Board of Directors
Steve Basta, M.B.A.Steve Basta has served as Chief Executive Officer of Menlo Therapeutics, Inc. since September 2015. Prior to joining Menlo Therapeutics, Mr. Basta served from 2011 to 2015 as CEO of AlterG, Inc. a privately held rehabilitation company which commercializes the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
From 2002 through 2011, Mr. Basta served as CEO of BioForm Medical, Inc. and its successor, Merz Aesthetics, Inc. Mr. Basta led BioForm’s growth from initial product launch to $80 million in annual revenues at the time of it’s acquisition by Merz, and subsequently led Merz Aesthetics through multiple product launches managing a global business unit which was the #3 worldwide injectable aesthetics business.
Prior to Bioform Medical, Mr. Basta served as President and CEO of Gliatech, Inc., a medical device company, VP Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Creative BioMolecules, Inc., a protein therapy and drug device combination products company, and Executive Director of Product Development for The Immune Response Corporation, a biotechnology company.
Mr. Basta also served for two years as an associate with the investment banking firm, Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. Mr. Basta received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Paul BernsDirectorPaul Berns has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2017. Mr. Berns has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry since July 2016, as well as from August 2012 to March 2014 and from July 2005 to March 2006. From March 2014 to June 2016, Mr. Berns served as President and Chief 101 Executive Officer at Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Pfizer Inc. in 2016.
Previously, Mr. Berns served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Allos Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2006 to September 2012, when it was acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Berns was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bone Care International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from June 2002 to July 2005, when it was acquired by Genzyme Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Berns was Vice President and General Manager of the Immunology, Oncology and Pain Therapeutics business unit of Abbott Laboratories from 2001 to 2002, and from 2000 to 2001, he served as Vice President, Marketing of BASF Pharmaceuticals/Knoll, when it was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2001.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Berns held various positions, including senior management roles, at Bristol- Myers Squibb Company from 1990 to 2000. Mr. Berns is currently a board member of the privately held company, MC2 Therapeutics (since May 2017), and the publicly held company, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, PLC (since April 2010). Mr. Berns previously served on the boards of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (from June 2012 to June 2016), XenoPort, Inc. (from November 2005 to May 2016), Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (from March 2006 to September 2012) and Bone Care International, Inc. (from June 2002 to July 2005). Mr. Berns received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D.DirectorAlbert Cha, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2015. In 2000, Dr. Cha joined Vivo Capital, a healthcare investment firm, where he has served in various positions, and he currently serves as a Managing Partner.
Dr. Cha currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of several publicly and privately held biotechnology and medical device companies, including the following publicly listed companies: Ascendis Pharma A/S (since November 2014), Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co. Ltd. (since February 2017) and KalVista Pharmaceuticals (since 2007). Dr. Cha was a board member of AirXpanders, Inc. from January 2012 to July 2016, a board member of Aclaris Therapeutics from August 2012 to August 2016, and a board member of Sierra Oncology, Inc. from August 2014 to June 2016.
Dr. Cha holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.D. degree and Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ted EbelDirectorTed Ebel has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2014. Mr. Ebel has served as Chief Business Officer at Colorescience since March 2013.
Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SkinMedica, Inc. from March 2006 to December 2012, having responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, licensing, intellectual property management, market research and establishing the company’s international operations. Previously, Mr. Ebel served as the Executive Director of Corporate Development at CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy, and as the Vice President of Strategic Ventures for MP3.com, a publicly traded internet and entertainment company.
In addition, Mr. Ebel held positions in marketing and corporate development at Amgen, Inc. and began his career as a consultant in the health care practice of the management consulting firm Arthur D. Little. Mr. Ebel earned an A.B., Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
David McGirrDirectorDavid McGirr has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2017. From March 2013 until June 2014, Mr. McGirr was Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 2002 to March 2013.
Prior to that, Mr. McGirr was the President and Chief Operating Officer of hippo inc., a venture-financed internet technology company, where Mr. McGirr also served as a member of its board of directors from 1999 to 2003. Previously, Mr. McGirr was the President of GAB Robins North America, Inc., a risk management company, serving also as Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, Mr. McGirr was a private equity investor from 1995 to 1996. Earlier in his career, Mr. McGirr served in various positions within the S.G. Warburg Group from 1978 to 1995, ultimately as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Managing Director of S.G. Warburg & Co., Inc., a position held from 1992 to 1995.
Mr. McGirr is currently a board member of the following publicly listed companies: Arsanis, Inc. (since September 2017), Insmed Incorporated (since October 2013) and Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (since November 2015) and previously served on the boards of LifeCell Corporation (from November 2007 to June 2008) and Relypsa, Inc. (from November 2012 to September 2016) and Roka Bioscience, Inc. (from December 2013 to January 2018). Mr. McGirr received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Financial Expert
Aaron Royston, MD, MBADirectorAaron Royston, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2017. Dr. Royston has served as a Partner at venBio, a life sciences investment firm, which he joined in November 2015.
Prior to joining venBio, Dr. Royston worked for Vivo Capital, a global life sciences investment firm from July 2014 to October 2015. Previously, he worked at Bain & Company from July 2013 to July 2014, where he advised biotechnology companies on a broad range of strategic and operational issues. Earlier in his career, Dr. Royston coordinated clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where his research has been published and presented in multiple medical journals and conferences.
Dr. Royston received his B.S. in biological sciences from Duke University, and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Dr. Royston was recognized by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change for his work in technology and innovation.
Scott Whitcup, M.D.DirectorScott Whitcup, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Whitcup is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Akrivista and Whitecap Biosciences, two companies focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies in ophthalmology and dermatology.
Previously, Dr. Whitcup held various research and development roles from 2000 to 2015 at Allergan, including serving as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, where he led the discovery and global development of both pharmaceutical products and medical devices in therapeutic areas including ophthalmology, CNS, urology, dermatology, medical aesthetics and surgical obesity. Before Allergan, Dr. Whitcup was the Clinical Director at the National Eye Institute at the NIH, and Chaired the NIH Medical Executive Committee.
Dr. Whitcup holds a B.A. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Whitcup has completed a residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA, a residency in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School‑Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and a fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Ophthalmology, a licensed M.D. in California and is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology, at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Whitcup has published more than 250 scientific articles and co‑authored a leading textbook on uveitis and ocular immunology. Dr. Whitcup currently serves on the boards of Semnar Pharmaceutical and Nightstar Therapeutics and previously served on the board of Avanir Pharmaceutical, a publicly listed company, from November 2005 to January 2014.