Board of Directors

* Independent Director

  • Martyn D. Greenacre*

    • Chair of the Board

    Martyn D. Greenacre has served on our board since February 2000 and was a director of Creative BioMolecules, Inc., a predecessor life science company, from June 1993 to July 2000. Mr. Greenacre served as Chairman of Life Mist L.L.C., a privately-held company in the field of fire suppression, from September 2001 to December 2016. From June 1997 to June 2001, Mr. Greenacre was Chief Executive Officer of Delsys Pharmaceutical Corporation, a drug formulation company. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Greenacre was President and Chief Executive Officer of Zynaxis, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to Zynaxis, Inc., Mr. Greenacre served in various senior management positions at SmithKline Beecham, a pharmaceuticals company, from 1973 through 1992. Mr. Greenacre also serves as a director of Formula Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Greenacre served as a director of Acusphere, Inc., Cephalon, Inc., Neostem, Inc. (now Caladrius, Inc.) and Orchestra Therapeutics, Inc., and as a director and Chairman of BMP Sunstone Corporation. Mr. Greenacre received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Harvard College.

  • Kenneth I. Kaitin, Ph.D.*

    Kenneth I. Kaitin, Ph.D., has served on our board since November 2003. Since July 1998, Dr. Kaitin has been the Director of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, an academic drug policy research group providing strategic information to help drug developers, regulators, and policy makers improve the quality and efficiency of the drug development process. Since August 2014, Dr. Kaitin has held a primary appointment as Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as secondary appointments as Professor of Medicine and Professor of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. In December 2014, Dr. Kaitin received the appointment of Advisory Professor at Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University. Since September 1999, he has served on the faculty of the European Center for Pharmaceutical Medicine at the University of Basel, and since April 2006 he has been a Visiting Executive at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At the Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaitin was a Research Associate Professor of Medicine from October 2003 to May 2008 and a Research Professor from May 2008 to August 2014. Dr. Kaitin has written extensively on a broad range of drug development issues and has provided public testimony before the U.S. Congress in hearings on pharmaceutical innovation and FDA reform. Dr. Kaitin is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Drug Information Journal, and from 1997 to 1998 he was President of the Drug Information Association. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, and he serves on the editorial boards of a number of peer-review journals. Dr. Kaitin serves as an expert consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on Bioterror Countermeasure issues. Dr. Kaitin received an M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Rochester and a B.S. from Cornell University.

  • Lori A. Kunkel M.D.

    Dr. Kunkel has served on our Board since November 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Loxo Oncology, Inc., Maverick Therapeutics, Inc., and Tocagen, Inc.  Dr. Kunkel is also a clinical advisor to Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., Atreca, Inc. and Verastem, Inc.  Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer at Loxo Oncology, Pharmacyclics, ACT, Syndax, and Proteolix (acquired by Onyx), as well as in senior clinical roles at Baxter Healthcare, Chiron, and Genentech, Inc.

    Prior to joining the biotechnology industry in 1995, Dr. Kunkel spent ten years in academic/clinical medicine and served as a faculty member in the Division of Hematology/Oncology’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at UCLA.  She trained in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, hematology at USC and oncology at UCLA, earning board certifications in these specialties.  Dr. Kunkel received a B.A. from UCSD and an M.D. from USC.

  • Marc Rubin, M.D.*

    Marc Rubin has served on our board since June 2010. Dr. Rubin has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since May 2009. He held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Pharmaceuticals from October 2007 until December 2008. From June 2006 until February 2007, Dr. Rubin served as Head of Global Research and Development for Bayer Schering Pharma, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of Bayer Healthcare and the Board of Management of Bayer Schering Pharma. Beginning in October 2003 and until the merger of Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Schering AG in June 2006, Dr. Rubin was a member of the Executive Board of Schering AG with responsibility for global development and for three global business units, including the oncology business unit, as well as Chairman of Schering Berlin Inc. and President of Berlex Pharmaceuticals, a division of Schering AG. From 1990 until August 2003, Dr. Rubin was employed by GlaxoSmithKline where he held positions in global clinical and commercial development overseeing programs in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. From 2001 through 2003, he was Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Pharmacology & Discovery Medicine.

  • James Dentzer

    In September 2018, Mr. Dentzer was appointed as a Director and as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dentzer, who joined Curis in 2016, was promoted earlier in 2018 to Chief Operating Officer to manage all functions outside of research and development, including business development, manufacturing, quality, human resources, finance, legal, IT, and investor and public relations. He is also leading the pre-commercial strategic planning for fimepinostat, which received Fast Track designation from the FDA for the treatment of patients with Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL. Before joining Curis, Mr. Dentzer was Chief Financial Officer of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, where he led the IPO and successful follow-on financings. Earlier in his career, he held several leadership positions with Valeritas, Amicus Therapeutics and Biogen. Mr. Dentzer earned a BA in philosophy from Boston College and MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.