Board of Directors
Mr. Adams joined our Board of Directors in December 2018 and brings more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Mr. Adams currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company that focuses on the development, acquisition and commercialization of cardiovascular, pain and other therapies. From May 2015 to February 2016, Mr. Adams was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of POZEN, Inc. Previously, Mr. Adams served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from December 2011 until January 2015, when it was acquired by Endo International plc. Prior to these roles, Mr. Adams served in several Chief Executive Officer positions at leading specialty pharmaceutical companies including Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sepracor, Inc. and Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Adams has also held general management and senior international and national marketing positions at Novartis, SmithKline Beecham and ICI (now part of AstraZeneca). Mr. Adams also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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 September 2013. Prior to joining Akebia, from 2011 until 2013, Mr. Butler served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Butler led the transactions that resulted in the sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013 for 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 companys rare genetic diseases business. From 2002 until 2010, Mr. Butler led Genzymes 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. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Butler served on the Board of Directors of Relypsa, Inc. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Butler served on the Board of Directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Keryx) and was Chairman of Keryxs Board of Directors from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Butler formerly served as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Kidney Fund. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in chemistry from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. degree 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. and Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Canute served on the Board of Directors of Oncobiologics, Inc., from 2015 to 2019, Mr. Canute served on the Board of Directors of Proteon Therapeutics, 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 companys 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.
Mark J. Enyedy
Mr. Enyedy joined the Board of Keryx (now Akebia) in September 2017, bringing more than 25 years of combined general management, business development, and legal experience in the biotechnology industry across multiple therapeutic areas. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of ImmunoGen, Inc., a position he has held since 2016. Prior to ImmunoGen, Mr. Enyedy served as executive vice president and head of corporate development for Shire plc leading the company’s strategy, merger and acquisitions, and corporate planning functions and providing commercial oversight for the company’s pre-Phase 3 portfolio. Previously, Mr. Enyedy served as chief executive officer of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., following 15 years at Genzyme Corporation in diverse roles, and president of the transplant, oncology, and multiple sclerosis divisions. Before joining Genzyme, Mr. Enyedy was an associate with the law firm Palmer & Dodge. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. from Northeastern University. Mr. Enyedy also serves on the board of directors of Fate Therapeutics.
Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D.
Dr. Gilman joined the Board of Keryx (now Akebia) in March 2016 and brings more than 28 years of scientific and development expertise in the healthcare industry. Dr. Gilman served most recently as chief scientific officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Merck & Co. Prior to joining Cubist, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of ActivBiotics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company. Previously, Dr. Gilman worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he held a number of senior leadership roles including vice president and general manager of Inflammation. Prior to Millennium, he was group director at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where he was responsible for drug discovery of several therapeutic areas, including immunology and antibacterials. Dr. Gilman has also held scientific, business, and academic appointments at Wyeth, Cytogen Corporation, Temple Medical School, and Connecticut College. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of ContraFect Corporation and on the board of directors of Vericel, SCYNEXIS, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Association, the Northeastern University Drug Discovery Advisory Board and the Penn State University Biotechnology Advisory Board. Dr. Gilman received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University, his post-doctoral training at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and received a B.A. in microbiology from Miami University of Ohio.
Maxine Gowen, Ph.D.
Maxine Gowen, Ph.D., has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Dr. Gowen was the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Trevena, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing G-protein coupled receptors biased ligands, from 2007 to October 2018 and has served as a member of Trevenas Board of Directors since 2008. Dr. Gowen previously held a variety of leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, over a period of 15 years. As Senior Vice President for GSKs 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. and Pagus: Africa, and previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, and BIOs Pennsylvania affiliate, LifeSciences 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.
Michael T. Heffernan
Mr. Heffernan has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and related healthcare industries. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. and served as its President and CEO from 2002 through 2018. Prior to Collegium, he was the founder, president and CEO of Onset Dermatologics, a dermatology focused company that was spun out of Collegium to create PreCision Dermatology, which was acquired by Valeant (2014). Mr. Heffernan held prior positions as co-founder, president and CEO of Clinical Studies Ltd., a pharmaceutical contract research organization that was acquired by PhyMatrix Corp. and later served as president and CEO of PhyMatrix. Mr. Heffernan began his career at Eli Lilly and Company and served in numerous sales and marketing roles. Mr. Heffernan is currently the chairman of the board for Veloxis Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Heffernan earned his B.S. Degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and is a Registered Pharmacist.
Jodie P. Morrison
Jodie P. Morrison has served on the Board of Keryx (now Akebia) since June 2016. She currently serves as a consultant to the industry. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 2013 until May 2017. From December 2006 until March 2013, Ms. Morrison held other senior positions with Tokai, including Chief Operating Officer, Head of Clinical Affairs and Program Operations and Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Program Operations. Prior to joining Tokai, Ms. Morrison served as Director of Clinical Operations and Medical Affairs at Dyax Corporation, or Dyax. Prior to joining Dyax, Ms. Morrison held clinical management positions at both Curis, Inc. and at Diacrin, Inc. Ms. Morrison received a B.A. in neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College, her clinical research certification from the Boston University School of Medicine and her business training through the Greater Boston Executive Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Rogers joined the Keryx (now Akebia) Board in March 2016 bringing to Akebia more than 25 years of financial leadership in the biotech industry. He is currently chief financial officer of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to Aerpio, Mr. Rogers was chief financial officer of Acorda Therapeutics from 2013 to 2016. He was chief financial officer of four additional healthcare companies: BG Medicine, Inc., Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Advanced Health Corporation and Autoimmune Inc. Prior to his roles as CFO, Mr. Rogers was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and PaineWebber, where he focused on life sciences companies. Mr. Rogers received his B.A. from Union College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for pSivida Corp.
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.