Board of Directors
W. Denman Van Ness
Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director
Chairman, Hidden Hill Advisors
W. Denman Van Ness has been a director since October of 1981 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in January of 2008 and Chairman of the Board in August of 2011. He is Chairman of Hidden Hill Advisors, a venture capital consulting firm. From April of 1996 through October of 1999, he was a Managing Director of CIBC Capital Partners, an international merchant banking organization. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Van Ness was a General Partner of Olympic Venture Partners II and Rainier Venture Partners, venture capital funds, and from 1977 until 1985, he was a General Partner of the venture capital group at Hambrecht & Quist, the manager of several venture capital funds. Mr. Van Ness earned his B.A. in American History and Literature from Williams College and holds an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Van Ness brings to the Board an extensive understanding of corporate development and a background in assessing a wide range of corporate funding sources and partnering opportunities. His leadership skills, including past service on the boards of other companies, contribute to his role as Chairman of the Board.
Partner, Cooley LLP
Appointed a director in January 2019, Barbara Kosacz, a Partner at Cooley LLP, is the international head of the firm's life sciences practice and has served on its management committee. Ms. Kosacz has more than 25 years of experience in counseling clients in the life sciences arena, ranging from early stage startups to larger public companies, venture funds, investment banks, and non-profit institutions. She has served as a member of the BIO Emerging Companies' Section Governing Board and has been a speaker at multiple life sciences-related conferences, as well as guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and Stanford University about biotechnology law, biotech business models, corporate partnering negotiations and deal structures, and bioethics. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2008, Ms. Kosacz and was recently listed as a "leading lawyer" for healthcare and life sciences in the 2018 Legal 500, as "Band 1" attorney in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and recognized as a "highly recommended transactions" lawyer by IAM Patent 1000 for her "nearly three decades advising diverse companies in the industry at a deeply strategic and commercial level and overseeing their most complex and profitable deals." Ms. Kosacz has also been listed in Northern California's Super Lawyers from 2004 to 2013 and was selected as one of Lawdragon's New Stars, New Worlds, and in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and her bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Joseph M. Limber
President and Chief Executive Officer of Genoptix, Inc.
Joseph M. Limber has been a director since December 2012. Mr. Limber is a Series A investor and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Secura Bio, Inc., a position he has held since February 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Limber was a Series A investor and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Genoptix, Inc. from March 2017 through its sale to Neogenomics in December 2018. Mr. Limber served as Executive Chairman of ImaginAb from January 2016 through November 2017. Mr. Limber served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gradalis, Inc. from July 2013 through April 2015. Mr. Limber served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prometheus Laboratories Inc., from December 2003 through April 2013 and as a member of its Board of Directors, and executed the sale of Prometheus to Nestle' Health Science in July, 2011. January 2003 to July 2003, Mr. Limber was a consultant and interim Chief Executive Officer for Deltagen, Inc., a provider of drug discovery tools and services to the biopharmaceutical industry. From April 1998 to December 2002, Mr. Limber was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACLARA BioSciences, Inc. (now Monogram Biosciences, Inc.), a developer of assay technologies and lab-on-a-chip systems for life science research, and completed the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ACLARA in March of 2000. From 1996 to 1998, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of pharmaceutical products. Prior to Praecis, Mr. Limber served as Executive Vice President of SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Alza Corporation and now part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies). He also held management positions in marketing and sales with Syntex Corporation (now F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.) and with Ciba-Geigy Corporation (now Novartis AG). Mr. Limber holds a B.A. from Duquesne University. Mr. Limber brings to the Board his experience in successfully developing markets for specialty pharmaceutical products and managing the critical transition from research organization to commercial entity.
James R. Neal
Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors
Jim Neal, XOMA's Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board, joined the company in 2009. Mr. Neal brings more than 25 years' experience in forming and maximizing business and technology collaborations globally and in bringing novel products and technologies to market. Prior to XOMA, Mr. Neal was Acting Chief Executive Officer of Entelos, Inc., a leading biosimulation company that acquired Iconix Biosciences, a privately held company where Mr. Neal was Chief Executive Officer. At Iconix, Mr. Neal established multi-year collaborations with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Labs, Eli Lilly and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. From, 1999-2002, he was Executive Vice President of Incyte Genomics, leading the global commercial activities with pharmaceutical company collaborators and partners including Pfizer, Aventis and Schering-Plough, as well as sales, marketing and business development activities for the company. Earlier, he was associated with Monsanto Company in positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Neal earned his B.S. in Biology and his M.S. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and holds an Executive MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
President, BVF Partners L.P.
Matthew Perry has been a director since February 2017. Mr. Perry is the President of BVF Partners L.P. (BVF Partners) and portfolio manager for the underlying funds managed by the firm. BVF Partners is a private investment partnership that has focused on small-cap, value oriented investment opportunities for more than 20 years. Mr. Perry joined BVF Partners in December 1996 and has been a successful lead investor in dozens of transactions and has positively influenced corporate direction for numerous biotechnology companies during the course of his career. In January 2016, Mr. Perry was named to CTI BioPharma Corp.'s Board of Directors and is a member of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Perry is also a co-founder and director of Nordic Biotech Advisors ApS, a venture capital firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He holds a B.S. degree from the Biology Department at the College of William and Mary. Mr. Perry brings extensive management consulting experience and experience investing in biotechnology companies to the Board.
Jack L. Wyszomierski
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, VWR International, LLC
Jack L. Wyszomierski has been a director since August 2010. From 2004 until his retirement in 2009, Mr. Wyszomierski was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VWR International, LLC, a global laboratory supply, equipment and distribution business that serves the world's pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as industrial and governmental organizations. At Schering-Plough, a global health care company which had worldwide sales of over $8 billion in 2004, Mr. Wyszomierski held positions of increasing responsibility from 1982 to 2004 culminating in his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wyszomierski also serves on the Board of Directors of Athersys, Inc., Exelixis, Inc. and SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors of Unigene Laboratories, Inc., from 2012 to 2013. He holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration and a B.S. in Administration, Management Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Wyszomierski brings his considerable financial expertise to the Board, the Audit Committee, and the Compensation Committee.