Board of Directors
- David A. Cory, RPh, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Edgar G. Engleman, MD, Director, Managing Partner, Vivo Ventures
- Nina Kjellson, Director, General Partner, InterWest Partners
- Paul Truex, MBA, Observer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Anthera Pharmaceuticals
- Jeffrey S. Glenn, MD, PhD, Director, Founder
David Cory has 20 years of experience in large pharma, biotechnology, and specialty pharma with an established track record of commercial success, financial transaction, business development, and management experience.
David Cory most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at DiObex, a privately held biotechnology company in metabolic disease. Previously, Cory was President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, responsible for $36 million in venture financing, and management of U.S. and Canadian commercial operations. Prestwick was acquired by Biovail Pharmaceuticals for $150 million in 2008. Prior to Prestwick, Cory was Chief Commercial Officer at CoTherix and co-led the in-licensing of the company’s lead compound and raising $55 million in venture financing. CoTherix was acquired by Actelion for $425 million in 2006. Prior to CoTherix, Cory was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at InterMune, responsible for building and managing the company’s commercial organization of 130 employees and a key executive involved in the ITMN IPO, the acquisition of 4 products and raising over $400 million in the public capital markets. Cory spent the first 12 years of his career in business development and commercial operating positions of increasing responsibility at Upjohn and Glaxo Smith Kline across CNS, Critical Care, Oncology, Infectious Disease, and Respiratory therapeutic areas, directed 10 pharmaceutical product launches and managed the commercialization of over 20 brands.
David Cory is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, is board certified in Pharmacy, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Engleman is a founding member of Vivo Ventures, LLC (formerly BioAsia Investments), a healthcare/biotechnology venture capital management firm in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Engleman is Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he oversees the Stanford Blood Center and his own immunology research group. An editor of numerous scientific journals and the inventor of multiple patented technologies, he co-founded Cetus Immune (1981), Genelabs Technologies (1984), National Medical Audit (1985), Dendreon Corporation (1992) and CellGate Technologies (1998). Dr. Engleman currently serves on the boards of several private biotechnology companies. Dr. Engleman received his BA from Harvard University and his MD from Columbia University School of Medicine.
Ms. Kjellson has been part of InterWest's life sciences team since 2002, focusing primarily on investments in biopharmaceuticals. She is a board member of Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Lycera, Primera Diagnostics, Sequel and Trius Therapeutics. Ms. Kjellson led InterWest's investment in APT Pharmaceuticals and Nereus Pharmaceuticals where she is an observer on the board. Additionally, she is actively engaged with InterWest's investments in AkaRx, Devax, Kanisa, and MacuSight. Prior to joining InterWest, Ms. Kjellson was an investment manager at Bay City Capital, a life sciences merchant bank, and a research associate at Oracle Partners, a healthcare-focused hedge fund. Ms. Kjellson began her career conducting health policy and survey research with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Ms. Kjellson received a BS in human biology from Stanford University.
Prior to founding Anthera Pharmaceuticals‚ Mr. Truex served as a Director‚ President and CEO of Peninsula Pharmaceuticals. During that time‚ Mr. Truex raised over $81‚000‚000 of institutional capital and negotiated both of Peninsula's product agreements with Shionogi and Takeda. Peninsula was acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2005 for $245 Million. Prior to Peninsula‚ Mr. Truex was Vice President of Commercial Development for Versicor and assisted with the company's successful IPO. Prior to joining Versicor‚ Mr. Truex worked at Eli Lilly and Company in business development including the Lilly ICOS joint venture‚ two major product divestitures and numerous small research collaborations. Mr. Truex obtained his MBA in Marketing and Finance from Indiana University and a BA Degree in International Economics from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Truex is also a member of the adjunct faculty of California State University‚ Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Glenn is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Stanford University, and the Director of the Center for Hepatitis and Liver Tissue Engineering.
Dr. Glenn is an author on over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, is an inventor on over 30 issued and pending patent applications, and has been an active consultant for a variety of biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies. His primary research interest is in molecular virology, with a strong emphasis on translating this knowledge into novel antiviral therapies.
Dr. Glenn’s work has focused on the function and cell biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) non-structural proteins, and has identified a collection of novel antiviral targets within HCV that can form the basis for new potential antiviral strategies. Dr. Glenn discovered the role of prenylation in the life cycles of hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and other viruses including as a trigger of virus assembly and a target for a promising antiviral treatment. Other interests include exploitation of hepatic stem cells, development of a small animal model for HCV, and engineered human liver tissues.
Dr. Glenn received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley summa cum laude in Biochemistry and French Civilization, and both a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics and MD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Glenn completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology, at Stanford University's School of Medicine.