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Aclaris Therapeutics Inc (ACRS.OQ)

ACRS.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Neal Walker

49 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Frank Ruffo

52 2016 Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Shanler

58 2012 Chief Scientific Officer

Kamil Ali-Jackson

60 2016 Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Secretary

David Gordon

50 2018 Chief Medical Officer

Maxine Gowen

61 2019 Independent Director

William Humphries

52 2016 Independent Director

Anand Mehra

43 2016 Independent Director

Christopher Molineaux

53 2014 Independent Director

Andrew Powell

61 2017 Independent Director

Bryan Reasons

51 2018 Independent Director

Andrew Schiff

53 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Neal Walker

Dr. Neal Walker is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Walker co-founded our company and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since our inception in July 2012. Dr. Walker co-founded NeXeption, LLC in 2012 and NeXeption II, LLC in 2013. Between 2011 and 2012, Dr. Walker served as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Walker co-founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Vicept Therapeutics, Inc., a dermatology-focused specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2009 until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in 2011. Previously, Dr. Walker co-founded and led a number of life science companies, including Octagon Research Solutions, Inc., a software and services provider to biopharmaceutical companies (acquired by Accenture plc), Trigenesis Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company, where he served as Chief Medical Officer (acquired by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc.), and Cutix Inc., a commercial dermatology company. He began his pharmaceutical industry career at Johnson and Johnson, Inc. Dr. Walker is a director of Alderya Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company, as well as several private biotechnology companies. Dr. Walker received his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a B.A. degree in Biology from Lehigh University. Dr. Walker’s experience as a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of our company and other pharmaceutical companies, his background in clinical and product development in dermatology and other fields, and his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry contributed to the conclusion of our Board that he should serve as a director of our company.

Frank Ruffo

Mr. Frank Ruffo CPA is Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer of the Company since July 2012. From January 2014 to December 2015, Mr. Ruffo served part-time as a financial consultant at Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company. Mr. Ruffo also served part-time as the Chief Financial Officer of VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from 2011 to 2014 and the Chief Financial Officer of BioLeap, Inc. from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Ruffo co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer of Vicept Therapeutics, Inc. from 2009 until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in July 2011. Prior to joining Vicept Therapeutics, Inc., from 1996 to 2008, Mr. Ruffo served as the Vice President, Finance and Controller of CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania (inactive since 2008). Mr. Ruffo received his B.S. degree in business administration with a major in accounting from LaSalle University.

Stuart Shanler

Mr. Stuart D. Shanler M.D. was Chief Scientific Officer of the company. Dr. Shanler has served part-time as a medical and clinical development consultant at Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company. Between 2011 and 2012, Dr. Shanler served as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Shanler co-invented RHOFADE, a topical drug for the treatment of persistent facial erythema, for, and co-founded and served as Chief Scientific Officer of, Vicept Therapeutics, Inc. from 2009 until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in July 2011. Previously, Dr. Shanler was a dermatologic surgeon in private practice. Dr. Shanler is a board-certified dermatologist and received his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College of Union University and received B.S. degrees in Biology and the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kamil Ali-Jackson

Ms. Kamil Ali-Jackson J.D. is Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Secretary of the Company since July 2012. Ms. Ali-Jackson also serves as Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary. In addition, Ms. Ali-Jackson has served as the Chief Legal Officer of NeXeption II, LLC, NST, LLC, and NST Consulting, LLC since 2013, 2013 and 2014, respectively. From January 2014 to December 2015, Ms. Ali-Jackson served part-time as the Chief Legal Officer of Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company. From 2011 until its acquisition by Actelion US Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Actelion Ltd., in 2013, Ms. Ali-Jackson served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Ceptaris Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 2010 to 2011, she was a consultant to a private specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2006 to 2010, she served as General Counsel and Secretary of Ception Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Cephalon, Inc. Previously, Ms. Ali-Jackson served as legal counsel and a licensing business executive for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co., Inc., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Ali-Jackson received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and A.B. degree in Politics from Princeton University. Ms. Ali-Jackson currently serves on the board of Rosemont College, a private liberal arts college located in Pennsylvania.

David Gordon

Dr. David Gordon is Chief Medical Officer of the company. Prior to joining us, Dr. Gordon was Senior Vice President and Head of Dermatology Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline plc, a pharmaceutical company, from May 2016 to March 2018. He served as Clinical Vice President and Medicine Development Leader in the Immuno-inflammation and Biopharmaceutical Groups at GlaxoSmithKline plc from 2007 to May 2016. Dr. Gordon received his British medical degree (MB ChB) and Bachelor of Medical Biology from Aberdeen University. He received a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the Faculty of The Royal College of Anaesthetists, London. Dr. Gordon is accredited as a specialist in pharmaceutical medicine by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in London and is a Fellow of the Faculty (FFPM).

Maxine Gowen

Dr. Maxine Gowen, Ph.D. is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Gowen founded Trevena, Inc. and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 until October 2018. 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 to 1992. Dr. Gowen graduated with a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK, then 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. She currently serves on the board of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. since July 2014 and Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since January 2016, both public biopharmaceutical companies, and on the board of the state biotechnology industry association, Life Sciences PA. Dr. Gowen also served on the board of the national biotechnology industry association, BIO, from 2008 to 2018.

William Humphries

Mr. William Douglas Humphries is an Independent Director of the Company since September 2016. Since January 2017, he has served as Executive Vice President of Ortho Dermatologics, the dermatology division of Bausch Health Companies, Inc. From 2012 to December 2016, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American business of Merz, Inc., an affiliate of Merz Pharma Group, a specialty healthcare company. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Humphries served in a number of leadership positions with Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., a dermatology pharmaceutical company, including as its Chief Commercial Officer and then as President beginning in 2008. Stiefel was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2009, after which Mr. Humphries served as the President of Dermatology for Stiefel from 2009 until March 2012. Mr. Humphries previously held multiple senior executive roles in sales and marketing, business development and international marketing for Allergan, Inc., concluding as Vice President of its U.S. skincare business. Mr. Humphries currently serves on the board of directors of and is the chair of Clearside Biomedical, Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company. He holds a B.A. degree from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University. Our Board believes that Mr. Humphries’ experience as a pharmaceutical company executive provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of our company.

Anand Mehra

Dr. Anand Mehra M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company since September 2014. Dr. Mehra joined Sofinnova Investments, Inc. (fka Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.), a biotech investment firm, in 2007 and currently serves as a general partner. Prior to joining Sofinnova, Dr. Mehra worked in J.P. Morgan’s private equity and venture capital group, and before that, Dr. Mehra was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s pharmaceutical practice. Dr. Mehra currently serves on the boards of directors of the publicly held companies Spark Therapeutics, Inc. and Merus N.V., as well as several private companies. Within the past five years, he also served on the boards of directors of the publicly held pharmaceutical companies Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Mehra received his B.A. degree in political philosophy from the University of Virginia and an M.D. degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Our Board believes that Dr. Mehra’s extensive experience in the life sciences industry, his service on the boards of directors of other public life sciences companies and his extensive leadership experience qualify him to serve as a director of our company.

Christopher Molineaux

Mr. Christopher P. Molineaux serves as Independent Director of the Company. Since 2010, Mr. Molineaux has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Life Sciences Pennsylvania, formerly Pennsylvania Bio, a pharmaceutical and biotech industry advocacy organization, and served as Senior Vice President, Membership Services from 2009 until 2010. Prior to joining Life Sciences Pennsylvania, Mr. Molineaux served as worldwide Vice President of Pharmaceutical Communications and Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Molineaux previously served as Vice President for Public Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association. He holds a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Our Board believes that Mr. Molineaux’s substantial pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience qualifies him to serve as a director of our company.

Andrew Powell

Mr. Andrew Kenneth William Powell serves as Independent Director of the Company since January 2017. He also serves on the boards of Landec Corporation, a publicly held health and wellness solutions company, and Synthorx Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Powell previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Medivation, Inc. from May 2015 until November 2016, when the company was acquired by Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Powell served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of InterMune, Inc. from September 2013 to March 2015. From 2009 to 2013, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Powell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at ImClone Systems, Inc. From 2004 to 2008, he was General Counsel at Collagenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Powell held positions of increasing responsibility for nearly 15 years at the multi-national healthcare company Baxter International, Inc., where he was instrumental in a series of transactions that established Baxter throughout Asia. Mr. Powell holds a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Our Board believes that Mr. Powell’s unique expertise in the areas of commercialization strategy, expansion (both domestic and international), governance, compliance and mergers and acquisitions qualifies him to serve as a director of our company.

Bryan Reasons

Mr. Bryan M. Reasons is Independent Director of the company since April 2018. Since March 2019, Mr. Reasons has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mallinckrodt plc. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Mr. Reasons served as Chief Financial Officer of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2018 until January 2019 and as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Impax Laboratories, Inc. from December 2012 until Amneal and Impax completed their business combination in May 2018. Mr. Reasons previously served as Impax’s Acting Chief Financial Officer from June 2012 to December 2012 and as its Vice President, Finance from January 2012 to June 2012. Prior to joining Impax, Mr. Reasons was with Cephalon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, serving as Vice President, Finance from 2010 to 2011 and as Vice President, Risk Management and General Auditor from 2005 to 2010. Following the acquisition of Cephalon by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., he served as Vice President, Finance of Teva from 2011 to 2012. Prior to joining Cephalon, Mr. Reasons held various finance management positions at E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company from 2003 to 2005 and previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1992 to 2003, including as a senior manager. Since March 2017, Mr. Reasons has served on the board of directors and on the audit committee of Recro Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Reasons has a B.S. degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. degree from Widener University. He is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our Board believes that Mr. Reasons’ extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including his experience in senior leadership positions at a number of large pharmaceutical companies, as well as his expertise in financial and accounting matters, qualifies him to serve as a director of our company.

Andrew Schiff

Dr. Andrew N. (Drew) Schiff M.D. is Independent Director of the company since August 2017. Dr. Schiff joined Aisling Capital in September of 1999 and currently serves as one of the firm’s managing partners. Prior to joining Aisling Capital, Dr. Schiff practiced internal medicine for six years at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he maintains his position as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Schiff served as a director of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., a publicly held medical technology company, from 2010 until its acquisition by Allergan plc in May 2017. He also served on the board of directors of Agile Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held women’s health specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2012 until February 2016. Dr. Schiff currently serves as a director of a number of private companies. He is a longtime supporter and board member of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, as well as other charitable organizations. Dr. Schiff received an M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College, his M.B.A. degree from Columbia University, and his B.S. with honors in Neuroscience from Brown University. Our Board believes that Dr. Schiff’s medical background and venture experience qualify him to serve as a director of our company.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Neal Walker

4,363,390

Frank Ruffo

--

Stuart Shanler

1,808,440

Kamil Ali-Jackson

2,725,200

David Gordon

2,116,180

Maxine Gowen

--

William Humphries

156,980

Anand Mehra

155,480

Christopher Molineaux

157,980

Andrew Powell

156,980

Bryan Reasons

255,655

Andrew Schiff

150,480
As Of  31 Dec 2018