John H. Tucker
president and chief executive officer
John H. Tucker is the chief executive officer of scPharmaceuticals. Prior to scPharmaceuticals, Mr. Tucker served as chief executive officer of Algal Scientific, a developer of auto-immune products. There he repositioned the company and successfully negotiated its sale. Prior to Algal, he served as chief executive officer at Alcresta, a developer of enzyme-based products for patients with acute and chronic diseases. While at Alcresta he led regulatory and financing strategies leading to its first product approval and increased valuation. Prior to Alcresta, he served as senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Incline Therapeutics, a hospital-focused specialty pharmaceutical company. There, he developed and drove the overall commercial strategy in support of the company’s lead product, IONSYS™, resulting in a $390 million purchase of Incline by The Medicines Company. He joined Incline from AMAG Pharmaceuticals, where he was senior vice president, commercial operations, responsible for all sales and marketing activities for the company. Previously, as president, U.S. operations at Basilea Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Tucker developed the strategy and organization for the planned launch of a hospital-focused product and led the company’s commercial development team. Prior to Basilea, Mr. Tucker was executive vice president, sales and marketing at Indevus Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of both hospital and retail-based sales and marketing positions with increasing levels of responsibility at Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, ALZA Corporation, VIVUS and UCB Pharma. Mr. Tucker holds a B.A. from Plymouth State College and an MBA from New Hampshire College.
Mette Kirstine Agger
co-founder & ceo, 7tm pharma a/s
Mette Kirstine was previously co-founder and CEO of 7TM Pharma A/S and has a broad international experience within biotech / life science covering business development and licensing, management and financing. Prior to founding 7TM Pharma, Mette was part of the management team of NeuroSearch A/S responsible for business development and licensing. She started her career as patent agent and has over the years co-founded several biotech companies. Mette has been appointed to numerous board positions both in private and public companies. Mette Kirstine Agger graduated as biologist from the University of Copenhagen and has an MBA. Mette is a board member of Cydan Development, Psioxus, scPharmaceuticals, Thesan Pharmaceuticals and Veloxis.
Minnie V. Baylor-Henry
president, b-Henry & associates
Minnie V. Baylor-Henry is the President of B-Henry & Associates, a consulting firm focused on providing regulatory and compliance strategy services to life sciences companies. Prior to assuming her current role, she was the Worldwide Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics where she was directly responsible for coordinating the regulatory strategy for the approval of a wide portfolio of products globally, ranging from contact lens to sterilization products. Prior to that Ms. Baylor-Henry was a National Director for Regulatory & Capital Markets Consulting at Deloitte & Touche and before that worked for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Ms. Baylor-Henry is recognized as a leader in the area of food & drug laws and regulations and is a frequent speaker on food & drug law topics and has received numerous awards and recognitions in this area.
Ms. Baylor-Henry received her Pharmacy degree from Howard University’s College of Pharmacy and her law degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
cfo, insmed incorporated
Sara Bonstein is the CFO of Insmed Incorporated, a global biopharmaceutical company on a mission to transform the lives of patients with serious and rare diseases. She has over 15 years of operational and financial leadership in the life sciences industry. Prior to joining Insmed, she served as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Corporate Secretary at OncoSec Medical and as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Vice President at Advaxis, Inc. Prior to these roles, Sara held several roles at Eli Lilly, ImClone, and Johnson & Johnson. In 2016, NJBiz named Sara CFO of the Year – Healthcare Organization and Forty under 40. Sara is a graduate of Johnson & Johnson’s Financial Leadership Development Program. She holds a BS in Finance from The College of New Jersey and an M.B.A. from Rider University.
Mason W. Freeman, M.D.
venture partner at 5AM ventures
Mason Freeman, M.D. is a venture partner at 5AM Ventures, a life science focused investment firm, which he joined initially as scientific advisor in 2007. He is Chief of the Lipid Metabolism Unit and director of the Translational Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), as well as a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to this, Dr. Freeman was head of the Novartis translational medicine program for cardiovascular & metabolic diseases as well as global head of biomarker development. Dr. Freeman currently serves on the board at Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, the Scientific Advisory Boards of Homology Medicines, Inc., and Mitobridge, Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc. in January 2018. Dr. Freeman previously served as Clinical Advisor to Relypsa, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on polymer therapeutics and was a director of Envoy Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Takeda. Dr. Freeman holds a B.A. from Harvard College and M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.
former partner in charge of KPMG’s largest healthcare industry audit practice located in the mid-atlantic region
Mr. Hudson brings to the scPharmaceuticals Board over 37 years of relevant experience in accounting and auditing as a longtime partner at KPMG, LLP. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Hudson was the partner in charge of KPMG’s largest healthcare industry audit practice located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Over his career, Mr. Hudson also held senior positions with KPMG in the area of due-diligence and mergers and acquisitions services where his work was focused on high-growth companies in the healthcare industry. Mr. Hudson is active on the boards of numerous public and private healthcare companies. Fred has a deep accounting and finance background and has served as audit chair for a number of other private and public healthcare companies including Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Inc., Supernus Pharmaceuticals, and Aradigm Corporation. Mr. Hudson will act as an independent director and Chair the Audit Committee. Mr. Hudson is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland.
Jack A. Khattar
founder, president & chief executive officer, supernus pharmaceuticals
Jack A. Khattar is the founder of Supernus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SUPN) and has served as president and chief executive officer and director since 2005. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Khattar served in various positions, including board member, president and CEO of Shire Laboratories Inc., the drug delivery subsidiary of Shire plc. Prior to that, Mr. Khattar served as an executive officer and the chairman of the management committee at CIMA, a drug delivery company where he was also responsible for business development, corporate alliances and strategic planning. Prior to joining CIMA in 1995, Mr. Khattar held several marketing and business development positions at Merck & Co., Novartis, Playtex, and Kodak in various locations, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He served as a director of Rockville Economic Development Inc. from 2003 until 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors of Prevacus, Inc., a privately-held pharmaceutical company. Mr. Khattar earned his degrees in Marketing, with a BBA from American University of Beirut and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Leonard D. Schaeffer
founding chairman & ceo, wellpoint
Leonard D. Schaeffer is the founding chairman & CEO of WellPoint, the nation’s largest health benefits company by membership. WellPoint serves over 36 million medical members and has annualized revenues of $60 billion. He is currently the Judge Robert Maclay Widney chair and professor at the University of Southern California and is a senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm.
Schaeffer was chairman & CEO of WellPoint from 1992 through 2004 and continued to serve as chairman through 2005. Under his leadership, WellPoint was selected by FORTUNE magazine as America’s “Most Admired Health Care Company” for six consecutive years; named by Businessweek as one of the 50 best performing public companies for three consecutive years; and identified by Forbes magazine as America’s best large health insurance company. Schaeffer was selected by Businessweek magazine as one of the “Top 25 Managers of the Year” and by Worth magazine as one of the “5O Best CEOs in America.” In 1986, Schaeffer was recruited as CEO to WellPoint’s predecessor company, Blue Cross of California, when it was near bankruptcy. He managed the turnaround of Blue Cross of California and the IPO creating WellPoint in 1993. During his tenure, WellPoint made 17 acquisitions and endowed four charitable foundations with assets of over $6 billion. Under Schaeffer’s leadership, WellPoint’s value grew from $11 million to over $49 billion.
In 2009, Schaeffer established a new research center at USC. The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research and analysis to promote health and value in health care delivery and to support evidence-based health policy. He has also endowed chairs in health care financing and policy at The Brookings Institution, U.C. Berkeley, the Institute of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Previously, Schaeffer was president and CEO of Group Health, Inc. of Minnesota, a staff model HMO. Schaeffer was also EVP and COO of the Student Loan Marketing Association, the national secondary market for student loans and earlier was a vice president of Citibank and a consultant specializing in design and installation of large scale financial and management information systems.
In the federal government, he served as administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) and was responsible for the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs. He was also the assistant secretary for management and budget of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, Schaeffer was director of the Bureau of the Budget for the State of Illinois and also served as chairman of the Illinois Capital Development Board and as deputy director for management, Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Schaeffer is active on the boards of numerous businesses, philanthropic and professional organizations. He received the inaugural USC Sol Price Award for his lifetime achievements as a business leader, policy expert and philanthropist. He was the Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, a Gilbert Fellow at Princeton, and a Williams Fellow at RAND. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. A native of Evanston, Illinois, he is a graduate of Princeton University.
Schaeffer and his wife, the former Pamela Sidford, have two children.
Klaus Veitinger, MD, PhD
venture partner, orbimed
Klaus Veitinger, MD, PhD has served as a Venture Partner with OrbiMed since 2007. During his prior 16-year pharmaceutical career, Dr. Veitinger held senior management positions in drug development, licensing and business development, strategic planning and M&A, as well as general management. Most recently Dr. Veitinger was a Member of the Executive Board of Schwarz Pharma AG and the Chief Executive Officer of Schwarz Pharma Inc. with responsibility for the U.S. and Asia businesses culminating in the ultimate sale of the Schwarz Group. Dr. Veitinger has served on the boards of public companies and currently serves on the boards of several private companies in the life sciences sector. For seven years he was a Director of PhRMA. Dr. Veitinger received his medical degree and his doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Heidelberg. He earned his M.B.A. at INSEAD in France.