Board of Directors
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Walbert joined Horizon Pharma in June 2008 as our president and chief executive officer and has served as chairman of our board of directors since 2010. Prior to joining Horizon Pharma plc, Mr. Walbert served as president, chief executive officer and director of IDM Pharma, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by Takeda America Holdings, Inc., or Takeda, in June 2009. Prior to IDM, Mr. Walbert served as executive vice president, commercial operations at NeoPharm, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Walbert served as divisional vice president and general manager, immunology, where he led the global development and launch of the multi-indication biologic HUMIRA and divisional vice president, global cardiovascular strategy at Abbott, now AbbVie. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Walbert served as director, CELEBREX North America and arthritis team leader, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada at G.D. Searle & Company. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Walbert also held sales and marketing roles with increasing responsibility at G.D. Searle, Merck & Co., Inc. and Wyeth.
Mr. Walbert received his B.A. in business from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Walbert serves as chairman of the board of Egalet Corporation (NASDAQ: EGLT) and the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) and sits on the board of directors of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA), Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), World Business Chicago (WBC) and the Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Walbert is also a member of the Illinois Innovation Council.
Lead Independent Director
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Venture Partner Pappas Ventures
Mr. Grey has served on our board of directors since September 2011 and as lead independent director of the Company since August 2012. Mr. Grey is chairman and chief executive officer of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a venture partner at Pappas Ventures. Mr. Grey most recently served as president and chief executive officer at Lumena Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Shire plc in June 2014. Mr. Grey holds over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and has held senior positions at a number of companies, including president and chief executive officer of SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (sold to Eli Lilly in 2008), president and chief executive officer of Trega Biosciences, Inc. (sold to Lion Bioscience in 2001) and president of BioChem Therapeutic Inc. For approximately 20 years, Mr. Grey served in various roles with Glaxo, Inc. and Glaxo Holdings, P.L.C., culminating in his position as vice president, corporate development and director of international licensing. Mr. Grey also serves on the board of directors of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Selventa, Inc. and Ziarco Group Ltd. Mr. Grey received a BSc in chemistry from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Most recently Executive Vice President, Company Secretary Elan Corporation plc
Mr. Daniel joined our board of directors in September 2014. Mr. Daniel, a Chartered Director and Chartered Accountant, was elected to the position of President of the Institute of Directors of Ireland in May 2013, and was originally elected to the board of the Institute of Directors in Ireland in June 2010. In February 2015, Mr. Daniel was appointed to the board of directors of Malin Corporation plc, a newly established Irish-based global life sciences company. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President and Company Secretary of Elan Corporation plc and served in that role from December 2001 until the merger of Elan with Perrigo in December 2013. He was previously an Executive Director of Elan between 2003 and 2007, having joined the organization as Financial Controller in 1994. Mr. Daniel was previously Financial Director of Xtravision plc from 1990 to 1992 and prior to that, he held the position of Head of Finance of An Post for a period of three years. He is also a former President of the Financial Executives’ Association of Ireland. Mr. Daniel graduated with a degree in Commerce from the University College Dublin.
Managing Director Essex Woodlands Health Ventures
Dr. Himawan has served on our board of directors since July 2007. In 1999, Dr. Himawan joined Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, L.P., a venture capital firm, where he now serves as a managing director. Dr. Himawan also serves on the boards of directors of Catalyst Biosciences, Inc., MediciNova, Inc., Light Sciences Oncology, Inc., and Symphogen, Inc. Dr. Himawan also served on the board of directors of Iomai Corporation from 2001 to 2007, when it was acquired by Intercell AG. Dr. Himawan co-founded Seed-One Ventures, a venture capital firm, where from 1996 to 2001 he served as a managing director. From 1983 to 1996, Dr. Himawan was a scientist in academic and industrial settings. Himawan received his B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard University.
Most recently President and Chief Medical Officer Vidara Therapeutics
Dr. Nohria has served on our board of directors since September 2014. Dr. Nohria also serves on the board of directors of Promentis Pharmaceuticals and Sabela Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Nohria co-founded Vidara Therapeutics in 2011 and most recently served as its President and Chief Medical Officer. In the past, Dr. Nohria was part of the founding team of Alaven Pharmaceutical and Alaven Consumer Health LLC and served as its Chief Medical Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Vice President from 2008 until its sale to Meda Pharma in October 2010. Additionally, Dr. Nohria worked for Eli Lilly on Zyprexa and at UCB, where he was clinical lead for submission and commercialization of Keppra in the United States. Between 2003 and 2005, he was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Xcel Pharmaceuticals where he led development of retigabine (ezogabine) for the treatment of epilepsy.
Dr. Nohria is an experienced biotechnology entrepreneur and drug developer with a track record of success in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Dr. Nohria is a board-certified neurologist with special qualification in child neurology. His medical training was conducted at the University of Cambridge in England. His postgraduate training was completed in the United Kingdom and the United States at Duke University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and has authored many publications and book chapters.
Chief Financial Officer BioQ Pharma, Inc.
Mr. Pauli has served on our board of directors since September 2011. Mr. Pauli is currently the chief financial officer of BioQ Pharma, Inc., a private specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to that, Mr. Pauli held senior positions at a number of biopharmaceutical companies, including chief financial officer at Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and NeoPharm, Inc. and corporate controller and interim chief financial officer at Abraxis BioScience, Inc. (formerly American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.). In addition, Mr. Pauli previously served as corporate controller for Applied Power, Inc. and R.P. Scherer Corporation, held multiple finance positions at Kmart Corporation and began his career at Ernst & Whinney. Mr. Pauli received a B.S. in accounting from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in finance from Walsh College.
Most recently Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development Eli Lilly (Retired)
Mr. Santini has served on our board of directors since March 2012. Mr. Santini currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; on the board of directors of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Artax Biopharma, Collegium Pharmaceuticals, Intarcia Therapeutics and is retired from a distinguished career with Eli Lilly and Company that spanned nearly three decades. Mr. Santini previously served on the board of directors for Sorin SpA from 2012 to 2015, when it was acquired by LivaNova plc. Mr. Santini capped his career at Lilly as a member of the company’s executive committee and as the senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development. Mr. Santini, fluent in four languages, holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bologna and a master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Most recently Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Human Genome Sciences, which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline
Mr. Watkins has served on our board of directors since April 2014. Mr. Watkins, in his most recent role, was director, president and chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences (HGS) from 2004 until HGS was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012. Before leading HGS, Mr. Watkins spent nearly twenty years in senior roles at Abbott and its affiliates in the United States and Asia, most recently serving as the president of TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc., which was jointly owned by Abbott and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. Mr. Watkins began his career in 1974 with Arthur Andersen & Co. From 1979 to 1985, he was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, Inc., working with multinational companies in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Currently, Mr. Watkins is the chairman of the board of directors of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a member of the board of visitors of The College of William and Mary.