Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Jill Conwell joined Idera as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in February 2015. Prior to joining Idera, she served as Senior Human Resources Director at Shire Pharmaceuticals, where she partnered with business leaders in many segments of that company in aligning their organization strategy, structure, and plans with the overall business strategy. Prior to joining Shire, Ms. Conwell held roles of increasing responsibility at Accenture in that company’s Health & Life Sciences Consulting practices and with MacDermid, Inc.
Ms. Conwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Robert Doody Jr. joined Idera as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications in December 2014. Previously, Mr. Doody served as ViroPharma Incorporated’s Director of Investor Relations from May 2006 to January 2014. During his tenure at ViroPharma, the company was routinely recognized for excellence in investor relations. Mr. Doody began his communications career with Dorland Sweeney Jones, a health care public relations firm in Philadelphia.
Mr. Doody earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Rowan University in 2002 after having served honorably in the United States Navy.
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning
Clayton Fletcher joined Idera as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning in January 2015. Prior to joining Idera, Mr. Fletcher served as Vice President, Business Development & Project Management at ViroPharma from June 2005 to January 2014 and as a management team member from January 2011 to January 2014. In 2003, he assumed the position of Director Business Development and Project Management. Mr. Fletcher joined ViroPharma in April 2001 as Project Leader. From 1997 until 2001, he was Senior Project Manager at SmithKlineBeecham Pharmaceuticals. From 1996 until 1997, Mr. Fletcher was Project Scientist at Becton-Dickson and Company. From 1993 until 1996, he held positions with increasing responsibilities at Intracel Corporation. From 1991 to 1993, he was Senior Associate Scientist at Centocor Inc.
Mr. Fletcher received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biology from Wake Forest University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kirby joined the company in 2015 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2019. Before joining Idera, Mr. Kirby served as Assistant Controller at Endo Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Endo, Mr. Kirby served as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller at ViroPharma Incorporated. Mr. Kirby began his career at KPMG, LLP and served as a Regional Audit Director at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals prior to joining ViroPharma. Mr. Kirby received his Bachelor of Science from Villanova University and is a licensed certified public accountant.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Board of Directors
Mr. Bryant D. Lim joined Idera in September of 2018 as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Idera, Mr. Lim served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel of Incyte Corporation. Prior to Incyte, Mr. Lim held roles of increasing responsibility at ViroPharma Incorporated, Merck & Co., Inc. and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Mr. Lim began his legal career as a law clerk for a federal judge.
Mr. Lim received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where he serves on its adjunct faculty. Mr. Lim received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Rochester.
Chief Executive Officer
Vincent Milano joined Idera as Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. Mr. Milano most recently served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ViroPharma, which was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in January 2014. Under his stewardship, ViroPharma became a leading developer of innovative therapies for rare diseases, with the approval and commercialization of its lead product, Cinryze, for the treatment of hereditary angioedema in the United States and Europe. Mr. Milano joined ViroPharma in 1996 and served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer from 1997 to 2006 before becoming Chief Executive Officer. He was instrumental in building the company, including leading efforts to raise nearly $900 million in capital, as well as acquisitions of Lev Pharmaceuticals and the drug Vancocin from Eli Lilly. In addition, he played critical roles in business development and investor relations activities for ViroPharma, and contributed significantly to establishing the strategic focus of the company. Prior to joining ViroPharma, he served as a senior manager at KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm.
Mr. Milano currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Spark Therapeutics, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, and VenatoRx. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider College.
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Tarka joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in July 2019. Dr. Tarka was most recently the Vice President of Clinical Development at Complexa, Incorporated. Dr. Tarka’s experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry includes leadership roles across all phases of late stage clinical development and reflects the ability to effectively partner with stakeholders to enable the successful execution of clinical trials. Prior to joining Complexa, she served as Clinical Program Leader for Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for the design, implementation and medical oversight for large multinational trials. She also held various positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline in the Metabolic Pathways and Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area. She has been on the faculty and had numerous major teaching and clinical responsibilities at the University of Pennsylvania and affiliated hospitals. She is trained in Cardiology and Internal Medicine and has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tarka earned a BA in Biochemistry and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed her residency and fellowship training.
Senior Vice President, Early Development
Dr. Yingling joined the company as Senior Vice President, Early Development in February 2017. Prior to joining Idera, Dr. Yingling was most recently the Chief Scientific Officer of Bind Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to his tenure at Bind Therapeutics, Dr. Yingling served as Vice President of Oncology Discovery and Translational Research at Bristol Myers Squibb and Company. In addition to his tenures at Bind Therapeutics and Bristol Myers Squibb & Company, Dr. Yingling had spent over a decade leading significant oncology development activities as well as drug candidate identification and M&A activities at Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Yingling received his Ph.D. from Duke University and his Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary.
Cristina Csimma, Pharm. D., M.H.P. was appointed a member of Idera’s Board of Directors in April, 2019. Dr. Csimma currently serves as an independent Director of Neuralstem. Inc. and is a Board Director of T1D Exchange (non-profit-Type 1 Diabetes). She also serves on advisory boards including the Muscular Dystrophy Association Venture Philanthropy Scientific Advisory Committee; the Executive Oversight Board to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) NeuroNext Network, the Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital MRCT Center External Advisory Board, and the TREAT-NMD Advisory Committee for Therapeutics (TACT). Dr. Csimma previously served as a director on the boards of Juniper Pharma, Vtesse Pharma, was the Executive Chair of Exonics Therapeutics, and was President, founding CEO and Board Director of Cydan Inc. She also served on the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network External Oversight Committee, was Vice President of Drug Development at Virdante Pharmaceuticals Inc., Principal at Clarus Ventures LLC and held roles of increasing responsibility in Clinical Development and Translational Research at Wyeth, Genetics Institute and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Csimma holds both a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, as well as a Master of Health Professions from Northeastern University.
Michael Dougherty was appointed a member of Idera’s Board of Directors in April, 2019. Mr. Dougherty most recently served as the executive chairman of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from August 2015 until its acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals in July 2016. Mr. Dougherty served as a director of Celator from July 2013 to July 2016. Mr. Dougherty previously served in a variety of senior positions, including chief executive officer of Kalidex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., chief executive officer of Adolor Corporation, chief operating officer of Genomics Collaborative, Inc., chief executive officer of Genaera Corporation, and chief financial officer at Centocor, Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Trevena, Inc., both publicly traded life sciences organizations. Mr. Dougherty also served on the board of directors of Foundation Medicine, Inc., Aviragen Therapeutics, Inc., Cempra, Inc., and ViroPharma Incorporated from 2004 until its acquisition by Shire in 2014.
Mr. Dougherty received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University.
Chairman of the Board
James Geraghty was appointed a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board in July 2013. Currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Third Rock Ventures, Mr. Geraghty served as Senior VP, North America Strategy and Business Development at Sanofi, where he was a member of the Office of the CEO. Prior to joining Sanofi, he spent 20 years at Genzyme Corporation, where he helped introduce rare disease therapies around the world. His roles included Senior VP; President of Genzyme Europe, where he oversaw several new product launches; and General Manager of Genzyme’s cardiovascular business, where he guided the development of a recently approved antisense product. Mr. Geraghty also led strategic in-licensing transactions and divestitures. He was previously Chairman, President, and CEO of Genzyme Transgenics Corporation (now Revo Biologics), which he founded and took public. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Juniper Pharmaceuticals and as a trustee of the Joslin Diabetes Center. He holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School, a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.
Mark Goldberg was appointed a member of the Company’s Board in January 2014. He served as a director of Synageva Biophamra from 2008 to 2011, stepping down to become a member of the executive management team from 2011 to 2014, rising to Executive Vice President, Medical and Regulatory Strategy during a portion of 2014. In late 2014 he stepped down from the executive management team and continued to be employed part-time, contributing to medical and regulatory strategy until leaving upon the acquisition by Alexion. Before joining the management team at Synageva, Dr. Goldberg served in various management capacities of increasing responsibility at Genzyme Corporation from 1996 to 2011, most recently as Senior Vice President for Clinical Development and Global Therapeutic Group Head for Oncology and Personalized Genetic Health. He was also the Chairman of Genzyme’s Early Product Review Board. While at Genzyme, he played a central role in the development and approval of some of the benchmark therapies for rare diseases, including Fabrazyme®, Aldurazyme®, Myozyme®, and Lumizyme®. Prior to joining Genzyme, he was a full-time staff physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Institute, where he still holds appointments. Dr. Goldberg is a part-time Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Immunogen, where he has served on the governance and nominating committee since November 2011; a member of the Board of Directors of Glycomimetics since 2014; a member of the Board of Directors of aTyr Pharma and Blueprint Medicines since earlier in 2015; and a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Division of the American Cancer Society since 2010. Dr. Goldberg received his A.B. from Harvard College and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. He was on the Brigham and Women’s Hospital medical housestaff from 1981 to 1984 and completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Goldberg is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist and has more than 50 published papers.
Maxine Gowen was appointed a member of the Company’s Board in January 2016. Dr. Gowen is the founding President and CEO of Trevena. Prior to this Dr. Gowen held a variety of leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over a period of fifteen years. As Senior Vice President for the Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD), she developed an innovative new approach to externalizing drug discovery in big pharma. Dr. Gowen was previously President and Managing Partner at SR One, the venture capital subsidiary of GSK, where she led its investments in and served on the board of directors of numerous companies. Until 2002 Dr. Gowen was Vice President, Drug Discovery, Musculoskeletal Diseases at GSK, responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis, arthritis and metastatic bone disease. Dr. Gowen held a tenured academic position in the School of Pharmacology, University of Bath, UK from 1989-1992. She has authored more than 100 refereed scientific publications.
Dr. Gowen graduated with a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK, received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Sheffield, UK, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gowen also serves on the Board of Directors of Akebia Therapeutics (AKBA) and of the state and national biotechnology industry associations, PA BIO and BIO.
Chief Executive Officer
Vincent Milano joined Idera as Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. He most recently served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ViroPharma, which was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in January 2014. Under his stewardship, ViroPharma became a leading developer of innovative therapies for rare diseases, with the approval and commercialization of its lead product, Cinryze, for the treatment of hereditary angioedema in the United States and Europe. Mr. Milano currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Spark Therapeutics, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, and VenatoRx. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider College.
Mr. Howard Pien was appointed a member of Idera’s Board of Directors in September 2018. Mr. Pien has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for more than three decades. In addition to Idera, Mr. Pien serves as the Non-executive Chairman of Indivior PLC. Previously Mr. Pien was the Lead Independent Director of ViroPharma Incorporated, Chairman of the Board of Vanda Pharmaceuticals and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Juno Therapeutics. Mr. Pien’s additional prior Board service includes Ikaria Inc., Immunogen, Inc. and Sage Therapeutics.
Mr. Pien was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Medarex, Inc, until it was acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chiron Corporation, until it was acquired by Novartis. Mr. Pien was the President of Pharmaceuticals at SmithKline Beecham and the President of International of Glaxo Smith Kline. Early in his career, Mr. Pien served in roles at Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.
Mr. Pien received a B.S. from MIT and an M.B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Ms. Carol Schafer was appointed a member of Idera’s Board of Directors in December of 2018.
Ms. Schafer is a seasoned financial professional with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and equity capital markets, as well as corporate finance and business development in the biopharmaceutical sector. Ms. Schafer most recently served as Vice Chair, Equity Capital Markets at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to Wells Fargo, Ms. Schafer served as Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in her career, Ms. Schafer served as an Equity Capital Markets Sector Head in her role as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. Ms. Schafer received a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A from New York University.