John P. McLaughlin is 58 years old and was elected a director of the Company in October 2008. Mr. McLaughlin has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since December 18, 2008 after the Company spun-off Facet Biotech Corporation (Facet Biotech). From November 6, 2008 until the spin-off, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Company. 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 and 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. Prior to that, Mr. McLaughlin served as counsel to various subcommittees in the United States House of Representatives, where he drafted numerous measures that became FDA laws. Mr. McLaughlin co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company subsequently bought by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He currently serves as a director of Seattle Genetics, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, and co-founded and serves as a director of Peak Surgical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.
Mr. McLaughlin possesses a strong understanding of the biotechnology industry and has experience in development and commercialization of antibodies, corporate licensing and in patent litigation that the Company values. In addition, Mr. McLaughlin provides strategic guidance to our management team and the Board.
Mr. Edick brings over 35 years of experience in the life sciences industry to PDL. He has extensive commercial experience and recently served as chief executive officer and a board member of Durata Therapeutics, Inc., positions which he held from July 2010 to November 2014. Prior to his term at Durata, Mr. Edick was chief executive officer of Ganic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Warburg Pincus investment search vehicle, from 2008 to 2010 and prior to that was chief executive officer at MedPointe Healthcare, Inc., a position he assumed in 2006 having been their president of pharmaceutical operations from 2002. He also held a number of senior positions at GD Searle & Company, and at Pharmacia Corporation following its acquisition of the company, culminating in his appointment as Pharmacia's group VP and president, Asia Pacific/Latin America. Mr. Edick currently serves on the boards of directors for Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc, NewLink Genetics Corporation, and Neos Therapeutics, Inc. all of which are public companies. He also serves on the Board of the private company Amerita, Inc. Mr. Edick holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College.
Mr. Gryska is currently an independent consultant and serves as a director on public company boards. He most recently served as chief operating officer and a director of Myrexis, Inc., a biotechnology company, from May 2012 to December 2012. From 2006 to 2010, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Celgene Corporation. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a principal at Strategic Consulting Group, where he provided strategic consulting to early-stage biotechnology companies. Mr. Gryska served at Scios, Inc. from 1998 to 2004 where the majority of this time was in the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer. Scios was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003. From 1993 to 1998, he served as vice president, finance and chief financial officer at Cardiac Pathways. Prior to that, Mr. Gryska served as a partner at Ernst & Young. During his 11 years at EY, he focused on technology industries, with an emphasis on biotechnology and healthcare companies. Mr. Gryska holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Loyola University and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, and is a licensed CPA. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Seattle Genetics, Aerie Pharmaceuticals and Argos Therapeutics.
Jody S. Lindell is 58 years old and was elected a director of the Company in March 2009. Ms. Lindell is President and Chief Executive Officer of S.G. Management, Inc., an asset management company she has headed since 2000. Prior to that, Ms. Lindell was a partner with KPMG LLP where she served as Partner-In-Charge of the Industrial Markets and Healthcare and Life Sciences practices for the Western Area. Through September 2007, she served as a director and on the Audit and Director's Loan Committees for First Republic Bank, which was a publicly-traded financial institution that has since been acquired. Ms. Lindell continues to serve on the Advisory Board and Advisors Loan Committee for First Republic Bank. She has also served as a director of The Cooper Companies since March 2006 and is a member of its Audit and Organization and Compensation Committees. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Lindell had 25 years of experience with KMPG LLP, 16 of which were as an Audit Partner. Ms. Lindell's knowledge of accounting principles and financial reporting rules and regulations and oversight of the financial reporting process is valued by the Company in her role as a director and a member of our Audit Committee.
Dr. Saks brought over 35 years of experience in the life sciences industry to PDL when he was elected to the board in September of 2015. He is a board certified oncologist who most recently served as chief development officer for Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a position he held from 2013 until it was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd. in May 2015. He has also served as a board member for Auspex from 2009 to 2015. Prior to Auspex, Dr. Saks was a co-founder of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc, where he was chief executive officer for six years. Before that, Dr. Saks served as company group chairman of ALZA Corp. (“ALZA”), and then participated as a member of the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Group Operating Committee upon the merger of J&J and ALZA. Prior to that, Dr. Saks held various positions with ALZA, most recently as its group vice president. Prior to ALZA, Dr. Saks held clinical research and development management positions with Schering-Plough Corporation, Xoma Corp. and Genentech, Inc. Dr. Saks currently serves on the boards of directors of TONIX Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. and Depomed, Inc., both of which are publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies, as well as private companies Bullet Biotechnology, Inc., Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC., and NuMedii Inc. Dr. Saks holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.D. from the University of Illinois.
Paul W. Sandman is 62 years old and was elected a director of the Company in October 2008. Mr. Sandman served at Boston Scientific Corporation in various management positions from May 1993 to February 2008, most recently as its Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel. From 1984 to April 1993, he served at Wang Laboratories, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Sandman received his A.B. from Boston College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
As a former general counsel and executive officer of a major, publicly-traded medical technology company, Mr. Sandman provides the Board with experience in corporate governance and the Litigation Committee of the Board with invaluable experience in intellectual property litigation.
Harold E. Selick, Ph.D., is 55 years old and was elected a director in August 2009. From June 2002, Dr. Selick has served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biotechnology company. From June 2002 until July 2007, Dr. Selick also was a Venture Partner of Sofinnova Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm. From January 1999 to April 2002, he was Chief Executive Officer of Camitro Corporation, a biotechnology company. From 1992 to 1999, he was at Affymax Research Institute, the drug discovery technology development center for Glaxo Wellcome plc, most recently as Vice President of Research. Prior to working at Affymax, Dr. Selick held scientific positions at Protein Design Labs, Inc. and Anergen, Inc. As a staff scientist at Protein Design Labs, Inc. (now PDL BioPharma, Inc.), he co-invented technology underlying the creation of fully humanized antibody therapeutics and applied that to PDL's first product, Zenapax (daclizumab), which was developed and commercialized by Roche for the prevention of kidney transplant rejection. Dr. Selick received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellow and an American Cancer Society Senior Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.
As co-inventor of technology that underlies the Queen et al. patents, Dr. Selick provides the Board with a scientific perspective and a unique appreciation of the Company's assets. Dr. Selick also provides the Board with operational experience derived from his role as a chief executive officer of a publicly-traded biotechnology company.