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NewLink Genetics Corp (NLNK.OQ)

NLNK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Link

56 2009 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer

Nicholas Vahanian

47 2017 President

John Henneman

55 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary

Eugene Kennedy

49 2017 Chief Medical Officer

Brian Wiley

48 2016 Chief Commercial Officer

Thomas Raffin

68 1999 Lead Independent Director

Paolo Pucci

56 2015 Director

Paul Edick

62 2011 Independent Director

Ernest Talarico

44 1999 Independent Director

Lota Zoth

57 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Link

Dr. Charles J. Link, Jr. M.D. is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer of NewLink Genetics Corp. He founded NewLink Genetics Corporation in 1999 and has served as Chairman of the company Board of Directors and the company Chief Scientific Officer since inception in 1999. He served as the company President from 2001 to 2009 and has served as the company Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Dr. Link has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BioProtection Systems Corporation from 2005 and was its Chief Scientific Officer from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Link has been a practicing oncologist at the Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates of Iowa since 1995. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Link served as the Director of the John Stoddard Cancer Research Institute, which he co-founded. Dr. Link served as a Medical Oncology Clinical Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, or NCI, National Institutes of Health, or NIH, from 1988 to 1991. Dr. Link attended the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1977 to 1980. Dr. Link holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has previously been certified in Medical Oncology.

Nicholas Vahanian

Dr. Nicholas N. Vahanian, M.D. is President of NewLink Genetics Corporation. He has served as the Company's Chief Medical Officer since 2001, Chief Operations Officer since 2003 and President since 2009. Dr. Vahanian served as a research scientist at the NCI from 1992 to 1994 and at the National Center for Human Genome Research, NIH from 1994 to 1995. He completed his Molecular Oncology Fellowship at the John Stoddard Cancer Research Institute from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Vahanian holds a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Vahanian attended St. Barthalomew's and Royal London Hospital Medical College. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Vahanian will be on a temporary medical leave of absence effective July 28, 2017.

John Henneman

Mr. John B. Henneman III., is the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Newlink Genetics Corporation. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Henneman served for sixteen years at Integra Life Sciences (“Integra”). He joined Integra in 1998 as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in 2007, and assumed that role permanently in 2008. As Chief Financial Officer, he transformed the finance function to accommodate Integra's growth, recruited and developed key leaders in accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis and treasury, and raised almost $1 billion in new debt and equity capital. In April 2014, he was named as Corporate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, concurrently with the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer. During his 16 years at Integra, in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer, he led Integra’s business development function, playing a key role in more than 40 acquisitions and alliances, and was responsible at various times for the Company's regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical affairs, human resources and management of Integra’s surgical instruments business. Integra is not a parent, subsidiary or other affiliate of the Company.

Eugene Kennedy

Dr. Eugene P. Kennedy, M.D., FACS is Chief Medical Officer of the Company. He joined NewLink in 2014 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where he served from 2006 to 2013, progressing to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and held leadership positions including Chief of the Section of Pancreaticobiliary Surgery and Co-Director of the Jefferson Pancreas, Biliary, and Related Cancers Center. Previously, Dr. Kennedy has held faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD from 2004 to 2005 and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 2005. Dr. Kennedy obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed a residency and fellowship in Surgery and Surgical Oncology as well as a research fellowship in tumor immunology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Brian Wiley

Mr. Brian Wiley is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Mr. Wiley has served as NewLink Genetics' Vice President of Business Development since January 2013 and has more than 20 years' experience in the oncology therapeutics market. In his new role, Mr. Wiley will lead the company's commercialization strategy for its HyperAcute® Cellular Immunotherapy platform and, if it is approved, algenpantucel-L for the treatment of patients with resected pancreatic cancer. The Company expects to report final results for its IMPRESS ( Im munotherapy for P ancreatic Re sectable Cancer S urvival S tudy) trial during 2016. Prior to joining NewLink Genetics, Mr. Wiley held management positions at Celgene Corporation, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, Millennium/Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Aventis/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. He played key roles in numerous oncology product launches, the sale of Gloucester Pharmaceuticals to Celgene in 2009, and the acquisition of Abraxis Health by Celgene in 2010.

Thomas Raffin

Dr. Thomas A. Raffin, M.D., is the Lead Independent Director of NewLink Genetics Corporation. Dr. Raffin has spent 30 years on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is the Colleen and Robert Haas Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics. Over the past two decades, Dr. Raffin has worked in the healthcare and medical device business sectors and was an advisor to Cell Therapeutics Inc. (1993-1997), Broncus Technologies (1997-2004), iMedica (1998-2002), and Inhale Technologies (1998-2001). He co-founded Rigel Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded company, in 1996. In 2001, he co-founded Telegraph Hill Partners, a San Francisco life sciences private equity firm as a General Partner. Dr. Raffin has been a director of the following Telegraph Hill Partners private portfolio companies: AngioScore, Confirma, Freedom Innovations, LDR, and PneumRx; and he has worked closely with Estech and Vidacare. Dr. Raffin received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and did his medical residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women's Hospital) in Boston.

Paolo Pucci

Mr. Paolo Pucci is Director of NewLink Genetics Corporation. Paolo Pucci is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is researching and developing innovative cancer therapeutics targeting critical biological processes implicated in a wide range of cancers. Prior to joining ArQule, Mr. Pucci worked at Bayer AG, where he was SVP in charge of the Bayer-Schering Pharmaceuticals Global Oncology/Specialized Therapeutics Business Unit. Before that, he was SVP of Bayer's Global Specialty Business Unit, where he led the creation of the Global Oncology franchise and oversaw the commercial launch of Nexavar® (sorafenib). He also served as President of Bayer's North America Pharmaceutical Operations and as a member of the Bayer Pharmaceuticals Global Management Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Pucci held positions of increasing responsibility at Eli Lilly, culminating in his appointment as Managing Director, Eli Lilly Sweden. In addition to serving on NewLink's board, Mr. Pucci serves as an independent director of Dyax Corporation, where he is chairman of the nominating and governance committee and a member of the audit committee. Previously, Mr. Pucci was an independent director and member of the audit committee at Algeta ASA, a leading biopharmaceutical company based in Norway. Mr. Pucci holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a graduate of the Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

Paul Edick

Mr. Paul R. Edick is an Independent Director of Newlink Genetics Corporation., Since July 29, 2011. Since July 2010, Mr. Edick has been the Chief Executive Officer of Durata Therapeutics, a start-up biopharmaceutical company. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Edick was Chief Executive Officer of Ganic Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Edick was Chief Executive Officer of MedPointe Healthcare Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company until its acquisition. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Edick was President of MedPointe Healthcare Inc. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Edick worked in a series of positions at G. D. Searle and its acquirer, Pharmacia Corporation, where he led G. D. Searle's U.S. managed care organization from 1994 to 1995, its U.S. marketing organization from 1995 to 1996 and its Global Pain & Inflammation Business from 1996 to 1997. In 1998, Mr. Edick was named G. D. Searle's VP-Canada & Latin America. In 1999, Mr. Edick became President of Asia Pacific, Canada & Latin America. In 2000, upon Pharmacia's acquisition of G. D. Searle, Mr. Edick was named Group Vice President and President, Asia Pacific/Latin America at Pharmacia. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Edick was a director and from 2009 to 2011 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Life Cycle Pharma, a public technology based biotech located in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, Mr. Edick has been a director of Amerita, Inc. since 2006 and was a director of Informed Medical Communications from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Edick holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College, Clinton.

Ernest Talarico

Mr. Ernest J. Talarico, III, is an Independent Director of NewLink Genetics Corporation. Mr. Talarico has worked for Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois since 1998, where he has been a Managing Director since June 2008. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Mr. Talarico served as Senior Vice President from 2005 to 2008, Vice President from 2003 to 2005 and Investment Executive from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Talarico specializes in financial planning and asset allocation, as well as other accumulation and preservation strategies for individuals and businesses. Mr. Talarico sits on several boards and committees, including the Mutual Fund Committee at Mesirow Financial and the Select Advisory Board and Committee at Mesirow Financial. Mr. Talarico has also been the Chairman for the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Founder and Chairman of the Talarico Ataxia Foundation. Mr. Talarico holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa as well as licenses in equities, options and managed futures.

Lota Zoth

Ms. Lota S. Zoth CPA., is an Independent Director NewLink Genetics Corporation., since November 2, 2012. Ms. Zoth served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MedImmune, Inc. from April 2004 to July 2007 and also served as its Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. Prior to joining MedImmune in 2002, Ms. Zoth served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at PSINet Inc., and Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc. Ms. Zoth also held senior management positions at Marriott International and PepsiCo, Inc. Ms. Zoth served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Zoth is a member of the Boards of Directors of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc., one private company and one non-profit organization. Ms. Zoth received a B.B.A. in accounting, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Charles Link

3,291,210

Nicholas Vahanian

2,252,810

John Henneman

4,017,080

Eugene Kennedy

--

Brian Wiley

856,764

Thomas Raffin

--

Paolo Pucci

--

Paul Edick

--

Ernest Talarico

--

Lota Zoth

--
As Of  30 Dec 2014