Board of Directors
Dr. Göran Ando has had a distinguished career in the global pharmaceutical industry that has spanned nearly four decades. He began his career at Pfizer, Inc., where he held several senior clinical positions both in the U.S. and in Europe. Dr. Ando also served as President of the Astra Research Centre. He held various senior appointments at GlaxoSmithKline plc, including Research and Development Director for Glaxo Group Research.. Dr. Ando then joined Pharmacia AB in 1995 as Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer to lead Research and Development with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, information technology, business development and M&A. During his nine-year tenure as Head of Research and Development at Pharmacia/Pharmacia & Upjohn, 17 new drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to Pharmacia’s acquisition by Pfizer for $60 billion.
Dr. Ando is the retired Chairman of Novo Nordisk A/S and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cell Tech Group PLC. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for several European-based biopharmaceutical companies and he currently serves as a Board member of biopharmaceutical companies in Europe, U.S. and Singapore. He is a Senior Advisor at EW Healthcare Partners. Dr. Ando received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and Doctor of Medicine degree from Linköping University in Sweden.
Ms. Lurker has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia), now a part of Pfizer, Inc. She also served as a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as chair of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, both privately held companies. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, in addition to serving as a director of PDI, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. We believe Ms. Lurker is qualified to serve on our Board because of her role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as her broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches, which provide her with valuable expertise and perspective on our corporate strategy, management, operations and governance.
David R. Guyer, M.D. is a Venture Partner at SV Health Investors and is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Iveric Bio (formerly Ophthotech). Dr. Guyer served as Chairman of Iveric Bio’s board of directors since its inception in January 2007 to January 2017 and as the Chief Executive Officer from April 2013 to January 2017. Under his leadership, Ophthotech entered into one of the largest ex-US partnering transactions ever in the biotechnology industry at that time with Novartis. Dr. Guyer has significant medical, drug development, and commercial experience in ophthalmology, and in his career has served on approximately 20 Boards of both public and private companies. He co-founded Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its board of directors from 2000 until it was acquired by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2005. Prior to co-founding Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Guyer was a professor and served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Guyer received a BS from Yale College and an MD from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Guyer completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retinal fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
Ron Eastman joined Essex Woodlands in 2006 as a Partner, and was appointed Managing Director in 2008.
Mr. Eastman led and served on the Board of Directors of EW's growth equity investment in ProteinSimple (acquired by Bio-Techne). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of EW portfolio companies Elusys, Corium, Suneva and Symphogen.
Mr. Eastman has over 40 years of experience in building healthcare businesses. He began his career at American Cyanamid Company, which was acquired by American Home Products (now Pfizer), where Mr. Eastman spent 15 years managing various pharmaceutical products, divisions and subsidiaries in the U.S. and overseas. Later as CEO of Geron, Mr. Eastman led the company's growth from a venture-backed start-up to a publicly traded pioneer in the fields of regenerative medicine and cancer. Most recently, at Rinat, a private biotech company spun out of Genentech with the support of EW in late 2001, Mr. Eastman led the effort to build the first company dedicated to discovering and developing large molecule drugs for treating nervous system disorders. Rinat was acquired by Pfizer for $500M in 2006.
Mr. Eastman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University
Dr. Landis is currently President of the Board of Exelead, a lipid drug delivery CMO, and serves on the Board of Symphogen, a company developing mixtures of monoclonal antibodies against oncology targets, where he chairs the development committee. He also chairs the Purdue University External Oncology Board, helping the faculty to transition their discoveries to the clinic. He is a current member of Purdue University’s Chemistry Leadership Council for the School of Science.
Dr. Landis earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Kent State University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 2008.
Ms. DiCicco received a B.S. in accounting from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and is a licensed CPA. She is also an appointed Board Leadership Fellow and Corporate Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Mr. Liu has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Since November 2018, he has served as executive director and Chief Executive Officer of OcuMension Therapeutics (a company listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange, stock code:1477), a China-based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, developing and commercializing first- or best-in-class ophthalmic therapies.
Prior to joining OcuMension Therapeutics, he served as the chairman and general manager in Santen Pharmaceutical (China) Co., Ltd. (参天制药(中国)有限公司) from October 2014 to July 2018. From February 2009 to September 2014, Mr. Liu served as the head of pharmaceutical affair division and later became the general manager of Eisai (China) Inc. (卫材(中国)药业有限公司), responsible for the management of pharmaceutical affairs and development, and the overall corporate operation, respectively. From October 2006 to February 2009, Mr. Liu held positions including the national sales, senior business development manager, and the head of sales in Sandoz China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (山德士(中国)制药有限公司), responsible for marketing, sales and business development.