Board of Directors
James R. McNab, Jr., has served on our board since February 2000 and has served as Chairman of our board since May 2002. Mr. McNab is a co-founder and served as the chairman of the board of directors of Reprogenesis, a predecessor life science company, from July 1996 to July 2000. Since 2015, Mr. McNab has served as a director of Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. McNab recently founded JT Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held pain management drug discovery company and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since June 2014. Since January 2009, Mr. McNab has served as executive chairman of FirstString Research, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Since 1998, Mr. McNab has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Palmetto Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly eNOS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held drug discovery company of which he is a co-founder. In addition, Mr. McNab is a co-founder of other privately-held companies, including Sontra Medical Corporation, a drug delivery company, and Parker Medical Associates, a manufacturer and worldwide supplier of orthopedic and sports-related products. Mr. McNab received a B.A. in economics from Davidson College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We believe that Mr. McNab's qualifications to serve on our board include his decades of experience as chairman, founder and/or Chief Executive Officer of various pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies, including his experience as co-founder of one of our predecessor companies. Mr. McNab has also founded and managed companies in other industries and we believe that his broad range of entrepreneurial creation and oversight is valuable to a small biotechnology company such as Curis.
In June 2014, Dr. Fattaey was appointed as a Director and as our President and Chief Executive Officer. From February 2013, Dr. Fattaey has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer. From 2011 until February 2013, Dr. Fattaey served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACT Biotech, Inc., a biotechnology company. Dr. Fattaey served as ACT Biotech's Chief Operating and Scientific Officer from 2008 until 2010. From June 2006 until January 2008, Dr. Fattaey served as the Director, Science and Technology at the Melanoma Therapeutics Foundation, a non-profit organization. From January 2005 until June 2006, Dr. Fattaey was a strategic consultant. Dr. Fattaey was previously employed at Sagres Discovery as its Chief Scientific Officer from November 2001 until April 2004 and subsequently as the Senior Vice President of Discovery Research at Chiron Corporation following Chiron's acquisition of Sagres Discovery. Dr. Fattaey was employed by Onyx Pharmaceuticals from January 1994 until June 2001, most recently as its Vice President of Discovery Research. Dr. Fattaey received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Kansas State University in 1989 and was a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
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 has served as Chairman of Life Mist L.L.C., a privately-held company in the field of fire suppression, since September 2001. 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 Neostem, Inc., and Formula Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Greenacre served as a director of Acusphere, Inc., Cephalon, 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., 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.
Dr. Kunkel has served on our Board since November 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Loxo Oncology, Harpoon Therapeutics, Amphivena Therapeutics, and Tocagen. 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.
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.
Member of the Clinical Program Committee
Robert Martell has served on our board since September 2011. Since September 2009, Dr. Martell has been on the faculty at Tufts Medical Center with appointments at the Tufts University School of Medicine. During his time at Tufts he has served as Director of the Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, Leader of the Cancer Center's Program in Experimental Therapeutics, and Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Martell served as Chief Medical Officer at TESARO (NASDAQ: TSRO), where he made key contributions to licensing and development of niraparib and the company’s immuno-oncology portfolio, as well as the NDA filing for Varubi. Prior to joining Tufts, he served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of MethylGene (TSE: MYG) (now Mirati Therapeutics), focused on the development of cancer therapeutics, including those targeting HDAC. Dr. Martell also served as Director of Oncology Global Clinical Research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he worked with molecular-targeted drugs in areas such as multi-target kinase inhibitors, including several of the pivotal studies for SPRYCEL, the panHER inhibitor program, CDK2 inhibitor and was involved in the Biologic Licensing Application (BLA) for Erbitux, an antibody that targets EGFR. He also worked at Bayer Pharmaceutical Division where he oversaw the Phase I and Phase II studies for Nexavar. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College, his Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from the University of Michigan, and his M.D. degree from Wayne State University. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency and medical oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center where he was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Geriatrics and Medical Oncology.
Chair of the Clinical Program Committee
Dr. Pienta has served on our board since March 2013. Dr. Pienta has served as the Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology, Professor of Oncology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences and as the Director of Research for the Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since March 2013. Prior to his appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Pienta served as the Associate Vice President for Research, Health Sciences for the University of Michigan from January 2012 to February 2013, and as the Director of Precision Medicine for the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology from July 2008 to February 2013. From July 1995 to February 2013, Dr. Pienta served as the Director of the Prostate Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pienta is involved in research to define the tumor microenvironment of cancer metastases, as well as developing new therapies for cancer. Dr. Pienta is a two-time American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Award recipient, is the author of more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and has been the principal investigator on numerous local and national clinical trials. Dr. Pienta received a B.A. in human biology from Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Member of the Clinical Program Committee
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.
Member of the Clinical Program Committee