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Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (ATRA.OQ)

ATRA.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Isaac Ciechanover

46 2016 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

John McGrath

52 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Joseph Newell

47 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Operations Officer

Christopher Haqq

50 2012 Executive Vice President - Research and Development, Chief Scientific Officer

Heather Turner

43 2015 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Head of Portfolio Strategy

Mitchall Clark

55 2014 Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory and Quality Assurance Officer

Gad Soffer

39 2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Kanya Rajangam

2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Carol Gallagher

52 2013 Lead Independent Director

Eric Dobmeier

48 2015 Independent Director

Matthew Fust

52 2014 Independent Director

William Heiden

52 2015 Independent Director

Joel Marcus

69 2013 Independent Director

Beth Seidenberg

60 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Isaac Ciechanover

Dr. Isaac E. Ciechanover, M.D. is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since our founding in August 2012. From April 2010 to November 2012, Dr. Ciechanover was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm, where he primarily focused on life sciences investing. From 2004 to March 2010, he served in various capacities at Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, most recently as Executive Director for Business Development. Dr. Ciechanover has also held business development and venture capital roles at pharmaceutical companies Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer and venture capital firm Pequot Ventures. Dr. Ciechanover received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.Phil. in Epidemiology from Cambridge University, an M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

John McGrath

Mr. John F. McGrath, Jr. serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company. He served as our EVP and Chief Financial Officer since January 2013. From December 2009 to January 2013, Mr. McGrath was an Executive in Residence and Operating Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. From November 2001 to November 2009, Mr. McGrath served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., a networking equipment company. Mr. McGrath’s prior experience includes Vice President of Finance for Aspect Communications, Director of Finance for TCSI Corporation and Manager in the High Technology and Manufacturing practice at Ernst & Young. He was a member of the board of directors of Endwave Corporation, Actel Corporation and the Presidio Fund. Mr. McGrath is a registered C.P.A. (inactive) in the State of California and received a B.S. from the University of Wyoming and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joseph Newell

Mr. Joseph Newell serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer of the Company. He served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer since April 2017. From July 2015 to April 2017, he was Vice President, North America Manufacturing at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a publicly traded biotechnology company. From March 2008 to July 2015, he served various roles within Amgen, Inc., a publicly traded human therapeutics company, including as Executive Director and Plant Manager from August 2012 to September 2014 and Executive Director, Operations Strategic Planning from September 2014 to June 2015. He received a B.S. from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.

Christopher Haqq

Dr. Christopher M. Haqq, M.D. Ph.D. serves as Executive Vice President - Research and Development, Chief Scientific Officer of the Company. From September 2011 to August 2012, Dr. Haqq served as the Chief Executive Officer of Genomic Systems, a biotechnology company. From 2007 to September 2011, Dr. Haqq served as Vice President for Clinical Research and Development at Cougar Biotechnology, Inc., a cancer-focused biotechnology company that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2009, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies division. Prior to that time, Dr. Haqq served in drug development roles at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, and practiced as a medical oncologist and led a translational science laboratory as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Haqq received a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Heather Turner

Ms. Heather D. Turner serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Head of Portfolio Strategy of the Company. she served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since July 2015 and as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary and Head of our Portfolio Strategy since October 2016. From June 2007 to June 2015, she was first Vice President and later Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. Prior to that time, she served first as Corporate Counsel and later as Associate General Counsel – Corporate for Conor Medsystems, LLC (previously Conor Medsystems, Inc.) a publicly traded medical device company and as an associate at Cooley LLP, a law firm. She received a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with honors and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Mitchall Clark

Mitchall G. Clark serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory and Quality Assurance Officer of the Company. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory and Quality Officer since March 2014. From June 2013 to March 2014, he served as the Principal of Lindum Pharmaceutical Services, a regulatory consultancy. From December 2011 to June 2013, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality of NantPharma, LLC, a pharmaceutical company. Mr. Clark served as an independent regulatory consultant between June 2011 and December 2011. From October 2010 to June 2011, Mr. Clark served as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of Celgene. From November 2007 to October 2010, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs of Abraxis, a biopharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Celgene in October 2010. From April 2006 to November 2007, Mr. Clark served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of Abraxis and its predecessor entity. From May 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Clark served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of American BioScience, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, which was merged with Abraxis in April 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Clark served in various senior regulatory positions at American Pharmaceutical Partners, VivoRx, Inc. and Faulding, Inc. Mr. Clark holds a B. Pharm. from The University of Nottingham, England.

Gad Soffer

Mr. Gad Soffer serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. From August 2008 to March 2013, he held various roles in Business Development and served as Global Project Leader Abraxane at Celgene. From August 2008 to March 2013, he held various roles in Business Development and served as Global Project Leader Abraxane at Celgene. From June 2000 to June 2001 and from April 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Soffer was a healthcare consultant with Easton Associates. He received an A.B. from Harvard University, an M.S. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Kanya Rajangam

Dr. Kanya Rajangam, M.D. Ph.D., serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Rajangam brings to Atara extensive global oncology clinical development experience, including advancing multiple early- and late-stage programs. Dr. Rajangam joins Atara from Cleave Biosciences where she served as Chief Medical Officer, overseeing clinical development programs in hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. Previously, Dr. Rajangam was a Senior Medical Director at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where she played a key role in the successful FDA and EMA submissions of the multiple myeloma product KYPROLIS® (carfilzomib). Prior to this, Dr. Rajangam was Associate Medical Director at Exelixis, where she designed early-stage oncology clinical studies, including for COMETRIQ® (cabozantinib) and COTELLIC® (cobimetinib). Throughout her career, Dr. Rajangam has worked closely with pharmaceutical partners including Amgen, Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech to advance oncology programs in all phases of clinical development. After earning her medical degree from St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India, Dr. Rajangam completed a surgical residency, including a master's thesis in renal transplantation, at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (India). She then earned her doctorate in biomedical tissue engineering from Northwestern University.

Carol Gallagher

Dr. Carol G. Gallagher, Pharm.D. is the Lead Independent Director of the Company. Since October 2014, Dr. Gallagher has served as a partner with New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining New Enterprise Associates, Dr. Gallagher served as a venture partner with Frazier Healthcare, a venture capital firm, from October 2013 to September 2014. Dr. Gallagher served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company, from 2008 to 2011, when the company was acquired by Gilead Sciences. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Gallagher was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metastatix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that time starting in 1989, she served in various roles at pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly, Amgen, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Biogen Idec Pharmaceuticals, CancerVax and Anadys Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gallagher attended Vanderbilt University and received B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Eric Dobmeier

Mr. Eric L. Dobmeier is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Seattle Genetics, Inc., a biotechnology company, since June 2011. Mr. Dobmeier joined Seattle Genetics in March 2002 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility since then. Prior to joining Seattle Genetics, Mr. Dobmeier was an attorney with the law firms of Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman LLP, where he represented technology companies in connection with public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate partnering transactions. Mr. Dobmeier also serves as a director of Stemline Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company. Mr. Dobmeier received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and an A.B. in History from Princeton University.

Matthew Fust

Mr. Matthew K. Fust is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of the Board since March 2014. Mr. Fust has served on the board of directors of Dermira, Inc. since April 2014, MacroGenics, Inc. since March 2014, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since May 2005, and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc. since January 2014. Mr. Fust was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from January 2009 through its acquisition by Amgen in October 2013. Mr. Fust continued as an employee of Amgen until January 2014. From May 2003 to December 2008, Mr. Fust served as Chief Financial Officer at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Fust served as Chief Financial Officer at Perlegen Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, where he was an executive from 1996 until 2002. From 1991 until 1996, Mr. Fust was a manager in the healthcare strategy practice at Andersen Consulting. Mr. Fust received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

William Heiden

Mr. William K. Heiden is an Independent Director of the Company. He served as a member of the Board since November 2015. Mr. Heiden has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, since May 2012. Prior to joining AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Heiden served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc. (now known as rEVO Biologics, Inc.), a biotherapeutics company, starting in June 2010. From September 2004 until December 2008, Mr. Heiden served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Elixir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Elixir Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Heiden served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Praecis Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2006), from 2002 to 2004. From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Heiden progressed through various positions of increasing responsibility at Schering-Plough Corporation (which was acquired by Merck & Co.), including managing a number of businesses in the United States, Europe and Canada. Mr. Heiden holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, a M.I.M. degree from the University of Louvain and a B.A. degree from the University of Florida.

Joel Marcus

Mr. Joel S. Marcus, J.D. CPA is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Marcus founded Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) focused on owning, operating, and developing high-quality, sustainable real estate for the broad and diverse life science industry, and has served as its Chairman since May 2007, Chief Executive Officer since March 1997, and a director since its founding in 1994. Mr. Marcus also co-founded and leads Alexandria Venture Investments, the company’s strategic venture arm. Prior to founding Alexandria, Mr. Marcus specialized in corporate finance and capital markets, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions with special expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry. Mr. Marcus was formerly a practicing C.P.A. and tax manager with Arthur Young & Co. focusing on the financing and taxation of REITs. Mr. Marcus has served as a member of the board of directors of Accelerator Corporation, of which he was one of the original architects and co-founders, CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), Friends of Cancer Research, MedBlue Incubator, Inc., MeiraGTx Limited, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and the Partnership for New York City. Mr. Marcus received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Beth Seidenberg

Dr. Beth C. Seidenberg, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Seidenberg is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm, where she has primarily focused on life sciences investing since May 2005. Dr. Seidenberg was previously the Senior Vice President, Head of Global Development and Chief Medical Officer at Amgen, Inc., a biotechnology company. In addition, Dr. Seidenberg was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, a biopharmaceutical company, and Merck. Dr. Seidenberg received a B.S. from Barnard College and an M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate training at The Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Seidenberg serves on the board of directors of TESARO and Epizyme, Inc.