Chief Executive Officer & Member, Board of Directors

William J. Newell has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since January 2009. Previously, he served as the President of Aerovance, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on respiratory diseases, from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Newell has also served as the Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President at QLT Inc., in several senior management positions at Axys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and has experience as a corporate lawyer. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp IV (NASDAQ: DNAD), Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) Health Section, Emerging Company Section and is a member of  BIO’s executive committee. He is member of California Life Science’s (CLS) executive committee and previously served on CLS’s board of directors. Mr. Newell received an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.