Board of Directors
Thomas Lynch has served as the Chairman of the board of Evofem Biosciences, Inc. since November 2015. Mr. Lynch also currently serves as Chairman of the boards of, Profectus Biosciences Inc. and Adherium Inc. and as a non-executive director of GW Pharmaceuticals where he serves as Chairman of both its remuneration and nomination committees. 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 other privately held biotechnology companies. Mr. Lynch previously served as Chairman of ICON plc and was a member of its board for 22 years. Mr. Lynch has also worked in a variety of capacities in Amarin Corporation plc, Elan Corporation plc and Warner Chilcott plc. 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.
Colin Rutherford has been Audit Committee Chairman since November 2015. 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 and is also currently Chairman of Teachers Media Group Plc, an emerging technology enabled PD platform. 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 18 offices across Europe.
Mr. Rutherford graduated in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot Watt University and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in 1984. A corporate financier who developed a strong track record in M&A, he was Senior Partner of his UK firm RMD which he launched in 1986 and subsequently sold to Deloitte in 1999. He is a Harvard Business School Alumni, was Chairman of the HBS-YPO Presidents Leadership Program from 2004-2009, and was on the Board and Visiting Professor in Strategy and Leadership at Edinburgh University Business School from 2001-2007. He is a former Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has served several UK based charitable foundations in turn raising significant monies for deployment to deserving causes.
Saundra Pelletier has served as Private Evofem’s President and CEO since February 2013 and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2018. From 2009 to 2016, Ms. Pelletier was the founding Chief Executive Officer of WomanCare Global International, or WCGI, an international non-profit organization focused on empowering, educating and enabling women and girls to make informed choices about their health. Under her leadership, WCGI secured approximately $68 million in committed funding from major foundations and governmental organizations and launched an innovative United States educational campaign with American actress/activist Jessica Biel.
From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Pelletier served as WCG Cares’ Chief Executive Officer and President. WCG Cares, is a non-profit California corporation whose primary purpose is to directly engage in and/or fund the development and implementation of programs that promote reproductive health, education, research and increased access to high-quality, innovative and affordable reproductive healthcare and healthcare products around the world. Ms. Pelletier became a director of the WCG Cares board in November 2017 and served as Chair of the board from November 2017 until May 2018.
From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Pelletier was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Saundra Pelletier International, where she served as a management consultant, executive coach, entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker. From 2000 until 2004, Ms. Pelletier served as Vice President, Pharmaceuticals at Women First Healthcare, a specialty healthcare company dedicated to improving the health of women in mid-life, and from 1992 until 2000 she was Global Franchise Leader (Vice President), with G.D. Searle, developer of the first female birth control pill and now a wholly owned trademark of Pfizer. 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, to support women’s healthcare initiatives. Ms. Pelletier has launched pharmaceutical brands worldwide and expanded indications on female healthcare brands in multiple countries. She has had oversight and accountability for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.
In 2015, Ms. Pelletier was profiled by the United Nations Foundation as a New Champion for Reproductive Health, and in 2014 was awarded the Athena Pinnacle Award for Life Sciences, recognizing extraordinary leadership in the life sciences. She is a published author and an international keynote speaker on the economic return of investing in women and has spoken at the Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum at Biocom, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business; and was the keynote speaker at the June 2016 Women’s Global Health Symposium. Her accomplishments have been frequently profiled in various media, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Devex, Refinery 29, Bustle, CNN, NBC News, Glamour, Marie Claire, BBC Radio, Global Grind and Vogue. Ms. Pelletier is on the board of directors of Women Deliver.
Gillian Greer, CBE, Ph.D.
Dr. Gillian Greer most recently served, from 2011 – 2017, 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. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Women of New Zealand. From 2006-2011 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 she 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.
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, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning and literature in 2005. From 1996-1998 Dr. Greer was Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her early career was in education at secondary and tertiary levels. Throughout her career Dr. Greer has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to health, education, sustainable development, women’s empowerment, and human rights. She is passionate about strengthening civil society and building high performing organizations that are effective, ethical, and accountable and can clearly demonstrate their impact. She 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.
Dr. Greer was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to international health and women’s rights in 2012. She continues to be in high demand as a speaker, facilitator, chairperson, and board member. 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.
Kim P. Kamdar, Ph.D.
Dr. Kamdar has served as a member of the Neothetics Board of Directors since April 2011. Dr. Kamdar is a Managing Partner at Domain Associates, a life sciences venture capital firm, which she joined in 2005.
Dr. Kamdar is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Obalon (NASDAQ: OBLN). She also serves on the board of directors of several private companies including Epic Sciences, Omniome, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics and Singular Genomics. Dr. Kamdar is also a founder and CEO of Truvian Sciences, a consumer focused health and wellness company. Past investments include Ariosa (acquired by Roche), Corthera (acquired by Novartis), BiPar Sciences (acquired by sanofi-aventis) and Achaogen (Nasdaq: AKAO).
Formerly, Dr. Kamdar was a Kauffman Fellow with MPM Capital. Prior to joining MPM, she 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. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her 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 in 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 William Hall 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 (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical Science. He is also Executive Chairman of the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory and is a Consultant Microbiologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. 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. He 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. He 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. He received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, New York and a D.T.M.&H., Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.