Nancy Lurker was appointed the Company's President & Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. Ms. Lurker has had broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and companies serving the pharmaceutical industry, including diverse senior leadership positions. 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. She successfully rebuilt PDI's contract sales business, launching numerous pharmaceutical products for multiple companies across diverse therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology, in advance of a sale of that business line to Publicis Healthcare Communications Group and then repositioned the company as the higher growth, higher margin molecular diagnostics business 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, where she oversaw a multi-billion-dollar product portfolio covering cardiovascular, bone, pain, urology, respiratory, dermatology, biologics, neurology and metabolic therapeutic areas. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Impact Rx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company, now part of IMS Health Holdings, Inc., where she substantially grew revenues and profitability. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation, where she led a global business unit that commercialized urology, cardiovascular, central nervous system, respiratory and women's health drugs, overseeing the worldwide launch of Detrol and Detrol LA and repositioning Ambien for revenue growth. 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 previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals,plc (NYSE: MNK) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (NASDAQ: ENDP). Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville.
Mr. Elston brings more than 25 years of diverse financial and senior leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical sector with both global publicly-traded and privately-held organizations. Mr. Elston most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development at Enzyvant Therapeutics where he helped build the pre-commercial rare disease firm leading to its recent acquisition. He previously was President and Chief Executive Officer at 2X Oncology, Inc., where he advanced the Company from a spin-out into a multi-program, clinical-stage organization. He has also held senior executive roles at Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. KBI Biopharma and Optherion, Inc. Mr. Elston began his career in public accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He earned his B.B.A. in accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves as a Trustee and Audit Committee Chairman of the DWS – DBX ETF Trust.
Ron Honig, Esq., has served as EyePoint’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary since November 2018. Mr. Honig brings to EyePoint more than 25 years of legal experience in the medical device, biotechnology, contract manufacturing and legal services industries. As lead in-house counsel to publicly-traded companies and private equity portfolio companies in the global healthcare industry, Mr. Honig has managed legal and compliance functions and has had responsibility with a wide variety of business transactions.
Most recently, Mr. Honig served as VP, Global Legal Affairs for Novanta Inc., a publicly-traded company that develops and manufactures technology solutions for medical device and advanced industrial equipment makers worldwide. Prior to Novanta, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Lake Region Medical, a privately-held medical device and medical component manufacturer, where he was responsible for all legal, intellectual property and environmental, health and safety functions worldwide. In addition, Mr. Honig served as Vice President, Group Legal Affairs and Company Secretary for Gyrus ACMI, a publicly-traded medical device manufacturer focused on urological and gynecological endoscopes, digital visualization and endoscopic treatment and delivery modalities.
In addition to his in-house legal experience, Mr. Honig previously served as a corporate attorney for several law firms, including Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Boston University Law Review, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Leonard currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and IT. She brings to EyePoint over 25 years of successful executive coaching, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, talent management and culture development experience. Most recently Ms. Leonard served as the Head of HR, Consumer Healthcare and Global Functions for Sanofi, US. From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Leonard served as the Senior Vice President of HR & IT of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc.
Ms. Leonard has led, managed, mentored and coached individuals and teams to achieve outstanding business results. She has designed and implemented organizational development solutions at companies to increase corporate employee engagement and people effectiveness. She has led numerous M&A activities and resulting culture change and personnel integration activities.
Ms. Leonard’s experiences include work with global companies such as Novartis, Pharmacia/Pfizer, Boston Scientific Corporation, Biovail Pharmaceuticals and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Ms. Leonard also established and developed her own company, ImpactHR, LLC which provided coaching and consulting services to the life sciences sector.
Ms. Leonard holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and Human Resources from The University of San Francisco, and a B. A. in Psychology and Business Administration from The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA.) Ms. Leonard is a Certified Professional Coach and has earned her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF.) She is also certified in the Hogan Assessment Certified Consultant.
Dr. Paggiarino joined EyePoint Pharmaceuticals from Lpath, a leader in lipid-targeted therapeutics, where he served as senior vice president and chief development officer. Prior to joining Lpath, he was vice president and therapeutic unit head for retina diseases at Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis, where he was responsible for advancing its retina pharmaceutical development pipeline through regulatory approvals worldwide. Dr. Paggiarino previously served as executive director of clinical development and medical affairs at Pfizer Global R&D, with focus on global clinical development in glaucoma, diabetic and degenerative retinal diseases and medical responsibilities for Macugen®, the first anti-VEGF treatment approved for age-related macular degeneration. Earlier in his career he held research and development positions at Angelini Pharmaceuticals, a private company, where he advanced to president of the firm, and Pharmacia Global R&D, where he was clinical program director of ophthalmology with responsibilities including Xalatan®, one of the leading glaucoma therapies in the world. Dr. Paggiarino earned his degree in Medicine and General Surgery cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and has authored numerous scientific articles.
Jack Weet has served as EyePoint’s Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality since August 2018. Dr. Weet brings to EyePoint over 40 years of experience in regulatory affairs. He has extensive expertise in the oversight of U.S. Food and Drug Administration relations and negotiations across multiple therapeutic areas, including ocular disease.
Prior to joining EyePoint, Dr. Weet served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Collegium Pharmaceutical, a commercial stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on pain management, where he was responsible for overall regulatory direction and development of standard practices, procedures and regulatory operations, and worked closely on the approval for XTAMPZA® ER, an extended-release, abuse-deterrent opiate. Prior to Collegium, Dr. Weet was Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Durata Therapeutics (acquired by Actavis plc) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he worked on the regulatory submission of Dalvance® (dalbavancin) and Incivek® (telaprevir), respectively. He also previously served as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs at Bausch + Lomb, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bausch Health focused on the treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye, where he oversaw global regulatory affairs for the company’s pharmaceutical business. In this role, Dr. Weet worked on the regulatory submission for Besivance® (besifloxacin) for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Prior to joining Bausch + Lomb, he served in various regulatory affairs positions at numerous pharmaceutical companies including Biovail Technologies, Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Solvay Pharmaceuticals.
In addition to his industry experience, Dr. Weet has served on the faculty of the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute (PERI), as a guest lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of the Long Island University Curriculum Planning Committee of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, and has authored various papers and presentations at industry conferences.
Dr. Weet received a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.