Manuel Aivado has served as our President and CEO since September 2018. Prior to this, he was our SVP, CMO & CSO since September 2014. From March 2012 until September 2014, Dr. Aivado served as vice president of clinical development and pharmacovigilance at Taiho Oncology, Inc. From October 2006 until March 2012, Dr. Aivado served as senior medical director in the clinical development group at GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. In addition, Dr. Aivado was an instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Prior to his industry experience, Dr. Aivado practiced clinical medicine in Germany for ten years, during which time he was awarded the Dr. Mildred Scheel cancer research scholarship award in 2002. Dr. Aivado is a German board-certified physician for internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and he received an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical School of the University of Dusseldorf, in Germany.
Jeffrey A. Bailey has served as chair of our board of directors since March 2018. Since January 2018, Mr. Bailey has served as chief executive officer and director of IlluminOss Medical, Inc., a medical device company. From December 2015 until March 2017, Mr. Bailey served as chair and chief executive officer of Neurovance, Inc., a biotechnology firm acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in 2017. Previously, from January 2013 through June 2015, Mr. Bailey served as president and chief executive officer and as a director of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., a public medical diagnostic company. Prior to 2013, Mr. Bailey held various leadership positions with several public and private pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including operating unit president at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, a multinational pharmaceutical company, and a 22-year career with Johnson & Johnson, multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company (including Janssen Pharmaceutica NV). Mr. Bailey has also served as a director of Madison Vaccines, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since October 2017. Mr. Bailey received a B.S. from Rutgers University.
Reinhard Ambros has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2013. Dr. Ambros retired from Novartis Venture Funds after serving as global head from August 2005 until September 2017. He previously served as head of group strategic planning for Novartis AG, a multinational pharmaceutical company, from 2001 until 2005, and as global head of business development and licensing for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at Novartis Pharma AG. Dr. Ambros received an M.S. from the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Jodie Morrison has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2017. Since February 2019, Ms. Morrison has served as chief executive officer of Cadent Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company. From April 2018 to December 2018, Ms. Morrison served as interim chief executive officer of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From May 2017 to July 2018, Ms. Morrison provided independent consulting services to venture capital, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including serving as acting chief operating officer of Syntimmune, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, from January 2018 to July 2018, and also serving as president and chief executive officer of eGenesis, Inc., a private life sciences company, from September 2017 to November 2017. Previously, Ms. Morrison served as the president and chief executive officer of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc, now Novus Therapeutics, Inc., or Novus, a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2013 until May 2017. From December 2006 until March 2013, Ms. Morrison held other senior positions with Tokai, including chief operating officer, head of clinical affairs and program operations and vice president of clinical affairs and program operations. Prior to joining Novus, Ms. Morrison served as director of clinical operations and medical affairs at Dyax Corporation, or Dyax. Prior to joining Dyax, Ms. Morrison held clinical management positions at both Curis, Inc. and at Diacrin, Inc. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Cadent, Ms. Morrison serves as a member of the board of directors of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Morrison previously served on the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., prior to its merger with Akebia, and on the board of directors of Novus Therapeutics. Ms. Morrison received a B.A. in neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College, her clinical research certification from the Boston University School of Medicine and her business training through the Greater Boston Executive Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Dr. Nolan Sigal has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2019. Dr. Sigal currently serves as a partner at Satter Management Co., L.P., a private investment firm, a position he has held since January 2018. From March 2008 to December 2017, Dr. Sigal was Founder and CEO at Tunitas Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to Tunitas, Dr. Sigal’s biotechnology experience included President of Trellis Bioscience, Inc., EVP of Research and Development and Chief Science Officer at Cytokinetics, Inc., and SVP, Research at Pharmacopeia, Inc., where he was one of Pharmacopeia’s founders. He served at Merck & Company Inc. as Executive Director of the Department of Immunology Research. Prior to Merck, he was an assistant professor at University of Toronto. Dr. Sigal graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry, and he completed an M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. von Rickenbach joined Aileron’s board of directors in June 2019. He has built a long and successful career in the drug development industry. Last year, he retired after 35 years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAREXEL, one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical service providers with about 19,000 employees and operations in more than 50 countries. Mr. von Rickenbach co-founded PAREXEL in 1982, led the company through its IPO in late 1995 and more than 40 mergers and acquisitions. Pamplona Capital Management, a private equity firm, took PAREXEL private for approximately $5 billion in September 2017. Mr. von Rickenbach started his career at Schering-Plough, Inc., and held positions at 3M (East), a division of 3M Company, and ERCO (later ENSECO), Inc. Currently the Managing Director of stet vision LLC, Mr. von Rickenbach recently was co-Founder, President & CEO of Helio Vision, Inc., a Boston-based ophthalmic biopharma company developing a therapy for proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), that merged into Aldeyra, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) in early 2019. Mr. von Rickenbach serves on the Board of Trustees of McLean Hospital and on the Board of Directors of NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation). Mr. von Rickenbach received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Business Economics from Lucerne University in Switzerland.
Mr. McKee joined Aileron’s board of directors in June 2019 and is a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive and consultant. Currently, Mr. McKee serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MBJC Associates, LLC, a business consulting firm serving the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Prior to joining MBJC Associates, Mr. McKee served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for EKR Therapeutics, Inc. from July 2010 until June 2012, when EKR was sold to Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. From December 2008 until March 2010, Mr. McKee served as the executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical and the successor entity to Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Teva in December 2008. Mr. McKee was also executive vice president and chief financial officer of Barr prior to its acquisition by Teva, after having served in positions of increasing responsibility at Barr from 1995 until its acquisition. McKee serves as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, and Agile Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. McKee received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.