Management


Management

  • Simon Pimstone , MBChB, Ph.D., FRCPC
    Dr. Pimstone has served as a member of our Board since November 1996, as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2003 and as our President from January 2003 to March 2018. Since 2012, Dr. Pimstone has been a Consultant Physician at the University of British Columbia Hospital, Cardiology Clinic, and since 2014, he has held the position of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Division of General Internal Medicine. Currently, Dr. Pimstone is an Investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) research centre. Dr. Pimstone currently serves as chair of the board of Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Accuro Technologies, two private specialty pharmaceutical companies, where he has served as a director since 2012. Dr. Pimstone also sits on the BC Health Research Strategy Advisory Board of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Dr. Pimstone holds an MBChB from the University of Cape Town, a FRCPC from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in cardiovascular genetics. Dr. Pimstone is a former director of Indel Therapeutics Inc., Cyon Therapeutics Inc. and Enject, Inc. Previously, Dr. Pimstone was director and chair of the board of directors of LifeSciences British Columbia, a non-profit industry association that supports the life science community, and a former director of the Providence Healthcare Research Trust, BC Advantage Life Sciences Fund, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, and BIOTECanada.
  • Ian Mortimer , MBA, CPA, CMA
    Ian Mortimer has served as our President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2018 and additionally as Corporate Secretary since June 2015. Mr. Mortimer previously served as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer since March 2015 and as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Mortimer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (now Arbutus Biopharma Corporation), a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company, from 2007 until October 2013. Mr. Mortimer was responsible for all aspects of Tekmira’s finance and capital markets activities and led Tekmira’s listing on Nasdaq in 2010. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mortimer was Chief Financial Officer at Inex Pharmaceuticals and held various other positions at Inex Pharmaceuticals from 1997 to 2004. Since November 2017, Mr. Mortimer has served on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee for Appili Therapeutics, a private biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for infectious diseases. Mr. Mortimer has an M.B.A. from Queen’s University, a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant.
  • Ernesto Aycardi , M.D.
    Dr. Aycardi has served as our Chief Medical Officer since March 2018. Prior to joining us, Dr. Aycardi was at Teva Pharmaceutical from 2014 to 2018, most recently as Vice-President and Head of Clinical Trial Operations, Biostatistics & Data Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology. Prior to this, he was Teva Pharmaceutical’s Vice-President, Therapeutic Area Head, Clinical Development, Migraine and Headache from 2016 to 2017, and previously Teva Pharmaceutical’s Senior Director, Clinical Development, Migraine & Headache from 2014 to 2016. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Aycardi was Senior Director Head of Neuro-Degenerative Disorders for EMD Serono, Inc. Previously, he was Director, Medical Research focused on neurology development at Biogen Idec from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Aycardi held a series of roles with increasing responsibility at Merck from 1998 to 2009, both in Colombia and in the United States, where he was Worldwide Clinical Research Senior Director for various therapeutic areas throughout late phases of global drug development from 2006 to 2009. Having received his M.D. from the National University of Colombia, and neurology training at the Military Hospital in Colombia, Dr. Aycardi holds a current medical license in Colombia, and was a practicing neurologist beginning in 1993.
  • Robin Sherrington , Ph.D.
    Dr. Sherrington has served as our Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation since March 2019. Dr. Sherrington previously served as our Executive Vice President, Business & Corporate Development since March 2018, as our Senior Vice President, Business & Corporate Development since February 2012, as our Vice President, Business & Corporate Development from January 2010 to February 2012, and has held various positions in business development and other departments since joining us in March 2001. Prior to joining us, Dr. Sherrington worked at Pfizer, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, as a neuroscientist from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Sherrington also previously served as Director of Neuroscience, from 1996 to 1999, at the biotechnology companies Axys Pharmaceuticals and Sequana Therapeutics. Prior to 1996 Dr. Sherrington was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Toronto and received his Ph.D. from the University College London, and his B.Sc. with honors from University of Reading.
  • James Empfield , Ph.D.
    Dr. Empfield has served as our Senior Vice President, Drug Discovery since February 2016. Prior to joining us, Dr. Empfield served as Vice President, Drug Discovery and Chemistry; Co-Site Head of Research, Boston at Vertex from 2011 until August 2015. At Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Dr. Empfield was jointly responsible for the entire Boston research organization and for delivery of lead optimization projects into preclinical development. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Empfield was Director, CNS Chemistry Department at Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and held various other positions at Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals from 1990 to 2006. Dr. Empfield has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Chemistry from Bucknell University and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Lebanon Valley College.
  • Shelley McCloskey, B.A., Dip. Ed. ,
    Ms. McCloskey has served as our Senior Vice President, Human Resources since September 2019. Prior to joining us, Ms. McCloskey was Vice President, Human Resources and Administration at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2015 to 2018. Previously, she was Vice President, Human Resources from 2010 to 2015 at STEMCELL Technologies Inc., Canada’s largest life sciences company by number of employees, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2005, Ms. McCloskey was named Vice President, Human Resources at Xantrex Technology Inc., a publicly traded global advanced renewable energy and power electronics company that was acquired by Schneider Electric for C$500M in 2008. From 2000 to 2005, Ms. McCloskey served as Vice President, Human Resources and Information Systems at Inex Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Ms. McCloskey has an B.A. in Psychology and an Education Diploma from the University of British Columbia.