Board of Directors

Nick Bedford

Mr. Bedford has served as Chairman of our board of directors since September 2004. He brings his expertise in business and finance to Zymeworks, after serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ActiveState Corporation, a software corporation, from May 2002 up to the time of its acquisition by Sophos Group plc an international security software and hardware company in July 2003. Additionally, he has held senior positions at UBS Warburg from 1982 to 2002, including the Frankfurt-based role as Head of German Equities. In this position he oversaw all sales and sales trading of equity products, and was responsible for the merger of UBS Germany’s equity business with SBC Warburg in 1998. Prior to this he was with UBS’ Securities division in Zurich, Tokyo, and London. Mr. Bedford also currently serves on the Board of Actenum Corporation which he joined in 2003, and was previously a member of the board of Aegis Mobility from 2006 to January 2015. Mr. Bedford holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from King’s College, London University.

Kerry Blanchard

Dr. Blanchard has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2015. Dr. Blanchard is currently Eli Lilly and Company’s Senior Vice-President of Medicines Development Unit and External Innovation. Dr. Blanchard received a BS degree in chemistry in 1977, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1982 and an M.D. in 1985 from Indiana University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Center, and Harvard Medical School in 1990. Prior to joining Lilly in 2000, he was a tenured Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, holding positions in the LSU School of Medicine from 1992 to 2000. He has played multiple roles in Lilly Research Laboratories including Senior Clinical Research Physician in Program Phase Oncology (2000-2003), Chief Scientific Officer Cancer Discovery (2004-2005), Executive Director of Cancer Discovery & Lilly Systems Biology-Singapore (2005-2006) and Chief Operating Officer/Vice-President of Discovery Research and Vice-President of Integrative Biology (2006-2010). He served on the Board of Directors of the Lilly Singapore Centre for Drug Discovery and Systems Biology from 2005 to 2010. He is a co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Cancer Research Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Lilly Suzhou Pharmaceutical Company.

Noel Hall

Mr. Hall has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2008. Mr. Hall is a Managing Partner at the MacHall Group, a family office focused on life sciences and technology investing. He was the Co-founder, President and Director of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corp. from 2002 to 2008 which was acquired by the Galenica Group in January 2008. Prior to Aspreva, Mr. Hall co-founded the life sciences practice of consulting firm Hill and Knowlton in 1999 and served as Head of Global Strategic Planning for the firm’s worldwide pharmaceutical consulting practice from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Hall was the Director of Corporate Affairs for the United Kingdom and Northern Europe for The Wellcome Foundation Ltd. from 1993 to 1995, which is now part of GSK. Additionally, Mr. Hall worked in market development with Abbott Laboratories Ltd. from 1987 to 1992. From 1992 to 1993 he was an account Director at Shire Hall Communication and was the regional sales manager with Leo Laboratories Ltd. from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Hall trained in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the London Hospital. Mr. Hall co-founded Vitaeris Biopharma Inc. and has served as its Executive Chairman since April 2016. Additionally, Mr. Hall co-founded Arius Technologies Inc., Creatus Sciences Inc. and CRAiLAR Fibre Technologies, Inc and currently serves as a director of these organizations.

Kenneth Hillan

Dr. Hillan has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2017. Dr. Hillan has served as CEO and a member of the board of directors of Achaogen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, since October 2011. Prior to this, Dr. Hillan served as Achaogen’s Chief Medical Officer from April 2011 to October 2011. Prior to joining Achaogen, Dr. Hillan worked at Genentech, Inc., a pharmaceutical company and a member of the Roche Group, from August 1994 to March 2011. Dr. Hillan held progressively senior roles at Genentech, most recently holding the position of Senior Vice President & Head of Roche Product Development, Asia Pacific from April 2010 to March 2011, and was responsible for numerous successful drug approvals and led the medical and scientific strategies for Genentech’s immunology, tissue growth and repair drug portfolio. Dr. Hillan also served on the board of directors of Relypsa, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company that was acquired in September 2016 by Galencia AG for $1.5 billion, from June 2014 to July 2016. Dr. Hillan has an M.B. and a Ch.B. (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hillan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Dion Madsen

Mr. Madsen has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2016. Mr. Madsen is the Senior Managing Partner at BDC Capital in the Healthcare Fund and has over 20 years of senior management experience as a financial executive and venture investor. Prior to joining BDC in January 2013, Mr. Madsen was the Founder and Managing Director of Physic Ventures from April 2007 to December 2012, and Managing Director of Unilever Technology Ventures, Unilever’s North American corporate venture fund, from March 2005 to April 2007. Prior to Unilever, Mr. Madsen led Chiron Corporation’s investor communications, as Director of Investor Relations, from April 2004 to March 2005 and before moving to San Francisco, he spent five years as Partner of RBC Capital Partners’ Life Sciences Venture Fund from February 1998 to December 2003. Mr. Madsen currently sits on the Board of Directors of Interface Biologics, Agrisoma Biosciences, Phemi Health Systems, Xagenic and is a board observer at Chromatin. He is also a member of the selection committee of the San Francisco Canadian Technology Accelerator, a founding member of the C100 and has sat on the boards of directors of many venture capital funds and companies in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. He is a CFA charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan.

Hollings Renton

Mr. Renton has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2017. Mr. Renton served as CEO and President of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 1993 to March 2008 and was the chairperson of the board of directors of Onyx from June 2000 to March 2008. Onyx was acquired by Amgen Inc. in 2013 for $10.4 billion. Before joining Onyx, Mr. Renton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chiron Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, from December 1991 to December 1993. Mr. Renton served in a variety of executive roles at Cetus Corporation from 1983 including as President from 1990 to 1991, Chief Operating Officer from 1987 to 1990 and Chief Financial Officer from 1983 to 1987, prior to its acquisition by Chiron in 1991. Mr. Renton currently serves as chairperson of the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he has been a board member since March 2010. He has also served on the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc. since June 2015. Previously, Mr. Renton served on the boards of three biopharmaceutical companies, KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (January 2015 to October 2015), Affymax, Inc. (June 2009 to November 2014) and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (January 2004 to March 2014). Mr. Renton also previously served on the board of Cepheid Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, from March 2000 to November 2016. Mr. Renton received his M.B.A., from the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University.

Shermaine Tilley

Dr. Tilley has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2009. Dr. Tilley is a Managing Partner at CTI Life Sciences Fund, or CTI LSF, a Montreal-based venture capital fund investing across Canada and the United States. Since joining CTI LSF at its inception in 2006, Dr. Tilley has played a critical role in each of the fund’s investments, including Medicago Inc. (a biotechnology company acquired by Mitsubishi Tanabe in 2013) as well as Enobia Pharma Corp. and Zymeworks Inc. Prior to joining CTI LSF, from 2000 to 2005, Dr. Tilley held various positions at Drug Royalty Corporation (now DRI), the world’s first private equity firm exclusively focused on royalty transactions in the biotech/pharma space, including, most recently, the position of Senior Vice President in 2005. Before DRC, Dr. Tilley ran and managed a research laboratory, holding faculty positions at the NYU School of Medicine and Public Health Research Institute, New York, from 1985 to 2000 and on the Public Health Research Institute, or PHRI, Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995. Concomitantly with her tenure at NYU School of Medicine and PHRI, she consulted for the NIH Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program in immunology and infectious diseases for 10 years from 1989 to 1998. Dr. Tilley holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA, Society of Toronto. She currently sits on the boards of CellAegis Devices, Immunovaccine Inc., PHEMI, Xagenic Inc., Zymeworks Inc. and BIOTECanada, a national biotechnology industry association. Dr. Tilley served as a board observer on Enobia Pharma Corp. prior to its acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2012.

Lota Zoth

Ms. Zoth has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2016. Ms. Zoth is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Chief Accountant for various publicly-traded companies. Previously, Ms. Zoth acted as Vice President, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer (from August 2002 to April 2004) and Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (from April 2004 to July 2007) for MedImmune, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, which was acquired by AstraZeneca plc in June 2007. From August 2000 to June 2002, Ms. Zoth acted as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of PSINet, Inc, and led the company through its 2002 restructuring in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Zoth currently serves on the boards of numerous biopharmaceutical companies including Aeras, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., NewLink Genetics Corporation, Circassia Pharmaceuticals, plc and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. Previously, Ms. Zoth served on the boards of two biopharmaceutical companies, Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. (February 2008 to May 2015) and Ikaria, Inc (January 2008 to February 2014). Ms. Zoth is, or has served as, the Audit Committee Chair at each of these companies.