Board of Directors
Muneer A. Satter
Muneer A. Satter has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Satter has been Founder and Managing Partner of Satter Medical Technology Partners, L.P. since 2016 and Chairperson of Satter Investment Management LLC since 2012; he also manages the Satter Foundation. Prior to Satter Investment Management, Mr. Satter was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 24 years in various roles, most recently as the Global Head of the Mezzanine Group in the Merchant Banking Division, where he raised and managed over $30 billion of assets. Mr. Satter is a member, and former co-Chairperson, of the Boards of Directors of Linq3 Technologies, LLC and Vital Therapies, Inc. Mr. Satter also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Restorsea Holdings, LLC, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Annexon Biosciences. He also serves as Vice Chairperson of Goldman Sachs Foundation and GS Gives, is a director of the Navy SEAL Foundation, a director of World Business Chicago, is on the Board of Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute and is on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, where he is Chairperson of the Finance Committee. Mr. Satter received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
John P. Butler
John P. Butler joined Akebia as a director in July 2013 and was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Akebia in August 2013. Prior to joining Akebia, from 2011 until 2013, Mr. Butler served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Inspiration"). Mr. Butler led the transactions that resulted in the sale of Inspiration's hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013, for a total aggregate consideration that could exceed $1 billion. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Butler held various positions at Genzyme Corporation, now Sanofi Genzyme, most recently serving as President of the company's rare genetic diseases business. From 2002 until 2010, Mr. Butler led Genzyme's renal division. Prior to his work at Genzyme, Mr. Butler held sales and marketing positions at Amgen and Hoffmann-La Roche. Mr. Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Butler previously served on the Boards of Directors of Relypsa, Inc. and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and was the Chairman of Keryx's Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Kidney Fund. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Scott A. Canute
Scott A. Canute has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. Canute has more than 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and is currently serving on the Boards of Directors of Immunomedics, Inc., Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., and Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Canute served on the Board of Directors of Oncobiologics, Inc., from 2012 to 2014, Mr. Canute served on the Board of Directors of Allocure, Inc., and from 2012 to 2013, Mr. Canute served on the Board of Directors of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in October 2012 prior to the successful sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013 for total aggregate consideration that could exceed $1 billion. Mr. Canute has served as Principal and Founder of Magis Consulting LLC, a biopharmaceutical consulting company, since July 2012. Mr. Canute served as President of Global Manufacturing and Corporate Operations of Genzyme Corporation, now Sanofi Genzyme, from 2010 until 2011. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Canute spent 25 years at Eli Lilly and Company and served as President, Global Manufacturing Operations from 2004 until 2007, where he directed all manufacturing and supply chain activities for Eli Lilly and the company's global operations. Mr. Canute received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Michael D. Clayman, M.D.
Michael D. Clayman, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Dr. Clayman is a co-founder and a director of Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since the company's inception in 2007. Previously, Dr. Clayman served in senior management positions at Eli Lilly and Company, or Lilly, most recently as Vice President, Lilly Research Laboratories, and General Manager of Chorus, Lilly's early-phase development accelerator. Prior to Lilly, Dr. Clayman was an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centered on the immunopathogenesis of renal disease. Additionally, Dr. Clayman is the recipient of the Physician Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health. Since November 2015, Dr. Clayman has been serving as a director of Anokion SA, and since January 2017, Dr. Clayman has been serving as a director of Kanyos Bio, Inc. Dr. Clayman earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Following an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Moffitt Hospitals, Dr. Clayman completed clinical and research fellowships in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Maxine Gowen, Ph.D.
Maxine Gowen, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Dr. Gowen joined Trevena, Inc. in 2007 as its founding President and Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of Trevena's Board of Directors since 2008. Prior to this position, Dr. Gowen held a variety of leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, over a period of 15 years. As Senior Vice President for GSK's Center of Excellence for Drug Discovery, she developed an innovative new approach to externalizing drug discovery. Dr. Gowen was previously President and Managing Partner at SR One, the venture capital subsidiary of GSK, where she led its investments in, and served on the boards of directors of, numerous companies. Dr. Gowen also previously served as Vice President, Drug Discovery, Musculoskeletal Diseases at GSK, where she was responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis, arthritis, and metastatic bone disease. Dr. Gowen served on the Board of Directors of Human Genome Sciences, Inc. from January 2008 to July 2012, when it was acquired by GSK. Dr. Gowen currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, and BIO's Pennsylvania affiliate, Life Sciences Pennsylvania. Dr. Gowen graduated with a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, U.K., received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Duane Nash, M.D.
Duane Nash, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2013. Dr. Nash joined Vital Therapies, Inc. in 2012, where he held various leadership roles, including Medical Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer, and most recently, President. Prior to joining Vital Therapies, Dr. Nash held various positions at Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences, an investment bank, where he was employed from March 2009 to March 2012, serving most recently as Senior Vice President in Equity Research. Before that, he was a research analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, an investment bank, from April 2008 through March 2009, which was subsequently acquired by Wedbush Securities, Inc. Dr. Nash also practiced as an attorney from November 2002 to February 2008, most recently at the law firm of Davis Polk, where he focused on intellectual property litigation and corporate matters. Dr. Nash served on the Board of Directors of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc., from 2012 to 2017. Dr. Nash earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford. Dr. Nash completed his internship in general surgery at the University of California at San Francisco.
Ronald C. Renaud, Jr.
Ronald C. Renaud, Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014, and he has served as Translate Bio's Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Formerly, Mr. Renaud was at Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2007 to 2014, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Business Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer until the company's acquisition by Merck in August 2014. Prior to joining Idenix, Mr. Renaud served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Before joining Keryx, he worked as a Biotechnology Equity Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan, Schwab Soundview, and Bear Stearns. Mr. Renaud also spent more than five years at Amgen Inc., where he held positions in clinical research, investor relations, and finance. Mr. Renaud serves on the Boards of Directors of Translate Bio, Chimerix, Inc., and Axial Biotherapeutics, Inc., and he serves on the Board of Overseers at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Board of Trustees at Saint Anselm College. Mr. Renaud served on the board of directors of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2010 to 2014 and on the Board of Directors of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Renaud holds a B.A. from St. Anselm College and an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Cynthia Smith has more than 20 years of broad leadership experience within the healthcare industry. She served as Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of ZS Pharma, Inc. from 2013 to 2016, where she led efforts to transition the company from a development stage company to a commercial enterprise. ZS Pharma, Inc. was acquired by AstraZeneca in 2015. Prior to ZS Pharma, Ms. Smith served as Vice President, Market Access and Commercial Development at Affymax, Inc., from 2008 to 2013. From 2000 to 2008, she held various senior leadership positions in market access, corporate strategy, government relations and external affairs at Merck & Co. Before beginning her career in the biopharmaceutical industry, Ms. Smith served as a healthcare policy analyst in the Office of Management and Budget at the White House from 1995 to 2000. Ms. Smith currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. and Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and she served on the Board of Directors of Nivalis Therapeutics from 2016 to 2017. Ms. Smith earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and an M.S. in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
Michael S. Wyzga
Michael S. Wyzga has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently a consultant to a number of biotechnology companies. Prior to that, Mr. Wyzga served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Radius Health, Inc., or Radius Health, from December 2011 to November 2013. Prior to joining Radius Health, Mr. Wyzga served in various senior management positions at Genzyme Corporation, now Sanofi Genzyme. Mr. Wyzga joined Genzyme in March 1997 and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Finance from May 2003 until November 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer from July 1999 until November 2011. Mr. Wyzga previously served on the Boards of Directors of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which was acquired by Merck & Co. in August 2014, Prosensa Holding N.V., which was acquired by BioMarin Falcons B.V. in 2014, and Altus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that ceased operations in November 2009. Mr. Wyzga currently serves on the Boards of Directors of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Exact Sciences Corporation. Mr. Wyzga received an M.B.A. from Providence College and a B.S. from Suffolk University.