Our Company

Board of Directors

John P. McLaughlin


Mr. McLaughlin served as Chief Executive Officer of PDL BioPharma, Inc, from December 2008 until December 2018. Prior to joining PDL, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Anesiva, Inc., formerly known as Corgentech, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from January 2000 to June 2008. From December 1997 to September 1999, Mr. McLaughlin was President of Tularik Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From September 1987 to December 1997, Mr. McLaughlin held a number of senior management positions at Genentech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, including Executive Vice President & General Counsel. From January 1985 to September 1987, Mr. McLaughlin was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in food and drug law and has served as counsel to various subcommittees of the United States House of Representatives, where he drafted several measures that later became law.

Mr. McLaughlin has been a Director of PDL since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Lensar, Inc., a private medical technology company that develops and commercializes femtosec lasers for the treatment of cataracts, and Noden Pharma, a private company that commercializes two hypertension drugs worldwide. Lensar, Inc. and Noden Pharma are primarily owned by PDL. Mr. McLaughlin co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, which was subsequently acquired by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; co-founded and served as a Director of Peak Surgical, Inc., a private medical device company, until it was acquired by Medtronic in 2011; served as a director of AxoGen, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company until 2014; served as a director of Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, until 2016; and served as a director of Seattle Genetics, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, until 2016.

Mr. McLaughlin received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Catholic University of America.

John Cooper


John Cooper has served as a Director on our Board and Chair of the Audit Committee since September 2017.

Mr. Cooper’s career spans over 30 years of senior executive experience managing publicly-traded companies in the life sciences industry. He has played key leadership roles building companies with transformational medical technologies, including the first FDA approved synthetic peptide-containing pulmonary surfactant for premature infants with severe respiratory disease and the second FDA approved blood diagnostic test for HIV. Mr. Cooper has significant experience in corporate and organization development, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, investor relations, and corporate governance. Over his career, Mr. Cooper has raised approximately $1 billion in capital through various financing and strategic transactions. Currently, Mr. Cooper provides corporate development and financial advisory services to emerging public and private companies in the life sciences industry.

Mr. Cooper held executive leadership positions for Windtree Therapeutics (formerly Discovery Laboratories), a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on respiratory therapeutics, from 2001 to 2016. His roles included President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Discovery Labs, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Chrysalis International Corporation (acquired by Phoenix Life Sciences) and its predecessor DNX Corporation, where he managed its initial public offering and negotiated and integrated several strategic acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Cooper served in senior financial management and executive committee roles at ENI Diagnostics (acquired by Pharmacia AB).

Mr. Cooper received his B.S. in Commerce from Rider University and holds a CPA designation.

Russell H. Ellison, M.D., M.Sc.


Dr. Ellison has served 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., which focused on, among other indications, kidney fibrosis, and successfully completed the company’s strategic sale in December 2018; President and CEO 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 global investment banking boutique serving companies in the life sciences industry; Chairman and CEO of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (formerly, Ventrus Biosciences, Inc.); Executive Vice President of Paramount Biosciences LLC, Vice President of Clinical Development at FibroGen, Inc. where he played a key role in the completion of a phase 2 trial with a HIF-PH inhibitor in anemia for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients; Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Sanofi-Synthelabo, Inc.; and Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hoffman La Roche, Inc.

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 an MSc from The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and an MD from the University of British Columbia.

Allen R. Nissenson, M.D.


Dr. Nissenson has served as a Director on our Board since June 2020.

Dr. Nissenson has served as Emeritus Chief Medical Officer of DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, since January 2020. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer of DaVita Kidney Care from August 2008 to December 2019. Dr. Nissenson is also currently an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University California Los Angeles, where he previously served as Director of the Dialysis Program and Associate Dean. He has served on the board of Angion Biomedica Corp., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, since January 2020. He is the immediate past Chair of Kidney Care Partners and immediate past Co-Chair of the Kidney Care Quality Alliance. He is a former president of the Renal Physicians Association and current member of the Government Affairs Committee. Dr. Nissenson also previously served as President of the Southern California End-Stage Renal Disease Network, as well as Chair of the Medical Review Board. Dr. Nissenson earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.

Robert S. Radie


Robert Radie has served as a Director on our Board since March 2020.

Mr. Radie has more than three decades of industry experience, working in both public and private pharmaceutical and biotech companies across a range of therapeutic areas. He has held senior executive positions in several companies, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of Zyla Life Sciences, Topaz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Transmolecular, Inc. Mr. Radie also served as Chief Business Officer at Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morphotek, Inc., and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning at Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Radie began his career at Eli Lilly and Company, where he worked for 18 years in sales and marketing positions with increasing levels of responsibility.

Mr. Radie holds several Board positions, including Paratek Pharmaceuticals, a public biopharmaceutical company; LPSA, the Pennsylvania industry advocacy group; and Horse Power for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with cancer. He previously served on the Boards of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals and Affinium Pharmaceuticals, a private specialty pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Radie received his B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College.

Mark Ravich


Mark Ravich has served as a Director on our Board since June 2017.

Mr. Ravich is the President of Tri-Star Management, which he co-founded in 1998. Additionally, he serves as the chief manager of various real estate entities. He is also a Director of Dilion Technologies and Orchids Paper Products Company, where he serves as Chairman of its Governance Committee and a Member of its Audit Committee. Previously, from 1990 until its sale in 1998, Mr. Ravich served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Universal International.

Mr. Ravich received his BSE and MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.