Board of Directors
Mr. Heiden has served as Chair since May 2022. Mr. Heiden brings 35 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry to the MacroGenics Board of Directors. Mr. Heiden most recently spent eight years as President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of AMAG Pharmaceuticals building a diverse portfolio of commercial and development-stage products, and in 2020 the company was acquired by a private equity firm (Apollo, through Covis Pharma) for $650 million. Prior to joining AMAG, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Genzyme Transgenics Company (GTC), from June 2010 to May 2012, which was acquired by LFB, S.A. Before joining GTC, Mr. Heiden was the President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of venture-backed Elixir Pharmaceuticals, from September 2004. Mr. Heiden also serves on the board of directors of Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. Mr. Heiden had previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Praecis Pharmaceuticals from 2002 to 2004, which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Heiden progressed through various positions of increasing responsibility at Schering-Plough Corporation (now 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 Master’s in International Management from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Florida.
Dr. Koenig has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and a director since September 2001 and was one of our co-founders. Prior to joining MacroGenics, Dr. Koenig served as Senior Vice President of Research at MedImmune, Inc., where he participated in the selection and maturation of its product pipeline. From 1984 to 1990, he worked in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, where he investigated the immune response to retroviruses and studied the pathogenesis of AIDS. Dr. Koenig currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GlycoMimetics, Inc., a publicly held company. Additionally, Dr. Koenig serves on the Board of Directors of the International Biomedical Research Alliance and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (“BIO”). Dr. Koenig previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation until its acquisition in 2022. Dr. Koenig received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. We believe that Dr. Koenig’s detailed knowledge of our company and his over 30 years in research and the biotechnology industry provide a valuable contribution to our Board.
Dr. Ferrante has served as a director since January 2017. Dr. Ferrante, a hematologist-oncologist, most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development at Tokai Pharmaceuticals and brings over 25 years of oncology drug development experience to the Board. Prior to Tokai, Dr. Ferrante held several senior level positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and parent company Takeda Pharmaceuticals, including Oncology Therapeutic Area Head, Takeda Cambridge Site Head and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Ferrante previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Global Research and Development and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Ferrante holds an M.D. from Georgetown University and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital (now part of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology. She currently serves as a director of Hutch-Med (formerly Chi-Med) and Cogent Biosciences, which are publicly held biopharmaceutical companies. She also served on the scientific advisory board of Kazia Therapeutics from 2016-2022 and served on Trillium Therapeutics’ scientific advisory board until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2021. Based on Dr. Ferrante’s depth of experience in the biotechnology industry, ranging from executive officer to director roles, the Board believes Dr. Ferrante has the appropriate set of skills to serve as a member of our Board.
Mr. Hurwitz has served as a director since October 2004. Mr. Hurwitz was most recently a Managing Director of MPM Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm. Prior to joining MPM Capital, Mr. Hurwitz was the founding Managing Director of Precision Bioventures, LLC, a consulting and investment advisory firm. He was a director of Alta BioPharma III, L.P., and Alta Partners VIII, L.P., funds affiliated with Alta Partners, a venture capital firm, from 2002 through December 2014. Mr. Hurwitz also serves as a director Dyne Therapeutics, a publicly held company. Mr. Hurwitz received J.D. and M.B.A degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and a B.A. in molecular biology from Cornell University in 1985. The Board believes that Mr. Hurwitz’s financial and scientific expertise, as well as his deep understanding of the biotechnology industry, makes him an important asset to our Board as it assesses both financial and strategic decisions.
Mr. Jackson has served as a director since January 2017. Mr. Jackson served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from April 2008 until July 2016, when the company was acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc. Mr. Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and has held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and commercial development at Eli Lilly and Company, SmithKline Beecham, ImClone Systems Inc., Centocor Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, Eximias Pharmaceutical and YM BioSciences. Mr. Jackson holds a B.S. in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Jackson serves as a director of GlycoMimetics, Inc. and Spero Therapeutics, Inc., both publicly held companies. Mr. Jackson also serves on the Board of Directors of Philabundance, a non-profit organization addressing food insecurity in the Philadelphia region. Based on Mr. Jackson’s depth of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries ranging from executive officer to director roles and experience with commercial development, the Board believes Mr. Jackson has the appropriate set of skills to serve as a member of our Board.
Ms. Chhabra Karson has served as a director since January 2023. She is a recognized biopharmaceutical executive with a successful track record of strategic leadership, transaction execution, and accelerating value-generating milestones. Since July 2021, she has served as President & CEO of a private discovery-stage neurobiology company. She previously served as President and CEO of Proteostasis Therapeutics from 2014-2020 where she led the company through a successful IPO and subsequent financings to advance the cystic fibrosis pipeline from discovery to successful completion of Phase 2 studies. She also led the strategic merger with Yumanity Therapeutics. From 2007 to 2014, Ms. Chhabra Karson was President and CEO at Allozyne, Inc. Prior to her time at Allozyne, she served as the Chief Business Officer at BioXell SpA, a spin-off from Roche Pharmaceuticals where she led corporate development and financing activities. Ms. Chhabra Karson has also held roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, Warner-Lambert Company, LLC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Currently, she serves on the board of Apexigen Inc and Vallon Pharma, both public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical companies, and Fore Biotherapeutics Inc., a private precision oncology company, and is a member of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). Ms. Chhabra Karson obtained her M.B.A. from York University and her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto. The Board believes that Ms. Chhabra Karson’s more than 20 years of operational leadership in biopharmaceutical companies and financial expertise qualify her to serve as a member of our Board.
Dr. Liu has served as a director since January 2023. She is a world-renowned expert in the fields of gene therapy, vaccines and immunotherapy and has been the CEO of PAX Therapeutics since 2020. She is an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, San Francisco and Hedersdoktor with scientific affiliation in the Department of Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet. Dr. Liu widely consults for companies and NGOs such as WHO through her activities as Principal of ProTherImmune and previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co. and Chiron Corporation. She is a Board Member of the International Society for Vaccines (and President Emerita) as well as of Ipsen, where she chairs the Ethics and Governance Committee and is a member of the Innovation and Development Committee. She served on the boards of Transgene, Sangamo Biosciences, Adjuvance Technologies and the International Vaccine Institute (established by the United Nations), and was Senior Advisor in Vaccinology at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Liu obtained an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a B.A. in Chemistry from Colorado College. She completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology, all at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard University. She also was a Visiting Scientist at MIT where she pioneered bispecific antibodies. The Board believes that Dr. Liu’s medical training and more than 30 years of experience in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals qualify her to serve as a member of our Board.
Ms. O’Brien has served as a director since February 2021. Ms. O’Brien is President of CFO’Brien Consulting, LLC which she founded. She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Complexa Inc. from 2015 to 2017. Previously, Ms. O’Brien served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Cerecor Inc. from 2013 to 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Cervilenz, Inc. from 2011 to 2013. Ms. O’Brien currently serves on the Board of Directors of TELA Bio, Inc. where she also chairs the Audit Committee. Ms. O’Brien received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant-Inactive, retired after thirty-eight years. The Board believes that Ms. O’Brien’s 25 years of financial and operational leadership in biopharmaceutical, medical device, and technology companies and strong financial expertise qualify her to serve as a member of our Board.
Dr. Siegel has served as a director since November 2017. He most recently served as Chief Biotechnology Officer and Head of Scientific Strategy and Policy at Johnson & Johnson, which he joined in 2003, and on the Executive Committees and Boards of BIO and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and previously at Johnson & Johnson as Company Group President for Biotechnology, Immunology, and Oncology. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Siegel had a distinguished 20-year career at the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in positions of increasing responsibility, including directing the office responsible for reviewing and approving therapeutic biologics. Dr. Siegel currently is a member of the National Academies’ Forum on Regenerative Medicine and the National Academies’ Forum on Drug Development. He received a B.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and an M.D. from Stanford University. He trained in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and in infectious diseases and immunology at Stanford University. The Board believes that Dr. Siegel’s medical training and more than 35 years of experience in biotechnology qualify him to serve as a member of our Board.
Dr. Stump has served as a director since September 2013. Dr. Stump was most recently Executive Vice President, Research and Development at Human Genome Sciences, Inc., where he was employed from November 1999 until his retirement in December 2012. Dr. Stump also serves as a director of REGENXBIO, Inc., which is a publicly held company. He was previously a director of Dendreon Corporation, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., all publicly held companies. He also serves on the board of trustees of Earlham College. He holds an A.B. from Earlham College and an M.D. from Indiana University and completed his residency fellowship training in internal medicine, hematology, oncology, and biochemistry at the University of Iowa. The Board believes that Dr. Stump’s medical training and 23 years of experience in research and development and operations in the biotechnology industry, as well as his public company board service, qualify him to serve as a member of our Board.