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Michael Schmertzler


Mr. Schmertzler has served as a member of our Board since 2001 and as Chair of our Board since 2004. Mr. Schmertzler served as a director of our UK subsidiary until February 2016. Since 2008, he has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Economics at Yale University and, since 2018, a Visiting Professor at Yale NUS in Singapore. Mr. Schmertzler also serves as a Charter Trustee of the Phillips Academy Andover. Mr. Schmertzler currently also serves as Executive Chairman of SHY Therapeutics, a private biotechnology company, as Executive Chairman of Berryville Holdings and Disepl LLC, private cyber-technology companies, and as a Director of AgNovos, a private biotechnology company. From 2001 to 2015, Mr. Schmertzler served as a Managing Director of Aries Advisors, LLC, the sub-advisor to Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Partners, L.P., a private equity fund, and the Chair of the investment committee of Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Partners, L.P. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Schmertzler was Co-Head of United States and Canadian Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment banking firm. Prior to 1997, Mr. Schmertzler held various management positions with Morgan Stanley and its affiliates, including President of Morgan Stanley Leveraged Capital Funds and founding Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s biotechnology pharmaceuticals group, and was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Head of International Sales and Trading and Investment Banking at its successor, Lehman Brothers, both investment banking firms. Mr. Schmertzler recently served as a court-appointed director of Lehman Commercial Paper Incorporated, the largest liquidating post bankruptcy subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Incorporated. Mr. Schmertzler also previously served as a member of the board of directors of Cytokinetics, Inc., and Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., both of which were at the time public biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Schmertzler received a B.A. from Yale College in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, History and City Planning and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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