ThromboGenics’ Board of Directors composition is a direct reflection of the organization’s belief in diversity as a driver for growth. United in their quest for accomplishments, the board consists of eight individuals who each play a vital role in determining the course of the organization. Their broad views on life sciences and years of experience in various disciplines have an enriching influence on ThromboGenics’ daily activities.
Staf Van Reet (Viziphar Biosciences BVBA), Non-Executive, Independent Director, Chairman
Staf Van Reet was formerly Managing Director of Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Head of R&D of the Janssen Group and a member of the Group Operating Committee of the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson. From 2000 until 2004 Staf was Vice President of the J&J Development Corporation, J&J's venture arm. He was co-founder of Movetis NV and Chairman of its Board of Directors until November 2010, when the company was acquired by Shire Sarl. Currently, Staf is Chairman of the Board of VIB (the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology) as well as chairman of DoseVue NV and a member of the Board of Directors of Therasolve NV. Staf holds a Master's and PhD degree in Bio-engineering Sciences from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and studied law at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is a qualified Belgian and European Patent Agent.
Patrik De Haes (ViBio BVBA), Chief Executive Officer
Dr Patrik De Haes has over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare industry, covering product development, marketing and general management. Before joining ThromboGenics as CEO in 2008, Patrik was Head of Roche's Global Insulin Infusion business. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of Disetronic Medical Systems Inc, a medical device company based in Minneapolis, USA. He also led the global development and commercialization of the first biotech product at Sandoz Pharma (now Novartis) in Switzerland. Patrik holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Leuven.
Thomas Clay, Non-Executive Director
Thomas Clay is Vice-President of East Hill Management Company, LLC and Chairman and CEO of Golden Queen Mining Co., Ltd. He also serves as a Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute, Inc. Thomas is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School. Thomas replaced his father, Landon Clay, who led the first external investment into ThromboGenics and resigned from the Board of Directors in 2011.
Luc Philips (Lugost BVBA), Non-Executive Director
Luc Philips holds a degree in commercial and financial sciences. He was CFO of the KBC Group until April 2011. He has held senior management and board positions at KBC Group, KBC Verzekeringen and KBC Bank, as well as Managing Director of Almanij. Luc is an independent Director of PMV Infrastructure Fund, "Sport in Vlaanderen" and Qualiphar NV. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Luca (the university college of Science and Arts, associated with the University of Leuven) where he is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee of the University of Louvain. Luc was also appointed to be a member of the Resolution College of the National Bank of Belgium.
Patricia Ceysens (Innov'Activ BVBA), Non-Executive, Independent Director
The Annual Shareholders' meeting in 2012, nominated Innov'Activ BVBA, represented by Patricia Ceysens as independent director. Patricia is a member of the Belgium Parliament and has been Flemish Minister of Economy, Foreign Trade and E-government from 2003 to 2004 and Flemish Minister of Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade from 2007 to 2009. She is Director of the Board of Directors of BeCommerce, the Belgium Federation for online shopping and services and Board Member of Flanders Make. She is Founder and Chair of her own company WeWatt. She studied law at the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium.
Dr David Guyer MD, Non-Executive Director
Dr David Guyer MD is a long standing member of the US retina community and is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ophthotech Corporation and also serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
Dr Guyer is also on the Boards of AGTC and PanOptica. He co-founded and served as CEO and a Director of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led the company through private, public and corporate financings, and oversaw the rapid development and successful commercialization of Macugen® (pegaptanib sodium), the first FDA-approved anti-VEGF pharmacological treatment for the treatment of wet AMD. Dr Guyer has also had a successful career in academic medicine as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr Guyer received his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Yale College summa cum laude and his medical degree (MD) from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retinal fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
Paul G. Howes, Executive Director
Paul G. Howes brings over 25 years of commercial strategy, product development and sales and marketing experience with a significant focus in the field of ophthalmology. He currently serves as a board member of ThromboGenics and as the President and Chairman of its U.S. subsidiary, ThromboGenics, Inc. He is also on the board of Inotek Pharmaceuticals, a NASDAQ-listed biotech company in ophthalmic drug development, where he served as CEO from 2008-2013. Prior to joining Inotek, Mr. Howes was President of the Americas Region for Bausch & Lomb with leadership responsibility for the United States, Canada, Latin America and South America across Bausch & Lomb's Vision Care, Surgical and Pharmaceuticals business segments. During that time, he led a major expansion of the U.S. pharmaceutical business and a highly successful turn-around of the U.S. cataract surgical business.
Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb in 2003, Mr. Howes spent the previous 16 years in various senior management roles at Merck & Co. Inc. This experience included roles as Executive Director of Hospital Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Specialty Products, President and CEO of the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical company and President of Merck Frosst Canada, Inc. Prior to Merck, Mr. Howes spent 11 years at Price Waterhouse Canada. Mr. Howes is a graduate of Harvard College and earned his MBA from York University in Toronto, Canada. He also serves as board member of Prevent Blindness, as a Trustee of BioNJ and as a board member of Kish Bancorp.
Emmanuèle Attout (Investea BVBA), Non-Executive, Independent Director
Emmanuèle Attout has been an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1994 to 2014, in charge of audits of a range of clients including banks, insurance companies, investment funds and asset managers. In recent years she managed the audits of listed companies and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, from which she brings substantial relevant experience to the Board and to the Audit Committee.
Emmanuèle is an independent non-executive director, member of the audit committee, of Atenor SA and Schréder SA. Since 2009 Emmanuèle is co-founder and director of the ngo Women on Board. She serves also the Board of Toutes à l'école Belgique asbl. Emmanuèle graduated in Applied Economic Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain.
Baron Philippe Vlerick, Non-Executive Director
Philippe Vlerick is the owner, Chairman and CEO of several businesses in Belgium and abroad. He currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vlerick Group (Belgium). He also serves as the Chairman and CEO of UCO NV and as the Chairman of Pentahold. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Festival Van Vlaanderen and the Vice-chairman of KBC Group, Corelio, smartphoto Group and Durabilis. Baron Vlerick is also a member of the Board of Directors of Exmar, Hamon & Cie, Besix Group, BMT, Etex and L.V.D. (Belgium). Mr Vlerick holds a Degree in Philosophy and Law from the University of Leuven, and an MBA General Management degree (PUB) (Ghent, Vlerick School of Management – 1979).
He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA – 1980). He was elected 2006 Manager of the Year by Trends, a leading business magazine in Belgium.
He was granted the title of Baron in 2008, and became Commander of the Order of Leopold in 2013.