Stefan Clulow is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Thomvest Asset Management, a private investment firm. Mr. Clulow is Chair of Prometic Life Sciences and also sits on the boards of a number of private companies and charitable organizations. Mr. Clulow was educated at McGill University and is a member of the State Bar of California and the Law Society of Ontario.
Prof. Simon Best is Lead Independent Director of Prometic. He was Chairman of the Board from May 2014 to April 23, 2019, as well as President and Chief Executive Office by Interim from December 19, 2018 to April 23, 2019.
Prof. Best is a seasoned veteran of the global Lifescience Industry with experience, both as a Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman or board member of entrepreneurial companies and as a Chairman or board member of major industry bodies and public sector institutions in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America including the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and the US Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He is also an experienced Angel, Venture Capital and Private Equity investor. In 1999, the World Economic Forum nominated him a Global Leader of Tomorrow and in 2000, a Technology Pioneer of the Year. In 1999, he was nominated as “Science and Technology Venturer of the Year” by the Financial Times. He was awarded the London Business School Alumni Achievement Prize in 2007. He holds an MBA from London Business School and an Honorary Doctorate and B.Mus from York University. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2008, he was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II and appointed a Visiting Professor of Medicine by the University of Edinburgh.
From November 2015 to December 2017, Prof. Best served on the board of Evofem Inc., a women’s health company based in San Diego. From March 2010 to August 2015, Prof. Best was the Chairman of Edinburgh BioQuarter with responsibility for company formation and technology transfer for the University of Edinburgh. In September 2015, this entity was replaced by Sunergos Innovations Limited. Sunergos was reabsorbed by the University in February 2017 after which Prof. Best continued to serve as a Senior Advisor. Prof. Best held also the position of Chief Executive Officer at Aquapharm Biodiscovery Ltd. (a company in the sector of drug discovery) from May 2010 to November 2012.
Mr. Kenneth Galbraith is Chief Executive Office of Prometic. He is also Managing Director of Five Corners Capital. He joined Ventures West as a General Partner in 2007 and led the firm’s biotech practice prior to founding Five Corners Capital in 2013 to continue managing the Ventures West investment portfolio. Mr. Galbraith is a well-known and active member of the North American life sciences community with over 30 years of experience acting as an executive, director, investor and advisor to companies in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
Previously, Mr. Galbraith served as the Chairman and Interim CEO of AnorMED, a biopharmaceutical company focused on new therapeutic products in hematology, HIV and oncology, until its sale to Genzyme Corp. in a cash transaction worth almost US$600 million. Starting in the biotech sector in 1987, Mr. Galbraith spent 13 years in senior management with QLT Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company specializing in developing treatments for eye diseases and oncology, retiring in 2000 from his position as Executive VP and CFO when QLT’s market capitalization exceeded US$5 billion. He has served on the board of directors of several public and private biotechnology companies, including Zymeworks, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (ANPI), Aquinox (AQXP), Alder Pharmaceuticals (ALDR), Tekmira (TKMR) and Cardiome Pharma (CRME). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Macrogenics (MGNX) and Profound Medical.
Mr. Galbraith earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of BC in 2013.
Mr. Paul Mesburis is the Managing Principal of Empyrean Capital, and has more than twenty years of international experience in financial and capital markets. His capital markets experience encompasses senior roles for both buy-side and sell-side firms. On the buy-side, he has managed portfolios for global investment strategies in both debt and equities. On the sell-side, his experience includes senior roles in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, and institutional equity research at HSBC Securities, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets and Deutsche Bank Securities. His views on investments have been quoted in the media, including Report on Business of The Globe and Mail and the Financial Post, as well as the subject of features on BNN – Business News Network. In 2012, he was honoured with a Canadian Lipper Fund Award which recognizes funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance, relative to their peers.
He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University, his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Mr. Mesburis holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario), Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Mesburis serves on the board of directors and is the Chair of the Audit Committees of Avivagen Inc. and EEStor Corp. In addition, he is the Lead Director of Avivagen Inc. and Co-Chair of EEStor Corp.
Mr. Zachary Newton is a Director at Thomvest Asset Management Inc., a private investment firm, where he is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing venture and non-venture investments. Mr. Newton also sits on the Board of Directors of ecobee Inc. and is actively involved with several community organizations, including as past Co-Chair of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s AGO Next program.
Mr. Newton received a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and an B.A. (Honors) from Cornell University.
Mr. Charles N. Kenworthy is Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy, NantWorks, LLC since 2011 and President of Nant Capital, LLC. Mr. Kenworthy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1985. He joined the law firm of Allen Matkins in the mid-1980’s and was a partner when he departed in 2006. Thereafter, he joined Abraxis Biosciences, LLC as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy.
Mr. Charles N. Kenworthy was nominated to the Board by California Capital Equity, LLC (“CCE”) (an affiliate of Abraxis Bioscience International Holding Company, Inc.), pursuant to a securities purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) entered into between the Corporation and Abraxis Bioscience International Holding Company, Inc. on September 3, 2008. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, CCE is entitled to nominate one person for election to the Board.
Dr. Gary Bridger has served as a member of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since October 2018. From February 2015 to December 2017, Dr. Bridger served as a consultant to Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he previously served as the Executive Vice President of Research and Development from January 2013 to February 2015. From October 2013 to October 2015, Dr. Bridger served as a Managing Director at Five Corners Capital Inc. From June 2010 to June 2012, Dr. Bridger served as a venture partner at Venture West Capital Management, a venture capital firm. From November 2006 to December 2007, Dr. Bridger served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development of Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, which was acquired by Sanofi, S.A. In June 1996, Dr. Bridger co-founded AnorMED Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and was its Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer from 2000 until its acquisition by Genzyme in November 2006. Dr. Bridger has served on the board of directors of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2013. Dr. Bridger previously served on the board of directors of Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Bridger serves on the scientific advisory board of Alectos Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Bridger holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Mr. Neil A. Klompas joined Zymeworks Inc. in March 2007 where he currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Zymeworks, he worked with KPMG LLP in Canada and the United States, most recently (from 2005 to 2007) with KPMG’s Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Medical Device M&A Transaction Services practice in Princeton, New Jersey, where he advised on transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005 Mr. Klompas worked with KPMG’s Canadian Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals practice. Mr. Klompas is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Klompas also holds a degree in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of British Columbia. He serves on the faculty advisory board for Biotechnology and Chemistry for Camosun College and as a member of the board of directors of Ovensa Inc., a private biotechnology company.
Mr. Timothy Wach is Managing Director and Board Member of Taxand since January 2015. Mr. Wach is recognised as a leading Canadian lawyer in taxation and frequently publishes papers for research organisations and academic purposes. In 1989, Mr. Wach joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, as an associate and was a partner from 1992 to 2014, where he specialised in mergers, acquisitions, financings and international tax with focus on the private equity and energy sectors. While a partner of Gowlings, Mr. Wach was on the Gowlings Executive Committee and served as leader of the Firm’s National Tax Practice Group and of the Toronto Tax Practice Group.
Mr. Wach also has extensive experience in government relations and tax policy, having twice served in the Tax Policy Branch of the Canadian Department of Finance in Ottawa, most recently as Director of Legislative Development and Chief Legislative Counsel from 2009 to 2011. In that role, he chaired the Interdepartmental Legislation Review Committee, the committee responsible for the preparation of Canada’s federal income tax legislation for submission to Parliament. He also appeared regularly as a witness on behalf of the Department of Finance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance when those committees considered tax policy matters.