Board of Directors
Jeffrey L. Edwards Director
Jeffrey L. Edwards was appointed to our board of directors in 2015 after Mr. Edwards retired from Allergan Inc., which he joined in 1993 and where he served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Business Development, Chief Financial Officer from September 2005 to August 2014. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Edwards served as Allergan’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development, and previously served as Senior Vice President, Treasury, Tax, and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Edwards was with Banque Paribas and Security Pacific National Bank, where he held various senior-level positions in the credit and business development functions. In addition to being on the board of directors, Mr. Edwards currently serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee Chairman of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a publicly traded, life sciences research and clinical diagnostic products company. Mr. Edwards also serves on the board of directors, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Clearside Biomedical Inc., a publicly traded, clinical stage pharmaceutical company. Additionally, Mr. Edwards serves on the board of directors of BioTheryX, Inc., a privately owned, clinical stage biotechnology company. Mr. Edwards received a B.A. in Sociology from Muhlenberg College and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey W. Henderson Director
Jeffrey W. Henderson has served on our board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Henderson has more than 30 years of financial, commercial, and pharmaceutical industry experience. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Cardinal Health Inc. from 2005 until 2014. His many responsibilities at Cardinal Health included oversight of the Company’s China commercial operations. Prior to Cardinal Health, Mr. Henderson was President and General Manager of Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and Vice President and Corporate Controller of Eli Lilly & Company. He joined Eli Lilly in 1998 as Vice President and Corporate Treasurer. His prior experience includes 10 years with General Motors, where he served in executive and managerial posts in Great Britain, Singapore, New York, and Canada. Mr. Henderson serves on the board of directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Qualcomm Incorporated, and is a director of Becton, Dickinson and Company and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. He was an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity firm, from 2015 until January 2020. Mr. Henderson is also President of JWH Consulting LLC, a business advisory firm primarily focused on healthcare. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Thomas F. Kearns Jr. Director
Thomas F. Kearns Jr. has served on our board of directors since November 1996, as lead independent director from June 2017 until August 2019, and as Chairperson of our board of directors from August 2019 until January 2020. Mr. Kearns is a retired Partner of The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., an investment banking firm, where he was an investment banker in the healthcare area from 1974 until 1987. Prior to his career at Bear Stearns, Mr. Kearns worked for Merrill Lynch, an investment banking firm, from January 1959 until August 1969. Mr. Kearns was Chairman of the National Advisory Board of Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina from 2008 until 2015. Mr. Kearns was a Trustee of the University of North Carolina Foundation and Endowment Fund for 16 years. He served on the board of directors of Biomet Inc. from January 1980 until May 2005 and he served on the board of directors of Franklin Street Partners from 2013 until 2018. He received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina.
Kalevi Kurkijärvi, Ph.D. Director
Kalevi Kurkijärvi, Ph.D., has served on our board of directors since November 1996. He has also served on the board of directors of our subsidiary, FibroGen Europe Oy, since November 1997, and as Managing Director (CEO) since January 2019. Dr. Kurkijärvi has been the Chairman and Founding Partner of Innomedica Oy, a business development company specialized in licensing, distributor search, and strategic planning for companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and biotechnology industries since March 2010, and from August 1997 to February 2010 he served as Director, with financial matters as his main responsibility. He was also the Founding Partner and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bio Fund Management Ltd., a Finnish-Danish venture capital company, from 1997 until 2010. He has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of his family’s import-export trading company, Biketex Ltd., since October 1993. Dr. Kurkijärvi has more than twenty years of experience in international life science business and over ten years in corporate finance. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Innomedica Oy (chair), Biketex Ltd. (chair), and Idea Development ID Oy (chair). He previously served on the boards of directors at other biotechnology companies such as Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc., Ark Therapeutics Plc, BioTie Therapies Plc (chair), Hytest Oy (chair), Stick Tech Oy (chair), Hormos Medical Oy (chair), Map Medical Oy (chair), Bio Orbit Oy (chair), and Juvantia Pharma Oy, among others. Prior to founding Bio Fund, Dr. Kurkijärvi worked as Executive Director of the venture capital group at the Finnish National Fund of Research and Development (SITRA). He has also served as Executive Vice President at Wallac Oy and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Diagnostics Production Oy. Dr. Kurkijärvi received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Turku in 1992, where he also worked for several years in research and teaching.
Thomas B. Neff Chairman, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, FibroGen
Mr. Neff founded FibroGen, Inc., in 1993, and has served since that time as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors. Prior to founding FibroGen, Mr. Neff was a founder and managing general partner of two investment partnerships that pioneered the use of royalty interests to fund clinical development and ultimately led to the formation of Royalty Pharma, a global leader in the acquisition of royalty interests. Earlier in his career, Mr. Neff was Senior Vice President at Lazard Frères & Co. and an investment banker at PaineWebber Group (now UBS). Mr. Neff is a member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont McKenna College, and serves as a Director of FibroGen China Anemia Holdings, Ltd., and General Manager of FibroGen (China) Medical Technology Development Co., Ltd. He was a fellow of the Thomas Watson Foundation, and completed his undergraduate studies at Claremont McKenna College, with concentrations in molecular biology and government, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago in economics and finance. Mr. Neff received a Doctor of Medicine degree, honoris causa, from Oulu University, Oulu, Finland in 2009.
Rory B. Riggs Director
Rory B. Riggs has served on our board of directors since October 1993. Since April 2010, Mr. Riggs has served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Syntax, LLC and Locus Analytics, sister development-stage ventures focused on creating a new information technology platform for business and finance. Mr. Riggs is co-founder and Chairman of Royalty Pharma, the largest acquirer of drug royalties, and Cibus Global Ltd., the leading company in gene editing in agriculture. In addition, he sits on the following other boards of directors: Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., Nuredis, Inc., GeneNews, Ltd. and eReceivables, LLC (Chair). Since June 2006, Mr. Riggs has also served as managing member of New Ventures, a series of venture funds focused on biotechnology and healthcare. Mr. Riggs served as the President of Biomatrix, Inc., a biomedical company, from 1996 until 2000. From 1991 to 1995, he was Chief Executive Officer of RF&P Corporation, an investment company owned by the Virginia Retirement System. He was also Managing Director of PaineWebber and Company in the mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Riggs holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Roberto Pedro Rosenkranz, Ph.D., M.B.A. Director
Roberto Pedro Rosenkranz, Ph.D., M.B.A. has served on our board of directors since April 2010. Dr. Rosenkranz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ROXRO Pharma, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from October 1999 to December 2010. He was Executive Chairman of Altos Therapeutics LLC, a pharmaceutical company, from 2012 until the company was sold in 2017. Dr. Rosenkranz is on the board of directors of the Ronald and Ann Williams Charitable Foundation. Prior to assuming his leadership role at ROXRO, Dr. Rosenkranz was President and Chief Operating Officer of Scios Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 1996 to 1997. From 1995 to 1996, he occupied multiple research, development, and marketing positions at Roche Laboratories, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. From 1982 to 1996, Dr. Rosenkranz occupied multiple research, development, and marketing positions at Syntex Laboratories Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Rosenkranz previously held board positions at Medcenter Solutions do Brasil SA, Gemini Genomics Limited (also referred to as Gemini Genomics Plc), and Pherin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Rosenkranz received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from U.C. Davis, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.