Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Roger L. Hawley
Mr. Hawley co-founded Daré Bioscience Operations, Inc. in 2015 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Following the company’s business combination with Cerulean Pharma Inc. on July 19, 2017, Mr. Hawley has continued in the capacity as Chairman of the renamed company, Daré Bioscience, Inc. In 2006, Mr. Hawley co-founded Zogenix, Inc., a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapies for central nervous system disorders, where he was a member of the board of directors and served as Chief Executive Officer until April 2015. Mr. Hawley is still a member of the Zogenix Board. Mr. Hawley served as member of the board of directors of Alveo Technologies Inc., a privately-held medical diagnostics company from 2014 to 2016. Mr. Hawley served as a member of the board of directors of Cypress Bioscience from 2007 to 2010 and Targeted Genetics from 2006 to 2010, both previously publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies, as well as Alios BioPharma, Inc., a private company that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2014. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Hawley served as Executive Vice President of Commercial and Technical Operations for InterMune, Inc., and from 2002 to 2003, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Prometheus Laboratories Inc. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Hawley served as General Manager & Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Elan Pharmaceuticals. From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Hawley held a broad range of management positions in commercial operations, alliance/partnership management, regional/national sales and corporate finance at Glaxo/Glaxo Wellcome/GSK including Vice President of Sales, CNS/GI Division. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Hawley held various financial management positions with Marathon Oil Company, including serving four years in London, England, at which time he was a certified treasury manager and a certified public accountant. The Board of Directors believes that experience in the biotechnology industry, his broad leadership experience with several public and private biotechnology companies and his experience with financial matters qualifies him to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and to fill the important role of Audit Committee “financial expert.”
Jessica Grossman, M.D.
Dr. Grossman joined the Board of Directors in April 2018. Dr. Grossman currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Medicines360, a position she has held since 2015. Medicines360 is a global non-profit women’s health pharmaceutical company that developed and partnered with Allergan on the commercialization of the FDA-approved contraceptive IUS LILETTA® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system). From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Grossman served on the board of directors of Medicines360, and from 2014 to today she has served as Chair of AlliancePartners360, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medicines360. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Grossman served as President and Founding Chief Executive Officer of Sense4Baby, Inc. Dr. Grossman served as a Medical Director at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, from 2010 to 2013. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Grossman was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JG Limited LLC, a consulting company providing services to medical technology companies and non-profit organizations in the areas of clinical and commercial strategy. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Grossman was Founder and President of Gynesonics, Inc., an early stage medical device company focused on minimally invasive solutions for women’s health, which developed the first intrauterine ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation device for fibroid tumors. Dr. Grossman holds numerous patents, has published several peer-reviewed articles and conducted research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Grossman received her M.D. from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The Board of Directors believes that Dr. Grossman is qualified to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors due to her extensive experience in women’s health, her executive leadership experience with several life science companies, and her experience with product development and commercialization.
Susan L. Kelley, M.D.
Dr. Kelley has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since October 2014. Dr. Kelley has been developing drugs in oncology and immunology for over 25 years. Dr. Kelley currently also serves as a member of the board of directors of ArQule, Inc., an oncology-focused biotechnology company, Immune Design Corp., an immunotherapy company, and Vascular Biogenics Ltd, an oncology-focused biotechnology company. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Kelley served on the board of directors of Alchemia Pty Ltd, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Kelley served as Chief Medical Officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium and its sister organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Previously, Dr. Kelley held positions at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Bayer-Schering Pharma, including Vice President, Global Clinical Development and Therapeutic Area Head—Oncology, where she led the Bayer team responsible for the development and worldwide regulatory approval of Nexavar® (sorafenib). Prior to joining Bayer, Dr. Kelley worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Oncology and Immunology drug development ultimately serving as Executive Director, Oncology Clinical Research, at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Dr. Kelley was a Fellow in Medical Oncology and Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and a Fellow in Medical Oncology and Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, where she also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Kelley received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine. The Board of Directors believes that Dr. Kelley is qualified to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors due to her experience in life sciences and clinical development and her experience as a director of life sciences companies.
William H. Rastetter, Ph.D.
Dr. Rastetter served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors beginning in January 2014 and as Chairman of the Board from June 2016 through July 2017 when the Company was known as Cerulean Pharma, Inc. He has continued to serve on the Board of Directors following Cerulean’s combination with Daré. Dr. Rastetter currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of GRAIL, Inc., Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. and Fate Therapeutics, Inc., and as a member of the board of directors of Regulus Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Rastetter co-founded of Receptos, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he previously held the roles of Acting Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2010, and Director and Chairman of the board of directors from 2009 to 2015. Dr. Rastetter served on the board of Illumina, Inc., a leading public genomic technology company, from 1998 until January 2016, and as Chairman from 2005 to 2016. Dr. Rastetter was a Partner at the venture capital firm of Venrock Associates from 2006 to 2013. Prior to his tenure with Venrock, Dr. Rastetter was Executive Chairman of Biogen Idec Inc. and was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Idec Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Idec, he was Director of Corporate Ventures at Genentech, Inc. Dr. Rastetter held various faculty positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University and is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Dr. Rastetter holds a S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. The Board of Directors believes that Dr. Rastetter is qualified to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, his broad leadership experience with several public and private biotechnology companies, and his experience with financial matters.
Robin Steele, J.D., L.L.M.
Ms. Steele served as an advisor to Daré Bioscience Operations, Inc. from the company’s inception in 2015, and following the company’s business combination with Cerulean Pharma Inc. on July 19, 2017, she joined the Board of Directors of the renamed company, Daré Bioscience, Inc. Ms. Steele previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of InterMune, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2004 to 2014. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Steele served as Vice President of Legal Affairs for North America for Elan Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Ms. Steele currently serves on the board of directors of Alveo Technologies Inc., a privately-held medical diagnostics company. Ms. Steele previously served on the board of Alios Biopharma and Targanta Therapeutics, both of which were biotechnology companies focused on the research and development of therapeutic compounds prior to their respective acquisitions. Ms. Steele received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Steele is qualified to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors due to her expertise in legal matters, her prior experience as general counsel of a public company and her involvement with a number of private biotechnology companies.