John T. Henderson M.D.
Chairman of the Board
John T. Henderson, M.D. was elected as Chairman of the Board in April 2005. He previously served as a Director of the company effective May 2004. Dr. Henderson was with Pfizer for over 25 years, most recently as a Vice President in the Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group. Dr. Henderson previously held Vice Presidential level positions with Pfizer in Research and Development in Europe and later in Japan. He was also Vice President, Medical for Europe, U.S. and International Pharmaceuticals group. Dr. Henderson earned his bachelor’s and medical degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Ed.).
Lawrence C. Best
Lawrence C. Best, a Director of the company since September 2009, joined Boston Scientific Corporation in 1992 and served for 15 years as the Executive Vice President-Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Mr. Best was a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, where he specialized in serving multinational companies in the high technology and life sciences fields. He served a two-year fellowship at the SEC from 1979 to 1981 and a one-year term as a White House-appointed Presidential Exchange Executive in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Haemonetics Corp. and is a founding director of the President’s Council at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Best received a B.B.A. degree from Kent State University.
Heiner Dreismann Ph.D.
Heiner Dreismann, Ph.D., joined the company in June 2010. Dr. Dreismann had a successful career at the Roche Group from 1985 to 2006 where he held several senior positions, including President and CEO of Roche Molecular Systems, Head of Global Business Development for Roche Diagnostics and Member of Roche’s Global Diagnostic Executive Committee. Dr. Dreismann currently serves on the boards of several public and private health care companies. He earned a master of science degree in biology and his doctor of philosophy degree in microbiology/molecular biology (summa cum laude) from Westfaelische Wilhelms University (The University of Münster) in Germany.
Walter Gilbert Ph.D.
Director, Vice Chairman of the Board
Walter Gilbert, Ph.D., Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, joined the company as a founding scientist in March 1992. Dr. Gilbert won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980 for his contributions to the development of DNA sequencing technology. He was a founder of Biogen, Inc. and its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 1985, as well as the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. Presently, he is a general partner of BioVentures Investors.
Dennis Langer M.D, J.D.
Dennis Langer, M.D., J.D. is a Director of the company as of May 2004. He was previously Senior Vice President in Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline and has a broad base of experience in innovative R&D companies such as Eli Lilly, Abbott and GD Searle. He is also a Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Langer has earned a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, an M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and a B.A. in Biology from Columbia University.
Lee N. Newcomer
Lee N. Newcomer, M.D., board-certified medical oncologist, joined the company in September 2019. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Oncology and Genetics for UnitedHealthcare. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Strategy at UnitedHealth Group, and Chief Medical Officer at Vivius, Inc. Dr. Newcomer earned a M.D. from University of Nebraska College of Medicine, a M.H.A from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan.
S. Louise Phanstiel
S. Louise Phanstiel joined the company in September 2009. Ms. Phanstiel held several important positions at WellPoint, Inc. from 1996 to 2007, including President, Specialty Products (2003 to 2007), Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Planning in the Office of the Chairman (2000 to 2003), and Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, and Chief Financial Officer for all WellPoint, Inc. subsidiaries, including Blue Cross of California (1996 to 2000). Previously, Ms. Phanstiel was a partner at the international services firm of Coopers and Lybrand where she served clients in life and property/casualty insurance, high technology, and higher education. Ms. Phanstiel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Verastem, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation. Ms. Phanstiel received a B.A. degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Colleen F. Reitan
Colleen F. Reitan joined the company in September 2019. Most recently, she served as President of Plan Operations for Healthcare Service Corporation (HCSC). Prior to that, she held several roles, including serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HCSC and President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota. She previously served on boards at Availity LLC, MEDecision, Inc. and Prime Therapeutics LLC. Reitan has a M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Economics from Minnesota State University.