Board of Directors
Keith R. Harris, Ph.D.Chairman of the Board, Chairman of Keith Harris & Associates
Dr. Keith Harris has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015 and served as chairman of our board of directors since February, 2018. Dr. Harris is a London-based investment banker and financier with a 25-year career as a senior corporate finance and takeover advisor. Since 2013, Dr. Harris has been the chairman of Keith Harris & Associates, a sports consulting firm. Dr. Harris previously served as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Investment Bank from 1994 to 1999. Dr. Harris received a B.A. in business and economics from the University of Bradford and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey.
Alexandria Forbes, Ph.D.President and CEO, MeiraGTx
Dr. Alexandria Forbes has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since March 2015. Prior to joining MeiraGTx, Dr. Forbes served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Kadmon Holdings, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from September 2013 to April 2015 and currently serves as a member of its board of directors. Prior to Kadmon Holdings, Inc., Dr. Forbes spent eleven years as a healthcare investor at Sivik Global Healthcare, a healthcare hedge fund, from September 2000 to November 2008, and at Meadowvale Asset Management, a healthcare hedge fund, from January 2010 to June 2012. Before entering the hedge fund industry, Dr. Forbes was a Human Frontiers/Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center from March 1997 to September 2000. Prior to this, Dr. Forbes was a research fellow at Duke University, and also at the Carnegie Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Forbes received an M.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Oxford University.
Ellen Hukkelhoven, Ph.D.Senior Analyst - Perceptive Advisors
Dr. Ellen Hukkelhoven has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2017. Dr. Hukkelhoven currently serves as a Senior Analyst at Perceptive Advisors, a leading healthcare investment firm. Prior to joining Perceptive Advisors in 2013, Dr. Hukkelhoven received an A.B. in molecular biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in cancer biology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D.Systems Biology Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Dr. Arnold Levine has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Levine currently serves as a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. He was a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University from 1984 until 1996, where he was named the Harry C. Wiess Professor in Life Sciences and was the chairman of the department. Dr. Levine received a B.A. from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joel S. Marcus, J.D.Executive Chairman and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments
Mr. Joel Marcus has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015. Mr. Marcus founded Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust, and currently serves as Executive Chairman after previously serving as its Chairman since May 2007, Chief Executive Officer since March 1997 and a director since its founding in 1994. Mr. Marcus also co-founded and leads Alexandria Venture Investments which is a strategic venture arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Prior to founding Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Mr. Marcus specialized in corporate finance and capital markets, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions with special expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry. Mr. Marcus received a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Neil MendozaChairman, Victoria Private Investment Office
Mr. Neil Mendoza has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015. In 1986, Mr. Mendoza founded the custom marketing and publishing agency Forward, subsequently renamed Bookmark Content and Communications, a subsidiary of WPP plc. Mr. Mendoza is the Chairman of Victoria Private Investment Office, a London-based investment advisory firm, which he joined in 2010. He received a M.A. in Geography from Oxford University.
Stuart Naylor, Ph.D.Chief Development Officer, MeiraGTx
Dr. Stuart Naylor has served as our Chief Development Officer and a member of our board of directors since April 2015. From April 2015 to April 2016, Dr. Naylor was Chief Executive Officer of Athena Vision, a biotechnology company. From June 2013 to April 2015, Dr. Naylor served as managing director of Coltivare Ltd., a healthcare consulting company. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Naylor was Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Oxford BioMedica plc, a gene therapy company. Prior to joining Oxford BioMedica, Dr. Naylor focused on translational cancer research at the Institute of Cancer Research. Dr. Naylor has a B.S.C. in microbiology and virology from the University of Warwick, a M.S. in Immunology from Kings College London, and a Ph.D. from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratory studying ovarian cancer and cytokine biology.
Thomas E. Shenk, Ph.D.James A. Elkins Jr. Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Dr. Thomas Shenk has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015. Dr. Shenk has been the James A. Elkins Jr. Professor of Life Sciences in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University since 1984. Dr. Shenk served on the board of directors of Merck and Co. Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Shenk currently serves as a director of Vical Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, and Kadmon Holdings, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. He received a B.S. from University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.