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Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (BLCM.OQ)

BLCM.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Brown

54 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Richard Fair

50 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Atabak Mokari

42 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Principal Financial Officer

Alan Smith

63 2017 Executive Vice President of Technical Operations

Aaron Foster

47 2019 Senior Vice President, Head of Research

Joseph Woodard

53 2019 Senior Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs

Rosemary Williams

55 2017 Vice President - Finance, Controller

Shane Ward

44 2018 General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Gregory Naeve

54 2017 Chief Business Officer

James Daly

57 2016 Independent Director

Stephen Davis

58 2015 Independent Director

Edmund Harrigan

66 2018 Independent Director

Reid Huber

47 2014 Independent Director

Judith Klimovsky

62 2018 Independent Director

Jon Stonehouse

58 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Brown

Mr. James Farrell Brown is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board since November 2011 and as Chairman of our Board since December 2014. From July 2009 to May 2017 he has served as Managing Director of AVG Ventures, a private investment firm. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Brown was an independent investor and served on a number of private company boards of directors. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of OpenTV, Inc., a technology and media company, where he co-founded and managed the company’s applications business unit, prior to its sale to Liberty Media in 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brown was a partner in the law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. Mr. Brown is currently a director of Landmark Infrastructure Partners, LP, a public real estate management company. He also served as a director of Perk.com, Inc., a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, from July 2015 to January 2017. He received his B.S. in accounting from Weber State University and his J.D. from Brigham Young University School of Law. Our Board believes that Mr. Brown’s business experience and his success as an investor and entrepreneur qualify him to serve on our Board.

Richard Fair

Mr. Richard A. Fair serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Fair has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since January 2017. From January 2014 to January 2017, Mr. Fair served as Senior Vice President, Therapeutic Head Oncology Global Product Strategy at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company that in 2009 was acquired and became a subsidiary of Roche Holding AG. His responsibilities included leadership of lifecycle strategy and global commercialization of the organization’s late stage and commercial oncology and hematology portfolio. From April 2006 to January 2014, Mr. Fair held other positions at Genentech, including Vice President, Global Product Strategy Hematology & Signaling, from November 2012 through December 2013, and Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oral Oncolytics, from May 2010 to November 2012. Prior to Genentech, Mr. Fair held positions at Johnson & Johnson, a public pharmaceutical and medical device company. Since October 2018, Mr. Fair has served as a member of the board of directors of Clovis Oncology, Inc., a public biotechnology company. Mr. Fair received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Michigan and his MBA, with a dual concentration in finance and management, from Columbia University. Our Board believes that Mr. Fair’s background in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and extensive commercial and senior management experience qualify him to serve on our Board.

Atabak Mokari

Mr. Atabak Mokari is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Principal Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Mokari has served as our Chief Financial Officer since December 2018. From July 2016 to December 2018, Mr. Mokari served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development at IRIDEX Corporation, a public medical technology company, where his responsibilities included strategic and financial planning, financial analysis, capital raising, and corporate development. Mr. Mokari served as a Director in Wells Fargo Securities’ healthcare investment banking group from September 2013 to July 2016, where he assisted client companies in strategic and financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions advisory, and equity and debt capital raises. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he served in various positions as a healthcare investment banker at UBS Group AG, from September 2009 to July 2013, and Credit Suisse, from July 2005 to February 2009. Earlier in his career, he served as an analyst at the private equity firm Olympus Partners and at the investment banking firm Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. Mr. Mokari earned his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Duke University.

Alan Smith

Dr. Alan K. Smith, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President of Technical Operations of the company. Dr. Smith has served as our Executive Vice President of Technical Operations since May 2017 and previously served as our Senior Vice President of Manufacturing from October 2015 to May 2017. From July 2013 to October 2015, Dr. Smith served as Vice President of Research & Development and Cellular Therapeutics for LifeNet Health, a private biotechnology company. Prior to LifeNet, Dr. Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Cognate BioServices. In addition, Dr. Smith held positions as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, California State University Long Beach and Utah State University. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Utah University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Utah State University.

Aaron Foster

Dr. Aaron A. Foster Ph.D., is Senior Vice President, Head of Research of the Company. Dr. Foster has served as our Senior Vice President, Head of Research since March 2019. Since joining us as a Senior Scientist in March 2012, Dr. Foster has held roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President, Translational Research and New Product Development, from June 2016 to March 2019, Senior Director of Product Discovery, from February 2015 to June 2016, Director of Product Discovery, from February 2014 to February 2015, and Principal Scientist from January 2013 to January 2014. Prior to joining us in 2012, Dr. Foster was an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, where he led a group researching adoptive T cell therapies, cancer vaccines and nanotherapeutics. He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Joseph Woodard

Dr. Joseph Paul Woodard is Senior Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs of the Company. Dr. Woodard has served as our Senior Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs since April 2019. He previously served as Vice President of Clinical Development from November 2017 through April 2019. From March 2013 to November 2017, Dr. Woodard had roles of increasing seniority at Genentech including clinical development of TECENTRIQ in breast cancer, combinations in solid tumors and Global Development Team Leader in hematology. His responsibilities included overall product strategy and development, hematology portfolio strategy in multiple myeloma, and leadership of immunotherapy projects hematology. From June 2010 to February 2013, he served as Global Development Leader at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Woodard was a Senior Director of Clinical Research at Exelixis. At PDL BioPharma, Dr. Woodard was a Medical Director in Medical Affairs. Dr. Woodard received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Rosemary Williams

Ms. Rosemary Williams is Vice President - Finance, Controller of the Company, Ms. Williams has served as our Vice President of Finance and Controller since January 2017. She previously served as our Director of Accounting and Controller from May 2014 through December 2016. Ms. Williams is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. She began her career working in the public accounting field at Arthur Andersen and later held positions of increasing responsibility with various companies and industries, such as vcfo, Cathexis Oil & Gas, Horn Solutions, Inc., Capital Guidance Corporation and The Mischer Corporation. Ms. Williams received a B.A. in Accounting with a minor in French from the University of Utah.

Shane Ward

Mr. Shane M. Ward is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. has served as our General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since May 2018. From April 2015 to May 2018, Mr. Ward served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Versartis, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, where he built the legal, compliance and quality assurance teams and infrastructure in preparation for Versartis’ first BLA submission and potential commercialization. From November 2012 to March 2015, Mr. Ward served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Dynavax Technologies Corporation, a publicly traded clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, where his responsibilities included management of all legal matters. Prior to that, he served in roles of increasing responsibility at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. including as Associate General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ward was a senior in-house attorney with commercial pharmaceutical companies Gilead Sciences and Abbott Laboratories. He began his legal career as an associate for the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Ward earned his B.A from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice law in California, Illinois and Virginia..

Gregory Naeve

Dr. Gregory Naeve, Ph.D. is Chief Business Officer of the Company. Dr. Naeve has served as our Chief Business Officer since August 2017. From August 2012 to August 2017, Dr. Naeve served as the ImmunoOncology & Cell Therapy Lead for Pfizer’s External Research and Development Unit, where he was responsible for identifying and implementing strategic partnerships in Pfizer’s ImmunoOncology portfolio. Prior to that he served as Head of Strategic Research Groups at Pfizer from 2011 until 2012. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Naeve served as Principal of The Column Group, a venture capital firm focused on investing in and creating innovative biotechnology companies. He also served as President and Chief Scientific Officer at Parallax Biosystems from 2002 to 2007, a company he co-founded that developed novel technologies with applications in preclinical drug discovery and diagnostics. Dr. Naeve received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California.

James Daly

Mr. James M. Daly is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Daly has served as a member of our Board since May 2016. Mr. Daly currently serves on the board of directors of three other biopharmaceutical companies, including ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. and Chimerix, Inc. From October 2012 to June 2015, Mr. Daly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Incyte Corporation, a public biotechnology company. From January 2002 to December 2011, Mr. Daly held various positions at Amgen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of North America Commercial Operations and Global Marketing/Commercial Development. Prior to his employment with Amgen, Mr. Daly served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Respiratory/Anti-infective business unit of GlaxoSmithKline, a public pharmaceutical company, where he was employed from June 1985 to December 2001. Mr. Daly received his B.S. in Pharmacy and an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Our Board believes that Mr. Daly’s extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry and experience as an executive and director at multiple public biopharmaceutical companies qualify him to serve on our Board.

Stephen Davis

Mr. Stephen R. Davis is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Davis has served as a member of our Board since July 2015. Since March 2015, Mr. Davis has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biotechnology company. Prior to that, Mr. Davis served as ACADIA’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer from July 2014 through March 2015. From June 2012 to June 2015, Mr. Davis served as a member of the board of directors of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company, where he also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2013 to July 2014. From April 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Davis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ardea Biosciences, Inc., a public biotechnology company which was acquired by AstraZeneca PLC in June 2012. He also recently served as a director of Synageva BioPharma Corp. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davis practiced as a certified public accountant with a major accounting firm and as a corporate and securities attorney with a Wall Street law firm. Mr. Davis received his B.S. degree in accounting from Southern Nazerene University and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Our Board believes that Mr. Davis’ experience as an executive at various public biotechnology companies, his background in law, finance and accounting and his experience as a director at public biotechnology companies qualify him to serve on our Board.

Edmund Harrigan

Dr. Edmund P. Harrigan is Independent Director of the company. Dr. Harrigan has served as a member of our Board since February 2018. Dr. Harrigan served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Safety and Regulatory for Pfizer Inc. from February 2012 to July 2015, where he led a 3,500-person team in 80 countries that was responsible for collecting, interpreting and reporting clinical safety data for more than 600 marketed products, and managing regulatory interactions with global health agencies. Dr. Harrigan’s previous executive leadership roles at Pfizer included serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Business Development, Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and Vice President, Head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology. Earlier in his career at Pfizer, Dr. Harrigan served as Vice President of Clinical Development, Therapeutic Area Head, CNS and Pain. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry in 1990, Dr. Harrigan was a practicing neurologist for seven years. He currently serves on the board of directors of the public companies PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc., as well as the private companies Karuna Pharmaceuticals and Lyndra, Inc. Dr. Harrigan holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. Anselm College and earned his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Worcester. Our Board believes that Dr. Harrigan’s extensive leadership experience and cross-functional background in clinical and regulatory matters qualify him to serve on our Board.

Reid Huber

Dr. Reid M. Huber, Ph.D. is Independent Director of Company. Dr. Huber has served as a member of our Board since October 2014. Dr. Huber has served as a Partner at Third Rock Ventures since December 2018, where he focuses on discovering, launching and building innovative, value-creating, product engine-focused companies across multiple therapeutic areas. From April 2014 to December 2018, Dr. Huber served as at Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Incyte Corporation, where he led drug discovery research primarily in the area of hematology and oncology. From 2002 to 2014, Dr. Huber held various roles of increasing responsibility at Incyte. Prior to joining Incyte, Dr. Huber held scientific research positions at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb from 1997 to 2002. Dr. Huber received his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Washington University School of Medicine and held pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health. Our Board believes that Dr. Huber’s extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry and senior management experience qualify him to serve on our Board.

Judith Klimovsky

Dr. Judith Klimovsky is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Klimovsky has served as a member of our Board since December 2018. Since February 2017, Dr. Klimovsky has served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Genmab A/S, a public international biotechnology company developing antibody therapeutics for cancer, where she leads the company’s product development efforts. Dr. Klimovsky previously held a number of senior positions at Novartis AG, a public international pharmaceutical company, including Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Development from May 2015 to February 2017, Vice President, Global Program Head from April 2013 to April 2015, and Executive Medical Director from May 2009 to April 2013. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Klimovsky held successively senior positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck, where she led and contributed to the clinical development of key cancer drugs. Previously, Dr. Klimovsky served in various hematology clinical practice positions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Klimovsky earned her M.D. from the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine. Our Board believes that Dr. Klimovsky brings extensive leadership experience in drug development, particularly in the areas of oncology and hematology that qualify her to serve on our Board.

Jon Stonehouse

Mr. Jon P. Stonehouse is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Stonehouse has served as a member of our Board since December 2014. Since January 2007, Mr. Stonehouse has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Since July 2007, he has also served as President of BioCryst. From March 2002 to December 2006, Mr. Stonehouse served in various positions at Merck KGaA, a pharmaceutical company, including as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development from July 2002 to December 2006, and Vice President of Global Licensing and Business Development and Integration from March 2002 to December 2006. Since November 2008, Mr. Stonehouse has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Precision Biosciences, Inc., a private biotechnology company. Mr. Stonehouse received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Our Board believes that Mr. Stonehouse’s management background, experience as a director at a public pharmaceutical company and extensive history as an advisory board member in the pharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve on our Board.

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