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Frank Torti MD

For much of his career, Dr. Torti was a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading venture capital firm. At NEA, Dr. Torti managed early and growth-stage investments in numerous healthcare companies developing and commercializing new drugs and medical devices. Dr. Torti has served as a director at Neotract Inc., Galera Therapeutics Inc., Tarveda Therapeutics Inc., Annexion Biosciences and XOC Pharmaceuticals Inc., amongst others. Before NEA, Dr. Torti was a researcher at the Duke University Center for Clinical & Genetic Economics where he was involved in clinical trial research and economic evaluations of multinational clinical trials. Dr. Torti received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. In August 2018, Dr. Torti became the Vant Investment Chair for Roivant Pharma, a division of Roivant Sciences. In that capacity he serves on the boards of Myovant Sciences, Urovant Sciences, Axovant Sciences, and other private companies in the Roivant family.

    Daniel Burgess
    Independent Director

    Daniel Burgess is currently a Venture Partner at SV Life Sciences, is Chairman of the Board of Nabriva Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NBRV) and is on the board of Cidara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CDTX) as well as several private biotechnology companies. In addition, he is Chairman of Biocom, the life science industry organization of California that represents more than 800 member companies. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Burgess was President and CEO of Rempex Pharmaceuticals, a company he co-founded in 2011 and subsequently sold to The Medicines Company in December 2013. Prior to Rempex, Mr. Burgess was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Aptalis Pharma Inc. (now Allergan) in 2011. Previously, Mr. Burgess was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Harbor BioSciences, Inc., formerly Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Hollis-Eden, Mr. Burgess spent ten years with Gensia Sicor, Inc. (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited) where he held a variety of executive level positions with responsibility for overall finance for the company as well as a number of different operating units. Mr. Burgess holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Based on his experience at Gensia Sicor and other organizations, Mr. Burgess provides the Board with critical perspectives on finance, accounting and internal controls issues.

    Independent Director
    Mark J. Murray PhD
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Murray has served as Arbutus’ President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since May 2008, when Dr. Murray joined Arbutus in connection with the closing of the business combination between Arbutus and Protiva. He previously was the President and CEO and founder of Protiva since its inception in the summer of 2000. Dr. Murray has over 20 years of experience in both the R&D and business development and management facets of the biotechnology industry. Dr. Murray has held senior management positions at ZymoGenetics and Xcyte Therapies prior to joining Protiva. Since entering the biotechnology industry Dr. Murray has successfully completed numerous and varied partnering deals, directed successful product development programs, been responsible for strategic planning programs, raised over $30 million in venture capital and executed extensive business development initiatives in the U.S., Europe and Asia. During his R&D career, Dr. Murray worked extensively on three programs that resulted in FDA approved drugs, including the first growth factor protein approved for human use, a program he led for several years following his discovery. Dr. Murray obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Oregon Health Sciences University and was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell post-doctoral research fellow for three years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

      Richard C. Henriques
      Independent Director

      Mr. Richard C. Henriques is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on impact investing. He recently served as Chief Financial Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Mr. Henriques was responsible for finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, measurement and evaluation, program related investments and information technology. Mr. Henriques’ background includes more than 25 years working at Merck & Co., Inc. During this time, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Global Human Health, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer, among other roles. Mr. Henriques was responsible for the Corporate Controller’s Group, which provided direct financial support for Merck’s worldwide human health commercial operations. Mr. Henriques currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania State Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Episcopal Community Services (a Philadelphia based social services organization). He also recently joined the board of Nativis, a Seattle bases bio-electronics company.  He holds a B.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School.

      Keith Manchester MD
      Independent Director

      Keith Manchester serves as a Managing Director and Head of Life Sciences for QVT Financial LP, an investment firm, where he has been employed since 2005, and focuses on investments in both publicly traded and privately owned life sciences companies. Dr. Manchester also serves as a director of Myovant Sciences Ltd. and of Roivant Sciences Ltd. and Roivant Sciences, Inc.  Prior to joining QVT, Dr. Manchester was Vice-President of Business Development from 2002 to 2004 and Director of Business Development from 2000 to 2002 at Applied Molecular Evolution, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 1999 to 2000, Dr. Manchester was an associate at Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Manchester was an investment banker in the healthcare group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Manchester received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.

      Myrtle Potter
      Independent Director

      Ms. Potter served as CEO of Myrtle Potter & Company, a global biopharmaceutical advisory firm for thirteen years. In July 2018, Ms. Potter was appointed Vant Operating Chair for Roivant Pharma. Previously, Ms. Potter served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Genentech during a pivotal period of the company’s growth. Under her leadership, Genentech achieved record sales and earnings growth each year and launched seven breakthrough products. Prior to Genentech, Ms. Potter served as President of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s U.S. Cardiovascular and Metabolic business. Before joining Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Ms. Potter served in roles of increasing responsibility at Merck and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Potter is a graduate of the University of Chicago and serves on its Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Boards of Rite Aid and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and previously served on the Boards of Amazon, Express Scripts, and Medco Health Solutions.

      James Meyers
      Independent Director

      Mr. Meyers has served as a Senior Advisor to Gilead Sciences since his retirement from Gilead in February 2018. In his 22 years at Gilead, Mr. Meyers was one of a relatively small group of executives who were instrumental in transitioning the company from an innovative start-up to one of the most successful biopharmaceutical organizations in the world. Prior to his advisory role, Mr. Meyers served as Gilead’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations, responsible for all commercial activities including pricing and market access. Mr. Meyers also led some of the most important and successful product launches in the history of the biopharmaceutical industry, most notably in the therapeutic areas of HCV and HIV. Prior to Gilead, Mr. Meyers served in roles of increasing responsibility at both Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and Astra U.S.A. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College.