Board of Directors


Board of Directors

  • Simon Pimstone
    Executive Chair of the Board
    Dr. Pimstone has served as Executive Chair of our Board since June 2021 and as a Board member since November 1996, as our Chief Executive Officer from January 2003 to June 2021, 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., (TMX: EPRX) a specialty biotechnology company (publicly-traded since March 2021), Alpha-9 Theranostics Inc., a private radiopharmaceutical company, where he has served as a director since May 2020 as well as XYON Health Inc., a private digital health company, where he has served as a director since 2019. 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. 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, BIOTECanada, and BC Health Research Strategy Advisory Board of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
  • Dawn Svoronos
    Lead Independent Director
    Ms. Svoronos has served as Lead Independent Director since June 2021 and as a member of our Board since September 2016. Ms. Svoronos sits on the board of directors of several publicly-traded biopharmaceutical companies, PTC Therapeutics, Global Blood Therapeutics, Adverum Biotechnologies, and Theratechnologies Inc., where she is currently the chair of the board. Ms. Svoronos retired in 2011 from Merck & Co., Inc. following a 23-year career in commercial positions of increasing seniority, most recently as President of Europe and Canada. Previously held positions with Merck include Vice President of Asia Pacific and Vice President of Global Marketing for the Arthritis, Analgesics and Osteoporosis franchise. Ms. Svoronos previously sat on the board of Endocyte, Inc. and Medivation Inc. Ms. Svoronos received a B.A. in English and French Literature from Carleton University. 
  • Mohammad Azab
    Director
    Dr. Azab has served as a member of our Board since October 2003. In July 2009, Dr. Azab joined Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of drugs in oncology and other areas, as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Azab served as President and Chief Medical Officer of Astex from January 2014 to November 2020, and has since been serving as the Chair of Board of Directors. Since January 2021, Mr. Azab has served on the Board of Directors of the public company Durect Corporation, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases. Previously, Dr. Azab served as President and CEO of Intradigm Corporation, a developer of siRNA cancer therapeutics. Prior to this, Dr. Azab served as Executive Vice President of Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer of QLT Inc., and in several leadership positions at Astra Zeneca in the United Kingdom and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in France. Dr. Azab holds an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and an MB ChB from Cairo University. He received post-graduate training and degrees in oncology research from the University of Paris-Sud and biostatistics from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.
  • Steven Gannon
    Director
    Mr. Gannon has served as a member of our Board since May 2015. Mr. Gannon has served on the Board of Directors of Fusion Pharmaceuticals, a public biopharmaceutical company, since January 2020. Mr. Gannon has served on the Board of Directors of enGene Inc., a biotechnology company, since February 2017. Mr. Gannon also served on the Board of Directors of Aerogen Limited, a medical technology company, from November 2018 to July 2020. From June 2014 to March 2018, Mr. Gannon served on the Board of Directors of Advanced Accelerator Applications SA, a healthcare company acquired by Novartis in January 2018. Mr. Gannon was Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Aptalis Pharma Inc. until February 2014, after which it was sold to Forest Laboratories. Prior to joining Aptalis in 2006, Mr. Gannon served as the Chief Financial Officer for Cryocath Technologies Inc. from 1999 to 2006, as the Director of Finance and Administration of the Research Division of AstraZeneca Canada Inc. from 1996 to 1999, and as the Chief Financial Officer of Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.’s Canadian operations from 1989 to 1995. He received a bachelor of commerce in accounting and business systems from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 1983, and completed the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in Ontario, Canada in 1995. He has been a CPA, CA since 1985. 
  • Elizabeth Garofalo
    Director
    Dr. Garofalo has served as a member of our Board since June 2021. Since 2016, Dr. Garofalo has served as the principal for EAG Pharma Consulting LLC. Previously, she served in numerous leadership roles including as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development for Novartis and as a member of its Global Development Leadership Team; Chair of the Novartis Portfolio Stewardship Board; Co-Head of the Novartis Neuroscience Franchise; Head of the Neuroscience Therapy Area at Astellas; Ann Arbor Site Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs at Pfizer; and Ann Arbor Site Head of Neuroscience at Pfizer. Since September 2020, Dr. Garofalo has served on the Board of Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and, since March 2021, as a Board director and member of the Audit Committee at Exicure Inc. She is a director of the non-profit Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT) where she chairs the Pediatric Oversight Committee and is the Chair of the Business Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation of America. She has an M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed fellowships in pediatric neurology and epilepsy at the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • Michael Hayden
    Director
    Dr. Hayden has served as a member of our Board since November 1996. Dr. Hayden previously served as our Chief Scientific Officer from January 1997 to September 2012. From September 2012 to December 2017, Dr. Hayden served as President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and was employed by Teva Pharmaceutical in an advisory capacity until August 2018. Since October 2018, Dr. Hayden has served as the CEO of Prilenia Therapeutics. Dr. Hayden currently serves on the board of directors of several publicly-traded biopharmaceutical companies; Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. since February 2018, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since September 2018, 89bio Inc. since October 2018, and AbCellera since October 2019. Dr. Hayden is also currently the Killam Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine. He is also the founder and a Senior Scientist of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. He is presently the Program Director of the Translational Laboratory in Genetic Medicine in Singapore. Dr. Hayden received his MB ChB in Medicine in 1975, Ph.D. in Genetics in 1979 and DCH Diploma in Child Health in 1979 from the University of Cape Town. He received his American Board Certification in both internal medicine and clinical genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1982 and an FRCPC in internal medicine from the University of British Columbia in 1984. 
  • Patrick Machado
    Director
    Patrick Machado has served as a member of our Board since November 2020. Mr. Machado co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer at Medivation, Inc. until his retirement in 2014 and served as a member of Medivation’s board of directors from 2014 until its acquisition for approximately $14 billion by Pfizer in 2016. During his tenure at Medivation, Mr. Machado helped lead the company through substantial growth and challenges, providing strong leadership during the clinical development and successful commercial launch of XTANDI®. Mr. Machado serves on multiple public company Boards, including as Chair of the Board of Directors of Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc., and as member of the Board of Directors of Arcus Biosciences, Inc., Turning Point Therapeutics and Chimerix, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Machado is a member of the Board of Directors of Armaron Bio Pty Ltd., Roivant Sciences Ltd., and Turnstone Biologics, all private companies. Earlier in his career, from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Machado worked with ProDuct Health, Inc., a medical device company as senior vice president, chief financial officer and earlier as general counsel. He served as a consultant to Cytyc to assist with transitional matters from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Machado worked for Morrison & Foerster LLP, a leading international law firm, and for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. Machado received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Santa Clara University in California. 
  • Ian Mortimer
    Director
    Ian Mortimer has served as a Board Member and our President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2021, previously serving as President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2018. Mr. Mortimer previously served as our Corporate Secretary from June 2015 to March 2021, 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 July 2020, Mr. Mortimer has served on the board of directors of Perimeter Medical Imaging AI, Inc., a publicly-traded medical device company focused on advanced in procedural medical imaging tools. Since November 2017, Mr. Mortimer has served on the board of directors of Appili Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-traded 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. 
  • Gary Patou
    Director
    Dr. Patou has served as a member of our Board since January 2004. Dr. Patou serves as a Chief Medical Officer at Star Therapeutics Inc. since August 2020. He is a member of the board of directors and Chief Medical Officer for BioIntervene Inc., beginning in January 2019. Dr. Patou has been an Advisor at MPM Capital, a venture capital fund focused on life sciences companies, since August 2020. Previously, Dr. Patou was an Executive Partner at MPM Capital from 2005 until 2020, and has served as interim Chief Medical Officer in various MPM portfolio companies, including at Blade Therapeutics between October 2018 and December 2020. Prior to joining MPM, Dr. Patou was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corp. from February 2004 to April 2005 following its merger with GeneSoft Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to GeneSoft, Dr. Patou worked at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now a unit of GlaxoSmithKline, as Senior Vice President and Director, Project and Portfolio Management, managing all of the company’s pharmaceutical development projects. Dr. Patou has held a number of academic appointments at University College & Middlesex School of Medicine and received his B.Sc. from University of London and his M.D. from University College London.