Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Russell G. Greig
Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Russell G. Greig, Ph.D. has served as the Chairman of our board of directors and been a non-executive member of our board of directors since July 2018. Dr. Greig worked at GlaxoSmithKline for three decades, most recently as President of SR One, GlaxoSmithKline’s corporate venture group. Prior to joining SR One, he served as President of GlaxoSmithKline’s Pharmaceuticals International from 2003 to 2008 as well as on the GlaxoSmithKline corporate executive team. Currently, Dr. Greig serves as Chairman of: AM Pharma and MedEye Solutions in the Netherlands, eTheRNA in Belgium and Sanifit in Spain. He was previously Chairman of Ablynx in Belgium (acquired by Sanofi, France), Isconova in Sweden (acquired by Novavax, United States), Novagali in France (acquired by Santen, Japan), Syntaxin in the United Kingdom (acquired by Ipsen, France) and Bionor in Norway, as well as board member of TiGenix in Belgium (acquired by Takeda, Japan), Oryzon in Spain and Onxeo Pharma (previously BioAlliance Pharma) in France, and a venture partner at Kurma Life Sciences (Paris, France).

Chairman of the Board
Chair of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Chair of the Board of Directors
Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Research and Development Committee
Ton Logtenberg, Ph.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Financial Officer, Executive Director

Ton Logtenberg, Ph.D. has served as our President & Chief Executive Officer and an executive board member since co-founding our company in June 2003, and has served as our Principal Financial Officer since January 2019. Dr. Logtenberg also serves as President of our subsidiary, Merus US, Inc. Prior to joining Merus, Dr. Logtenberg co-founded Crucell N.V., a biotechnology company specializing in vaccines and biopharmaceutical technology, and served as its executive vice president and chief scientific officer from July 2000 until November 2003. Dr. Logtenberg has served as a member of the board of directors of the Jenner Foundation since 2008, a member of the board of directors of Utrecht Science Park since November 2014, and a member of the supervisory board of the HUB Foundation since August 2018. Dr. Logtenberg holds a Ph.D. in medical biology from Utrecht University.

Member of the Board of Directors
Mark Iwicki
Non-Executive Director

Mark Iwicki has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since June 2015. From June 2015 until July 2018, Mr. Iwicki served as the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Iwicki is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and serves as a member of the boards of directors of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., Nimbus Therapeutics, Oxeia Biopharmaceuticals and Akero Therapeutics, Inc. In addition, Mr. Iwicki has served on the board of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association. Mr. Iwicki served as president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Civitas Therapeutics, Inc. from January 2014 until its acquisition by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. in October 2014. From December 2012 to January 2014, Mr. Iwicki served as president and chief executive officer and director at Blend Therapeutics, Inc. From 2007 to June 2012, Mr. Iwicki was president and chief executive officer and director of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Sepracor, Inc. Mr. Iwicki holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University.

Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Chair of the Compensation Committee
Anand Mehra, M.D.
Non-Executive Director

Anand Mehra, M.D. was nominated to serve on our board of directors by Sofinnova Venture Partners IX, L.P., one of our shareholders, and has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since August 2015. Dr. Mehra has been with Sofinnova Investments (f.k.a. Sofinnova Ventures) since 2007, most recently holding the position of a general partner where he focuses on working with entrepreneurs to build drug development companies. He has led the firm’s investments in Vicept Therapeutics (acquired by Allergan), Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., and Prothena Corporation PLC. He currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. and Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., as well as on the boards of several private companies. Dr. Mehra holds his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Research and Development Committee
Len Kanavy
Non-Executive Director

Len Kanavy has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since July 2018. Mr. Kanavy most recently served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Business Operations at Genentech where he was responsible for strategic decisions of the U.S. commercial business including product launches, valuation of business development opportunities, clinical development plan options and pricing. He was a Board Member of the Genentech Access to Care Foundation. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Kanavy was Vice President, Commercial Operations at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he led teams in business analytics, strategy, and product launches. He currently serves on the board of privately held KMK Consulting. Mr. Kanavy holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Scranton.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Board of Directors
John de Koning, Ph.D.
Non-Executive Director

John de Koning, Ph.D. was nominated to serve on our board of directors by Coöperatief LSP IV U.A., one of our shareholders, and has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since January 2010. Dr. De Koning has been a partner at LSP (Life Sciences Partners) since January 2006. Dr. De Koning currently serves on the boards of the private companies GTX medical, eTheRNA and Aelin Therapeutics. Previously, he served on the supervisory boards of BMEYE (acquired by Edwards Lifesciences), Prosensa (acquired by BioMarin) and Skyline Diagnostics, and as a non-executive director on the boards of argenx, Pronota (acquired by MyCartis) and Innovative Biosensors Inc. Dr. De Koning holds an M.Sc. in medical biology from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in oncology from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Member of the Research and Development Committee
Gregory D. Perry
Non-Executive Director

Gregory D. Perry has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since May 2016 and Vice Chairman of our board of directors since August 2018. Mr. Perry is the Chief Financial Officer at Finch Therapeutics Group and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Kala Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Perry served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Novelion Therapeutics Inc. or Novelion, a public company, from November 2016 to December 2017. Prior to this, Mr. Perry was Chief Financial Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a public company, from July 2015 until its merger with Novelion in November 2016. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial and Business Officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc., a public company, from January 2014 to June 2015. Before joining Eleven Biotherapeutics, Mr. Perry served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer of InVivo Therapeutics, a public company, from September 2013 to December 2013, and prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ImmunoGen, Inc., a public company, from 2009 until he was promoted in 2011 to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a role he held until 2013. Before that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Elixir Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Perry previously was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Transkaryotic Therapies. He has also held various financial leadership roles within PerkinElmer Inc., Domantis Ltd., Honeywell and General Electric. Since February 2018, Mr. Perry has served on the Board of Directors of Kala Pharmaceuticals, including as Chair of its Audit Committee. From December 2011 to February 2016, Mr. Perry served on the Board of Directors of Ocata Therapeutics (a public biotechnology company), including as Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Compensation Committee, until it was acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc. Mr. Perry received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.

Financial Expert
Member of the Board of Directors
Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Victor Sandor, M.D.
Non-Executive Director

Victor Sandor, M.D. has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since June 2019. Dr. Sandor has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Array BioPharma where he was instrumental in obtaining the approval of Braftovi and Mektovi for the treatment of BRAFV600E/K mutant melanoma. Prior to joining Array, he was Senior Vice President for Global Clinical Development at Incyte Corporation where he played a critical role in the approval of Jakafi for the treatment of Myelofibrosis and Polycythemia Vera. Dr. Sandor was also Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for oncology at Biogen Idec and held positions of increasing responsibility in oncology product development at AstraZeneca, where he played an important role in the registration of Arimidex(r) (anastrozole) for adjuvant use and the development of several early stage programs through proof of concept. Dr. Sandor received his M.D.C.M. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Chair of the Research and Development Committee
Member of the Research and Development Committee
Member of the Board of Directors
Bill Lundberg, M.D.
Non-Executive Director

Bill Lundberg, M.D. has been a non-executive member of our board of directors since June 2019. Dr. Lundberg has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Prior to joining the board, he was Chief Scientific Officer and the first US employee of CRISPR Therapeutics. He was responsible for establishing and growing R&D in the US and overseeing the first company CRISPR-based product from inception to regulatory filing for clinical trials. He was also Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine at Alexion, overseeing R&D from discovery through early development, as well as Director and Chief Medical Officer of Taligen Therapeutics. He has previously held roles of increasing responsibility in clinical drug development and medical affairs at Xanthus/Antisoma, Wyeth (now Pfizer), and Genzyme. Dr. Lundberg received an MD from Stanford and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He completed post-doctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, and clinical training in Medicine and Medical Oncology from Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Research and Development Committee