Board of Directors

Mr. William D. Young (Chairman)

William D. Young was appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2010. From 1999 to October 2009, Mr. Young was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Monogram Biosciences, Inc., a pioneer in the field of personalized medicine. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Young served as Chief Operating Officer of Genentech, Inc. Mr. Young joined Genentech in 1980 as Director of Manufacturing and Process Sciences and became Vice President in 1983. He was promoted to various positions and, in 1997, became Chief Operating Officer, taking on responsibility for all development, operations and sales and marketing activities. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Young was with Eli Lilly & Co. for 14 years. Mr. Young holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Young began serving as a Director of IDEC Pharmaceuticals in 1997. He is also a Director of Theravance, Inc. Mr. Young was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 for his contributions to biotechnology

George A. Scangos, Ph.D.

George A. Scangos, Ph.D. was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in June 2010. He joined Biogen Idec from Exelixis, Inc., where he served as President and CEO and a director since October 1996.  From 1987 to 1996, Dr. Scangos held various positions at Bayer, Inc, including SVP of R&D, and President of Bayer Biotechnology, where he was responsible for research, business development, process development, manufacturing, engineering and quality assurance of Bayer’s recombinant products. Before joining Bayer in 1987, Dr. Scangos was Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Scangos has served on a variety of company and non-profit boards, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Exelixis, the Board of Advisors for the UC Davis School of Medicine, the Board of Trustees for the Boston Museum of Science, and the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Science Careers Program, which is focused on helping minority and disadvantaged students to have careers in science and medicine..  Dr. Scangos received a B.A. In Biology from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. From the University of Massachusetts.  He was a Jane Coffin Childs Post-Doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Frank Ruddle at Yale University. 

Alexander J. Denner, Ph.D.

Alexander Denner, Ph.D., a founding partner of Sarissa Capital. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Denner served as Senior Managing Director of entities affiliated with Carl C. Icahn. From April 2005 to May 2006, Dr. Denner served as a portfolio manager specializing in healthcare investments for Viking Global Investors. Previously, he held a variety of roles at Morgan Stanley, beginning in 1996, including as portfolio manager of healthcare and biotechnology mutual funds. Dr. Denner received his S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. In addition, he served as a director of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ImClone Systems Incorporated, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and he is currently also a director at VIVUS.

Ms. Caroline Dorsa

Caroline Dorsa has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) , a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $13 billion, since April 2009. Prior to that, she had served as Senior Vice President, Global Human Health, Strategy and Integration at Merck & Co., Inc. since early 2008. From 1987 to 2006, she served in various financial positions at Merck, including Vice President and Treasurer. In 2007, she was named Senior Vice President and CFO at Avaya, Inc. and then held the same positions at Gilead Sciences, Inc. before rejoining Merck in 2008. Earlier in her career, Ms. Dorsa worked for Mayor Ed Koch of the City of New York promoting economic development in midtown Manhattan. Ms. Dorsa holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Ms. Nancy L. Leaming

Nancy L. Leaming retired in 2005 as President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. For 20 years, Ms. Leaming served in several executive positions at Tufts Health Plan, including President and CEO (2003-2005), President and Chief Operating Officer (1997-2003) and Chief Operating Officer (1986-1997). Ms. Leaming successfully led the managed care company to become a nationally recognized leader in its field, creating a strategic vision and strong corporate culture defined by product innovation, service excellence, quality and patient safety. She has served in various capacities on both commercial and non-profit boards. Ms. Leaming is currently a member of the boards of directors at Hologic Inc., where she chairs the Audit Committee, Edgewater Technology Inc., the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

Richard C. Mulligan, Ph.D.

Richard Mulligan, Ph.D., is a founding partner of Sarissa Capital. He has also been the Mallinckrodt Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Gene Therapy Initiative. Dr. Mulligan received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine. After receiving postdoctoral training at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT, Dr. Mulligan joined the MIT faculty and subsequently was appointed Professor of Molecular Biology and Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research before moving to Children's Hospital and Harvard in 1996. Dr. Mulligan has founded several life sciences companies, including Somatix Therapy Corporation, which became a publicly-traded gene therapy company. In addition, he has served as a director of ImClone Systems Inc. (as director and Scientific Advisory Board member), Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (as director and Vice Chairman of the Board), and Cellectis. Dr. Mulligan has been the recipient of many awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Award.

Mr. Robert W. Pangia

Robert W. Pangia has worked in investment banking for 20 years and is currently a partner in Ivy Capital Partners LLC and general partner of Ivy Healthcare Capital L.P., a private equity fund specializing in healthcare investments. From 1996 to February 2003, Mr. Pangia was self-employed as an investment banker. From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Pangia held various senior management positions at PaineWebber Inc. including: member of the board of directors, Chairman of the board of directors of PaineWebber Properties Inc., member of PaineWebber's executive and operating committees, Chairman of the equity commitment committee, member of the debt commitment committee and Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Banking for PaineWebber Inc. of New York. Prior to his positions at PaineWebber, Mr. Pangia held other senior positions, including Managing Director of Investment Banking for Drexel Burnham Lambert of New York and Vice President of Investment Banking for Kidder, Peabody & Co. of New York. He received his A.B. from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Pangia began serving as a Director of IDEC Pharmaceuticals in September 1997. He is also a Director of McAfee Inc.

Stelios Papadopoulos, Ph.D.

Stelios Papadopoulos, Ph.D., retired as Vice Chairman of Cowen & Co. LLC in August 2006 after six years as an investment banker with the firm, where he focused on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to joining Cowen & Co., he spent 13 years as an investment banker at PaineWebber Inc., where he was most recently Chairman of PaineWebber Development Corp., a PaineWebber subsidiary focusing on biotechnology. Dr. Papadopoulos is affiliated with New York University Medical Center as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Cell Biology. Dr. Papadopoulos is a co-founder and Chairman of the board of Exelixis Inc., a drug discovery and development company. He is also co-founder and member of the boards of directors of Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc., a drug discovery and development company, and Cellzome Inc., a privately held drug discovery company. He is a member of the board of directors of Neuronyx Inc. and vice chairman of the board of directors of BG Medicine Inc., both privately held life sciences companies. In the not-for-profit sector, Dr. Papadopoulos is co-founder and Chairman of Foundation Sante, a member of the board of visitors of Duke University Medical Center and a member of the board of directors of the National Marrow Donor Program. Dr. Papadopoulos began serving as a director of Biogen Idec in 2008.

Mr. Brian S. Posner

Brian S. Posner, a private investor, served as Chief Executive Officer and co-Chief Investment Officer of ClearBridge Advisors LLC from 2005 until March 2008. ClearBridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason Inc., is an asset management company based in New York with approximately $90 billion in assets. Prior to joining ClearBridge, Mr. Posner co-founded Hygrove Partners LLC, a hedge fund, in 2000 and served as the Managing Partner for five years. He served as a Portfolio Manager and an Analyst at Fidelity Investments from 1987 to 1996 and, from 1997 to 1999, at Warburg Pincus Asset Management/Credit Suisse Asset Management. Mr. Posner holds an undergraduate degree in history from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Posner began serving as a director of Biogen Idec in 2008.

Eric K. Rowinsky, M.D.

Dr. Rowinsky has been an independent consultant since January 2010. From 2005 to December 2009, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory of ImClone Systems Incorporated, a life sciences company, and served on the company’s board of directors from 2005 to November 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Rowinsky held several positions at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center’s Institute of Drug Development, including Director of Clinical Research and SBC Endowed Chair for Early Drug Development. Prior to that, he served as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as Associate Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rowinsky is a member of the board of directors of ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a life sciences company. During the past five years, Dr. Rowinsky has also served as a director of Tapestry Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a life sciences company.

The Honorable Lynn Schenk

Lynn Schenk is an attorney in private practice. She served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of California from January 1999 to November 2003. Ms. Schenk was previously an attorney in private practice from 1996 to 1998 and from 1983 to 1993. Ms. Schenk served as the U.S. Representative for the 49th District of the State of California from 1993 to 1995 and served as the California Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing from 1980 to 1983. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego and attended the London School of Economics. Ms. Schenk began serving as a Director of IDEC Pharmaceuticals in 1995. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute.

Stephen A. Sherwin, M.D.

Sherwin has been Chairman of Ceregene, Inc., a life sciences company that he co-founded, since 2001. From 1990 to October 2009, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cell Genesys, Inc., a life sciences company, and was the company’s Chairman from 1994 to October 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Sherwin held various positions at Genentech, Inc., most recently as Vice President, Clinical Research. Dr. Sherwin is a member of the board of directors of BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a life sciences company, and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a life sciences company.