Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., has served as Chairman of our board of directors since November 2013. Previously, he served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from June 2014 to January 2019. Since July 2014, Dr. Pomerantz has been a Senior Partner at Flagship Pioneering, formerly known as Flagship Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. From January 2011 to September 2013, Dr. Pomerantz was Worldwide Head of Licensing and Acquisitions and Senior Vice President at Merck, where he oversaw licensing and acquisitions for Merck Research Laboratories, the research and development division of Merck. From February 2010 to February 2013, Dr. Pomerantz served as Global Head of Infectious Diseases and Senior Vice President at Merck, where he oversaw pharmaceutical development and discovery of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitic agents. Prior to Merck, Dr. Pomerantz was Global Head of Infectious Diseases for the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., a multinational medical device, consumer goods and pharmaceutical corporation, where he was responsible for anti-infective agents worldwide. He joined Johnson & Johnson, Inc. in August 2005 as President of Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, Inc., now Janssen Therapeutics and a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of infectious diseases. Dr. Pomerantz has developed ten approved infectious disease drugs for diseases including HIV, HCV and tuberculosis. He has served on the boards of director of Contrafect Corporation, since 2014, Rubius Therapeutics, Inc., since 2014, and Intec Therapeutics, Inc since 2018. Dr. Pomerantz received his B.A. in Biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Eric D. Shaff has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since January 2019. Previously, he served as our Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Executive Vice President from January 2018 until January 2019 and as our Chief Financial Officer from November 2014 to January 2019. Mr. Shaff has also served on the board of directors of Sigilon Therapeutics, Inc. since November 2017. From January 2012 to November 2014, Mr. Shaff was Vice President of Corporate Finance for Momenta Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company, where he helped manage Momenta’s accounting, finance, planning, and procurement functions, as well as contributing to Momenta’s investor relations efforts. From June 2004 to December 2011, Mr. Shaff held a number of corporate development and finance positions with Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, most recently as Vice President of Finance/Controller for the Personalized Genetic Health division. Mr. Shaff received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Cornell University.
Meryl Zausner has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2018. From April 2012 to November 2014, Ms. Zausner served as chief financial and administrative officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the United States and served as a member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Committee and Global Finance Leadership Team. At Novartis, she helped launch the Oncology Business Unit, as well as the company’s shared services organization. Prior to serving as chief financial and administrative officer, Ms. Zausner was a member of the Novartis Global Oncology leadership team and chief financial officer, where she contributed to the development and commercialization of therapies, including Gleevec® (imatinib). Ms. Zausner also serves on the boards of directors of Neon Therapeutics, Inc. and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Ms. Zausner received a B.S. in accounting and economics from the University at Albany, SUNY.
Executive Officers of the Registrant
John G. Aunins, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Bioprocess Development since December 2012. Prior to joining our company, Dr. Aunins served on our Scientific Advisory Board from February 2012 to December 2012. From April 1989 to November 2011, Dr. Aunins served in various roles at Merck, most recently as Executive Science Director. At Merck, Dr. Aunins led process and product development teams for six licensed vaccines and multiple vaccine candidates. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and an adjunct Full Professor at the Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica in Oeiras, Portugal. Dr. Aunins received his B.S. from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas J. DesRosier has served as our Chief Legal Officer, Executive Vice President, and Secretary since May 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2015 to 2016, as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Cubist, a biopharmaceutical company, from 2014 to 2015 and as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cubist from 2013 to 2014. Before that, Mr. DesRosier served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel North America of Sanofi, a global biopharmaceutical company, from 2011 to 2013. From 1999 to 2011, Mr. DesRosier held several increasing leadership roles within the legal group of Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer. Mr. DesRosier serves as a director on the board of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. Mr. DesRosier earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.