Governance

The Board of Directors of Genocea Biosciences (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

Management Team
Girish Aakalu, Ph.D.
Chief Business Officer
Girish joined Genocea in December 2018 as Chief Business Officer. In this role, he leads Genocea’s business development efforts. His broad skill set spans business development, corporate and R&D strategy, product portfolio management, commercial planning, and alliance management - experience he gained at previous positions at the Ipsen Group, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, which included Vice President: Global Head of External Innovation, and positions at Pfizer, Inc., which included Executive Director: Head of Strategy, Innovation & Operations for Pfizer’s External R&D Innovation team. His previous roles also include business development and oncology pipeline market planning positions at Genentech, Inc. and life science consulting experience at L.E.K Consulting. He received a B.A. in Biophysics with General and Departmental Honors from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology following an M.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology, and has completed executive education in Corporate Governance at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Girish Aakalu, Ph.D.
Chief Business Officer
Girish joined Genocea in December 2018 as Chief Business Officer. In this role, he leads Genocea’s business development efforts. His broad skill set spans business development, corporate and R&D strategy, product portfolio management, commercial planning, and alliance management - experience he gained at previous positions at the Ipsen Group, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, which included Vice President: Global Head of External Innovation, and positions at Pfizer, Inc., which included Executive Director: Head of Strategy, Innovation & Operations for Pfizer’s External R&D Innovation team. His previous roles also include business development and oncology pipeline market planning positions at Genentech, Inc. and life science consulting experience at L.E.K Consulting. He received a B.A. in Biophysics with General and Departmental Honors from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology following an M.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology, and has completed executive education in Corporate Governance at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Chip Clark
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chip has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2011 after serving as our Chief Business Officer from August 2010 to February 2011. Chip has also served on our board of directors since February 2011. Prior to joining Genocea, he served as Chief Business Officer at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in 2004. While at Vanda, he led the company’s strategic and business development activities and played a central role in raising more than $400 million through business development deals and equity financings. Prior to Vanda, Chip was a principal at Care Capital, a venture capital firm investing in biopharmaceutical companies, after serving in a variety of commercial and strategic roles at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Chip holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chip Clark
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chip has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2011 after serving as our Chief Business Officer from August 2010 to February 2011. Chip has also served on our board of directors since February 2011. Prior to joining Genocea, he served as Chief Business Officer at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in 2004. While at Vanda, he led the company’s strategic and business development activities and played a central role in raising more than $400 million through business development deals and equity financings. Prior to Vanda, Chip was a principal at Care Capital, a venture capital firm investing in biopharmaceutical companies, after serving in a variety of commercial and strategic roles at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Chip holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Davis, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Tom joined Genocea in October 2018 as Chief Medical Officer with 20+ years of academic and industry experience in immuno-oncology and cancer drug development. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Gadeta B.V., a Dutch cell therapy company pursuing novel cancer targets, where he steered a novel cell therapy technology into first-in human clinical studies. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer of Celldex from 2006 to 2017, where he led all aspects of clinical and regulatory development including strategy, tactics, and execution. While at Celldex, Tom actively built and oversaw Clinical Science, Medical Affairs, Safety, Clinical Operations, Statistics, Regulatory Affairs, and Project Management, managed collaborations with large global pharmaceutical partners, and participated in investor relations activities. He also served as Chief Medical Officer at GenVec and as Senior Director of Clinical Science at Medarex. Prior to joining the industry, Tom supervised clinical efforts at the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and worked on the development of rituximab and idiotype vaccines at Stanford University. Dr. Davis received his B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins, his M.S. in Physiology and his M.D. from Georgetown University, and completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford University.
Tom Davis, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Tom joined Genocea in October 2018 as Chief Medical Officer with 20+ years of academic and industry experience in immuno-oncology and cancer drug development. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Gadeta B.V., a Dutch cell therapy company pursuing novel cancer targets, where he steered a novel cell therapy technology into first-in human clinical studies. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer of Celldex from 2006 to 2017, where he led all aspects of clinical and regulatory development including strategy, tactics, and execution. While at Celldex, Tom actively built and oversaw Clinical Science, Medical Affairs, Safety, Clinical Operations, Statistics, Regulatory Affairs, and Project Management, managed collaborations with large global pharmaceutical partners, and participated in investor relations activities. He also served as Chief Medical Officer at GenVec and as Senior Director of Clinical Science at Medarex. Prior to joining the industry, Tom supervised clinical efforts at the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and worked on the development of rituximab and idiotype vaccines at Stanford University. Dr. Davis received his B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins, his M.S. in Physiology and his M.D. from Georgetown University, and completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford University.
Diantha Duvall
Chief Financial Officer
Diantha joined Genocea in March 2019, bringing broad life science financial leadership experience to the company. Most recently, Diantha served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Bioverativ, Inc. Prior to Bioverativ, she served as U.S. and Global Commercial Controller at Biogen and held a number of positions as an Executive Director at Merck and Co.  While at Merck, her experiences spanned roles in venture investment, business development, joint ventures, and alliances, as well as operational controls and technical accounting.  In addition, she gained extensive experience in SEC reporting, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, transaction support and risk management while at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Colby College and masters’ degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern University. Diantha is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Massachusetts.
Diantha Duvall
Chief Financial Officer
Diantha joined Genocea in March 2019, bringing broad life science financial leadership experience to the company. Most recently, Diantha served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Bioverativ, Inc. Prior to Bioverativ, she served as U.S. and Global Commercial Controller at Biogen and held a number of positions as an Executive Director at Merck and Co.  While at Merck, her experiences spanned roles in venture investment, business development, joint ventures, and alliances, as well as operational controls and technical accounting.  In addition, she gained extensive experience in SEC reporting, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, transaction support and risk management while at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Colby College and masters’ degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern University. Diantha is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Massachusetts.
Jessica Baker Flechtner, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Jess joined Genocea in 2007, soon after the company was founded, and currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of novel vaccines directed toward T cell immunity and has more than 20 years of experience in immunology, cancer, infectious disease, and vaccine development. She leads Genocea’s efforts to develop T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies against cancer using the company’s proprietary ATLAS platform to identify and characterize both common and personalized antigens. Prior to joining Genocea, Jess served in a variety of roles developing vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer, infectious disease, autoimmunity, and allergy at companies including Mojave Therapeutics and Antigenics (now Agenus). Jess received a B.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Cellular Immunology from Cornell University, and performed her post-doctoral work at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She is a member of Women in Bio, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and the American Society for Microbiology. She is also an inventor on numerous pending and issued patents and is the author of multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Jessica Baker Flechtner, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Jess joined Genocea in 2007, soon after the company was founded, and currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of novel vaccines directed toward T cell immunity and has more than 20 years of experience in immunology, cancer, infectious disease, and vaccine development. She leads Genocea’s efforts to develop T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies against cancer using the company’s proprietary ATLAS platform to identify and characterize both common and personalized antigens. Prior to joining Genocea, Jess served in a variety of roles developing vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer, infectious disease, autoimmunity, and allergy at companies including Mojave Therapeutics and Antigenics (now Agenus). Jess received a B.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Cellular Immunology from Cornell University, and performed her post-doctoral work at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She is a member of Women in Bio, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and the American Society for Microbiology. She is also an inventor on numerous pending and issued patents and is the author of multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications.
RAYMOND D. STAPLETON, PH.D.
EVP, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing
Ray joined Genocea in January 2021 as EVP, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing, bringing 20+ years of industry experience having led technical, quality and manufacturing operations at commercial and clinical stage biopharmaceutical companies. Most recently, Ray served as President and Chief Operating Officer of American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), and an Officer and member of the Board of Directors of both ATCC and ATCC Global. Ray brings extensive management experience to Genocea, including translational sciences, the application of Lean Six-Sigma management, and commercial launch of multiple billion-dollar biologic, vaccine, and small molecule products. Prior to ATCC, Ray worked in senior manufacturing and technical operations roles at Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. and Synthetic Biologics, Inc. after spending 15 years in areas of increasing responsibility in Merck and Company, Inc.’s manufacturing organization.  At Merck, Ray lead a complex science, technology, and engineering organization at a manufacturing site responsible for supporting Merck’s $5 billion vaccine business. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and received his PhD in Microbial Ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has served as peer reviewer for a half dozen scientific journals, co-authored 17 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as multiple patents.
RAYMOND D. STAPLETON, PH.D.
EVP, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing
Ray joined Genocea in January 2021 as EVP, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing, bringing 20+ years of industry experience having led technical, quality and manufacturing operations at commercial and clinical stage biopharmaceutical companies. Most recently, Ray served as President and Chief Operating Officer of American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), and an Officer and member of the Board of Directors of both ATCC and ATCC Global. Ray brings extensive management experience to Genocea, including translational sciences, the application of Lean Six-Sigma management, and commercial launch of multiple billion-dollar biologic, vaccine, and small molecule products. Prior to ATCC, Ray worked in senior manufacturing and technical operations roles at Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. and Synthetic Biologics, Inc. after spending 15 years in areas of increasing responsibility in Merck and Company, Inc.’s manufacturing organization.  At Merck, Ray lead a complex science, technology, and engineering organization at a manufacturing site responsible for supporting Merck’s $5 billion vaccine business. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and received his PhD in Microbial Ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has served as peer reviewer for a half dozen scientific journals, co-authored 17 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as multiple patents.
Jacquelyn Sumer
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Jackie joined Genocea in February 2021 as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.  Jackie brings over 15 years of legal and strategic leadership experience.  Most recently Jackie served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she led the Worldwide Hematology and Cell Therapy legal team.  Previously Jackie led Celgene Corporation’s CAR T legal team, supporting clinical development and launch preparedness for therapies in development.  Prior to her time at Celgene, Jackie held positions of increasing responsibility at Novartis Oncology and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation where she advised on a wide array of matters relating to pre-clinical and clinical development, commercialization and market access, employment, litigation and government investigations, and compliance.  Jackie began her legal career at Kaye Scholer, LLP and clerked for the Honorable Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court in Washington, D.C.  She holds a J.D. and Master of Laws in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. from Bucknell University. 
Jacquelyn Sumer
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Jackie joined Genocea in February 2021 as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.  Jackie brings over 15 years of legal and strategic leadership experience.  Most recently Jackie served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she led the Worldwide Hematology and Cell Therapy legal team.  Previously Jackie led Celgene Corporation’s CAR T legal team, supporting clinical development and launch preparedness for therapies in development.  Prior to her time at Celgene, Jackie held positions of increasing responsibility at Novartis Oncology and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation where she advised on a wide array of matters relating to pre-clinical and clinical development, commercialization and market access, employment, litigation and government investigations, and compliance.  Jackie began her legal career at Kaye Scholer, LLP and clerked for the Honorable Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court in Washington, D.C.  She holds a J.D. and Master of Laws in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. from Bucknell University. 
Board of Directors
Kenneth Bate, Chair
Kenneth Bate has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2014 and as our chairman since December 2018. Mr. Bate is currently a director of AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Epizyme Inc. and Madrigal Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Bate previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Archemix Corp. and NitroMed Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Biogen Inc., and co-founded JSB Partners LLC, a banking and advisory services firm for biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Williams College.
Kenneth Bate, Chair
Kenneth Bate has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2014 and as our chairman since December 2018. Mr. Bate is currently a director of AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Epizyme Inc. and Madrigal Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Bate previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Archemix Corp. and NitroMed Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Biogen Inc., and co-founded JSB Partners LLC, a banking and advisory services firm for biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Williams College.
Ali Behbahani, M.D.
Dr. Ali Behbahani has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Dr. Behbahani is a General Partner on the healthcare team at NEA since 2018, having worked for the fund since 2007, specializing in investments in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors. He is also currently a member of the board of directors of CRISPR Therapeutics, Adaptimmune and Nevro Corp. He has previously worked as a consultant in business development at The Medicines Company and held positions as a Venture Associate at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners from 2000 to 2002 and as a Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Behbahani conducted basic science research in the fields of viral fusion inhibition and structural proteomics at the National Institutes of Health and at Duke University. He graduated summa cum laude and received his bachelor’s degree with distinction in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry from Duke University, earned an M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Ali Behbahani, M.D.
Dr. Ali Behbahani has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Dr. Behbahani is a General Partner on the healthcare team at NEA since 2018, having worked for the fund since 2007, specializing in investments in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors. He is also currently a member of the board of directors of CRISPR Therapeutics, Adaptimmune and Nevro Corp. He has previously worked as a consultant in business development at The Medicines Company and held positions as a Venture Associate at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners from 2000 to 2002 and as a Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Behbahani conducted basic science research in the fields of viral fusion inhibition and structural proteomics at the National Institutes of Health and at Duke University. He graduated summa cum laude and received his bachelor’s degree with distinction in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry from Duke University, earned an M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Katrine Bosley
Katrine Bosley has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2013 and, until December 2018, served as our chairperson. Ms. Bosley is currently Chairman of the Board of Arrakis Therapeutics. Ms. Bosley served as the Chief Executive Officer of Editas Medicine Inc., a genome editing company, from shortly after its inception through its IPO and entry into clinical development. Prior to Editas, Ms. Bosley was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Broad Institute and was Chief Executive Officer of Avila Therapeutics. Before Avila, she was Vice President, Strategic Operations at Adnexus Therapeutics, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and was Vice President, Business Development at Adnexus prior to that. She joined Adnexus from Biogen Idec where she held roles in business development, commercial operations, and portfolio strategy in the United States and Europe. In addition to serving as a director of our Company, Ms. Bosley currently serves as a director of Galapagos NV and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Ms. Bosley graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology.
Katrine Bosley
Katrine Bosley has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2013 and, until December 2018, served as our chairperson. Ms. Bosley is currently Chairman of the Board of Arrakis Therapeutics. Ms. Bosley served as the Chief Executive Officer of Editas Medicine Inc., a genome editing company, from shortly after its inception through its IPO and entry into clinical development. Prior to Editas, Ms. Bosley was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Broad Institute and was Chief Executive Officer of Avila Therapeutics. Before Avila, she was Vice President, Strategic Operations at Adnexus Therapeutics, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and was Vice President, Business Development at Adnexus prior to that. She joined Adnexus from Biogen Idec where she held roles in business development, commercial operations, and portfolio strategy in the United States and Europe. In addition to serving as a director of our Company, Ms. Bosley currently serves as a director of Galapagos NV and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Ms. Bosley graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology.
Chip Clark
Chip has served as Genocea’s President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2011 after serving as our Chief Business Officer from August 2010 to February 2011. Chip has also served on our board of directors since February 2011. Prior to joining Genocea, he served as Chief Business Officer at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in 2004. While at Vanda, he led the company’s strategic and business development activities and played a central role in raising more than $400 million through business development deals and equity financings. Prior to Vanda, Chip was a principal at Care Capital, a venture capital firm investing in biopharmaceutical companies, after serving in a variety of commercial and strategic roles at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Chip holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chip Clark
Chip has served as Genocea’s President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2011 after serving as our Chief Business Officer from August 2010 to February 2011. Chip has also served on our board of directors since February 2011. Prior to joining Genocea, he served as Chief Business Officer at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in 2004. While at Vanda, he led the company’s strategic and business development activities and played a central role in raising more than $400 million through business development deals and equity financings. Prior to Vanda, Chip was a principal at Care Capital, a venture capital firm investing in biopharmaceutical companies, after serving in a variety of commercial and strategic roles at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Chip holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Higgins
Michael Higgins has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2015. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kindex Pharmaceuticals. From 2015 through 2019 he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Polaris Partners.  Prior to Polaris, Mr. Higgins served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals from 2003 through 2014, playing a key role in Ironwood’s evolution from a privately funded discovery organization through its initial public offering and the launch of its first commercial product. Under his leadership, the company was able to raise more than one billion dollars to help support the development of the business during that period. From 1997 through 2003, Mr. Higgins worked at Genzyme Corporation in a variety of leadership roles including Vice President, Corporate Finance and Vice President, Business Development. While at Genzyme, he was involved with multiple businesses including the Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy, and Orphan Disease business units. Previously, Mr. Higgins served as Chief Financial Officer of Procept, Inc., from 1992 to 1997, and led the company through its initial public offering. He currently serves as a director of Pulmatrix, Inc. and Is Chairman of the Board at Voyager Therapeutics. Mr. Higgins began his pharmaceutical career as a sales representative for Schering-Plough Corporation. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Michael Higgins
Michael Higgins has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2015. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kindex Pharmaceuticals. From 2015 through 2019 he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Polaris Partners.  Prior to Polaris, Mr. Higgins served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals from 2003 through 2014, playing a key role in Ironwood’s evolution from a privately funded discovery organization through its initial public offering and the launch of its first commercial product. Under his leadership, the company was able to raise more than one billion dollars to help support the development of the business during that period. From 1997 through 2003, Mr. Higgins worked at Genzyme Corporation in a variety of leadership roles including Vice President, Corporate Finance and Vice President, Business Development. While at Genzyme, he was involved with multiple businesses including the Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy, and Orphan Disease business units. Previously, Mr. Higgins served as Chief Financial Officer of Procept, Inc., from 1992 to 1997, and led the company through its initial public offering. He currently serves as a director of Pulmatrix, Inc. and Is Chairman of the Board at Voyager Therapeutics. Mr. Higgins began his pharmaceutical career as a sales representative for Schering-Plough Corporation. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Gisela M. Schwab M.D.
Gisela M. Schwab, M.D. has served a member of our board of directors since February 2020. Dr. Schwab is President, Product Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Exelixis. In this role since February 2016, Dr. Schwab leads Exelixis’ product development program, helping to advance product candidates through development and regulatory approval to commercial launch. In her various roles with the company since 2006, Dr. Schwab has supported the approvals of COMETRIQ® and CABOMETYX® and continues to work to expand the cabozantinib franchise with the goal of bringing advanced treatment options to patients with cancer. Dr. Schwab joined Exelixis from Abgenix, Inc., a human antibody-based product development company, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and held other executive-level clinical development positions during her tenure. Prior to working at Abgenix, from 1992 to 1999, Dr. Schwab held positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., most recently as Director of Clinical Research and Hematology/Oncology Therapeutic Area Team Leader. Dr. Schwab also serves as a member of the board of directors of Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc., and Nordic Nanovector AS. Dr. Schwab holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Heidelberg, trained at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the National Cancer Institute and is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and oncology.
Gisela M. Schwab M.D.
Gisela M. Schwab, M.D. has served a member of our board of directors since February 2020. Dr. Schwab is President, Product Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Exelixis. In this role since February 2016, Dr. Schwab leads Exelixis’ product development program, helping to advance product candidates through development and regulatory approval to commercial launch. In her various roles with the company since 2006, Dr. Schwab has supported the approvals of COMETRIQ® and CABOMETYX® and continues to work to expand the cabozantinib franchise with the goal of bringing advanced treatment options to patients with cancer. Dr. Schwab joined Exelixis from Abgenix, Inc., a human antibody-based product development company, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and held other executive-level clinical development positions during her tenure. Prior to working at Abgenix, from 1992 to 1999, Dr. Schwab held positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., most recently as Director of Clinical Research and Hematology/Oncology Therapeutic Area Team Leader. Dr. Schwab also serves as a member of the board of directors of Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc., and Nordic Nanovector AS. Dr. Schwab holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Heidelberg, trained at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the National Cancer Institute and is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and oncology.
George Siber, M.D.
Dr. Siber is an internationally recognized vaccine expert with decades of experience in developing innovative vaccines. Dr. Siber’s prior professional experiences include Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Wyeth Vaccines Research, overseeing the development, approval and marketing of six innovative childhood vaccines including Prevenar 7, the first pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Meningitec, the first Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine, Rotashield, the first rotavirus vaccine and FluMist, the first live nasal influenza vaccine. Prevenar 7 has dramatically reduced the burden of pneumococcal disease in the countries that have introduced it and has become the largest selling vaccine (more than $4 Billion per year). Previous to Wyeth, Dr. Siber served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories. Under his leadership, the specific immune globulins to CMV (Cytogam) and to RSV (Respigam) the precursor product to Synagis were developed and licensed to MedImmune. Currently, Dr. Siber is Chief Scientific Officer of ClearPath Vaccines Company, a vaccine development company focused on developing novel vaccines with high medical need to create a global vaccine portfolio for Astellas Pharma. Dr. Siber is the 2016 recipient of the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal awarded for pioneering in vaccines. Dr. Siber received his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec and his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. In 2016, The Sabin Vaccine Institute awarded the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Siber for his outstanding contributions to immunology and infectious disease research through the development of life-saving vaccines for childhood diseases, including pneumococcus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcus.
George Siber, M.D.
Dr. Siber is an internationally recognized vaccine expert with decades of experience in developing innovative vaccines. Dr. Siber’s prior professional experiences include Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Wyeth Vaccines Research, overseeing the development, approval and marketing of six innovative childhood vaccines including Prevenar 7, the first pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Meningitec, the first Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine, Rotashield, the first rotavirus vaccine and FluMist, the first live nasal influenza vaccine. Prevenar 7 has dramatically reduced the burden of pneumococcal disease in the countries that have introduced it and has become the largest selling vaccine (more than $4 Billion per year). Previous to Wyeth, Dr. Siber served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories. Under his leadership, the specific immune globulins to CMV (Cytogam) and to RSV (Respigam) the precursor product to Synagis were developed and licensed to MedImmune. Currently, Dr. Siber is Chief Scientific Officer of ClearPath Vaccines Company, a vaccine development company focused on developing novel vaccines with high medical need to create a global vaccine portfolio for Astellas Pharma. Dr. Siber is the 2016 recipient of the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal awarded for pioneering in vaccines. Dr. Siber received his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec and his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. In 2016, The Sabin Vaccine Institute awarded the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Siber for his outstanding contributions to immunology and infectious disease research through the development of life-saving vaccines for childhood diseases, including pneumococcus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcus.
Committee Composition
Audit Committee
Compensation Committee
Nominating and Governance Committee
CHAIRPERSON
Audit Committee
Michael Higgins
Chairman of the Board
Compensation Committee
Kenneth Bate, Chair
Chairman of the Board
Nominating and Governance Committee
Katrine Bosley
Chairman of the Board
MEMBERS
Audit Committee
Kenneth Bate, Chair member
Katrine Bosley member
Compensation Committee
Ali Behbahani, M.D. member
Gisela M. Schwab M.D. member
Nominating and Governance Committee
George Siber, M.D. member
Audit Committee
CHAIRPERSON
Michael Higgins chairperson
MEMBERS
Kenneth Bate, Chair member
Katrine Bosley member
Compensation Committee
CHAIRPERSON
Kenneth Bate, Chair chairperson
MEMBERS
Ali Behbahani, M.D. member
Gisela M. Schwab M.D. member
Nominating and Governance Committee
CHAIRPERSON
Katrine Bosley chairperson
MEMBERS
George Siber, M.D. member