Board of Directors

Board of Directors

NICK BEDFORD
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Bedford has served as Chair of our Board of Directors since September 2004. He brings his expertise in business and finance to Zymeworks, after serving as Chair 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 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 has served as chair of the board of directors of Actenum Corporation since 2003, and previously served as 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.
TROY COX
Director
Troy Cox served as Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Medicine, Inc. (“Foundation Medicine”) from February 2017 through February 2019 as CEO and member of the Board of Directors from February 2017 until July 2018, and in the additional role of President of Foundation Medicine from February 2018 until July 2018. Prior to Foundation Medicine, Mr. Cox served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”) from February 2010 until February 2017. Before joining Genentech, Mr. Cox served as President of CNS operations at UCB S.A. (“UCB BioPharma”) with responsibility for developing and commercializing therapeutics for diseases primarily related to the central nervous system. Prior to UCB BioPharma, Mr. Cox held senior commercial leadership roles with Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Mr. Cox received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri.
KENNETH HILLAN, M.B., CH.B.
Director
Dr. Hillan has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2017. Dr. Hillan is currently Head of Therapeutics at 23andMe. Dr. Hillan has served on the board of directors of Achaogen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, since October 2011. Dr. Hillan served as Achaogen’s President and President, R&D from January 2018 to October 2018, as its Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 until December 2017, and as its Chief Medical Officer from April 2011 to July 2014. 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 September 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.
SUE MAHONY
Director
Dr. Sue Mahony is an executive with over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Dr. Mahony served as Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company and President of Lilly Oncology from February 2011 until August 2018. She joined Lilly in 2000, holding senior leadership positions in product development, marketing, human resources, and general management. Prior to joining Lilly, Dr. Mahony served in sales and marketing roles in Europe for over a decade for Schering-Plough, Amgen, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Mahony has served on the Board of Directors of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. since December 2017 and on the Board of Directors for Vifor Pharma since May 2019. Dr. Mahony received a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Aston University and an M.B.A. from London Business School.
HOLLINGS C. RENTON
Director
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 chair 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 serves as chair 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. (December 2014 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.
NATALIE SACKS, M.D.
Director
Dr. Sacks has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2017. Dr. Sacks is a trained oncologist, and has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. since October 2018 and on the board of directors of Caribou Biosciences, Inc., a genome editing company, since May 2018. Prior to joining Harpoon, Dr. Sacks served as Chief Medical Officer of Aduro Biotech and as an advisor on development strategy for multiple firms. Previously, she was Vice President of Clinical Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen) from 2011 to 2014, where she played a key role in the development and approval of Kyprolis®, an FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma, and in business development strategy. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Clinical Research for Exelixis where she directed the development of a portfolio of small molecules, with responsibilities ranging from IND filings to late-stage development, including late-stage development of Cometriq™, an FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of medullary thyroid cancer. Earlier in her career, Dr. Sacks served as Vice President of Clinical Development at Cell Genesys, a company focused on the development of cancer vaccines and engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell. In addition to her industry experience, Dr. Sacks held an active faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco, as an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology from 2003 to 2016. She received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, her M.S. in Biostatistics from Harvard University School of Public Health and her B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.
ALI TEHRANI, PH.D.
Director
Dr. Tehrani is one of our co-founders and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since the Company’s inception in September 2003. He has been an integral part of many of our corporate achievements including raising seed and angel financing and overseeing our technical operations and patent filings. Dr. Tehrani holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and has a Doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. While completing his Ph.D. degree he co-founded the Student Biotechnology Network, for which he received the UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2002. Dr. Tehrani has served as a board director for the Student Biotechnology Network and LifeSciences British Columbia, on the MITACS Industrial Advisory Board, and on BIOTECanada’s Industrial and Environmental Committee. He was a Council Member on British Columbia’s Premier’s Technology Council from 2016 to 2018. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors of Creatus Biosciences Inc. and CQDM.
LOTA ZOTH
Director
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, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for various publicly traded companies, including MedImmune, Inc. and PSINet, Inc., and as a financial executive in various roles at Sodexho Marriott, Marriott International, Pepsi-Cola International and PepsiCo. Ms. Zoth began her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young. Ms. Zoth serves on the boards of four Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical companies (Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NewLink Genetics Corporation, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. and Spark Therapeutics, Inc.) and serves on the audit committees of three of them (Inovio, NewLink and Spark). Previously, Ms. Zoth served on the boards of four other biopharmaceutical companies (Aeras, Circassia Pharmaceuticals, plc, Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. and Ikaria, Inc.).