Board of Directors
Mr. Lynch served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Private Evofem from November 2015 until January 2018 and has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since January 2018. Mr. Lynch also currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Profectus Biosciences Inc, and Adherium Limited and as a nonexecutive director of GW Pharmaceuticals where he serves as Chairman of its compensation committee and as a member of its audit committee. Mr. Lynch is also the non-executive chairman of the Ireland East Hospital Group and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, a non-profit charitable foundation providing acute hospital services to both public patients funded by the HSE (defined below) and private patients.
Mr. Lynch serves on the board of a number of privately held biotechnology companies. Mr. Lynch previously served as Chairman of ICON PLC and was a member of its board for 21 years. Mr. Lynch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin Corporation PLC from 2000 to 2010, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and director of Elan Corporation PLC from 1993 to 2004, and the founder and director of Warner Chilcott PLC from 1994 to 2002. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Lynch was a member of the Board of IDA Ireland (an Irish government investment agency).
Mr. Lynch received his B.Sc. in Economics from Queen's University of Belfast in 1978, and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1983 and served as a partner in that firm from 1990 to 1993.
Mr. Rutherford has served as a member of the board of Private Evofem from November 2015 until January 2018 and has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2018. He recently joined the Board of Spanish Biopharma business, Hifas da Terra SA, which is a leading product innovator in the field of mycotherapy, providing applications for use in both immunotherapy and oncology. He also serves on the Board and is Audit Committee Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers Plc, the UK's largest quoted F&B leisure group. He also serves on the Board and Audit Committee of the quoted Oil & Gas shipping logistics business, Renaissance Services SAOG, based in Muscat and Dubai. He is Chairman of Brookgate Limited, a UK property development business backed by Goldman Sachs and TPG. Mr. Rutherford serves Independently on three private Scottish based family company Boards in Healthcare, Retail and Timber.
From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Rutherford served as Chairman of European Healthcare Group Limited, before its acquisition by two US based hedge funds. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Rutherford served as Chairman and CEO of the quoted UK fund management group, MAM Funds Plc. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rutherford served as Chairman of SGI Funds, a Guernsey, Cayman and Hong Kong based diversified fund management group. From 2003 to 2006 Mr. Rutherford was Chairman and oversaw the restructuring of Noble House Group Limited, a large UK leisure business which was sold in 2006. In 2002 as Chairman and CEO he led the restructuring and sale of quoted UK finance specialist Euro-Sales Plc with 1 8 offices across Europe.
Mr. Rutherford graduated in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot Watt University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1984. Mr. Rutherford is a Harvard Business School Alumni.
Starting in February 2015, Saundra Pelletier has served as Chief Executive Officer and President and Executive Director of Evofem Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative products that address unmet needs in the areas of women’s sexual and reproductive health. As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Pelletier has been responsible for the company’s growth and evolution and led Evofem’s transition to the public market in January 2018 (NASDAQ: EVFM).
Ms. Pelletier has assembled an impressive team of seasoned pharmaceutical professionals that have a deep understanding of the women’s healthcare market and what women want and she attracted new investor capital. In total she has led equity financing rounds which have raised in excess of $120 million.
In her over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Pelletier has launched pharmaceutical brands worldwide and expanded indications on female healthcare brands in multiple countries. Her experience includes a comprehensive range of women’s healthcare products, cardiovascular, pain management, sleep therapies and medical devices. She has had oversight and accountability for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.
Previously, Ms. Pelletier served as Vice President, Pharmaceuticals at Women First Healthcare. Prior to that she was with G.D. Searle and in her capacity as a corporate vice president and global franchise leader, Ms. Pelletier managed a $250 million business unit, reorganized companies from the ground up, raised $40 million in capital, managed worldwide partnerships, negotiated cost saving licensing agreements, assessed country infrastructures, developed commercialization plans and hired full scale teams, including contract sales forces.
Ms. Pelletier is a published author, coveted keynote speaker and moderator at key healthcare and political conferences worldwide. She has appeared at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Davos World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the MAKERS Conference, Women Deliver, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the University of Oregon’s Lundquist School of Business and the University of California, San Diego. She is a trained Climate Reality Advocate and hosted a roundtable session at the International Conference on Climate Change, held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ms. Pelletier has been profiled by The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, CNN, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Vogue. She was named as a New Champion for Reproductive Health by the United Nations Foundation and was awarded the Athena San Diego’s Pinnacle Award for Life Sciences, which recognizes an extraordinary leader in the application of technical advances in life sciences to develop commercial products.
Gillian Greer, CBE, Ph.D.
Dr. Gillian Greer has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2018. Dr. Greer most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Women of New Zealand. From 2012 to 2017, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Service Abroad, a New Zealand non-profit organization that sends volunteers to work with partner organizations in the Pacific and Asia region. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Greer served as Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world’s largest international sexual and reproductive health non-profit organization, working in 172 countries providing advocacy, education and sexual and reproductive health services, including maternal health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and adolescent health. During this time Dr. Greer also worked closely with UN agencies and governments to advocate for investment in health and human rights and served on the Board of ICON PLC, a global distributor of IPPF reproductive health commodities.
Prior to her work with IPPF, Dr. Greer served as Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of New Zealand where she was involved in international and regional advocacy training and initiatives, including chairing the Asia Pacific Alliance which included government agencies, funders and NGOs across the Asia Pacific region. From 1996 to 1998 Dr. Greer was Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Greer’s early career was in education at secondary and tertiary levels. Dr. Greer has also served in a governance capacity for a number of charities and a university Council, as well as advisory panels to New Zealand Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Greer served as a Trustee of WomanCare Global International, a U.K. charity focused on empowering, educating and enabling women and girls to make informed choices about their health. She also served as a Director of WCG Cares, a U.S. non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to directly engage in and/or fund the development and implementation of programs that promote reproductive healthcare.
Dr. Greer holds a B.A. in English from the University of Auckland and a Ph.D. in New Zealand Literature from the Victoria University of Wellington. Throughout her career Dr. Greer has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to health, education, sustainable development, women’s empowerment, and human rights. Dr. Greer is passionate about strengthening civil society and building high performing organizations that are effective, ethical, and accountable and can clearly demonstrate their impact. Dr. Greer was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning in 2005 and she was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to international health and women’s rights in 2011. Dr. Greer continues to be in high demand as a speaker, facilitator, chairperson, and board member.
Kim P. Kamdar, Ph.D.
Dr. Kamdar served as a member of our board of directors since April 2011. Dr. Kamdar is a Managing Partner of Domain Associates, LLC, a life sciences venture capital firm, which she joined in 2005. Dr. Kamdar is current Chair of the board of directors and CEO of Aspen Neuroscience and chair of the board of directors of Truvian Sciences. She also serves on the board of directors of Epic Sciences, Obalon Therapeutics, Omniome, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics and Singular Genomics. Past investments include Ariosa (acquired by Roche), Corthera (acquired by Novartis), BiPar Sciences (acquire by Sanofi-Aventis) and Achaogen.
Formerly, Dr. Kamdar was a Kauffman Fellow with MPM Capital. Prior to joining MPM, Dr. Kamdar was a research director at Novartis, where she built and led a research team that focused on the biology, genetics and genomics of model organisms. Dr. Kamdar is the author of ten papers as well as the inventor on seven patents. Dr. Kamdar received her B.A. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Emory University.
Dr. Kamdar serves as an advisory board member of Dr. Eric Topol's NIH supported Clinical and Translational Science Award for Scripps Medicine and is also on the non-profit board for Access Youth Academy, an organization that is transforming the lives of underserved youth through academic enrichment, health and wellness, social responsibility and leadership through squash.
Mr. O'Brien has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2018. He served as the Director General of Ireland's Health Service Executive, or HSE. an organization responsible for the provision of health and personal social services for the residents of Ireland from July 2012 to May 2018. Prior to his role as Director General, Mr. O'Brien was the Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Health's Special Delivery Unit and a member of the Department's Management Board. Mr. O’Brien previously served as Director of Clinical Strategy and Programs in the HSE and Chief Executive Officer of the National Treatment Purchase Fund.
Mr. O'Brien served as Chief Advisor to the HSE on the implementation of the National Cancer Control Strategy, Project Director for the National Plan for Radiation Oncology and is a former Chairman of the National Cancer Registry Board. Mr. O'Brien was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Cancer Screening Service from 2007 to May 2011, Director of BreastCheck, CervicalCheck and an Associate and Interim Director of the National Cancer Control Programme. Prior to joining the HSE, Mr. O'Brien served as Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and as the Chief Executive of the UK Family Planning Association.
Mr. O'Brien is a Council Member and Associate Faculty Member of the Irish Management Institute. a former Member of the Healthy Ireland Council and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors in Ireland. Mr. O'Brien holds a Master of Sciences m Management Practice from Trinity College. University of Dublin. Mr. O'Brien is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Strategy and Management at Trinity College Dublin.
William Hall, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor Hall has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2018 and is a renowned expert in infectious diseases and virology. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor in Hokkaido University in Japan and is Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases at University College Dublin's, or CCD, School of Medicine and Medical Science.
Professor Hall also serves as a consultant to the Minister of Heath and Children in the Republic of Ireland, providing input on a range of topics including influenza pandemic preparedness and bioterrorism. Prior to his tenure at UCD. Professor Hall was Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Medical Virology, Senior Physician and Director of the Clinical Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York. Professor Hall previously served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. Professor Hall is a board member of The Atlantic Philanthropies and is a co-founder of the Global Virus Network.
Professor Hall has served as a non-executive director of ICON PLC, based in Dublin, Ireland, since February 2013. Professor Hall is a member of its audit committee and the compensation committee and is chair of the nominating and governance committee. Professor Hall holds a B.Sc. (Honors.) in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Virology from Queen's University Belfast. Professor Hall received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, New York and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.