Board of Directors

Wendy Yarno

Chairperson of Aratana Therapeutics

Wendy L. Yarno has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2013 and, since August 2015, has served as the Chairperson of the Board. Ms. Yarno retired in September 2008 from Merck & Co., Inc. following a 26-year career there in commercial and human resource positions of increasing seniority, most recently Chief Marketing Officer before she retired. In that role, Ms. Yarno led a global organization charged with all aspects of supporting pre-and post-launch commercialization of pharmaceuticals in more than 20 therapeutic areas. Prior to this role, she served as General Manager, Cardiovascular/Metabolic U.S. Business Unit, where she had P&L responsibility for Merck’s largest therapeutic area, and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. From September 2010 through September 2011, Ms. Yarno was the Chief Marketing Officer of HemoShear LLC, a biotechnology research company and leading developer of human cell-based surrogate systems for discovery and assessment of new drug compounds. Ms. Yarno has served as a director and member of the compensation committee of MyoKardia, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of cardiovascular disease, since March 2017. Ms. Yarno has served as a director of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of monoclonal antibody therapeutics, since the end of March 2017. Ms. Yarno served as a director and member of the governance and nominating committee and compensation committee of St. Jude Medical, Inc., a Fortune 500 medical device company, from April 2002 until January 2017 when St. Jude Medical was acquired by Abbott Laboratories. She served as a director and member of the governance and nominating committee and audit committee as well as the chair of the compensation committee of Medivation, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from April 2013 until September 2016 when Medivation was acquired by Pfizer Inc. Ms. Yarno also served as a director and member of the compensation committee of Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, from August 2014 until November 2014 when Durata was acquired by Actavis plc. Ms. Yarno received a B.S. in Business Administration from Portland State University and an M.B.A from Temple University. We believe Ms. Yarno is qualified to serve on our Board based on her extensive experience in commercialization of pharmaceutical products and in human resource management in the pharmaceutical industry and her service on the boards of multiple life sciences companies.

 

Steven St. Peter, M.D.

President and CEO, Aratana Therapeutics

Dr. Steven St. Peter is one of our founders and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2012. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2010 and served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors from December 2010 to September 2012. Dr. St. Peter was a Managing Director of MPM Asset Management LLC from January 2004 to May 2012, where he focused his investments on both venture and buyout transactions across the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries. He has previous investment experience from Apax Partners and The Carlyle Group, two private equity firms. Dr. St. Peter was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor of medicine at Columbia University. He received his M.D. from Washington University and completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his medical training, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Dr. St. Peter also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas. Dr. St. Peter has served as a director of PharmAthene, Inc., a publicly-traded biodefense company, since August 2007 and is currently a member of its governance and nominating committee. Dr. St. Peter has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute since March 2014 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Foundation since November 2015. Dr. St. Peter’s previous board experience includes MPM Acquisition Corp., Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 

Laura A. Brege

Laura Brege has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2014. In September 2015, Ms. Brege became managing director of Cervantes Life Sciences Partners, LLC, a healthcare advisory and consulting company. She also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nodality, Inc., a privately-held life sciences company, from September 2012 to July 2015. Prior to joining Nodality, from January 2011 to January 2012, Ms. Brege was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From October 2007 to January 2011, she was the Chief Operating Officer, and from June 2006 to October 2007, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Brege was a General Partner at Red Rock Capital Management, a venture capital firm. Previously, Ms. Brege served as Chief Financial Officer at companies such as COR Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, and Flextronics, Inc., a supply-chain solutions company. Ms. Brege currently also serves on the Board of Directors of publicly-traded Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corporation, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Brege has served as a Director of Acadia since May 2008 and is currently a member of its audit committee and has served as a Director and chair of the audit committee of Dynavax since February 2015. Ms. Brege has served as a Director of Pacira since June 2011 and is currently the chair of its audit committee and a member of its nominating and governance committee and has served as a Director and member of the audit committee of Portola since January 2015. Ms. Brege previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of publicly-traded Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2007 to 2011 and Delcath Systems, Inc. from 2012 to December 2014. Ms. Brege earned her undergraduate degrees from Ohio University and has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

 

David L. Brinkley

David Brinkley has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2014. Mr. Brinkley worked for Theravance, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2000 to 2013, most recently as the Head of Business Development from November 2008 to July 2013. Mr. Brinkley had previously served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Development at Theravance from September 2000 through December 2007, when he left to start a consulting practice. From 1996 to 2000 he served as Worldwide Team Leader for Viagra at Pfizer Inc., leading the team that had full responsibility for the global launch and marketing of Viagra. Mr. Brinkley joined Pfizer in 1995 through its acquisition of SmithKline Beecham’s Animal Health operations and was Director of New Product Planning before leading the Viagra launch team. Mr. Brinkley held various management positions with SmithKline Animal Health from 1983 to 1995. Mr. Brinkley previously served on the Board of Directors of Ziarco Pharma Ltd., a privately-held pharmaceutical company. Mr. Brinkley holds an M.A. with honors in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in International Relations from Kent State University, where he graduated with University Honors.

 

Robert “Rip” B. Gerber, Jr.

Rip Gerber has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2012. Since January 2015, Mr. Gerber has served as an executive at Vlocity, Inc., a software company, including as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Alliances since June 2015. From July 2009 to January 2015, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Locaid Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications software company. From June 2006 to June 2009, Mr. Gerber served as a member of the advisory board of SignalDemand Inc., a private firm focused on producing margin optimization software. From May 2004 to May 2006, Mr. Gerber served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Intellisync Corporation, a public company and provider of data synchronization software to consumer mobile devices. Prior to that role, he served as Senior Vice President at Carlson Companies, Inc., one of the largest family-held corporations in the United States. Mr. Gerber was also on the founding executive team of Commtouch Software, Inc., where, as Chief Marketing Officer, he was a lead executive in taking the Company public in 1999. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gerber was a consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP, a public accounting firm. Mr. Gerber serves on the Board of Directors of LocationSmart, a privately-held location software company. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

 

Irvine “Irv” O. Hockaday, Jr., J.D.

Irv Hockaday has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 2014. Mr. Hockaday is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Prior to joining Hallmark in 1983, Mr. Hockaday served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. He was a member of the Hallmark Board of Directors from 1978 through 2001. Mr. Hockaday has been on the Board of Directors of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. since 2001 and is currently lead Director and chair of its audit committee. Mr. Hockaday is a former Director or Lead Director of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Ford Motor Company and Sprint Nextel Corporation. He currently holds various civic positions including trustee of the Hall Family Foundation and board member of Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and has previously served as chairman of the board of the Tenth District Federal Reserve Bank. He graduated with an A.B. in English from Princeton University in 1958 and from the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D. in 1961.

 

Merilee Raines

Merilee Raines has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2014. Ms. Raines served as Chief Financial Officer of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a publicly-traded company providing diagnostic and IT products and services primarily to the companion animal health market, from October 2003 until her retirement in May 2013. Ms. Raines also served as Executive Vice President of IDEXX Laboratories from July 2012 to May 2013, and as Corporate Vice President, Finance of IDEXX Laboratories from May 1995 to July 2012. Ms. Raines has served as a Director of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of products and systems focused on control, conservation and quality of water, since 2011, and is currently a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee and chair of its audit committee. Ms. Raines previously served as a Director of Affymetrix, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of life sciences products and molecular diagnostic products, from January 2015 until April 2016 when Affymetrix was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Ms. Raines is also a Director of PetVet Care Centers, a privately-held operator of a network of veterinary hospitals, and is chair of its audit committee. Ms. Raines earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

 

Robert P. Roche, Jr.

Robert Roche has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2014. Mr. Roche is the founding member of Robert Roche Associates, LLC, a consulting firm providing guidance to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Mr. Roche created this firm upon his retirement from Cephalon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, in February 2010. Mr. Roche joined Cephalon in January 1995 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Operations of Cephalon in 2005. Before joining Cephalon, Mr. Roche served as Director and Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Product Development, for SmithKline Beecham’s central nervous system and gastrointestinal products business. Mr. Roche also was Managing Director of SmithKline’s pharmaceutical operations in the Philippines. Prior to that, he held senior marketing positions in Canada and Spain and had product planning responsibilities for SmithKline in Latin America. Mr. Roche began his pharmaceutical career in 1982 with SmithKline as a United States pharmaceutical sales representative. Mr. Roche has served as a Director of Antares Pharma, Inc., a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, since July 2013 and is currently a member of its governance and nominating committee and audit committee. In December 2016, Mr. Roche was appointed as a Director of Egalet Corporation, a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company focused on innovative treatments of pain and other conditions and is currently a Director of Paragon Bioservices, Inc., a privately-held contract development and manufacturing organization. He formerly served as a Director of LifeCell Corp. until its acquisition in 2008, EKR Therapeutics until its acquisition in 2012, NuPathe Inc. until its acquisition in February 2014 and Civitas Therapeutics until its acquisition in November 2014. He also serves on the boards of Bryn Mawr Hospital and Westtown School. Mr. Roche earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

John Vander Vort, J.D.

John W. Vander Vort has been a member of our Board of Directors since September 2012. Mr. Vander Vort is currently a Managing Director at Pilot House Associates, LLC, a family investment office based in Boston which he joined in September 2014. Prior to this role, Mr. Vander Vort was a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Vander Vort joined Charlesbank in September 2013 from MPM Asset Management LLC, a venture capital firm, where he served as a Managing Director, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Compliance Officer since May 2005, and he served on the Board of Directors of MPM Acquisition Corp., a public shell company, from February 2008 to November 2010. Prior to joining MPM Asset Management, from May 2003 until May 2005, he worked as Portfolio Manager for DuPont Capital Management. Prior to that, he was a General Partner and co-founder of BlueStream Ventures, a venture capital firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Dain Rauscher Wessels (now the Royal Bank of Canada), where he was the head of the West Coast networking and communications investment banking group and served as an advisor to leading venture-backed technology companies. Mr. Vander Vort began his career as a corporate transaction attorney in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward, where he represented venture capital firms and venture-backed companies. Mr. Vander Vort earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.