Board of Directors
George F. Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D. | President, Chief Executive Officer, and Secretary
George F. Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D., has been President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and a Director of La Jolla since January 2012. Dr. Tidmarsh has over 25 years of experience in biotechnology, including the successful clinical development of three FDA-approved drugs. Prior to joining La Jolla, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Pharma, Inc., a company he founded in 2005. While at Horizon, he led all aspects of development of Duexis, which was approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. He also founded Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and held senior positions at Coulter Pharmaceutical, Inc. (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline) and SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson). While at Coulter and SEQUUS, Dr. Tidmarsh led the clinical development of BEXXAR and Doxil, respectively, two FDA-approved anti-cancer agents. Dr. Tidmarsh received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he also completed fellowship training in Pediatric Oncology and Neonatology and remains a Consulting Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology.
Kevin Tang | Director and Chairman of the Board
Kevin C. Tang has been a Director and Chairman of the Board since August 2014. Mr. Tang is the Managing Director of Tang Capital Management, LLC, a life sciences-focused investment company he founded in 2002. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Tang held various positions at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc., an investment banking firm, most recently serving as Managing Director and head of the firm’s Life Sciences research group. Since 2009, Mr. Tang has been a Director of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing treatments for cancer and pain, and, since July 2012, has served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. In 2006, Mr. Tang co-founded Ardea Biosciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for inflammatory diseases and cancer. Mr. Tang served as a director of Ardea from its inception through its sale to AstraZeneca PLC in June 2012. From June 2009 through its sale to Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in September 2010, he served as a director of Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co., a pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for chronic pain, and, from July 2010, served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Tang was a director of Trimeris, Inc., which developed and commercialized one of the first major breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV infection.
Laura L. Douglass | Director
Laura L. Douglass has been a Director of La Jolla since October 2013 and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Next Generation Clinical Research, a contract research organization that Ms. Douglass founded in 1999. Ms. Douglass is also a founder and member of the board of directors of SB Bancorp, Inc., a financial holding company, and Settlers Bank, Inc., a Wisconsin chartered business bank. In addition, Ms. Douglass is a member of the board of directors of Agrace HospiceCare. Ms. Douglass holds a nursing degree from The University of the State of New York-Albany.
Craig Johnson | Director
Craig A. Johnson has been a Director of La Jolla since October 2013. Mr. Johnson serves on the boards of directors of several life science companies. He is currently a director for Heron Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing treatments for cancer and pain, as well as Mirati Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Johnson also served as a past director of Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company, from 2011 to 2014, as well as Ardea Biosciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for inflammatory diseases and cancer, from 2008 until its sale to AstraZeneca PLC in 2012. From 2011 to 2012, he was Chief Financial Officer of PURE Bioscience, Inc., a biotechnology company, and from 2010 to 2011, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaDel Pharma Inc. Mr. Johnson served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc. from 2004 until its sale to Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. in 2009, and then as Vice President for a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. from 2009 to 2010. He held several positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations, at MitoKor, Inc. from 1994 to 2004. Prior to 1994, Mr. Johnson held senior financial positions with several early-stage technology companies and also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Johnson received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Robert Rosen | Director
Robert H. Rosen has been a Director of La Jolla since July 2014. Mr. Rosen has served as President and director of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing treatments for cancer and pain, since May 2013 and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Heron since October 2012. From March 2012 to October 2012, Mr. Rosen served as Managing Partner of Scotia Nordic LLC, a life sciences advisory firm. From April 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Rosen served as Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Dendreon Corporation, a biotechnology company. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Global Head of Oncology at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for the development of the oncology business unit for regions that included the Americas, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. During his tenure at Bayer, he led the launch of Nexavar® (sorafenib) for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Rosen was Vice President of the Oncology Business Unit at Sanofi-SynthËlabo, where he was responsible for the development of Sanofi’s U.S. oncology business and the launch of Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) for colon cancer. In addition, Mr. Rosen is a member of the board of directors of Conkwest, Inc. Mr. Rosen received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University.