. Dr. Iqbal is a medical executive with a portfolio career entailing 15 years of diverse experience spanning Medical Affairs and end-to-end evidence and value development, across both large and small cap biopharmaceuticals. His experience spans a number of therapeutic areas including in Neuroscience, as Senior Medical Affairs Leader at AstraZeneca, and in Oncology, as former Head of Sanofi Oncology, Global Evidence & Value Development (GEVD). With positions of increasing responsibilities across both R&D and Medical Affairs in different organizations, Dr. Iqbal has led five product launches, built several integrated and transversal medical affairs platforms, and led the development and execution of integrated medical affairs strategy for broad portfolios including several orphan drugs. His area of expertise also includes harnessing of big data science, advanced analytics and digital medicine to optimize medical affairs delivery and patient outcomes. Prior to working in the industry that also includes Amgen and Trevena, Dr. Iqbal was at the Boston University Health Outcomes Technology Group where he served as a senior research fellow at the Center for Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices (CAPPs) and Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefit Management (VA-PBM). Dr. Iqbal serves as advisor to several academic and health care think tanks as an industry thought leader. He received his MD from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan and MPH and MBA degrees from Boston University.

Terrie Kellmeyer

Ms. Terrie Kellmeyer, Ph.D., is Vice President - Clinical Science of the Company. Dr. Kellmeyer joined Acer as Vice President, Clinical Science in December 2017. She brings to Acer over 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry spanning the areas of Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Writing and Medical Affairs. Over her career, Dr. Kellmeyer filed three NDAs, worked on a Brand Team preparing for product launch, and led clinical development programs. Prior to joining Acer, she served as Executive Director of Medical Writing and Scientific Communications at Intercept Pharmaceuticals where she was instrumental in leading scientific content and optimizing timelines for an NDA submission, served as a key member of the team for a positive Advisory Committee meeting, and oversaw all externally and internally facing scientific communications. Previously, Dr. Kellmeyer held positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Gen-Probe, Inc. She received a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse.

John Klopp

Mr. John S. Klopp is Vice President - Manufacturing of the Company. He brings 15 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry developing small molecule drug candidates in positions ranging from research to process development to contract manufacturing management. Mr. Klopp has spent the last 11 years working on the development and commercialization of orphan drugs at BioMarin Pharmaceutical and later Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. His expertise includes selecting and managing contract manufacturing sites producing drug substance and various oral dosage forms including associated sponsor clinical and commercial CMC regulatory strategy. Mr. Klopp received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. degree in Chemistry from University of California at Berkeley.

Kristin Mulready

Ms. Kristin Mulready is Vice President - Program and Alliance Management of the Company. She has over 20 years of biotechnology experience with expertise in executional strategy and team leadership. Prior to joining Acer, she was Senior Director of Program and Alliance Management at Mersana Therapeutics where she launched the function with responsibility for establishing and leading governance and teams, driving the business processes to advance the multiple internal and partnered programs, and ensuring efficiency in delivering on goals across the portfolio. Previously, she held roles of increasing responsibility at ImmunoGen, Inc. spanning Program Management, Alliance Management and Discovery Research. Mrs. Mulready earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College and her M.S. degree in Management from Lasell College.

Matt Seibt

Mr. Matt Seibt is Vice President - Market Access and Reimbursement of the Company. Mr. Seibt joined Acer as Vice President, Market Access and Reimbursement in April 2018. He has over 22 years of health care industry experience, with 15 years of specialization in managed care market access and reimbursement. During his career, Mr. Seibt has successfully launched 18 products in primary care, specialty, and rare diseases. Prior to joining Acer, he was the Director of Account Management, where he led a field market access team dedicated to securing distribution, formulary coverage, and reimbursement of Biogen's portfolio in hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, and spinal muscular atrophy. Previously, Mr. Seibt has held roles in sales, marketing, and market access at Pfizer, Vertex, PCA HealthPlans and PacifiCare. He received his B.A. degree in economics at The University of Texas and completed the healthcare leadership program at Portland State University.

Kim Tharaldsen

Ms. Kim Tharaldsen is Senior Director - Marketing of the Company. She brings to Acer over 16 years of experience managing teams and brands for companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and device markets. From product launch to end of life planning and execution, Ms. Tharaldsen has managed brands through all phases of the product lifecycle across a number of therapeutic markets including Oncology, Genetics, Neurology and Gastrointestinal disorders. In addition to a deep clinical understanding of various conditions and solutions, she brings to Acer a diverse marketing skill set that has been cultivated by experience with products that range from small niche market entrants to blockbuster, multibillion dollar drugs. Ms. Tharaldsen has contributed to the success of such companies as Eisai, Myriad Genetics, Prometheus and Hologic. She has a BS in Biology, and a MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Felician University.

William Andrews

Mr. William T. Andrews is Chief Medical Officer of the company. Prior to joining Acer, Dr. Andrews provided strategic consulting services to rare disease companies from April 2016 to September 2017. Prior to that, he served Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, as senior vice president, business development, from May 2014 to January 2016, and as vice president of medical affairs, from April 2012 to May 2014. He has also held roles at Santhera Pharmaceuticals, Sepracor, Inc. and ClinQuest, Inc. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical industry over 15 years ago, Dr. Andrews practiced medicine for seven years full-time and 11 years part-time in the Boston area as a board certified internist and an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Andrews earned a B.A. in biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.

Donald Joseph

Mr. Donald Joseph is Secretary and Chief Legal Officer of the Company. About Don Joseph Mr. Joseph joined Acer as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in April 2018. He has over 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience, including general counsel and senior management positions in biopharmaceutical and global health organizations. Mr. Joseph served as Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly listed biopharmaceutical company. Prior to KaloBios, he was Chief Executive Officer, and before that, Chief Operating Officer of BIO Ventures for Global Health, or BVGH. Mr. Joseph is currently a member and Secretary of the BVGH board of directors, having served previously as its Chairman. He previously served as general counsel, corporate secretary, and in other senior management roles at publicly held biopharmaceutical companies, including Abgenix and Renovis. Mr. Joseph currently serves as lead independent director of Achieve Life Sciences, a publicly held pharmaceutical company. Before entering the life sciences industry, he practiced corporate law for a number of years in major firms, including as an international partner at Baker & McKenzie, one of the world's largest law firms. Mr. Joseph received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors.

Jason Amello

Mr. Jason Amello is Independent Director of the Company. Since September 2013, Mr. Amello has served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for patients with kidney disease. From May 2012 to May 2013, he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of new cancer therapies. From April 2000 to June 2011, Mr. Amello held various positions at Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on development of therapeutics for multiple diseases and disorders, most recently as senior vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Amello spent 10 years in the business advisory and assurance practice of Deloitte, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility through senior manager. He currently serves on the board of directors of the New England Baptist Hospital, an orthopedic specialty hospital. Mr. Amello earned a B.A. in accounting from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Acer believes that Mr. Amello is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in finance related to managing life sciences companies, which will enable him to contribute important insights to our Board of Directors on financial matters toward the continued growth and expansion of Acer.

Hubert Birner

Dr. Hubert Birner is Independent Director of the Company. Since April 2017, Dr. Birner has served as a member of Private Acer’s board of directors. Since 2000, he has served in a variety of roles for TVM Capital, an independent affiliation of international private equity and venture capital firms, where he currently serves as the managing partner of TVM Capital and TVM Life Science Management. Dr. Birner currently serves as the chairman of the boards of directors of Argos Therapeutics, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed immuno-oncology company, and NOXXON Pharma N.V., a EuroNext Growth Paris-listed biopharmaceutical company, and as a member of the board of directors of Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company, as well as a number of privately held life science companies. Prior to his tenure at TVM Capital, Dr. Birner held roles at Zeneca Group PLC and McKinsey & Company. He served as the vice chairman of Evotec AG, a Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule drugs, from 2005 to 2013, and as a director of Probiodrug AG, a Euronext Amsterdam-listed biopharmaceutical company, from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Birner earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Acer believes that Dr. Birner is qualified to sit on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in the life sciences industry, both as an investor and a director, which will enable him to help guide Acer in future capital raising efforts.

John Dunn

Mr. John M. Dunn is Independent Director of the Company. Since October 2015, Mr. Dunn has served as a member of Private Acer’s board of directors. Since November 2014, he has served as general counsel of Vital Therapies, Inc., a biotherapeutic company. Prior to joining Vital Therapies, Mr. Dunn was a consultant from February 2012 to November 2014, an executive vice president of Biogen Idec, Inc., now Biogen, Inc., a biotechnology company, from November 2003 to January 2012, where he was the head of that firm’s corporate venture group, and general counsel of IDEC Pharmaceuticals from 2002 until its merger with Biogen in November 2003. Mr. Dunn earned a B.S. in finance and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming. Acer believes that Mr. Dunn is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors as a result of his deep experience relating to corporate governance and regulatory and financing matters in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry, which will enable him to contribute important strategic insights to our Board of Directors.

Michelle Griffin

Ms. Michelle Griffin is Independent Director of the Company. Since April 2013, Ms. Griffin has served as the principal of Pacific Biotechnology Consulting Group, a firm providing consulting services to biotechnology companies and their boards of directors. Prior to her time with Pacific Biotechnology Consulting Group, Ms. Griffin served from January 2011 to March 2013 as executive vice president, operations and chief financial officer of OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Griffin served as a member of the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee for PhaseRx, Inc. from 2016 until its acquisition by Roivant Sciences GmbH in 2018, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2008 to 2011, and Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (subsequently acquired by OncoGenex) from 2004 to 2008, and during various periods from 1997 to 2011 served in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer for Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dendreon Corporation and Corixa Corporation. Ms. Griffin earned her B.S. in marketing from George Mason University and her M.B.A. with a specialization in finance and international business from Seattle University. Acer believes that Ms. Griffin is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors as a result of her extensive operational experience in the biotechnology industry and deep experience in public company financial matters, which will enable her to contribute important insights to our Board of Directors on drug development and financial matters.

Luc Marengere

Dr. Luc Marengere is Independent Director of the Company. Since April 2016, Dr. Marengere has served as a member of Private Acer’s board of directors. He serves as managing partner of TVM Life Science Venture VII, L.P, a venture capital fund, which he joined in March 2012. From October 2001 to March 2012, Dr. Marengere was a managing general partner with VG Partners, a merchant bank. He serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held life science companies. From January 2015 to March 2017, Dr. Marengere also served on the board of directors of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company. He has also held roles at CDP Capital – Technology Ventures and MDS Capital Corp. Dr. Marengere earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.S. in endocrinology from Queen’s University and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Ottowa. Acer believes that Dr. Marengere is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in funding and managing life sciences companies, which will enable him to contribute valuable insights regarding the continued growth and expansion of Acer.