Dr. Torti has served as Chairperson of Arbutus’s board of directors since November 2018. Dr. Torti has served as the Vant Chair of Roivant Sciences, Inc. (RSI) since January 2020. In this capacity he serves as Chairperson of the boards of directors of the biopharmaceutical companies in the Roivant family and is responsible for the operations and management of those companies. He previously served as Vant Investment Chair of RSI, from August 2018 to December 2019. Prior to joining RSI, from August 2007 to August 2018, Dr. Torti served as a Partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA), specializing in investments in healthcare. Prior to joining NEA, Dr. Torti worked for the Duke University Center for Clinical & Genetic Economics from 2002 to 2005 in various capacities, where he was involved in clinical trials research and economic evaluations of multinational clinical trials. Dr. Torti presently serves as Chairperson of the board of directors of Immunovant, Inc., Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd. and several private biopharmaceutical companies. He has previously served on the boards of directors of numerous development and commercial stage public and private healthcare companies, including Myovant Sciences Ltd., Urovant Sciences Ltd., Annexon Biosciences, Inc., Eargo Inc., Galera Therapeutics, Inc., NeoTract, Inc., Novast Pharmaceuticals Ltd., OrphoMed, Inc., Tarveda Therapeutics, Inc. and XOC Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Torti earned an M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina. Our board of directors believes that Dr. Torti’s extensive experience in healthcare investing, as well as his clinical trial background, qualifies him to serve on its board of directors.
Mr. Collier joined Arbutus in June 2019 and serves as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Director. Mr. Collier has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry and previously served as President and General Manager, North America at ViiV Healthcare. At ViiV he led the industry-leading launches of several new treatments for HIV. Prior to joining ViiV in 2009, Mr. Collier held multiple senior leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline. Earlier in his career he led the launches of new treatments for herpes and bacterial infections. Mr. Collier received his BSc in Mathematics and Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, UK, and served on The President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2014 to 2017.
Mr. Burgess has served as a director since March 2017. He is currently a Venture Partner at SV Health Investors, is Chairman of the Board of Nabriva Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NBRV) and Cidara Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CDTX) as well as several private biotechnology companies. He is also acting Chief Executive Officer of Therini Bio, Inc. 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. 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.
Mr. Richard Henriques joined Arbutus’s board of directors in December 2014. Mr. Henriques is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on impact investing. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with responsibility 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 which time, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Global Human Health, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer, among other financial management roles. Mr. Henriques currently serves as a board member for EMulate Therapeutics, a privately held Seattle based bio-electronics company and Cabaletta Bio, a Philadelphia based publicly listed biotechnology company focused on B cell-mediated autoimmune diseases. He is also a member of the board of directors for The Franklin Institute, The Heritage Conservancy in Buck’s County Pennsylvania and Episcopal Community Services (a Philadelphia based social services organization). 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.
Dr. Manchester has served as a director since March 2015. Dr. Manchester is a partner and the 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 Roivant Sciences Ltd. and Roivant Sciences, Inc. and sits on the Supervisory Board of Medigene AG. 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.
Dr. Venker has served on Arbutus’s board of directors since February 2020. Dr. Venker has served as Chief Operating Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc. (RSI) since November 2018. From October 2017 to October 2018, he served as Chief of Staff to RSI’s Chief Executive Officer, and from 2014 to 2015 as an Analyst at RSI. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Venker was a physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, where he trained in internal medicine, and also served as Chair of the Housestaff Quality Council leading operational initiatives to improve efficiencies. From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Venker was a Clinical Pharmacist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Venker presently serves on the boards of directors of Immunovant, Inc., Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd. and several private biopharmaceutical companies. He received his Pharm.D. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his M.D. from Yale School of Medicine. We believe that Dr. Venker’s medical background and experience in the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve on the Board.
Mr. Meyers joined the Arbutus board of directors in October 2018. He also serves as a Board Member for CytomX Therapeutics and Sangamo Therapeutics. Mr. Meyers has served as a Senior Advisor to Gilead Sciences since his retirement from Gilead Sciences 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 (Chief Commercial Officer), 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.
Dr. Cheng joined the Arbutus board of directors in August 2019. Dr. Cheng is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Akero Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AKRO), a biotechnology company focused on the development of transformational treatments for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other serous metabolic diseases. Previously, Dr. Cheng spent nearly two decades at Gilead Sciences, Inc., where he most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President. Dr. Cheng joined Gilead Sciences in 1999 and was responsible for leading the clinical development for numerous HIV/AIDS programs. During his tenure at Gilead, he also led the clinical development operations for several other therapeutic areas including oncology, inflammatory, respiratory and cardiovascular indications. Dr. Cheng received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.