David A. Cory, RPh, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Founder
David Cory is an industry veteran with over 25-years of experience in large pharmaceuticals, emerging stage biotechnology, and specialty pharmaceutical organizations with an established track record of operational performance, including 5 successful Orphan Designation drug programs.
Cory is President and CEO, Director, and business founder of Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, leading the company since founding and responsible for negotiating the company’s multiple technology and product licenses from Stanford University, Merck, Nippon Kayaku, and Janssen. Previously, Cory was CEO of DiObex, a metabolic disease company. Cory was President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, an Orphan CNS specialty pharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Biovail for $160 million. Cory was Co-Founder and Acting Chief Commercial Officer at CoTherix, an Orphan Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension company, which was acquired by Actelion for $425 million. Cory began his start up career at InterMune, focused on developing Orphan products for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, where he was a Senior Vice President, and a key executive in the company IPO, building and managing the company’s commercial organization, in-licensing 4 products and raising over $400 million in the capital markets. InterMune was acquired by Roche for $8 billion. Cory began his large pharma career in operating positions of increasing responsibility at The Upjohn Company, Glaxo, Glaxo Wellcome, and Glaxo Smith Kline where he led teams in CNS, Critical Care, Oncology, Infectious Disease, and Respiratory therapeutic areas, and directed 10 pharmaceutical product launches including Flolan (epoprostenol), the first Orphan Designation therapy approved for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
David Cory earned a BS from the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.
David Apelian, MD, PHD, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Medical Officer
David Apelian brings extensive clinical development and regulatory experience, spanning 17 years between large pharma and biotechnology companies in all phases of development ranging from discovery to registration, across multiple therapeutic areas including gastroenterology, hepatology, immuno-oncology, infectious diseases, and rare diseases.
Dr. Apelian was most recently Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a position he held since 2013. At Achillion, he was responsible for creating portfolio strategy and managing the company’s clinical development programs. He was instrumental in securing a partnership between Achillion and J&J, which resulted in a $225 million equity investment. More recently, he led the rare disease development program for novel small-molecule complement factor D inhibitors for alternative pathway-mediated diseases. From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Apelian was Chief Medical Officer and subsequently head of all R&D and Regulatory Affairs for GlobeImmune. He was previously at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he served as Clinical Director and Medical Leader for development of Baraclude® (entecavir) for chronic HBV through NDA filing. Prior to that, Dr. Apelian was Clinical Director in the Department of Hepatology & Gastroenterology at Schering Plough, where he coordinated a supplemental NDA filing for interferon alpha-2b and ribavirin for the treatment of pediatric patients with chronic HCV.
Dr. Apelian completed his residency training in pediatrics at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center and is board certified in Pediatrics. He received a PhD in Biochemistry from Rutgers University, an MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and an MBA from Quinnipiac University. He earned a BA in Biochemistry from Rutgers University.
James A. Welch, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
James Welch brings over 20 years of healthcare financial and business experience in diagnostics, emerging biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies, including a decade as a public company CFO, raising over $500 million in 2 IPOs, multiple public secondary offerings and private financings. Prior to Eiger, Mr. Welch served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Virobay Incorporated. Previously, Mr. Welch served as Chief Financial Officer of Acelrx Pharmaceuticals, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary at Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary at Rigel Pharmaceuticals, and earlier in his career was the Chief Financial Officer of Biocircuits diagnostics.
James Welch received a B.A. in Business Administration from Whitworth College and an M.B.A. from Washington State University.
James P. Shaffer, MBA
Chief Business Officer
James Shaffer brings extensive commercial leadership and business experience with over 20 years of experience with large pharmaceuticals, emerging biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies in Infectious Disease, Neurology, Oncology, GI and Pulmonary Care.
Prior to joining Eiger, Mr. Shaffer served as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Halozyme Therapeutics from 2011 to 2014 where he was responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development overseeing the re-launch of Hylenex® and product development in Diabetes and Oncology. From 2007-2011, Mr. Shaffer was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Manufacturing with Clinical Data, Inc., who developed Viibryd®, a novel antidepressant, which was acquired by Forest Laboratories for $1.2 billion. Mr. Shaffer was Vice President of Commercial Operations for New River Pharmaceuticals which developed Vyvanse® for the treatment of ADHD and was acquired by Shire for $2.6 billion in 2007. From 2004-2007, he was Senior Director of Commercial Operations for Prestwick Pharmaceuticals overseeing the collaboration with Cambridge Labs for Xenazine®, an Orphan CNS specialty product, and responsible for the development of the companies commercial capabilities in the US and Canada. From 2001-2004, Mr. Shaffer was the National Sales Director for InterMune. Mr. Shaffer spent the first 10 years of his career in numerous sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.
James Shaffer is a graduate of the Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. Degree in Economics and an M.B.A..
Joanne Quan, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Joanne Quan has over 20 years of medical and pharmaceutical industry experience in clinical development and regulatory affairs.
Dr. Quan was most recently Vice President, New Product Clinical Development at InterMune. Previously, she was Vice President, Clinical Development at Arena Pharmaceuticals and led the collaboration with Eisai for lorcaserin (Belviq®) as well as pipeline planning for Arena, including initiation of a Phase 2 program in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). Prior to this, Dr. Quan held scientific, clinical and regulatory positions of increasing responsibility at Bayhill Therapeutics, Alza (Johnson and Johnson), Genentech, and PathoGenesis. She has led multiple successful collaborations and project teams, several IND/CTA submissions and designed, conducted and analyzed numerous Phase 1-4 clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas, many in Orphan diseases.
Joanne Quan received a B.A. in Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.D. at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Lisa Porter, MD
Senior Vice President Metabolic Diseases
Lisa Porter brings more than 15 years of experience in developing medicines for diabetes and metabolic diseases with a singular focus on bringing innovative therapies to patients with high unmet need. From 2004 to 2013, Dr. Porter served as Vice President, Medical Development for Amylin Pharmaceuticals where she led the R&D efforts for the Amylin-Lilly Alliance culminating in the approval of the GLP-1 agonist Bydureon, the first once weekly treatment for Type 2 diabetes. From 1999-2004, Dr. Porter held progressively increasing leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals with responsibilities for the clinical strategy for Avandia diabetes treatment and early obesity compounds. Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline, she served as Associate Medical Director for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals from 1997 to 1999. Dr. Porter earned a BS in Biology from the College of William & Mary, an MD from Duke University and completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.