Board of Directors
Keith J. Kendall
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Keith J. Kendall has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and as a member of our Board since November 2014, after having served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2011 to November 2014 and as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2011. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Kendall served in various business leadership positions for Hewlett Packard Financial Services, most recently as Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas. From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Kendall held a number of positions with AT&T Capital Corporation, including President of AT&T Credit Corporation and NCR Credit Corporation. Mr. Kendall served on the board of directors of Midatech Pharma Plc (Nasdaq: MTP) from January 2010 to December 2014. Mr. Kendall holds a B.S. from St. John’s University and an M.B.A from Pace University. Our Board believes that Mr. Kendall’s perspective and experience as our Chief Executive Officer, as well as his depth of operating and senior management experience in our industry, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Gregory B. Brown, M.D.
Gregory B. Brown, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2007. Dr. Brown is currently Chief Executive Officer of Memgen, LLC, a private development-stage biotechnology company. Dr. Brown is a co-founder and Vice Chairman at HealthCare Royalty Partners, or HCR Partners, and is a member of that firm’s Senior Advisor Board. Educated as a transplantation immunologist and trained as a thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. Brown practiced thoracic and vascular surgery in a community setting where he also founded and led a health maintenance organization. Before co-founding HCR Partners, Dr. Brown was a partner at Paul Capital Partners, where he co-managed that firm’s royalty investments as a member of the royalty management committee. Prior to beginning his principal investment career in 2003, Dr. Brown was co-head of investment banking and head of healthcare at Adams, Harkness & Hill (now Canaccord Genuity) and a ranked biotechnology research analyst at Vector Securities International. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and an M.B.A from Harvard University. Dr. Brown currently serves on the boards of the following public pharmaceutical companies: Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLBS) and Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (LSN: FARN). Our Board believes that Dr. Brown’s extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and investing in life sciences companies, as well as his medical and scientific background, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Santo J. Costa
Chairman of the Board
Santo J. Costa has served as our Board Chairman since August 2018 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2015. Since 2007, Mr. Costa has served as Of Counsel to the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell and Jernigan, L.L.P. of Raleigh, North Carolina, specializing in corporate law for healthcare companies. Mr. Costa has served on the board of directors of Cytokinetics Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTK) since October 2010. From 1994 to 2001, he held various positions at Quintiles Transnational Corporation, including as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Quintiles, Mr. Costa spent 23 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Administration with Glaxo Inc. Prior to joining Glaxo, he served as U.S. Area Counsel with Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and as Food & Drug Counsel with Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Costa served as chairman of the board of directors of Alchemia Limited, a private biopharmaceutical company, from March 2014 to June 2015 and on the board of directors of Metabolon, Inc., a private company, from April 2013 to May 2019. He also served on the board of directors of Magor Corporation, formerly Biovest Corp. I, from March 2010 until March 2013. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of LaboPharm, Inc. from March 2006 to November 2011 and a director of OSI Pharmaceuticals from June 2006 to June 2010, as well as serving as a director at other private companies. Mr. Costa earned both a B.S. in Pharmacy and a J.D. from St. John’s University. Our Board believes that Mr. Costa’s experience in the biotechnology industry, his broad experience advising global corporations and boards of directors of publicly held companies, and his experience serving as a director of public and private companies, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Chairman of the Board
John Cochran has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2004. Mr. Cochran has been a partner at Bratton Capital Management L.P. since October 1998 and is responsible for its private equity investments. Mr. Cochran is also a partner and Chief Operating Officer of Crestline Investors, an institutional alternative investment management firm. Prior to joining Bratton Capital Management L.P., Mr. Cochran spent 10 years with KPMG focused primarily on audit and merger and acquisition due diligence. Mr. Cochran received his B.A. in Accounting from Texas Christian University and is also a licensed certified public accountant. Our Board believes that Mr. Cochran’s private equity investment and company oversight experience, along with his strong finance and management background, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Julie Krop, M.D.
Julie Krop, M.D. joined our Board of Directors in February 2021. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Freeline Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FRLN). Prior to assuming her position with Freeline Therapeutics, Dr. Krop was the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Development, at AMAG Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AMAG) from 2015 to 2020. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Krop served as the Vice President, Clinical Development for Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX). In addition, Dr. Krop was Vice President, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs for Stryker Biotech (NYSE: SYK) from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Krop received a B.A. from Brown University and her M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship in the Department of Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Our Board believes that Dr. Krop’s extensive experience successfully designing and executing clinical development programs from early stage development all the way through FDA approval and senior leadership roles across clinical development, regulatory affairs, clinical operations, pharmacovigilance, medical affairs and program management during her career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, as well as her medical background, qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.
Nancy S. Lurker
Nancy S. Lurker has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2018. Ms. Lurker has been serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: EYPT) since September 2016. Prior to assuming her position with Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Lurker was a freelance consultant from December 2015 to September 2016. From 2008 to December 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDXG). From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS). In addition, Ms. Lurker also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. Ms. Lurker currently serves on the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a privately held company. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, Elan Corporation, plc from 2005 to 2006 and ConjuChem Biotechnologies from 2004 to 2006. Ms. Lurker currently serves on the Advisory Board of Novo Holdings A/S, Novo Nordisk Foundation’s wholly owned holding company for Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. Our Board believes Ms. Lurker’s broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry, her experience on the boards of directors of both public and private companies, and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.
James S. Scibetta
James S. Scibetta has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2017. Mr. Scibetta currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Maverick Therapeutics, a development stage immuno-oncology company, since July 2017. Prior to Maverick, Mr. Scibetta was appointed President of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, or Pacira (Nasdaq: PCRX), in October 2015, where he oversaw commercial and medical support activities, and directed commercial manufacturing, tech transfer and research and development. Mr. Scibetta served as Pacira’s Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2016 where he led its 2011 initial public offering and subsequent debt and equity financings. Prior to that, Mr. Scibetta served as Chief Financial Officer of Bioenvision Inc., a commercial-stage public oncology company acquired by Genzyme, from 2006 to 2007, and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, an oncology-focused systems biology company, from 2001 to 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scibetta spent over a decade in investment banking where he was responsible for sourcing and executing transactions for a broad base of public and private healthcare and life sciences companies. Mr. Scibetta has also served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MTNB), a biopharmaceutical company, since 2013 and a director of Maverick Therapeutics since 2017. Mr. Scibetta received his B.S. in Physics from Wake Forest University and his M.B.A from the University of Michigan. Our Board believes that Mr. Scibetta’s extensive senior management experience in the biotechnology industry, as well as his experience on the boards of both public and private companies, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Marco Taglietti, M.D.
Marco Taglietti, M.D. currently serves as a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of SCYNEXIS Inc. (NASDAQ: SCYX). Prior to joining SCYNEXIS, Dr. Taglietti held various executive positions with Forest Laboratories (now AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV)) from 2007 until 2014, including President, Forest Research Institute, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Corporate Vice President, Research & Development. Dr. Taglietti was also the Senior Vice President, Head of Global Research and Development for Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. (now a GlaxoSmithKline company) from 2004 until 2007 and served in a number of executive positions from 1992 to 2004 with Schering-Plough Research Institute, including Vice President, Clinical Research Anti-Infectives, CNS, Dermatology and Endocrinology. From 1987 until 1992, Dr. Taglietti served in a number of executive positions with Marion Merrell Dow Research Institute, including as the European Product Team Leader – Anti-Infectives. Dr. Taglietti previously served on the boards of directors of Delcath (NASDAQ: DCTH) from 2014 to 2020 and NephroGenex (NASDAQ: NRX) from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Taglietti also served as a director of Stiefel International, Ltd., a private company, from 2004 to 2007 and a director of TransCelerate BioPharma, a non-profit pharma coalition dedicated to streamlining and accelerating the research and development of innovative new therapies, from 2013 to 2014. Since 2011, Dr. Taglietti has served on the board of directors of BioNJ, a life sciences trade association in New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Taglietti served on the board of directors of HINJ, Health Institute of New Jersey, a trade association for the leading research-based biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies in New Jersey, from 2011 to 2014, and is currently on the boards of directors of Orchestra of St. Luke, a New York City based orchestra, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. Dr. Taglietti received his Degree in Medicine from the University of Pavia, Italy. Our board believes that Dr. Taglietti’s extensive senior experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, experience on the boards of both public and private companies, as well as his medical background, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Corporate Governance Overview
The Board of Directors of Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.
Governance Committees Composition
|Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee||Compensation Committee||Audit Committee|
|Gregory B. Brown, M.D.||Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee||Compensation Committee|
|John Cochran||Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee||Compensation Committee|
|Santo J. Costa||Compensation Committee|
|Keith J. Kendall|
|Julie Krop, M.D.||Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee|
|Nancy S. Lurker||Compensation Committee||Audit Committee|
|James S. Scibetta||Audit Committee|
|Marco Taglietti, M.D.||Audit Committee|
|Number of Meetings Held in 2020||6||6||7|
= Chairperson = Member
* Dr. Krop and Dr. Taglietti were first appointed to the Board in February 2021; Dr. Brown was appointed to the Compensation Committee and withdrew from the Audit Committee in February 2021.