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Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (MLNT.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kevin Ferro

45 Chairman of the Board

Daniel Wechsler

46 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Paul Estrem

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa DeFrancesco

2018 Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Lyn Baranowski

Senior Vice President - Corporate Development and Strategy

Peter DiRoma

Senior Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Erin Duffy

45 Chief Scientific Officer

Suzie Paulson

Vice President of Human Resources

Kevin Conway

Vice President - Program Management and Technical Operations

Sue Cammarata

Chief Medical Officer

John Temperato

Chief Commercial Officer

Jay Galeota

Director

Cecilia Gonzalo

2015 Director

Thomas Koestler

65 Director

Garheng Kong

41 2016 Director

David Zaccardelli

52 2017 Director

David Gill

62 2012 Independent Director

John Johnson

58 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Kevin Ferro

Mr. Kevin T. Ferro is Chairman of the Board of the company. He has served as a member of Melinta’s board of directors since November 2012. He has served as the chief executive officer, chief investment officer and managing member of Vatera Holdings LLC, the manager of Vatera Healthcare Partners LLC, since April 2007. Mr. Ferro serves as chairman of the boards of ImmusanT, Inc. and Arisaph Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Beginning October 2012, Mr. Ferro served as a member of the board of directors for Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., and was chairman from December 2012 until its sale to AstraZeneca in June 2013, and he served as a member of the board of directors of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2004 until its sale to Abbott Laboratories in 2006. Mr. Ferro founded Ferro Capital LLC, an investment advisory firm, in 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Ferro was the Global Head of Alternative Investment Strategies for Commerzbank, one of Germany’s largest listed banks. Prior to Commerzbank, Mr. Ferro was a Vice President at D. E. Shaw & Co. LP. Mr. Ferro received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University.

Daniel Wechsler

Mr. Daniel M. Wechsler is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company since November 2017 and is a seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 25 years of healthcare experience across multiple companies and geographies, and a proven record of strategic, operational and commercial success. His notable antibiotics experience includes the commercialization of Zyvox (linezolid), an antibiotic that achieved blockbuster status. Mr. Wechsler started his career with The Upjohn Company selling antibiotics and other pharmaceutical products. He subsequently led the team at Pharmacia Corporation that launched Zyvox until the company’s acquisition by Pfizer. Mr. Wechsler has held senior positions at Pfizer Inc, Schering-Plough Corporation and Merck & Co. In 2010, Mr. Wechsler joined Bausch + Lomb Incorporated as executive vice president and global president of pharmaceuticals, where he led a greater than one billion dollar global pharmaceutical business prior to the sale of the company to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $8.7 billion. Most recently, Mr. Wechsler served as president and CEO of Smile Brands, Inc. until its sale in 2016, at which time he joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe as an operating partner. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Paul Estrem

Mr. Paul Estrem is Chief Financial Officer of the company. He has more than 27 years of financial leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Melinta, Mr. Estrem held several senior positions at Baxter International, most recently vice president of integration for Baxter’s Medical Products, where he held a lead role in the $4 billion acquisition of Gambro and oversaw the integration of their products, facilities and 8,000 employees. Earlier in his tenure, Mr. Estrem served as CFO of Baxter Medical Products; CFO and vice president of strategy in Baxter Medication Delivery, a division that later became Baxter Medical Products; CFO of Baxter Bioscience, a specialty therapeutics division; and CFO of Baxter Ltd, a subsidiary based in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Estrem is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in accounting from Illinois State University.

Lisa DeFrancesco

Ms. Lisa DeFrancesco is Senior Vice President - Investor Relations of the Company. Ms. DeFrancesco is a seasoned healthcare industry executive, with 18 years of experience in investor relations, finance and communications. She joins Melinta from Allergan where she served most recently as vice president of IR.

Lyn Baranowski

Ms. Lyn Baranowski is Senior Vice President - Corporate Development and Strategy of the company. She brings to the company her deep life sciences industry experience spanning biotech, pharmaceuticals and venture capital. Prior to joining Melinta, Ms. Baranowski was vice president of commercial development at Pearl Therapeutics and was instrumental in driving the company’s corporate development activities including its recent sale to AstraZeneca. Before her role at Pearl Therapeutics, Ms. Baranowski served as vice president of Vatera Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm based in New York, where she was responsible for lead identification, evaluation, and negotiation as well as working with management teams of portfolio companies to develop and implement business plans. Ms. Baranowski previously held public affairs, business development and commercial executive roles at Novartis, including leading the launch of the osteoporosis drug Reclast. Ms. Baranowski holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from American University.

Peter DiRoma

Mr. Peter DiRoma is Senior Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance of the company. He brings 19 years of experience in the development, approval and launch of pharmaceuticals, including the global development and new drug application registration of Zyvox (linezolid) for multi-drug resistant pathogens. Prior to joining Melinta, Mr. DiRoma served as vice president of global regulatory affairs at Dendreon Corporation, overseeing the European registration of Provenge (sipuleucel-T), an autologous cellular immunotherapy for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Earlier, Mr. DiRoma held regulatory leadership positions in large pharma including Merck KGaA/EMD Serono, where he was vice president regulatory affairs, providing regulatory guidance for the company’s immunology, oncology, and neurodegenerative disease development portfolio. Before joining Merck KGaA, he held regulatory positions at Pharmacia & Upjohn and Pfizer where he was an integral member of the team that led the Phase 3 and subsequent global regulatory programs for Zyvox. Mr. DiRoma holds a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of South Florida. He received undergraduate research grants from the American Cancer Society at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and from the National Science Foundation in cancer immunology at the Florida State University Institute of Molecular Biophysics.

Erin Duffy

Dr. Erin M. Duffy is Chief Scientific Officer of the company. She has more than 21 years of pharmaceutical research experience and has been responsible for translating Melinta’s Nobel Prize-winning ribosome technology platform into the discovery and early-stage development of novel antibiotic candidates. She joined the company in 2002 and has become one of the world’s leading experts on the structure and function of the bacterial ribosome and the interaction of antibiotics with their ribosomal targets. Dr. Duffy has led Melinta’s ESKAPE Pathogen Program from its infancy and has been instrumental in advancing the platform while also contributing to the development programs for other drug candidates. The ESKAPE Pathogen Program is Melinta’s most advanced preclinical initiative, focused on using a discrete, novel binding site within the bacterial ribosome to design and develop completely new classes of antibiotics to treat some of the deadliest multi-drug resistant gram-positive and gram-negative infections. Prior to joining Melinta, Dr. Duffy served as associate director of innovative discovery technologies at Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Duffy began her scientific career as a computational chemist with Pfizer Global Research and Development in Groton, Connecticut. Dr. Duffy trained at Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry and was a Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Suzie Paulson

Ms. Suzie Paulson is Vice President of Human Resources of the company. She has more than 13 years of human resources experience within the pharmaceutical industry, has led two companies through multiple mergers and acquisitions and was responsible for large-scale salesforce expansions in preparation for new product launches. Before joining Cempra, Ms. Paulson led human resource and talent management initiatives at Salix Pharmaceuticals for eight years. While in these roles, Ms. Paulson managed all aspects of compensation, workforce planning, talent management and process improvement. Ms. Paulson earned a B.S. in biological and life sciences from North Carolina State University and received her certification as a professional in human resources.

Kevin Conway

Mr. Kevin Conway is Vice President - Program Management and Technical Operations of the company. He has more than 30 years of project and operations management experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Melinta, he served as vice president program management at SagePath Medical. Earlier, he led the corporate program management office for both Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America and, prior to its merger with Takeda, TAP Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Mr. Conway led many of the company’s critical corporate level initiatives. Mr. Conway began his career at Abbott Laboratories and held positions in operations management, pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging. Mr. Conway led cross-functional project teams responsible for the operational aspects of new product launches, such as Norvir, Kaletra, Depakote ER and Humira. Mr. Conway earned a B.E. in mechanical engineering degree from the University of Dayton. He is certified as a project management professional by the Project Management Institute.

Sue Cammarata

Ms. Sue Cammarata M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the company. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in the development, approval and launch of pharmaceuticals, including several anti-infective brands such as Cubicin (daptomycin) in the EU, and Zyvox (linezolid) globally. Since joining Melinta in 2014, she has led the successful Phase 3 clinical development of Baxdela, which was approved by FDA in June, and is also responsible for medical affairs. Prior to joining Melinta, Dr. Cammarata served as vice president of clinical research at Shire HGT, where she was responsible for clinical development and post approval commitments for novel therapies in rare and orphan diseases. Earlier, she held several senior positions at Novartis, most recently as vice president and global program head for the company’s immunology and infectious disease franchises. In this role, she managed the integration of Chiron’s infectious disease portfolio after its acquisition by Novartis in 2006. In addition, she managed the EU approval process for Cubicin’s endocarditis and bacteremia indications. Before joining Novartis, Dr. Cammarata held several positions at Pharmacia Upjohn (later Pfizer) where she was an integral member of the team that led the Phase 3 and subsequent global regulatory programs for Zyvox, a first-in-class antibiotic for gram-positive infections, including those resistant to vancomycin. Dr. Cammarata received her M.D. from Michigan State University, completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Henry Ford Health Systems and was a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist for several years in private practice before entering the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Cammarata earned her B.S. in pharmacy from Purdue University.

John Temperato

Mr. John Temperato is Chief Commercial Officer of the company. He has more than 24 years of successful commercial expertise in pharmaceutical, biotech, and drug delivery/device products and is leading the team preparing to launch Baxdela in the first quarter of 2018. Prior to joining Melinta, Mr. Temperato held multiple leadership positions in sales and managed markets during his 11-year tenure at Salix Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently served as the senior vice president of sales and managed markets. In this role, reporting directly to the CEO and board of directors, Mr. Temperato played a critical role in the acquisition and in-licensing of multiple portfolio-expanding products. He led the successful commercialization and growth of Xifaxan (a non-systemic antibiotic) for hepatic encephalopathy and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) and played a principal role in building, developing, and managing seven specialized sales teams across multiple channels. Prior to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Temperato was a business unit head at Celltech Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for the strategic development and execution of integrated payer and distribution marketing, which included contracting and reimbursement. Mr. Temperato earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and is a member of several distinguished healthcare organizations, including the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Jay Galeota

Mr. Jay Galeota is Director of the company. He has served as the president and chief operating officer of G&W Laboratories since 2016. From 1988 to 2016 Mr. Galeota served in many diverse positions at Merck & Co., Inc., where he was most recently chief strategy & business development officer and president, emerging businesses. From 2011 to 2016 he was president of hospital & specialty care at Merck and from 2009 to 2011, he served as senior vice president of global human health strategy and business development. Mr. Galeota started his career in Merck’s commercial organization, where he held various US and global leadership positions and led numerous brands and key product launches across a variety of therapeutic areas. Mr. Galeota holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Villanova University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves on the boards of JFK Health System, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA. In addition, he is a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Cecilia Gonzalo

Ms. Cecilia Gonzalo is Director of the company since October 2015. Previously from February 2010 to November 2012. Ms. Gonzalo is a managing director of Vatera Holdings LLC, the manager of Vatera Healthcare Partners LLC, a position she has held since July 2015, where she is responsible for sourcing new investments and overseeing existing investments in the biopharmaceutical industry. From April 2013 to June 2015, Cecilia was a managing director at Essex Woodlands, a healthcare focused growth equity firm where she focused on investing across the healthcare sector in the US, Latin America and Europe. Ms. Gonzalo was previously a member and managing director of Warburg Pincus LLC and partner of Warburg Pincus & Co. from January 2010 to April 2013, a principal of Warburg Pincus LLC from January 2006 to December 2009 and an associate from August 2001 to December 2005, where she focused on healthcare investments in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare services sectors. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Ms. Gonzalo was an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co., initially in the Investment Banking Division focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions in Latin America, and then in the Principal Investment Area focusing on investments in the region. Ms. Gonzalo received an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Gonzalo is a board member and the treasurer of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association. Ms. Gonzalo has served as a member of the board of directors of various companies, including Talon Therapeutics, Inc., Allos 5 Therapeutics Inc., Eurand N.V., LaVie Care Centers and Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among others.

Thomas Koestler

Dr. Thomas Paul Koestler Ph.D., is Director of the company. He has served as a member of Melinta’s board of directors since November 2012 and was elected chairman of the board in April 2013. Dr. Koestler has served as an executive director of Vatera Holdings LLC, the manager of Vatera Healthcare Partners LLC, since February 2010. Dr. Koestler is also a member of the boards of directors of Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc., ImmusanT, Inc. and Arisaph Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From March 2011 to April 2016 Dr. Koestler served as a member of the board of directors of Novo Nordisk A/S. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Koestler served as executive vice president of Schering Corporation and president of Schering-Plough Research Institute, the pharmaceutical research and development arm of Schering-Plough Corporation, and served as executive vice president, global development, of Schering-Plough Research Institute from 2005 to 2006, and executive vice president of Schering-Plough Research Institute from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Schering-Plough, Dr. Koestler served as senior vice president and head of global regulatory affairs for Pharmacia Corporation from 2001 to 2003. Before that, Dr. Koestler was senior vice president and global head, drug regulatory affairs, compliance assurance, clinical safety and epidemiology for Novartis. Dr. Koestler received his B.S. from Daemen College and his Ph.D. in Medicine and Pathology from SUNY Buffalo, Roswell Park Memorial Institute.

Garheng Kong

Dr. Garheng Kong, M.D., Ph.D., is Director of Cempra, Inc. He has served on Cempra’s board of directors since September 2006 and as chairman of Cempra’s board of directors since November 2008. Dr. Kong has been the managing partner of Sofinnova Healthquest, a healthcare investment firm, since July 2013. He was a general partner at Sofinnova Ventures, a venture firm focused on life sciences, from September 2010 to December 2013. From 2000 to September 2010, he was at Intersouth Partners, a venture capital firm, most recently as a general partner, where he was a founding investor or board member for various life sciences ventures, several of which were acquired by large pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Kong has also served on the board of directors of Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX), a regenerative medicine company, since July 2012, Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALIM), a biopharmaceutical company, since October 2012, has served on the board of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE: LH), a healthcare company, since December 2013, and has served on the board of StrongBridge BioPharma plc (NASDAQ: SBBP) since September 2015. Dr. Kong holds a B.S. from Stanford University. He holds an M.D., Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Duke University. Among other experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, Dr. Kong’s knowledge and experience in the venture capital industry and his medical training led to the conclusion of Cempra’s board of directors that he should serve as a director of Cempra in light of Cempra’s business and structure.

David Zaccardelli

Dr. David Zaccardelli is Director of the Company. He has served on Cempra’s board of directors starting in August 2016. He was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Cempra from December 2016 until Cempra’s merger with Melinta. From 2004 until 2016, Dr. Zaccardelli served in several senior management roles at United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR), including chief operating officer, chief manufacturing officer and executive vice president, pharmaceutical development and operations. Prior to joining United Therapeutics, Dr. Zaccardelli founded and led a startup company focused on contract pharmaceutical development services, from 1997 through 2003. From 1988 to 1996, Dr. Zaccardelli worked at Burroughs Wellcome & Co. and Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. in a variety of clinical research positions. He also served as director of clinical and scientific affairs for Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Zaccardelli currently serves on the board of directors of Evecxia, Inc. and CoreRx, Inc., both privately held companies. Dr. Zaccardelli received a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan. Among other experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, Dr. Zaccardelli’s experience in the pharmaceutical industry led to the conclusion of Cempra’s board of directors that he should serve as a director of Cempra in light of Cempra’s business and structure.

David Gill

Mr. David N. Gill is Independent Director of Cempra, Inc. He was a member of Cempra’s board of directors from April 2012 until Cempra’s merger with Melinta. Mr. Gill served as chief financial officer of EndoChoice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GI), a publicly traded medical device company from August 2014 to November 2016, and as president and chief operating officer from March 2016 to November 2016. He served as the chief financial officer of INC Research Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: INCR), a clinical research organization, from February 2011 to August 2013, and served as a board member and audit committee chairman of INC Research from 2007 to 2010. From March 2009 to February 2011, Mr. Gill was the chief financial officer of TransEnterix (NYSEMKT: TRXC), a then private medical device company. From July 2005 to November 2006, Mr. Gill was chief financial officer and Treasurer of NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTM), a publicly traded dialysis equipment company. He currently serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX), a regenerative medicine company, positions he has held since February 2015. From 2006 to 2011, he served on several public and private company boards of directors, including those of LeMaitre Vascular (NASDAQ: LMAT), a publicly traded medical device company, and IsoTis, Inc., a publicly traded orthobiologics company that was acquired by Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation in October 2007. From January 2002 to May 2005, Mr. Gill served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of CTI Molecular Imaging, Inc., a publicly traded medical imaging company, until its sale to Siemens AG. Mr. Gill has led initial public offerings for four companies and has raised more than $600.0 million in equity and $600.0 million in debt over his career. Mr. Gill holds a B.S. degree, cum laude, in Accountancy from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Emory University.

John Johnson

Mr. John H. Johnson is Independent Director of Cempra, Inc. He served served on Cempra’s board of directors since June 2009. He served as president and chief executive officer of Dendreon Corp., a publicly traded biotechnology company (NASDAQ: DNDN), from February 2012, became chairman in July 2013, and served as chairman until June 2014 and president and chief executive officer until August 2014. He served as the chief executive officer and as a director of Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that developed and commercialized specialty pharmaceuticals, from 2011 to January 2012. Mr. Johnson was senior vice president of Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) and Company and president of Lilly Oncology, Eli Lilly’s oncology business unit, from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Johnson was chief executive officer of ImClone Systems Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical development company, and was also a member of ImClone’s board of directors until it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly in 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Johnson served as company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Biopharmaceuticals unit. Mr. Johnson served as chairman of the board of Tranzyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: TZYM), a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from December 2010 until July 2013. Mr. Johnson serves as the chairman of the board of Strongbridge Biopharma PLC (NASDAQ: SBBP), a global biopharmaceutical company, and also serves as lead independent director of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA), a biopharmaceutical company, and Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX), a regenerative medicine company. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Among other experience, qualifications, attributes and skills.