Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the board
William H. Rastetter, PhD
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 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors on July 11, 2019. 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 SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MA and PhD 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.
Jessica Grossman, MD
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 MD 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, MD
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 MD 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.
Gregory W. Matz
Mr. Matz joined the Board of Directors in September 2018. Mr. Matz retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Cooper Companies in November 2016. Additionally, he served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer. The Cooper Companies is a publicly traded, global medical device company that operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. The company at that time had over 10,000 employees and approximately $2.0B in product sales in over 100 countries. In his role, he provided leadership for the financial functions including planning, reporting, tax, audit, business analytics and risk management. In addition, he closely partnered with the executive team on global strategy, investor relations and business development activities. He was also active with Cooper’s board, regularly presenting to the audit committee and the full board. Prior to this role he was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CooperVision from May 2010 to December 2011. Prior to joining the company Mr. Matz held key management roles in finance and marketing at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard. He began his career at KPMG and is a CPA with an active certification. Mr. Matz graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Business and the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program. The Board of Directors believes Mr. Matz’s experience as a chief financial officer and chief risk officer of a company within the women’s health industry and his corporate experience and skills in financial functions, including planning, reporting, and audit, in risk management, in managing internal growth and in capital markets and corporate strategy 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".
Robin Steele, JD, LLM
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 BA from the University of Colorado, a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and an LLM 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.