BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. LaRue has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2014. He served as the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2006 until its acquisition by Mallinckrodt plc in March 2014, and from April 2007 to March 2014, he served as the Assistant Secretary at Cadence. Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. LaRue was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Micromet, Inc. (formerly CancerVax Corporation), a biotechnology company, from 2001 to 2006. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. LaRue served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of eHelp Corporation, a provider of user assistance software. Mr. LaRue currently serves on the board of directors of Applied Proteomics, Inc., a developer of protein-based molecular diagnostics, and Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. LaRue received a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Martin Mattingly, PharmD
Dr. Mattingly has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2014. Previously, Dr. Mattingly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimeris, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2007 until January 2012 following its merger with Synageva BioPharma Corp in November 2011. He also served on the board of directors of Trimeris, Inc. from November 2007 until November 2011. He served a director of OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2010 until August 2017 and has served as a director of Achieve Life Sciences since August 2017. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Mattingly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambrx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Mattingly served as Executive Vice President of CancerVax, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and as Chief Operating Officer from June 2005 to September 2005. From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Mattingly provided senior leadership in various management positions at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pfizer. From 1983 to 1996, Dr. Mattingly held various positions in oncology marketing and sales management at Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Mattingly received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky.
J Rainer Twiford, JD, PhD
Dr. Twiford has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2008. Dr. Twiford has been President of Brookline Investments, Inc. (formerly Capital Strategies Advisors, Inc.), an investment advisory company he founded in 1994, since 1999. Dr. Twiford has been a member of the board of directors of Integrated Photonics, Inc., an optical device company, since November 1999. Prior to founding Brookline Partners, Dr. Twiford was a partner of Trammell Crow Company, a real estate development and investment company, from 1987 to 1991. From June 2007 to July 2013, Dr. Twiford was a member of the board of directors of Care Investment Trust Inc. (now Tiptree Financial Inc.), a real estate investment company. He also served as the Chairman of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of Care Investment Trust Inc. from September 2011 to July 2013. In addition, Dr. Twiford previously served on the board of a children’s behavioral health company. Dr. Twiford received a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. from the University of Akron and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Walker has served on our board of directors since September 2014. Mr. Walker has been a partner of New Enterprise Associates, an investment firm focused on venture capital and growth equity investments, since April 2008. He focuses on later-stage biotechnology and life sciences investments. Mr. Walker is a board observer of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Interleukin Genetics, Inc. and manages a number of NEA’s other late-stage and public investments. From January 2001 to March 2008, Mr. Walker worked at MPM Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm, as a general partner with the MPM BioEquities Fund, where he specialized in public, PIPE and mezzanine-stage life sciences investing. From July 1996 to December 2000, Mr. Walker served as a portfolio manager at Franklin Resources, Inc., a global investment management organization known as Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr. Walker was a member of the board of directors of TESARO, Inc., an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, from May 2010 to May 2014. Mr. Walker received a B.S. in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California at San Diego and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ms. Pelletier joined our board of directors in 2020 and is Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Director of Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVFM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health, where she is leading the Company’s effort to bring Phexxi™, a new, non-hormonal contraceptive candidate, to women. Ms. Pelletier brings more than two decades of broad executive leadership experience to TRACON, including an outstanding track record leading multiple successful product launches, expanding commercial capabilities in ex-U.S. markets and advocating for women’s health. Among her many honors, Ms. Pelletier was named San Diego Business Journal’s 2019 Businesswoman of the Year”.
Stephen Worland, PhD
Dr. Worland has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2015. Dr. Worland is currently President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of eFFECTOR Therapeutics, Inc., a company focused on new treatments for cancer, where he has served since May 2012. Previously, Dr. Worland was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company which discovered and developed treatments for hepatitis C and cancer, from August 2007 until the company’s acquisition by Roche in November 2011. Dr. Worland joined Anadys in 2001 and served in a number of executive roles prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, including President, Pharmaceuticals, and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Worland began his healthcare industry career at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and remained with the company through its successful commercialization of an HIV protease inhibitor and successive acquisitions by Warner-Lambert and Pfizer. During this period, Dr. Worland held a number of positions, including Vice President, Antiviral Research and Director, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Worland was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Worland received his B.S. with highest honors in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Charles Theuer, MD, PhD
Dr. Theuer has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since July 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Theuer was the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Development at TargeGen, Inc., a biotechnology company, where he led the development of small molecule kinase inhibitors in oncology, ophthalmology and cardiovascular disease. Prior to joining TargeGen, Inc., Dr. Theuer was Director of Clinical Oncology at Pfizer, Inc., a pharmaceutical corporation, from 2003 to 2004. At Pfizer, Dr. Theuer led the clinical development of Sutent® in kidney cancer; Sutent® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer. Dr. Theuer has also held senior positions at IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corp. from 2002 to 2003 and at the National Cancer Institute from 1991 to 1993. In addition, he has held academic positions at the University of California, Irvine, where he was Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Department of Medicine. Dr. Theuer received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He completed a general surgery residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and was board certified in general surgery in 1997. Dr. Theuer’s previous research involved immunotoxin and cancer vaccine development, translational work in cancer patients, and gastrointestinal cancer epidemiology.