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Achieve Life Sciences Inc (ACHV.OQ)

ACHV.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Richard Stewart

61 2020 Executive Chairman of the Board

Cindy Jacobs

62 2020 President

John Bencich

42 2020 Chief Executive Officer, Principal Executive Officer, Director

Jerry Wan

38 2020 Principal Accounting Officer

Anthony Clarke

64 2020 Chief Science Officer

Scott Cormack

55 2017 Director

Donald Joseph

66 2017 Independent Director

Martin Mattingly

63 2010 Independent Director

Jay Moyes

66 2017 Independent Director

H. Stewart Parker

64 2010 Independent Director

Jason Wong

2019 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Richard Stewart

Mr. Richard Stewart serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a director since the consummation of the Merger between OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Achieve Life Science, Inc. in August 2017 (the “Merger”), and was Chairman and a director of Achieve Life Science, Inc., from its founding in May 2015, through the Merger. Mr. Stewart is also a founder and a director of Ricanto Limited, a pharmaceutical asset optimization company, since 2009. Mr. Stewart has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renown Pharma Limited, a central nervous system company focused on Parkinson’s disease, since 2016. Prior to Achieve, Mr. Stewart was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a single purpose central nervous system company, during 2009, prior to Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s acquisition by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Mr. Stewart was Chief Executive Officer of Brabant Pharma Limited, a single purpose central nervous system company, from 2013 to 2014 prior to its acquisition by Zogenix Inc. He was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin Corporation plc, a central nervous system company focused on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Stewart was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, and later Chief Business Officer, of SkyePharma plc, a drug delivery company specializing in controlled release formulations, and held such positions from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath. The determination was made that Mr. Stewart should serve on our Board of Directors based on our belief that it is of importance that the Board of Directors have the benefit of management’s perspective and, in particular, that of the Chief Executive Officer, as well as Mr. Stewart’s prior service on boards of directors, and extensive experience and innovations in the field of biotechnology.

Cindy Jacobs

Dr. Cindy Jacobs M.D. Ph.D. serves as President of the Company. Dr. Jacobs has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer since August 2008, and had been Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of OncoGenex Technologies Inc. from September 2005 to August 2008. From 1999 to July 2005, Dr. Jacobs served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Development of Corixa Corporation. Prior to 1999, Dr. Jacobs held Vice President, Clinical Research positions at two other biopharmaceutical companies. As of January, 2018 Dr. Jacobs also serves on the board of directors of Renown Pharma Limited. Dr. Jacobs received her Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Pathology/Microbiology from Washington State University and an M.D. degree from the University of Washington Medical School.

John Bencich

Mr. John A. Bencich serves as Chief Executive Officer, Principal Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Bencich has served as our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2014 and as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since August 2017. Mr. Bencich joined us from Integrated Diagnostics, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from September 2012 to August 2014. Prior to joining Integrated Diagnostics, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Allozyne, Inc. since July 2011. Mr. Bencich was an independent consultant from November 2010 until he joined Allozyne. He served as the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, from November 2009 until its acquisition by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in October 2010. Mr. Bencich served as Trubion’s Senior Director of Finance and Accounting from May 2007 through November 2009. From September 2004 to April 2007, Mr. Bencich was an employee of Onyx Software Corporation, a publicly traded software company, where he last served as Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Bencich was an employee of Ernst & Young LLP, an international professional services firm, where he last served as a manager. Mr. Bencich received a B.A. in Accountancy from the University of San Diego and an M.B.A. from Seattle University. Mr. Bencich received his Certified Public Accountant Certification from the State of Washington and held an active license for 17 years.

Jerry Wan

Mr. Jerry Wan serves as Principal Accounting Officer of the Company. has served as Achieve's Senior Director, Accounting Operations since June 2018, and previously served as its Director, Accounting Operations from August 2017 to June 2018 and as the Director, Accounting Operations of OncoGenex from July 2014 to August 2017. From July 2012 to July 2014, Mr. Wan served as OncoGenex's Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting and, from October 2011 to July 2012, as its Manager, Financial Reporting and Analysis. Prior to joining OncoGenex, Mr. Wan served as Manager, Management Reporting at Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited from 2010 to 2011. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Wan was an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an international professional services firm, where he last served as Manager, Audit and Assurance Group. Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from The University of British Columbia and a Chartered Accountant Designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Anthony Clarke

Dr. Anthony Clarke serves as Chief Science Officer of the Company. He has served as our President and Chief Scientific Officer and director since August 2017. Prior to the Merger, Dr. Clarke served as Achieve Life Science, Inc.’s Chief Scientific Officer and as a member of Achieve Life Science, Inc.’s board of directors since 2015. Dr. Clarke is a founder and director of Ricanto Limited since 2009. From 2016 to the present, Dr. Clarke has been Chief Scientific Officer of Renown Pharma Limited. Dr. Clarke was Chief Scientific Officer of Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. during 2009, prior to Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s acquisition by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Prior to Achieve, Dr. Clarke served as Chief Scientific Officer of Brabant Pharma Limited from 2013 to 2014 prior its acquisition by Zogenix Inc. Dr. Clarke served as Company Secretary of Alexza UK Ltd. and as Vice President International Development Operations of Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical development company, holding both positions from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Clarke served as the Vice President, Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs at Amarin Corporation from 2005 to 2008. In addition, Dr. Clarke was Senior Director, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, of Cephalon Europe and as Senior Director, Worldwide Pain Management, of Cephalon, Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Clarke held a number of management roles in other pharmaceutical companies prior to 2000 as well as academic posts and honorary academic posts. Dr. Clarke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of Sunderland and a Ph.D. in psychopharmacology from the University of London. He was a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK) and is a current Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). The determination was made that Dr. Clarke should serve on our Board of Directors due to his years of experience in the biotechnology industry, which enable him to contribute important strategic insights to the Board of Directors.

Scott Cormack

Mr. Scott Daniel Cormack serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Cormack has been a director since August 2008. Mr. Cormack also served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2008 until the consummation of the Merger in August 2017. He also co-founded OncoGenex Technologies Inc., currently known as Achieve Life Sciences Technologies Inc., which is our wholly owned subsidiary, and served as its President from May 2000 and its Chief Executive Officer from February 2002 until the consummation of the Merger. He has also served as a member of its board of directors since May 2000. Mr. Cormack currently serves on the board of directors of The Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital and the Prostate Centre’s Translation Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development. Mr. Cormack served as interim President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salpep Biotechnology Inc., an asthma and inflammation biotechnology company, from 2000 to 2001. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Cormack served as Vice President of Milestone Medica Corporation, a seed venture capital firm investing in life sciences opportunities. Mr. Cormack holds a B.S. degree from the University of Alberta. The determination was made that Mr. Cormack should serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience leading public life science companies and deep industry knowledge.

Donald Joseph

Mr. Donald Joseph J.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since August 2017. He currently serves as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Acer Therapeutics Inc., a publicly listed pharmaceutical company, since April 2018. He previously served as an advisor and consultant to biopharmaceutical and global health organizations. He has over twenty years of biopharmaceutical industry experience, including senior management positions in global health non-profit organizations. Mr. Joseph served as the Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary of Humanigen, Inc. (previously known as KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a publicly listed company, from June 2013 to November 2015. Prior to Humanigen/KaloBios, he was Chief Executive Officer of BIO Ventures for Global Health, or BVGH, from February to November 2012 and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to January 2012. He is a former Chairman and Secretary and director of BVGH. He previously served as general counsel, corporate secretary, and in other senior management roles at publicly held biopharmaceutical companies, including Abgenix and Renovis. Before entering the life sciences industry, Mr. Joseph practiced business law for a number of years in major firms, including as an international partner at Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors. The determination was made that Mr. Joseph should serve on our Board of Directors due to his experience as an executive officer and director of a number of companies in the life sciences industry, as well as his extensive legal experience.

Martin Mattingly

Dr. Martin A. Mattingly Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since June 2010. Since December 2014 has served as a director of TRACON Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Dr. Mattingly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimeris, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2007 until its merger with Synageva in November 2011. He also served on the Board of Directors of Trimeris, Inc. from November 2007 until November 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Mattingly was employed at Ambrx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Mattingly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company. From 1996 to 2003, he provided senior leadership in various management positions at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc., including serving as General Manager of the Agouron HIV division, Vice President, Product Development Group at Pfizer and Vice President, Global Marketing Planning at Pfizer. Dr. Mattingly holds a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Kentucky. The determination was made that Dr. Mattingly should serve on the Board of Directors as a result of his executive leadership experience in late-stage clinical development, public company expertise, and commercialization and business development experience with pharmaceuticals and biologics.

Jay Moyes

Mr. Jay Moyes serves as Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since August 2017. Mr. Moyes has served on the board of directors of BioCardia, Inc. since 2011, and on the board of directors of Puma Biotechnology, Inc. since 2012. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Predictive Technology Group, Inc from February 2019 to December 2019, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., from May 2006 to December 2017, and Integrated Diagnostics, a privately held molecular diagnostics company, from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Moyes served as a member of the board of directors of Amedica Corporation, a publicly traded orthopedics company, and as their Chief Financial Officer from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Moyes also served as Chief Financial Officer of CareDx, a publicly traded cardiovascular diagnostics company from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Myriad Genetics, Inc., a publicly held molecular diagnostics company from 1993 until his retirement in November 2007. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Moyes served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Genmark, Inc., a privately held animal genetics company. Mr. Moyes held various positions with the accounting firm of KPMG from 1979 to 1991. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Life Science Association from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Moyes holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Weber State University, and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant. The determination was made that Mr. Moyes should serve on our Board of Directors due to his experience as a member of the boards of directors of a number of companies in the life sciences industry, as well as his extensive finance and accounting experience.

H. Stewart Parker

Ms. H. Stewart Parker is an Independent Director of the Company. She has served as a director since March 2010. Ms. Parker served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, or IDRI, a nonprofit research organization focused on the development of products for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neglected diseases from March 2011 to January 2014. Prior to IDRI, Ms. Parker managed the formation of Targeted Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Immunex Corporation, a biotechnology company, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director from its spinout from Immunex Corporation in 1992 to November 2008. She served in various capacities at Immunex Corporation from August 1981 through December 1991, most recently as Vice President, Corporate Development. Ms. Parker currently serves on the board of directors of Sangamo BioSciences since June, 2014 and the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals since May 2019. She served on the board of directors and the executive committee of BIO, the primary trade organization for the biotechnology industry. Ms. Parker has also served as a director of Targeted Genetics Corporation from 1992 to November 2008 and Neose Technologies, Inc. from May 2005 to January 2009. Ms. Parker received her B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Washington. The determination was made that Ms. Parker should serve on our Board of Directors due to her executive leadership experience in development-stage clinical development, public company expertise, and business development experience for pharmaceuticals and biologics.

Jason Wong

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