- Mark Brooks, M.B.A., Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Granite Health Growth Partners and Venture Partner, Scale Venture Partners
- Brian Halak, Ph.D., B.S.E., Partner at Domain Associates, L.L.C. and CEO of WindMIL Therapeutics
- Garheng Kong, M.D., Ph.D, Managing Partner, Sofinnova HealthQuest
- James R. Largent, M.B.A. , Chairman of the Board
- Dan Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Alimera Sciences
- Peter J. Pizzo, III, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Carticept Medical, Inc. and Cartiva, Inc.
- Mary T. Szela, M.B.A., B.S.N., Chief Executive Officer and President, Surefire Medical, Inc.
- Calvin W. Roberts M.D, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Bausch + Lomb
Mark Brooks, M.B.A.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Granite Health Growth Partners and Venture Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Mark Brooks, M.B.A. has been a member of our board of directors since 2004. Mr. Brooks is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Granite Health Growth Partners, a healthcare equity fund founded in 2017 that exclusively focuses on health services companies. Mr. Brooks is also a Venture Partner of Scale Venture Partners. Mr. Brooks has been with Scale Venture Partners since its formation in January 2007 and previously served as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Scale Venture Partners, from 1995 Mr. Brooks worked for Bank of America Ventures, ultimately serving as a Managing Director. Mr. Brooks currently serves on the board of directors of five privately held companies: Curtis Care, LLC, LivHome, Inc., Spinal Kinetics, Inc., Alternative Behavior Strategies and CleanSlate Addictive Treatment Centers. From 1999 until its acquisition in 2015, Mr. Brooks served on the board of directors of IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., a publicly traded provider of hospitalist services. Mr. Brooks holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Brian K. Halak, Ph.D. has been a member of our board of directors since 2004. Dr. Halak joined Domain Associates, L.L.C. in 2001 and has served as a Partner of Domain Associates, L.L.C. since 2006. Dr. Halak currently serves as CEO of WindMIL Therapeutics, a company that Domain and Dr. Halak helped create. Prior to joining Domain Associates, L.L.C., Dr. Halak served as an analyst of Advanced Technology Ventures from 2000 to 2001. From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Halak served as an analyst of Wilkerson Group. Dr. Halak holds a Doctorate in Immunology from Thomas Jefferson University and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Halak has served on the board of directors of more than ten emerging companies in the life sciences industry in the past ten years. These companies include Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which completed a public offering on Nasdaq in 2014, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company listed on Nasdaq, and Esprit Pharma, Inc., a company Allergan acquired in 2007.
Garheng Kong, M.D., Ph.D., has been a member of our board of directors since 2012. Dr. Kong has been the Managing Partner of Sofinnova HealthQuest, a healthcare investment firm, since July 2013. He was a General Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on life sciences, from September 2010 to December 2013. From 2000 to 2010, he was at Intersouth Partners, a venture capital firm, most recently as a General Partner, where he was a founding investor or board member for various life sciences ventures, several of which were acquired by large pharmaceutical companies. Since 2006 Dr. Kong has served on the board of directors of Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., where he was Chairman from 2008-2017. Dr. Kong has served on the board of Histogenics Corporation, a public regenerative medicine company since 2012, where he also serves as the chairman of the board. Dr. Kong also serves on the board of LabCorp, a public healthcare company, since December 2013 and Strongbridge Biopharma plc, a public rare disease biomedical company, since September 2015. Dr. Kong sits on the Duke University Medical Center Board of Visitors. Dr. Kong holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and biological sciences from Stanford University. He holds an M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
James R. Largent has been a member of our board of directors since 2011 and became chairman on May 6, 2015. Mr. Largent has worked extensively within the medical industry. He most recently served as a medical and pharmaceutical consultant, including work with the U.S. ophthalmic device company, Eyeonics Inc. Also in his role as a consultant, he assisted a multinational pharmaceutical and medical device company in the evaluation of strategic targets. Prior to this, Mr. Largent served in various senior management positions at Allergan, Inc., including as vice president of strategic planning where he fostered licensing deals to build product pipelines. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of strategic marketing at Allergan Medical Optics, Inc. Mr. Largent also held positions of increasing responsibility in the marketing and sales departments at Allergan and Pharmacia Ophthalmics. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Mr. Largent is on the board of directors of SOLX Inc., a privately held company focused on the management and surgical treatment of glaucoma. He previously served on the board of directors of Tear Science, Inc., a privately held developer of diagnostic and therapeutic devices for the treatment of patients with dry eye disease. Mr. Largent earned a B.A. in chemistry and an M.B.A., both from the University of California, Irvine.
Dan Myers is one of our co-founders and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a director since the founding of our Company in 2003. Before founding our Company, Mr. Myers was an initial employee of Novartis Ophthalmics (formerly CIBA Vision Ophthalmics) and served as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1991 to 1997 and as President from 1997 to 2003. Mr. Myers holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Myers has over 33 years of ophthalmic pharmaceutical experience, including over 19 years in the role of president or chief executive officer. In addition, Mr. Myers served on the board of directors of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Myers currently serves on a number of industry boards.
Peter J. Pizzo, III
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Carticept Medical, Inc. and Cartiva, Inc.
Peter J. Pizzo, III has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. Since 2005, Mr. Pizzo has served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Carticept Medical, Inc., a private medical device company, and since its spinout from Carticept in December 2011, as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cartiva, Inc., a private orthopedic medical device company. From 2002 until its sale in 2005, Mr. Pizzo served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Proxima Therapeutics, Inc., a private medical device company that developed and marketed local radiation delivery systems for the treatment of solid cancerous tumors. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Pizzo worked for Serologicals Corporation, a publicly traded global provider of biological products to life science companies, ultimately serving as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Pizzo served as Vice President of Administration and Controller of ValueMark Healthcare Systems, Inc., a privately held owner-operator of psychiatric hospitals. From 1992 until its sale in 1995, Mr. Pizzo served in various senior financial positions at Hallmark Healthcare Corporation, a publicly traded hospital management company, most recently as Treasurer. Mr. Pizzo holds a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University. Mr. Pizzo is an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in the rules and regulations of the SEC.
Mary T. Szela, M.B.A., has been a member of our board of directors since 2018. Ms. Szela is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Surefire Medical Inc., which develops infusion technologies for cancer care. With nearly 30 years of experience in both the commercial and clinical arenas, Ms. Szela has built billion-dollar businesses, turned around faltering businesses, ignited growth in stagnant businesses, and devised innovative, differentiated product strategies. Prior to joining Surefire Medical as its CEO and President, Ms. Szela served as CEO of Novelion Therapeutics, a rare disease company, where she orchestrated the merger of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals and QLT Therapeutics. Prior to Novelion, she was CEO of Melinta Therapeutics. Ms. Szela held ascending management positions at Abbott Laboratories, including President of the company’s $8 billion U.S. pharmaceutical business. Ms. Szela developed global brands such as Humira® and served as Vice President for global strategic marketing and services. In addition to serving on Alimera’s board, Ms. Szela currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Surefire Medical, Inc., Coherus Biosciences and Macrolide Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Szela earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in nursing, both from the University of Illinois.
Calvin W. Roberts, M.D. has been a member of our board of directors since 2003. Dr. Roberts currently serves as an Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Bausch + Lomb. Since 1982, Dr. Roberts has served as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. From 1989 to 2011, Dr. Roberts also served as a consultant to Allergan, Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Novartis. Dr. Roberts holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Roberts completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and completed cornea fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston.