Dr. Ellison has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2020 and as a Director on our Board since January 2020.
Dr. Ellison’s broad experience and leadership positions include Chief Executive Officer of the privately held biotechnology company, Promedior, Inc. (acquired by Roche); President and Chief Executive Officer of Bond Biosciences, Inc., a biotech start-up developing a drug addressing the toxic impact of iron overload in the body; Executive Director of Torreya Advisors, LLC, a life sciences investment banking firm; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (formerly Ventrus Biosciences, Inc.); Executive Vice President of Paramount Biosciences LLC, a global drug development and healthcare investment firm; Vice President of Clinical Development of FibroGen, Inc., where he played a key role in the early phase development of roxadustat in anemia for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients; Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Sanofi-Synthelabo US, Inc.; and Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hoffman La Roche, Inc. in the United States.
Dr. Ellison previously served as an Independent Board Director for several private and public companies, including Cougar Biotechnology Inc.; ProSanos Corporation; Cormedix Inc., a cardio-renal clinical stage company; and Mt. Cook, a urology-focused company.
Dr. Ellison received a Master of Science degree from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and an M.D. from the University of British Columbia.