Kamil Ali-Jackson, Esq.
Kamil Ali-Jackson joined us as a director in December 2021. Most recently, Ms. Ali-Jackson was chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary at Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., which she co-founded in 2012 and led the team which took the company public in 2015. In addition, Ms. Ali-Jackson co-founded and successfully transitioned several specialty pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies through multi-million-dollar acquisitions by global pharmaceutical companies. In 2011, Ms. Ali-Jackson also co-founded NeXeption, Inc. a biopharmaceutical assets management company and was legal counsel for the company and its affiliated companies until 2020. She has served as legal counsel and as a licensing business executive for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co. Inc., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Ali-Jackson currently serves on the board of directors, audit committee, compensation committee, and is the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee of PDS Biotechnology Corporation, a publicly held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, and as an independent director of Moda Operandi, a privately held online luxury retail company. She has also served on several nonprofit boards and currently serves on the board of trustees of Rosemont College, a private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Ms. Ali-Jackson received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University. She was a 2011 Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction winner and a 2015 Pepper Hamilton, LLP remarkable alumna.
Alison L. Hannah, M.D.
Alison L. Hannah, M.D., joined us as a director in May 2021. Dr. Hannah currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for CytomX Therapeutics. Prior to joining CytomX, Dr. Hannah served as a consultant to nearly 30 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies directing the development of investigational cancer therapies. In this capacity, Dr. Hannah has successfully filed over 40 regulatory applications for First-in-Human clinical testing and has played significant roles in the broad marketing approval of multiple anticancer therapeutics. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hannah held the role of Senior Medical Director at SUGEN, Inc. (acquired by Pharmacia & Upjohn, now Pfizer) where she had oversight of clinical development, clinical operations, and pharmacovigilance, specializing in the development of tyrosine kinase inhibitors, including sunitinib (SUTENT) approved for the treatment of kidney cancer and imatinib-refractory gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Dr. Hannah began her career at Quintiles, a global contract research organization, where she specialized in overseeing early to registrational-stage oncology clinical trials. Dr. Hannah received her B.A. in biochemistry and immunology from Harvard University and her M.D. from the University of Saint Andrews.
Brian L. Kotzin, M.D.
Brian L. Kotzin, M.D., joined us as a director in August 2017. A board-certified rheumatologist and internist, Dr. Kotzin is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Immunology, Clinical Development at Nektar Therapeutics since April 2017. From 2004 to 2015, he was Vice President, Global and Clinical Development and Head, Inflammation Therapeutic Area at Amgen, directing the global development efforts for product candidates in the inflammation area. Before joining Amgen, Dr. Kotzin was the head of Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine and director of the Autoimmunity Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Dr. Kotzin has won numerous honors, including elected “Master” of the American College of Rheumatology, the Kirkland Scholar Award for Lupus Research, the Henry Claman Chair in Clinical Immunology, the Gretchen Kramer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medicine, and Chairmanship of the National Institutes of Health Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence. He earned his medical degree from Stanford and undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Gregg A. Lapointe
Gregg A. Lapointe, C.P.A., M.B.A., was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 2022 and has been a director since November 2017. Mr. Lapointe is currently the chief executive officer and co-founder of Cerium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing medicines for patients with rare diseases. Mr. Lapointe offers Rigel’s board nearly three decades of commercial and financial experience bringing products to market in the areas of medical devices and rare diseases. He previously served in varying roles for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Leadiant Biosciences, Inc.), a private biopharmaceutical company, starting in 2001, including Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2002, Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2007, and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Lapointe led the effort to transform Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals from a small specialty dialysis company into a global leader in the development and commercialization of medicines for Rare Diseases. Mr. Lapointe also serves on the Board of Directors of Soligenix, Inc. and Astria Therapeutics, Inc. He previously sat on the board of SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Inc., Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc., among others. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Lapointe was a member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Rare Disease Committee, of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University (Montreal), a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University (Montreal), an M.B.A. from Duke University, and is a C.P.A. (Illinois).
Gary A. Lyons
Gary A. Lyons joined us as a director in October 2005 and served as Rigel’s Chairman of the Board from November 2014 until March 2022. Mr. Lyons also serves as a member of the board of directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1993 until 2008. In addition, Mr. Lyons serves on the boards of directors of Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Brickell Biotech, Inc., and is chairman of the board at Travere Therapeutics, Inc. He served on the board of directors of PDL BioPharma, Inc., from July 2008 until he resigned in December 2008 to join the board of directors of Facet Biotech Corporation following Facet’s spin-off from PDL and served on the board of directors there until Facet’s acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 2010. Mr. Lyons also served on the board of directors of Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. From 1983 to 1993, he held a number of management positions at Genentech, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Sales, and also served as a member of Genentech’s Executive Committee. Mr. Lyons was responsible for international licensing, acquisitions and partnering for Genentech’s Corporate Venture Program and had operating responsibility for Genentech’s two subsidiaries, Genentech Canada, Inc. and Genentech Limited (Japan). He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Walter H. Moos, Ph.D.
Walter H. Moos, Ph.D., joined us as a director in March 1997. Since October 2018 Dr. Moos has been Managing Director of Pandect Bioventures, a venture capital firm investing in therapeutics and biotechnologies. From February 2017 to June 2020, Dr. Moos was Chief Executive Officer of ShangPharma Innovation, Inc., a global pharmaceutical incubator investing in therapeutics and biotechnologies, where he now serves as Chairman Emeritus since December 2020. He retired from his position as President of SRI Biosciences in 2016 after more than a decade at the independent nonprofit SRI International (Stanford Research Institute). From 1997 to 2004, Dr. Moos served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MitoKor, Inc., which became the biopharmaceutical company MIGENIX, Inc., where he was a member of the board of directors from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President of Chiron Corp. (now Novartis), and as a Vice President at the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division of the Warner-Lambert Co. (now Pfizer). He has been an adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco since 1992. He has also served on the boards of numerous private companies and several non-profit organizations and has been an advisor to a wide range of organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Moos holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley.
Raul R. Rodriguez
Raul R. Rodriguez was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in November 2014. Until then, he had served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2010. He joined us as Vice President, Business Development in April 2000, became our Senior Vice President, Business Development and Commercial Operations in December 2002 and became our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2004. From 1997 to March 2000, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Operations for Ontogeny, Inc. (now Curis), a biotechnology company. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Executive Director, Business Development and Market Planning for Scios, Inc. (now J&J), a pharmaceutical company. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Rodriguez held various positions at G.D. Searle & Company (now Pfizer), a pharmaceutical company. In these companies, Mr. Rodriguez held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of business development and planning. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, Mr. Rodriguez went on to earn his Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois and subsequently received his M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jane Wasman, J.D., joined us as a director in March 2019. Ms. Wasman is a strategic leader with approximately 25 years of experience in the biopharma industry working with both large, multinational corporations and privately held start-ups. Ms. Wasman is founder and president of JWasman Advisors. She previously served from 2004-2019 at Acorda Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing and commercializing neurology therapies for Parkinson’s disease, migraine and multiple sclerosis, most recently as President, International & General Counsel. At Acorda, she led global strategic development, including long-range planning and development, as well as international expansion, and also built and led the Legal and Quality departments. Prior to joining Acorda, Ms. Wasman held various leadership positions at Schering-Plough, including Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Previously, Ms. Wasman was an attorney at two global law firms and Associate Counsel for the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Ms. Wasman is Chair of the Board of Sellas Life Sciences, a public oncology-focused biotech company, as well as Chair of its Nominations & Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Athersys, as well as Chair of its Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Cytovia Therapeutics. Since 2007, she has also served on the non-profit Board of Directors of NewYorkBIO, including its Executive Committee. Ms. Wasman graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.