Anthony Rosenberg has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Oculis since April 2018. Since April 2015, Mr. Rosenberg has served as the Chief Executive Officer of TR Advisory Services GmbH. Additionally, from April 2015 to April 2020, Mr. Rosenberg served as a Managing Director of MPM Capital. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2012, Mr. Rosenberg held a series of business development and licensing positions of increasing seniority at Novartis, and most recently, from 2012 to 2015, Mr. Rosenberg served as the Corporate Head of M&A and Licensing at Novartis International AG. Mr. Rosenberg currently serves on the boards of directors of Argenx BV and Cullinan Oncology. Mr. Rosenberg previously served on the boards of directors of TriNetX and Radius Health, Inc. Mr. Rosenberg holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Leicester and a M.Sc. in Physiology from the University of London.
Christina Ackermann has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & President Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals at Bausch + Lomb since January 2022. Ms. Ackermann joined Bausch Health as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, in August 2016. Prior to Bausch Health, Ms. Ackermann was part of the Novartis group of companies for 14 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel for Alcon, where she was responsible for the for the legal, intellectual property and compliance functions, in addition to Trade Compliance Function, Enterprise Risk Management, and Diversity & Inclusion. Previously, she served as Global Head, Legal and General Counsel at Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, from 2007 to 2012. She joined Novartis Pharma in 2002 as Head, Legal Technical Operations and Ophthalmics, and assumed the role of Head Legal General Medicine in July 2005. Before Novartis, Ms. Ackermann served in Associate General Counsel roles with Bristol Myers Squibb and DuPont Pharmaceuticals, as well as in private practice, where she focused on securities, and mergers & acquisitions. Since August 2021, Ms. Ackermann has served on the board of directors of Graybug Vision, where she is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Ackermann holds a LL.B in law from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and a post graduate degree in EU competition law from King’s College in London, England. We believe that Ms. Ackermann’s experience in business, legal affairs, compliance, global security and enterprise risk management makes her well qualified to serve as a director.
Lionel Carnot has served as a member of the board of directors of Oculis since from December 2017. Since March 2012, Mr. Carnot has served as the Partner of Earlybird Venture Capital. Additionally, since 2005, Mr. Carnot has served as the Managing Director of Bay City Capital LLC. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005, Mr. Carnot served as an Associate of The Pritzker Organization, LLC. Before that, from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Carnot served as a Principal of Oracle Partners. Prior to that, from 1997 to 1998, Mr. Carnot served as a Senior Associate of Booz Allen and Hamilton. Before that, from 1995 to 1997, Mr. Carnot served as a Product Manager of Eli Lilly & Co. Prior to that, from 1991 to 1994, Mr. Carnot served as a Senior Consultant of Accenture. Before that, from 1989 to 1991, Mr. Carnot served as a sales and marketing professional at Rhone-Poulenc. Mr. Carnot currently serves on the board of directors of iSTAR Medical, iQone Healthcare Group, and Priothera. Mr. Carnot previously served on the board of directors of Atlantic Therapeutics, Merus, Interleukin Genetics, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc., Nabsys, Bioseek, Pathway Diagnostics, and Reliant Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Carnot holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Geneva. We believe that Mr. Carnot is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience in venture capital, business strategy and the life sciences industry.
Pravin Dugel, M.D., is currently the President of Iveric Bio. He joined as Executive Vice President in April 2020 and was promoted to President of the Company in May 2021. Dr. Dugel was previously Managing Partner, Retinal Consultants of Arizona and the Retinal Research Institute; Clinical Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; and Founding Member, Spectra Eye Institute in Sun City, Arizona. Dr. Dugel has authored more than 200 papers, 35 book chapters and has been invited to lecture at several marquis medical meetings and to serve as a visiting professor at universities worldwide, including in Japan, India, China, Malaysia, Egypt, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Canada and Australia. Dr. Dugel is internationally recognized as a major clinical researcher and has been a principal investigator in over 100 multicenter clinical trials. His research and educational contributions earned him the prestigious Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has been elected and previously served as the Retina Subspecialty Day Board Chairman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, as a member of the Board of Directors of the largest retina society in the United States, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), and the largest retina society in Europe, EURETINA. Dr. Dugel graduated from Columbia University in New York City. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine where he obtained his M.D. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine and completed his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and his surgical retina fellowship at the USC Eye Institute, where he was elected to serve on the faculty as the Resident Director. We believe that Dr. Dugel is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience in ophthalmology.
Martijn Kleijwegt has been a member and the Chairman of the EBAC Board since EBAC’s inception. Mr. Kleijwegt founded LSP in 1998 and is currently a partner at EQT Life Sciences (f/k/a Life Science Partners). Mr. Kleijwegt brings over 30 years of hands-on finance and investment experience to EBAC. Mr. Kleijwegt currently serves on the boards of Vico Therapeutics, A-M Pharma and Oxthera. Mr. Kleijwegt has a master’s degree in Economics from Amsterdam University. We believe that Mr. Kleijwegt’s experience in healthcare investments makes him well qualified to serve as a director
Geraldine O’Keeffe joined LSP in 2008. She became a Partner of the firm in 2010. Ms. O’Keeffe’s prime focus and responsibility within LSP is to invest in listed securities. Prior to joining LSP, she held the position of Senior Healthcare Analyst at Fortis Investment Banking. In that position, she researched a wide range of innovative life sciences companies, both in Europe and the US. Ms. O’Keeffe brings strong analytical and investment skills to the LSP team. Before joining the financial community, she worked within the life sciences industry for a number of years, gaining first-hand product development experience in a commercial setting. Prior to working in the industry, she lectured in Biomedical Sciences for several years at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Ms. O’Keeffe has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from University College Cork and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from University College Galway. She also conducted post-graduate research, inter alia at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. In addition, Ms. O’Keeffe is also a graduate of The Dublin School of Business. We believe that Ms. O’Keeffe is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to her extensive experience in healthcare investments and the life sciences industry.
Riad Sherif, M.D., has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oculis since December 2017. Previously, from June 2016 to September 2017, Dr. Sherif served as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Novartis Venture Fund. Before that, Dr. Sherif served as the President of Europe, Middle East and Africa of Alcon, Inc. from March 2014 to May 2016. Prior to that, from January 2002 to April 2014, Dr. Sherif held roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis AG, including as the Global Sales Head in the Transplant and Infectious Disease unit, as the Head for Latin America in transplant and infectious disease, as the President of the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Division for Latin America and where he co-founded Synergium a leading biotech company, and most recently as the President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Canada. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Sherif worked for several pharmaceutical companies, holding positions of increasing seniority, mainly in marketing and general management with international scope. Dr. Sherif currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Revenio Group corporation. Dr. Sherif previously served as the Vice Chairman for the Innovative Medicine Canada Association, as the Chairman of In-Vivo Montreal, and as the Chairman of the Board Ophthalmic Surgery and Vision Care of Eucomed. Dr. Sherif is a Medical Doctor by training, and holds an MBA from IMD Business School and a Specialized Master’s Degree in Medical Management from ESCP.