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Retrophin Inc (RTRX.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Lyons

66 2016 Independent Chairman of the Board

Stephen Aselage

65 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Laura Clague

58 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Neil McFarlane

44 2016 Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth Reed

46 2017 Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

William Rote

54 2017 Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Development

Roy Baynes

62 2016 Independent Director

Timothy Coughlin

50 2015 Independent Director

John Kozarich

67 2016 Independent Director

Jeffrey Meckler

50 2014 Independent Director

John Orwin

52 2017 Independent Director

Ron Squarer

50 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Lyons

Mr. Gary A. Lyons is Independent Chairman of the Board of Retrophin, Inc. Mr. Lyons has served as a director of the Company since October 8, 2014. Previously, Mr. Lyons was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurocrine Biosciences from 1993 to 2008 and remains as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Neurocrine, Mr. Lyons held a number of senior management positions at Genentech, Inc., including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Sales. Mr. Lyons currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for: Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing drugs for the treatment of inflammatory/autoimmune and metabolic diseases and is a member of the Board of Directors; Vical Incorporated, a biotechnology company focused on the prevention and treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases; and Cytori Therapeutics, a company focused on stem cell therapies. Mr. Lyons was previously a director of PDL BioPharma, Inc., Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NeurogesX, Inc., KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Facet Biotech Corporation. Mr. Lyons holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Stephen Aselage

Mr. Stephen J. Aselage is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Retrophin, Inc. Mr. Aselage served as President and Chief Operations Officer of the Company from May 2014 and then as Interim Chief Executive Officer until November 2014. Prior to joining Retrophin, Mr. Aselage served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at BioMarin, a biotechnology company, from December 2009 through September 2012 and from July 2005 to December 2009, Mr. Aselage served as BioMarin’s Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Development. From February 2004 to June 2005, Mr. Aselage served as Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Cell Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on cancer therapeutics. From September 2003 to January 2004, Mr. Aselage worked briefly for Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, assisting in the transition following Genzyme’s acquisition of Sangstat Medical Corporation where he had worked since February 1999. While at Sangstat, Mr. Aselage restructured the company’s sales, marketing and medical affairs groups. From 1996 through 1999, Mr. Aselage served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Advanced Tissue Sciences, a biotechnology company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Aselage held a variety of sales and sales management positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies including Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals (now Sanofi-Aventis), Genentech, Inc., and Bristol Laboratories, a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Aselage is on the Board of Directors of ACER Therapeutics Inc. and Patara Pharma, Inc. Mr. Aselage holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Clague

Ms. Laura M. Clague, CPA is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Ms. Clague has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since November 17, 2014. Ms. Clague previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego and Ohio operations of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to the acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2012, Ms. Clague was the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Amylin for 10 years, and during this time also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Amylin/Lilly Collaboration. From 1988 to 1999, Ms. Clague was the director of finance and accounting operations for Sony Electronics, Inc. From 1985 to 1988, Ms. Clague served as internal audit supervisor at Cubic Corporation. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Clague held various audit positions at KPMG. Ms. Clague also serves on the Board of Directors of LRAD Corporation where she chairs the Audit Committee and is on the Compensation Committee. Ms. Clague is a certified public accountant in the State of California, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Menlo College.

Neil McFarlane

Mr. Neil McFarlane serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company since August 2016. Previously, Mr. McFarlane served as Vice President of UCB, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2011-2016. He served as Vice President and General Manager of UCB’s U.S. Immunology Business Unit and most recently as Vice President for the Global Bone Business in collaboration with Amgen. Prior to his positions at UCB, Mr. McFarlane held positions of increasing responsibility with Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, and Sangstat Medical Corporation prior to its acquisition by Genzyme, most recently serving as Vice President at Genzyme. Mr. McFarlane served as an officer and enlisted soldier in the United States Army Reserves and received his B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from the University of Florida.

Elizabeth Reed

Ms. Elizabeth E. Reed is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms. Reed brings a diverse knowledge base to Retrophin that has been cultivated over a 20-year career at emerging biopharmaceutical companies and leading law firms. Ms. Reed most recently served as general counsel and secretary of Celladon Corporation. Previously, Ms. Reed led the legal function at Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., serving as general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to these roles, Ms. Reed amassed foundational experience at the law firms Cooley Godward LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. Ms. Reed received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

William Rote

Dr. William E. Rote, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Development of the Company. He served as Senior Vice President of Research & Development of the Company since February 2017. Previously, Dr. Rote led clinical development at Ardea Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca, serving as Vice President, Clinical Development from September 2014 to July 2016. From 2003 to 2014, Dr. Rote held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, including Vice President, Site Head for Research & Development from September 2012, to July 2014, Vice President, Research & Product Development from January 2010 to September 2012, and Vice President, Corporate Development, New Ventures, from 2007 to 2010, among others. From 1993 to 2003, Dr. Rote served as Executive Director, Development of Corvas International, a biopharmaceutical company. He earned both his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and B.S. in Pre-Medicine from Pennsylvania State University, and received postdoctoral training from the University of Michigan.

Roy Baynes

Dr. Roy D. Baynes, M.D. Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company., since June 2016. He has served as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development at Merck Research Laboratories, the research division of Merck and Co., Inc., since December 2013 and as Chief Medical Officer of Merck and Co, Inc., a global healthcare company, since July 2016. Prior to his roles at Merck, Dr. Baynes served as Senior Vice President of Oncology, Inflammation and Respiratory Therapeutics at Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from January 2012 to December 2013. Prior to Gilead, Dr. Baynes held positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, from August 2002 to January 2012, most recently as Vice President of Global Clinical Development and Therapeutic Area Head for Hematology/Oncology. Before joining Amgen, Dr. Baynes was the Charles Martin Professor of Cancer Research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Wayne State University. Dr. Baynes has authored more than 150 publications and is a member or fellow of several international medical societies. Dr. Baynes received his medical degree and doctorate in philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and completed his medical training in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Johannesburg Hospital.

Timothy Coughlin

Mr. Timothy P. Coughlin, CPA is an Independent Director of Company. He is currently a Vice President of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and served as Neurocrine’s Chief Financial Officer from September 2006 to February 2017. Prior to joining Neurocrine in 2002, he was with CHI, a nationwide integrated healthcare delivery system where he served as Vice President, Financial Services. Mr. Coughlin also served as a Senior Manager in the Health Sciences practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and its predecessors, from 1989 to 1999. Mr. Coughlin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fate Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded company focused on stem cell research and aTyr Pharma, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. Mr. Coughlin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a Master’s degree from San Diego State University and is a certified public accountant in both California and Pennsylvania.

John Kozarich

Dr. John W. Kozarich is an Independent Director Retrophin, Inc. Dr. Kozarich currently serves in the position of Distinguished Scientist, Executive Adviser and Director of ActivX Biosciences, a biotechnology company and wholly owned subsidiary of Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Dr. Kozarich served as Chairman and President of ActivX from 2004 until April 2017 and joined ActivX as CEO, President and Chief Research & Development Officer in 2001. From 1992 to 2001, he was vice president at Merck Research Laboratories and previously held professorships at the University of Maryland and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kozarich is also an adjunct professor of Chemical Physiology at the Scripps Research Institute and serves as Chairman of the Board of Ligand Pharmaceuticals and of Intec Pharma. Previously, he served on the boards of QLT, Inc., Corium Intl. and the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences. He is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Kozarich earned his B.S. in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Boston College, his Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

Jeffrey Meckler

Mr. Jeffrey A. Meckler is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Meckler has served as a director of the Company since October 2014. Mr. Meckler recently served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of CoCrystal Pharma, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from April 2015 to July 2016. He has also served as a Director of QLT, Inc., an ultra-orphan opthalmic biotechnology company based in Canada, from June 2012 to November 2016, as well as the Managing Director of The Andra Group, a life sciences consulting firm. From January 2011 to September 2012, Mr. Meckler acted as a director and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Cypress Bioscience Inc. after its acquisition by Royalty Pharma. He has also served as a director of ClearFarma USA, Kyalin Bioscience and Alveolus Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meckler held a series of positions at Pfizer Inc. in Manufacturing Systems, Market Research, Business Development, Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance, which included playing a significant role in acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Meckler is the past President and continues to serve on the board of Children of Bellevue, a non-profit organization focused on advocating and developing pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital Center. Mr. Meckler holds a B.S. in Industrial Management and M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Mr. Meckler received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

John Orwin

Mr. John A. Orwin is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2017. Mr. Orwin currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Relypsa, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company. From June 2013 through March 2017, Mr. Orwin also served as President of Relypsa and served on its board of directors from June 2013 until Relypsa’s acquisition by the Galenica Group in September 2016. Prior to Relypsa, Mr. Orwin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Affymax, Inc., a biotechnology company, from April 2010 to January 2011, and as Affymax’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors from February 2011 to May 2013. From 2005 to April 2010, Mr. Orwin served as Vice President and then Senior Vice President of the BioOncology Business Unit at Genentech, Inc. (now a member of the Roche Group), a biotechnology company. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Orwin served in various executive-level positions at Johnson & Johnson, a life sciences company. Prior to such roles, Mr. Orwin held senior marketing and sales positions at various life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, including Alza Corporation (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Sangstat Medical Corporation (acquired by Genzyme), Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (merged with Sanofi-Aventis) and Schering-Plough Corporation (merged with Merck). Mr. Orwin currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Array BioPharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company and Seattle Genetics, Inc., a biotechnology company, and in addition to previously serving as a member of the board of directors of Relypsa and Affymax, served on the board of directors of NeurogesX, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2009 until July 2013. Mr. Orwin received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Ron Squarer

Mr. Ron R. Squarer is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Squarer has served as a director of the Company since April 2017. Mr. Squarer has extensive commercial, development and executive leadership expertise from a 25-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. Since April 2012, Mr. Squarer has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Array BioPharma, Inc., an oncology focused biopharmaceutical company. Prior to this, Mr. Squarer held positions of increasing responsibility with Hospira Inc., a global pharmaceutical and medical device company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for delivering $4 billion in annual revenue and leading more than 2,000 employees worldwide. Mr. Squarer joined Hospira from Mayne Pharma, an oncology-focused, global pharmaceutical company, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Corporate and Business Development when Mayne was sold to Hospira for $2 billion in 2007. Prior to Mayne Pharma, Mr. Squarer held senior management roles at both Pfizer, Inc., focused on global oncology commercial development, and at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now GlaxoSmithKline) in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Squarer holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

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