Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Sirgo joined our Board in April 2020 upon completion of the RDD Merger and was appointed as Board chairman. In January 2019, Dr. Sirgo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aruna Bio, Inc., a private development-stage company focused on central nervous system and neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Sirgo serves as a director of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BDSI), a position he has held since August 2005. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of BDSI from January 2005 to January 2018. He joined BDSI in August 2004 as Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Corporate Development upon its acquisition of Arius Pharmaceuticals,Inc., of which he was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Sirgo has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including senior and/or executive positions in research and development, business development, sales, marketing and business operations. Dr. Sirgo spent 16 years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in both clinical development and marketing at Glaxo, Glaxo Wellcome, and GlaxoSmithKline, including Vice President of International OTC Development and Vice President of New Product Marketing. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Sirgo was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI), a leading contract service provider to the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sirgo served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLXP), a specialty pharmaceutical company specializing in gastrointestinal products, from 2008 until its sale in 2015. In addition to his role on the Board of BDSI, Dr. Sirgo serves on the Board of Directors of Biomerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRA), a gastrointestinal diagnostics and therapeutic company. Dr. Sirgo received his BS in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and his Doctorate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
We believe that Dr. Sirgo’s extensive executive level experience in the pharmaceutical industry qualifies him to serve on our Board.