directors

Christine A. White, MD
Non-Executive Lead Director
Dr. White was appointed as a director in August 2010. She was with Biogen Idec from 1996 to 2005, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, where she played an integral role in the clinical development, regulatory affairs and commercialization of oncology drugs Rituxan® and Zevalin®. Previously, she served as the Director of Clinical Oncology Research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego, and in the Department of Medicine at Scripps Memorial Hospitals in La Jolla and Encinitas, California, most recently as Chairman. Dr. White currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and Genoptix, a specialized laboratory services provider. She also served as a director of Pharmacyclics, a biopharmaceutical company, and Monogram Biosciences, a life sciences company, until its acquisition by LabCorp in August 2009. Dr. White earned her B.A. in Biology and her M.D. from the University of Chicago and is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

 

Charles V. Baltic III, JD

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Baltic has been a director of MEI Pharma since October 2011. Mr. Baltic has been a Managing Director and Co-Head of Healthcare at Needham & Company LLC since 20019. Prior to joining Needham, Mr. Baltic was a Managing Director and head of the biotechnology practice at CRT Capital Group from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2006, he served as a Managing Director in Healthcare Investment Banking at Wachovia Securities. Prior to Wachovia, he was with Healthcare Investment Banking at Cowen and Company for six years, ultimately serving as a Director in life sciences. Prior to beginning his investment banking career in 1996, Mr. Baltic practiced corporate and securities law with Dewy Ballantine, representing numerous healthcare and securities clients. Mr. Baltic earned his B.A and J.D. degrees from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. degree in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Baltic is a founding Trustee of the non-profit Hope Funds for Cancer Research as well as a Director of the non-profit Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association since January 2013 and a Director of SIDIS, Inc., a flife sciences investment holding company, since 2014.. Mr. Baltic is a former Director of MedVantage Inc., a controlling interest of which was acquired by Blues Plans Inc., a consortium of the Blues Plans of Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and Illinois. 

 

Leah R. Cann, MBA

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Cann has been a director since March 2009. Ms. Cann is the President of Leah Rush Cann Research and Consulting, LLC, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting ogranization, focused on oncology, which she founded in 2003. She was a research scientist with Memtec Corporation from 1984 to 1986. Ms. Cann was a research analyst with CIBC Oppenheimer from 1992 to 1999. From 1999 to 2000, she was a health care analyst and portfolio manager with Cadence Capital, an asset manager based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Cann was the senior biotechnology analyst with Wachovia Securities from 2000 to 2003. In both 1995 and 1996, The Wall Street Journal recogized Ms. Cann as an All-Star analyst. Ms. Cann received a B.A. in art history and chemistry and an M.B.A. from Stetson University. She was a post-baccalaureate at the College of William and Mary and a post-graduate at Columbia University. Ms. Cann has been a Trustee and member of several committees of International House in New York City for more than 20 years. She is a Trustee and chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Hope Funds for Cancer Research, which she helped found in 2006.

 

Kevan Clemens, PhD

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Clemens was elected as a director in December 2014. He has a long and distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry, highlighted by 25 years at Labratorios Syntex SA and Hoffman-La Roche in a number of development, sales and marketing positions. As Executive Vice President, Business Director at Roche, he was responsible for the blockbuster Global Oncology franchise, including its strategic plans, development and marketing. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Global Head of Specialty Care, Vice President, Global Head of Project Management and Vice President, Global Head of Clinical Operations for North and South America. Dr. Clemens served on the board of directors of Chelsea Therapeutics International from 2004 until its acquisition by H. Lundbeck A/S in June 2014. He also served on the board of directors of Kosan Biosciences from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Clemens obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University College London.

 

Nick Glover, PhD

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Glover was appointed as a director in June 2013. He is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of ProNAi Therapeutics Inc., a private drug development company advancing DNAi therapies for the treatment of cancer. Prior to joining ProNAi, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of YM BioSciences, (NYSE: YMI; TSX: YM), an oncology drug development company, from November 2010 until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences for $510 million in February 2013. Previously, Dr. Glover was President and Chief Executive Officer of Viventia Biotech, a biopharmaceutical company involved in the discovery and development of monoclonal antibody-based technologies for the treatment of cancer, which he joined after serving as an investment manager for MDS Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm. Dr. Glover holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, U.K., a M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

 

Daniel P. Gold, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gold was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and a director in April 2010. He joined the Company with approximately 25 years of drug discovery and development experience, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prospect Therapeutics, a mid-stage oncology company. Prior to his tenure at Prospect, Dr. Gold was founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Favrille, where he was an integral member of a team that raised more than $200 million to advance the company's lead oncology candidate through a pivotal Phase III clinical trial. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hope Funds for Cancer Research. Dr. Gold's academic qualifications include Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, at the Harvard School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Cancer Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Pathology/Immunology from Tufts University, Boston and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Los Angeles.

 

Thomas C. Reynolds, MD, PhD

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Reynolds was appointed as a director in February 2013. He is President of Two Paddles Consulting LLC since December 2013, providing consulting services to biotechnology companies. Dr. Reynolds currently serves as an independent director of Trillium Therapeutics Inc., a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, since March 2014. Previosly, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Seattle Genetics from March 2007 until his retirement in February 2013. While at Seattle Genetics, he was responsible for building and leading an integrated clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs organization, highlighted by the development and approval of ADCETRIS®. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Reynolds served at ZymoGenetics (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2010), most recently as Vice President, Medical Affairs, where he oversaw the clinical development and regulatory filing of RECOTHROM®. Previously, he was Vice President, Clinical Affairs at Targeted Genetics, and before that was at Somatix Therapy (acquired by Cell Genesys in 1997). Dr. Reynolds received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.

  

William D. Rueckert

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rueckert was elected as a director in April 2011.  Mr. Rueckert was previously a director of MEI Pharma between March 2007 and March 2009. Mr. Rueckert was a director of Novogen between March 2009 and December 2012, serving as its non-executive chairman beginning in October 2010. Mr. Rueckert was until May 2014, a director of Chelsea Therapeutics, Inc. when following approval of its drug, Northera, the company was sold to H. Lundbeck A/S. Mr. Rueckert is the President of Oyster Management Group LLC, an investment fund specializing in community banks. Since July, 2011, Mr. Rueckert has been a director of Fairfield County Bank, a community bank based in Ridgefield, CT. From 1988 to 2006 he was President and Director of Rosow & Company and its affiliates, a private investment firm based in Connecticut.  From 1981 until 1988, he was President of United States Oil Company, a publicly traded oil exploration company.  Among his many civic affiliations, Mr. Rueckert is Director and President of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University and a trustee of the Y Retirement Fund, a national pension fund for YMCA employees.