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Doug M. Fambrough, III, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2007 and as our president and chief executive officer since May 2010. From 2000 to May 2010, Dr. Fambrough held various positions at Oxford Bioscience Partners, a life science venture capital firm, most recently as a general partner. During his years at Oxford Bioscience Partners, he specialized in financing innovative life science technology companies, including the Company, Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Merck & Co., Inc.), Solexa, Inc. (acquired by Illumina, Inc.), and Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNCR), and served as a director of each of these companies. Dr. Fambrough has also served as a Trustee of Boston Biomedical Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization. Before joining Oxford Bioscience Partners, he was a genomic scientist at the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research (now known as the Broad Institute).
Dr. Fambrough graduated from Cornell University and obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Martin Freed, M.D., has been a member of the Dicerna board of directors since 2016 Dr. Freed has served as an independent consultant to several private pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies, specializing in clinical and general pharmaceutical development and clinical and regulatory strategy since February 2015.
He co-founded and served as chief medical officer of Civitas Therapeutics, Inc., from December 2010 to October 2014 (acquired by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., or Acorda) and as senior vice president, clinical development of Acorda from October 2014 through January 2015.
In addition, Dr. Freed has served as chief medical officer and has provided strategic and operational planning and execution, as well as medical leadership for clinical pharmacology and development strategy and preclinical development for multiple pharmaceutical companies throughout his career. These companies include Avila Therapeutics, Inc., Taligen Therapeutics, Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc.,(acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb), and Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Freed spent nearly 14 years at GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals or SmithKline Beecham, where he served numerous roles including vice president, clinical development and medical affairs in the metabolism therapeutic area. He has authored over 100 publications or presentations.
Dr. Freed has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology. He performed his internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital and nephrology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Freed received his B.S. with Distinction in Biology from the University of Delaware and M.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine.
Brian K. Halak, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2010. Dr. Halak is currently a partner of Domain Associates, LLC, which he joined in 2001. Prior to joining Domain Associates, LLC, Dr. Halak was an associate with Advanced Technology Ventures. Prior to that, Dr. Halak was a consultant at the Wilkerson Group. Dr. Halak currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALIM), BioNano Genomics, Inc., Carticept Medical, Inc., Kona Medical, Inc., Medico (Hong Kong) Limited, Oraya Therapeutics, Inc., and Smart Medical Systems Ltd., and serves as a board observer to Eddingpharm, Inc. Dr. Halak also serves as an advisory board member to the University of Pennsylvania, Department of BioEngineering and serves on the advisory committee for Elm Street Ventures. Dr. Halak previously served on the boards of directors of Cartiva, Inc., Cortria Corporation, Eddingpharm, Inc., Esprit Pharma, Inc. (acquired by Allergan, Inc.), GI Dynamics, Inc. (ASX: GID), Optherion, Inc., Tobira Therapeutics, Inc., and Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA), and served as a board observer to Zyga Technology, Inc.
Dr. Halak received his BSE in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in immunology from the Thomas Jefferson University.
Stephen J. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D., has been a senior advisor to PDL BioPharma, Inc. since February 2014. Prior to that, he served as a managing director at Skyline Ventures, a venture capital firm, from May 2007 until February 2014. From January 2003 to March 2007, Dr. Hoffman was a general partner at TVM Capital, a venture capital firm. From 1994 to 2002, he served as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Allos Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he remained as chairman of the board until it was acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in September 2012. From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Hoffman completed a fellowship in clinical oncology and a residency/fellowship in dermatology, both at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hoffman was the scientific founder of Somatogen Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Baxter International, Inc. in 1998, where he held the position of vice president of science and technology from 1987 until 1990. Dr. Hoffman currently serves on the boards of directors of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX) and Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCA). Previously, Dr. Hoffman also served on the board of directors of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) in 2008.
Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from Northwestern University and an M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. .
Peter Kolchinsky, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2013. Dr. Kolchinsky is a founding partner and portfolio manager at RA Capital, where he has been since September 2004. He is active in both public and private investments across the pharmaceutical, medical devices, diagnostics and life-science tools industries. Dr. Kolchinsky authored the e-book “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Biotech Startup” and serves on the board of directors of the American Fertility Association. Dr. Kolchinsky currently also serves as a member of the boards of directors of Calimmune, Inc., Lantos Technologies, Inc., Periphagen, Inc., PiloFocus, Inc. Wave Life Sciences, and Zipline Medical, Inc. In the past, Dr. Kolchinsky served on the Board of Global Science and Technology for the National Academies of Sciences. .
Dr. Kolchinsky received a Ph.D. in virology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Dennis H. Langer, M.D., J.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2007. Dr. Langer previously served as the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of AdvanDx, Inc., from January 2013 to August 2014. Dr. Langer has been a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine since September 2003. From August 2005 to May 2010, Dr. Langer served as managing partner of Phoenix IP Ventures, LLC. From January 2004 to July 2005, he served as president, North America of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: RDY). From September 1994 until January 2004, Dr. Langer held several positions at GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK) and its predecessor, SmithKline Beecham, culminating with senior vice president of research and development. Dr. Langer currently serves on the boards of directors of Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH) and Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN). Dr. Langer previously served on the boards of directors of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUXL), Cytogen Corporation (NASDAQ:CYTO) (acquired by EUSA Pharma, Inc.), Myrexis, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYRX), Pharmacopeia, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCOP) (acquired by Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc.) and Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNAI) (acquired by Merck & Co., Inc.).
Dr. Langer received a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, an M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a B.A. in biology from Columbia University.
David M. Madden has served as a member and the chairman of our board of directors since June 2009. Mr. Madden is a founder and principal of Narrow River Management, LP, an investment management company with a focus on equity investments in the emerging pharmaceutical industry, where he has been since 2004. Mr. Madden has served as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of River Vision Development Corporation since 2011. Mr. Madden also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mr. Madden previously served as interim president and chief executive officer of Adolor Corporation (NASDAQ: ADLR) from August 2005 to December 2006 and the chairman of its board of directors until it was acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST) in December 2011. Mr. Madden was co-chief executive officer of Royalty Pharma AG, a private investment management firm specializing in the acquisition of royalty interests in pharmaceutical products, from October 2000 to 2003, and a member of its board of directors until March 2004. From 1997 to October 2000, he served as a managing member of Pharmaceutical Partners, LLC. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Madden was president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Selectide Corporation.
Mr. Madden has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Bruce Peacock has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2014. Mr. Peacock served as Chief Financial and Business Officer of Ophthotech Corporation from August 2013 to September 2014 and served as its Chief Business Officer from September 2010 to August 2013. From April 2008 to February 2011, Mr. Peacock served as President, Chief Executive Officer and co-Chairman of the board of directors of Alba Therapeutics where he continues to serve as co-Chairman of the board of directors. Additionally, Mr. Peacock has served as a venture partner of SV Life Sciences Advisors, LLC since 2006. Previously Mr. Peacock served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Little Clinic; President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Adolor Corp. (NASDAQ:ADLR) (acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST)); President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Orthovita, Inc. (acquired by Stryker Corporation); Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Cephalon, Inc. (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.); and as Chief Financial Officer of Centocor, Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).