Investors

Board of Directors

  • Chairman

    Peter Friedli is a co-founder of the Company and, except for the period between February and June 2004, has been a director since January 1996. Since 2012, Mr. Friedli has served as the President and sole owner of Peter Friedli & Co., Inc. Since 1986, Mr. Friedli has served as a principal of Friedli Corporate Finance, Inc., a leading Swiss venture capital firm, which has made significant investments in the biotechnology industry and has been the primary source of financing for the Company. Since 1997, Mr. Friedli has served as the President of New Venturetec Ltd., a Swiss publicly traded investment company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Venturetec, Inc. Mr. Friedli has worked in the field of international management consulting for service and industrial companies in Europe and the United States throughout his career and serves as a director for certain private companies. Mr. Friedli brings to our Board his extensive experience as an independent investment manager in venture capital, specialization in investments domiciled in the United States in the areas of biotechnology and technology, service on the boards of other companies and organizations, and a longtime commitment to the Company. Mr. Friedli is the largest single shareholder of the Company.

    • Board Member

      Thomas J. Knapp was appointed to the Board in February 2017. Mr. Knapp is currently a consultant for SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLS), which completed its merger with Galena Biopharma, Inc. (“Galena”) (NASDAQ:GALE) in December 2017. From June 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Knapp served as Interim General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Galena. Previously, from February 2010 to July 2015, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASAQ:SCMP). His other experience includes serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at NorthWestern Corporation and in senior in house attorney positions at The Boeing Company and The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company. Mr. Knapp has over 25 years of corporate and law firm experience with regulated industries, which experience includes federal and state regulatory matters, federal government affairs, risk management, compliance, litigation, complex commercial transactions and corporate governance. Mr. Knapp brings to our Board his vast legal experience working with companies in regulated industries as well as his knowledge regarding the pharmaceutical industry.

      • Board Member

        Willi Miesch was appointed to the Board in February 2018. Since 1998, Mr. Miesch has served as Chief Executive Officer of Medartis AG, a medical technology company. Prior to working at Medartis AG, he held executive roles at Institut Straumann AG Switzerland and USA and Stratec Medical. Mr. Miesch has extensive entrepreneurial experience developing healthcare companies and marketing medical devices. Mr. Miesch has a Superior Technician degree from ABB Engineering School Baden and completed postgraduate studies in market oriented Business Management at the University of Central Switzerland. Mr. Miesch brings to our Board his leadership experience and marketing expertise.

        • Board Member

          Uwe Sommer was appointed to the Board in February 2017. Mr. Sommer was Chief Executive Officer of UTM Luxemburg SCA (“UTM Luxemburg”) from May 2017 to August 2017. Prior to UTM Luxemburg, Mr. Sommer served in various management positions at Lindt & Sprüngli AG, including as Head of Marketing & Sales, from 1993 to 2017. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sommer held executive roles with Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Incorporated, and Procter & Gamble Co. He has degrees in Economics from University Kiel (Germany) and Marketing and Economics from Penn State University. Mr. Sommer brings to our Board his leadership experience in global marketing and sales, including managing distribution in markets including Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.

          • Board Member

            Mr. White was appointed to the Board in May 2017. Mr. White is currently an independent management consultant. From September 2006 to June 2016, Mr. White served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (“Choice Hotels”) (NYSE: CHH), a hospitality holding corporation. Prior to joining Choice Hotels, he held positions with Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen LLP and Statoil Energy, Inc. Mr. White has more than 25 years of corporate finance and public accounting experience with a track record of achievement in financial management, business and capital allocation strategy, and public company reporting, compliance and governance. Mr. White brings to our Board his extensive background in corporate finance and public accounting.