Board of Directors
Alan HolmerChairman of the Board
Alan F. Holmer served from 1996 to 2005 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an organization that represents the worldwide interests of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, based in Washington, DC. From 2005 to 2007 and again from February 2009 until its acquisition by Merck in May 2011, Mr. Holmer served as director of Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and at various times as member of its Corporate Governance Committee, Audit Committee, and Drug Development Committee. In addition to his pharmaceutical industry experience, Mr. Holmer has significant expertise in handling legal, international trade and governmental issues, having held various positions within the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and the White House, including serving as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative with rank of Ambassador. Mr. Holmer served as Special Envoy for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue, a position to which he was appointed by Secretary of the Treasury, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Holmer also served as a partner at the international law firm, Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin LLP), and as an associate at Steptoe &Johnson LLP. Since January 2012, Mr. Holmer has served as Special Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. Mr. Holmer has been involved in many community service organizations, including Former Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2009 to 2018). He also served as Co-Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Mr. Holmer received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Avery W. CatlinDirector
Avery W. Catlin previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. in January 2000, he served as Vice President, Operations and Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Endogen, Inc., a public life science research products company, from 1996 to 1999. From 1992 to 1996, he held various financial positions at Repligen Corporation, a public biopharmaceutical company, serving the last two years as Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at MediSense, Inc., a Massachusetts-based medical device company. Mr. Catlin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Provention Bio. Mr. Catlin received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and M.B.A. from Babson College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Yuval Cohen, Ph.D.Chief Executive Officer, Director
Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., joined Corbus in July 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Corbus, he was the President and co-founder of Celsus Therapeutics (Nasdaq CLTX) from 2005 to June 2013. Under Dr. Cohen's leadership, Celsus successfully developed five novel anti-inflammatory drug programs - including two in Phase II - focusing on allergies and autoimmune diseases of the skin, airways, digestive tract and eye. He participated in all stages of the pre-clinical and clinical development from project management to interactions with regulatory bodies and with the investment community in fund raising. In March 2013, Dr. Cohen successfully completed a public listing of Celsus in the United States. Apart from his industry experience, he is also the author of a number of peer-reviewed papers and reviews as well as listed inventor on a number of patents. Dr. Cohen has a Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Curie Institute of Cancer Research in Paris and the University of Paris V. He attained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) before being awarded the prestigious BGF Scholarship from the French foreign ministry to carry out his doctoral studies in Paris.
David Hochman is Chairman & CEO of Orchestra BioMed, Inc., a therapeutic device company focused on the development and commercialization of high impact, data-driven transformational solutions for high value unmet medical needs. He is also Managing Partner of Orchestra Medical Ventures, an investment firm that employs an innovative strategy to create, build and invest in medical technology companies intended to generate substantial clinical value and superior investor returns. He has over 20 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial and investment banking experience. Mr. Hochman is the Chairman of Motus GI Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOTS) and a member of the board of directors of Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRBP) as well as Adgero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Hochman was a board advisor of Health Dialog Services Corporation, a world leader in collaborative care management that was acquired in 2008 by the British United Provident Association for $750 million. He was also a co-founder and director of PROLOR Biotech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing longer-lasting versions of approved therapeutic proteins, which was purchased by Opko Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) in 2013 for over $600 million. Mr. Hochman also currently serves as a board member of two non-profit organizations: the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Jacques is the Chief Executive Officer of Enzyvant Therapeutics, Inc, a private biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for patients with rare diseases. Previously, beginning in 2017, she served as the Senior Vice President and Global Complement Franchise Head at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN), where she was responsible for commercialization strategy and execution. From 2016 to 2017, Ms. Jacques was Vice President of U.S Hematology Marketing at Shire plc, which acquired Baxalta Inc. (“Baxalta”) in 2016. Prior to this role, from 2015 to 2016, Ms. Jacques served as Vice President of Business Operations at Baxalta after its spinoff from Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) in 2015. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Jacques served in leadership positions, including Vice President of Finance, US BioScience Business, at Baxter. Prior to joining Baxter, Ms. Jacques served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Dow Corning Corporation, including U.S. and international operational management roles, from 1995 to 2013. Ms. Jacques received her B.A. degree in business administration from Alma College.
John Jenkins, M.D.Director
Dr. Jenkins served as the Director of the Office of New Drugs (OND) at U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) from 2002 to 2017, where he was responsible for more than 1,000 agency employees and 19 product review divisions. During that time, he oversaw the review of thousands of new drug applications and biological licensing applications as well as the approval of more than 400 new molecular entities. Dr. Jenkins also served as a member of the CDER Senior Leadership Team and was involved in broad policy initiatives, including negotiation and implementation of the Prescription Drug User Fee and biosimilar programs.
Dr. Jenkins began his FDA career in 1992, where he was a medical officer in the Division of Oncology and Pulmonary Drug Products. He subsequently served as Pulmonary Medical Group Leader and Acting Division Director before being appointed as Director of the Division of Pulmonary Drug Products in 1995. He became the Director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in 1999 and remained in that position until he was appointed Director of OND in 2002. Following his retirement from FDA after over 25 years of Federal service in January 2017, Dr. Jenkins joined Greenleaf Health, an FDA-focused, strategic consulting firm where he serves as Principal, Drug and Biological Products.
Dr. Jenkins is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis and completed his post-graduate medical training in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Jenkins served as an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at VCU/MCV, and as a Staff Physician at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Panayiotopoulos is a Managing Director in the Blackstone (NYSE:BX) Life Sciences Group, an industry-leading investment platform within the life science sector. Mr. Panayiotopoulos joined Blackstone as part of its acquisition of Clarus in December of 2018, having served as a Partner at Clarus since March 2018. Previously, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA), which was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: TAK) for $5.2 billion in February 2017. Prior to joining ARIAD in January 2016, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President of EMD Serono, Inc., the North American biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA (FWB: MRK), President of the Serono Research and Development Institute and President of Merck Serono, Tokyo, Japan. While at Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos led multiple partnerships, including those with Pfizer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Incyte Corporation. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY) from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Panayiotopoulos currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO), founding Board Member of Anthos Therapeutics and founding Executive Chairman of Genevant Sciences. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the non-profit Life Science Cares.
Mr. Panayiotopoulos holds a combined B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management Studies from University College London and a M.Sc. from Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom.