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Pieris Pharmaceuticals Inc (PIRS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Geraghty

62 2017 Chairman of the Board

Stephen Yoder

39 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Lance Thibault

50 2017 Acting Chief Financial Officer

Claude Knopf

2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer

Louis Matis

54 2015 Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Julian Adams

61 2016 Director

Jean-Pierre Bizzari

62 2015 Director

Christopher Kiritsy

49 2016 Director

Steven Prelack

57 Independent Director

Michael Richman

54 2014 Independent Director

Christina Takke

44 2005 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Geraghty

Mr. James A. Geraghty is Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is an industry leader with 30 years of strategic and leadership experience, including more than 20 years as a senior member of executive teams at biotechnology companies developing and commercializing innovative therapies. Until 2016, Mr. Geraghty was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Third Rock Ventures, a leading biotech venture and company-formation fund, and previously served as Senior Vice President, North America Strategy and Business Development at Sanofi, which he joined upon its acquisition of Genzyme. Mr. Geraghty spent 20 years at Genzyme, where his roles included Senior Vice President International Development, President of Genzyme Europe, and General Manager of Genzyme's cardiovascular business. Mr. Geraghty also oversaw Genzyme's Humanitarian Assistance for Neglected Diseases (HAND) program, under which the company supported innovative development programs on a non-commercial basis. Mr. Geraghty is Chairman of the Board of Idera Pharmaceuticals and Juniper Pharmaceuticals and serves on the Board of Voyager Therapeutics and Fulcrum Therapeutics. He is also a member of the BIO Ventures for Global Health Board of Directors. He started his career in healthcare strategy consulting at Bain and Company. A graduate of the Yale Law School, Mr. Geraghty holds a M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Stephen Yoder

Mr. Stephen S. Yoder is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He has been appointed to the Company on the closing of the Acquisition of Pieris, Pieris Operating, on December 17, 2014. Pieris, is a former stockholders of Pieris Operating. Prior to joining Pieris Operating, from July 2003 to December 2010 he led the intellectual property and legal departments at MorphoSys AG, a biotechnology company involved in the development and research of antibodies, as General Counsel. Prior to MorphoSys AG, from September 1999 to June 2003 he worked in several Washington, D.C. law firms, specializing in a life sciences intellectual property practice. Mr. Yoder holds degrees in molecular biology and Spanish from Grove City College and a Juris Doctorate, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. As an attorney, he is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and in the jurisdictions of Maryland and Washington, D.C. We believe that Mr. Yoder adds value to our Board of Directors based on his intimate knowledge of our business plans and strategies of our business and his years of experience in the biotechnology and life sciences industry.

Lance Thibault

Mr. Lance E. Thibault serves as Acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Lance Thibault joined Pieris Pharmaceuticals as Acting Chief Financial Officer on 2 February 2017. Mr. Thibault, joins the Company from Danforth Advisors where he has served as a consulting chief financial officer since January 2014, providing operational, financial and strategic services at a number of public and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Mr. Thibault’s previous experience includes interim chief financial officer with Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTI) where he helped lead the company in its successful U.S. initial public offering in February 2016, as interim finance director for Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) bridging through the company’s 2014 reverse merger, and has provided specialized assistance to several companies, including, Dimension Therapeutics (NASDAQ: DMTX) and Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: BSLN), making advance preparations in the areas of financial reporting, operational activities, internal controls, systems and accounting functions. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Thibault was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of deCODE genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCGN), a biotechnology and genetics research Company, and prior to that time was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s transaction advisory services global capital markets group in London, England providing SEC reporting expertise to private foreign registrants executing primary and secondary debt and equity offerings in the U.S. Mr. Thibault is a CPA and received his B.S. in Accountancy from Bentley College.

Claude Knopf

Mr. Claude Knopf serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer of the Company. Mr. Knopf is an accomplished executive in the biotech industry and brings to Pieris a demonstrable track record of success in strategy, corporate development, licensing, alliance management, marketing and sales spanning more than two decades. Prior to joining Pieris, Mr. Knopf served from July 2013 to July 2016 as Senior Vice President, Global Head Business Development & Licensing/Mergers and Acquisitions at Baxalta (formerly Baxter Bioscience) where through partnering and acquisitions he helped develop the Oncology business and pipeline and strengthened the Hematology and Immunology divisions. Prior to joining Baxalta, from 2001 to 2013 Mr. Knopf held several business development, alliance management, licensing and marketing roles at Novartis, most recently as the Head of Business Development and Licensing - Strategic Planning, Vaccines European Region. From 1995 until joining Novartis in 2001, Mr. Knopf also held several marketing, sales and finance positions at Merck Sharpe & Dohme. Mr. Knopf holds a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business and an BA in Economics from Manchester College.

Louis Matis

Dr. Louis Matis, M.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Pieris, Dr. Matis served since June 2011 as Executive Director, Strategic Evaluation at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he also served from 1993 to 2000, during which time he advanced to the position of Chief Scientific Officer and had a leading role in discovering the first-in-class complement inhibitor monoclonal antibody Soliris® (eculizumab). Before re-joining Alexion in 2011, Dr Matis served as CEO of CGI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2000 to 2006, and of the Immune Tolerance Institute from 2007 to 2010. From 1977 until joining Alexion in 1993, Dr. Matis held senior research and clinical positions at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, MD, and the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). Dr. Matis holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, receiving his clinical training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, and in Medical Oncology at the NCI. Dr. Matis is the author of over 120 publications in major scientific and medical journals and is a co-inventor on multiple patents.

Julian Adams

Dr. Julian Adams is Director of the Company. He has served since 2007 as the President of Research and Development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, where he has held several roles since joining the company in 2003, including Chief Scientific Officer, and currently leads the full spectrum of Infinity's drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development, and regulatory affairs activities. During his career, Dr. Adams has had global responsibility for multiple drug discovery programs, including the successful discovery and development of Velcade® (bortezomib), a proteasome inhibitor for cancer therapy, and the drug Viramune® (nevirapine) for HIV. Dr. Adams has received many awards, including the 2012 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for his role in the discovery and development of bortezomib, the 2012 C. Chester Stock Award Lectureship from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the 2001 Ribbon of Hope Award for Velcade ® from the International Myeloma Foundation. Dr. Adams is an inventor on more than 40 patents and has authored over 100 papers and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals.

Jean-Pierre Bizzari

Dr. Jean-Pierre Bizzari, M.D., is Director of Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Bizzari joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1983 as Head of Oncology at the Institut de Recherches Internationales SERVIER (France). From 1993 to 2002 he served as Vice President, Clinical Development Oncology at Rhône-Poulenc Rorer (Aventis). From 2002 until 2008, Dr. Bizzari was the Vice President of Clinical Oncology Development at Sanofi-Aventis (Sanofi-Synthelabo from 2002 to 2004) where he oversaw the approval of ELOXATIN ® , TAXOTERE ® and ELITEK ® . He has published more than 70 articles in peer review journals and more than 160 abstracts in scientific congresses. Dr. Bizzari is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of France's National Cancer Institute and Netrix Pharma, and serves on the Board of Halozyme Therapeutics , Inc., Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Transgene SA. Dr. Bizzari received his medical degree from the University of Nice (France). He is a specialist in oncology, having trained at La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, followed by training at the Ontario Cancer Institute and McGill Cancer Center.

Christopher Kiritsy

Mr. Christopher P. Kiritsy has been appointed as Director of the Company. Mr. Kiritsy, a co-founder of Arisaph, has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005 and served as a director of Arisaph since 2000. Prior to joining Arisaph, Mr. Kiritsy held several roles at Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Kos”), a formerly public pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2006, including serving as its Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of Kos.. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Arisaph, Mr. Kiritsy serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit company of Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Kiritsy holds an A.B. in biology from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Steven Prelack

Mr. Steven Prelack is a Independent Director of the company. Mr. Prelack is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of VetCor, which owns and operates veterinary hospitals across the United States, and has served in this position since June 2012. Prior to that time and since May 2010, Mr. Prelack served at VetCor as Senior Vice President of Operations and as Chief Financial Officer. From 2001 until May 2010, he was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of VelQuest Corporation, a provider of automated compliance software solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently a director and audit committee chair of Galectin Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in drug research and development to create new therapies for fibrotic disease and cancer. Mr. Prelack also previously served as director and audit committee chair for BioVex Group, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and future commercialization of targeted treatments for cancer and the prevention of infectious disease, which was sold to Amgen in 2011, and as a director of VelQuest Corporation, OPCAT, Inc. and Foodsafe Solutions, Inc. Mr. Prelack is a Certified Public Accountant, received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1979 and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Michael Richman

Michael Richman is a Independent Director of the company since October 2014. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Amplimmune, Inc., a privately held biologics company focused on cancer and autoimmune diseases which was acquired by Astra Zeneca in 2013, and has held this position since July 2008. From May 2007 through June 2008, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Amplimmune, Inc. Prior to such time, Mr. Richman has gained years of experience working in research, intellectual property and business development capacities in companies such as Chiron Corporation (now Novartis), MedImmune, Inc. (now Astra Zeneca) and MacroGenics. He is a member of the board of directors of Opexa Therapeutics, Inc., a public company, Madison Vaccines, Inc., a private company, and was previously director of Cougar Biotechnology until its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Richman obtained his B.S. in genetics/molecular biology at the University of California at Davis and his M.S.B.A. in international business at San Francisco State University. We believe that Mr. Richman adds value to our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategic planning for life science companies, as well as executive leadership and management experience.

Christina Takke

Dr. Christina Takke Ph.D is a Independent Director of the company from 2005. Dr. Takke is currently a Partner at Forbion Capital Partners in the Netherlands, where she has served in such capacity since 2010, and previously worked as a Partner at ABN AMRO Capital Life Sciences from September 2000 to January 2007. At Forbion, Dr. Takke is responsible for scouting and the analysis of new investment opportunities as well as general deal execution, in particular the financing of several Forbion portfolio companies including arGEN-X. Prior to that time, Dr. Takke served as a consultant at Bio-Gen-Tec-NRW, a regional development organization for the biotechnology industry. Dr. Takke currently serves on the supervisory board of arGEN-X N.V. (the Netherlands) and Amakem N.V. (Belgium). Dr. Takke also served as a board observer of GlycArt (Switzerland), which was sold to Roche in 2005. Dr. Takke received her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the Institute of Development Biology at the University of Cologne and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt. We believe that Dr. Takke adds value to our Board of Directors based on her intimate knowledge of our business plans and strategies of our business, her years of experience in the biotechnology and life sciences industry, and her experience with financing and other aspects of company-building for enterprises in our industry.