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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

      Charles A. Reinhart, III was appointed to the Board in September 2018. Mr. Reinhart is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Pacira. He joined Pacira in 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Reinhart was the Chief Financial Officer at Covis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from September 2014 to October 2015. From September 2011 to August 2014, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Archimedes Pharma Ltd., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Reinhart also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PharmAthene, Inc., a biodefense company engaged in the development of next-generation medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, from 2009 to 2011. In addition, Mr. Reinhart has previously held senior financial roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cephalon, Inc. and several early-stage life sciences companies. Mr. Reinhart earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CPA.