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Zymeworks Inc. is a publicly listed (NYSE: ZYME), clinical-stage, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer.

Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly differentiated product candidates.

Zymeworks’ lead product candidate, zanidatamab, is a HER2-targeted bispecific antibody developed using Zymeworks proprietary Azymetric™ platform. Zanidatamab is currently being evaluated in global Phase 1, Phase 2 and pivotal clinical trials as a best-in-class treatment for patients with HER2-expressing cancers, including biliary tract, gastroesophageal adenocarcinomas, breast, and other tumor types. Zymeworks’ second candidate, ZW49, is a HER2-targeted antibody drug conjugate (ADC) developed using Zymeworks’ proprietary Azymetric™ and ZymeLink™ platforms. ZW49 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical trial as a treatment for patients with HER2-expressing cancers.

Zymeworks is also advancing a deep pipeline of preclinical product candidates and discovery-stage programs in oncology (including immuno-oncology agents) and other therapeutic areas. In addition to Zymeworks’ wholly owned pipeline, its therapeutic platforms have been further leveraged through strategic partnerships with global biopharmaceutical companies.

Leadership

Ali Tehrani PhD
President & CEO
Ali Tehrani PhD
President & CEO

Dr. Tehrani is one of our co-founders and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since the Company’s inception in September 2003. He has been an integral part of many of our corporate achievements including raising seed and angel financing and overseeing our technical operations and patent filings. Dr. Tehrani holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and has a Doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. While completing his Ph.D. degree he co-founded the Student Biotechnology Network, for which he received the UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2002. Dr. Tehrani is a member of the board of directors at Creatus Biosciences Inc. and BIOTECanada and has served as a board director for the Student Biotechnology Network, CQDM, LifeSciences British Columbia, and on the MITACS Industrial Advisory Board. He was also a member of British Columbia’s Premier’s Technology Council from 2016 to 2018.

Neil Klompas CPA, CA
EVP, Business Operations & CFO
Neil Klompas CPA, CA
EVP, Business Operations & CFO
Mr. Klompas joined Zymeworks in March 2007 and currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Zymeworks, he worked with KPMG LLP in Canada and the United States, most recently (from 2005 to 2007) with KPMG’s Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Medical Device M&A Transaction Services practice in Princeton, New Jersey, where he advised on transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005 Mr. Klompas worked with KPMG’s Canadian Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals practice. Mr. Klompas currently serves on the Board of Liminal BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ & TSX:LMNL). Mr. Klompas is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Klompas also holds a degree in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of British Columbia. He serves on the faculty advisory board for Biotechnology and Chemistry for Camosun College and as a member of the board of directors of Ovensa Inc., a private biotechnology company.
Neil Josephson MD
Interim CMO & SVP, Clinical Research
Neil Josephson MD
Interim CMO & SVP, Clinical Research

Dr. Josephson joined Zymeworks in April 2019 and currently serves as our interim Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Research. Prior to joining Zymeworks he was a Vice President in Clinical Development at Seattle Genetics where he worked on multiple early and late-stage programs from 2013-2019, including leading the first line approval of ADCETRIS® in Hodgkin Lymphoma. From 2002-2013 Dr. Josephson was a full-time faculty member of the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington and the Puget Sound Blood Center, serving as an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Hemophilia Care Program. He completed fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Washington and holds an M.D. degree from Columbia University and an A.B. in biology from Dartmouth College.

Tony Polverino PhD
EVP, Early Development & CSO
Tony Polverino PhD
EVP, Early Development & CSO

Dr. Polverino joined Zymeworks in September 2018 and currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Early Development and Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to joining Zymeworks, from 2015 until 2018, Dr. Polverino was at Kite Pharma, Inc., which was acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2017. While at Kite, he served as the interim Chief Scientific Officer and, before that, as Vice President of Research. During his tenure, Yescarta®, Kite’s lead chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy, was approved for relapsed or refractory B cell lymphoma, and multiple programs were advanced to the clinic. Dr. Polverino also assembled an innovative chimeric antigen receptor discovery and development team. Prior to Kite, he was at Amgen Inc. from 1994 to 2014, serving in a number of research leadership roles of increasing responsibility. While at Amgen he managed and advanced numerous research programs utilizing multiple therapeutic modalities, including immunotherapy, oncolytic viruses, bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, and small molecules. He also played a key role in the development of over 12 novel antigens for antibody therapeutics. Dr. Polverino has served as a member of the board of directors of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. since February 2018. Dr. Polverino earned his undergraduate degree in pharmacology from Adelaide University and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Flinders University, both in Adelaide, Australia.

Kathryn O'Driscoll
Chief People Officer
Kathryn O'Driscoll
Chief People Officer

Ms. O’Driscoll joined Zymeworks in October 2019 and currently serves as Chief People Officer. She brings a wealth of experience in the software and global health sectors. Prior to joining Zymeworks, she held a variety of Human Resource leadership positions for Microsoft and served as Chief Human Resources Officer for PATH, a global organization working to accelerate health equity. Most recently, she served as VP of People for Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, located in San Mateo, California. Ms. O’Driscoll recently served on the Board of Social Venture Partners as part of her long and continuing engagement with that organization. She invests time and resources to support organizations working toward equity and inclusion. She is a graduate of Pacific University in Oregon.

James Priour MBA
Chief Commercial Officer
James Priour MBA
Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Priour joined Zymeworks in April 2020 and currently serves as our Chief Commercial Officer. James brings 27 years of experience in both strategic and operational commercial leadership across the globe, in alliance management and more recently in drug development. He started his career in 1992 with Procter & Gamble (P&G) Pharmaceuticals where he held a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions in Bone & Cardiovascular Disease, including national sales manager in his home country France, Global Training Manager in P&G Head Office in Cincinnati and Country Director of Belgium & Luxemburg. In 2006, he joined Bristol Myers Squibb as General Manager of Hungary where he refocused the affiliate commercial model on the innovative neuroscience and hemato-oncology portfolio. In 2009, he joined Amgen France as Business Unit Head for General Medicine where he built the commercial organization to launch Prolia® in Osteoporosis. In 2012, he became General Manager of Amgen Australia & New Zealand, 5th biggest affiliate ex-US. During his time “Down Under” he served for 2 years on the Board of Medicines Australia. In 2017 he relocated to Southern California to become the Global Marketing Lead for Kyprolis®, a $1B+ leading novel therapy for Myeloma. He was appointed in 2018 Global Product General Manager for Kyprolis® and in 2019 for the entire Myeloma Portfolio. He holds an MBA from the NEOMA Business School in France.

Board of Directors

Lota Zoth CPA
Chair of the Board
Lota Zoth CPA
Chair of the Board

Ms. Zoth has served as the Chair of our Board of Directors since September 2019 and as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2016. Ms. Zoth is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for various publicly traded companies, including MedImmune, Inc. and PSINet, Inc., and as a financial executive in various roles at Sodexho Marriott, Marriott International, Pepsi-Cola International and PepsiCo. Ms. Zoth began her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young. Ms. Zoth serves on the boards and audit committees of Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical companies Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Lumos Pharma, Inc. and 89Bio, Inc. Previously, Ms. Zoth served on the boards of six other biopharmaceutical companies (Aeras, Circassia Pharmaceuticals, plc, Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc., Ikaria, Inc. Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., and Spark Therapeutics, Inc.). 

Troy Cox MBA
Director
Troy Cox MBA
Director

Mr. Cox has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2019. Mr. Cox served as Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Medicine, Inc. from February 2017 through February 2019, as a member of Foundation Medicine’s board of directors from February 2017 until July 2018, and in the additional role of President of Foundation Medicine from February 2018 until July 2018. Prior to Foundation Medicine, Mr. Cox served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Genentech, Inc. from February 2010 until February 2017. Before joining Genentech, Mr. Cox served as President of CNS operations at UCB S.A., with responsibility for developing and commercializing therapeutics for diseases primarily related to the central nervous system. Prior to UCB BioPharma, Mr. Cox held senior commercial leadership roles with Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Mr. Cox received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri. 

Kenneth Hillan MB, CHB
Director
Kenneth Hillan MB, CHB
Director
Dr. Hillan has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2017. Dr. Hillan has served as Head of Therapeutics at 23andMe since February 2019. Dr. Hillan served on the board of directors of Achaogen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, from October 2011 until April 2019. Dr. Hillan served as Achaogen’s President and President, R&D from January 2018 to October 2018, as its Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 until December 2017, and as its Chief Medical Officer from April 2011 to July 2014. Prior to joining Achaogen, Dr. Hillan worked at Genentech, Inc., a pharmaceutical company and a member of the Roche Group, from August 1994 to March 2011. Dr. Hillan held progressively senior roles at Genentech, most recently holding the position of Senior Vice President & Head of Roche Product Development, Asia Pacific from April 2010 to March 2011, and was responsible for numerous successful drug approvals and led the medical and scientific strategies for Genentech’s immunology, tissue growth and repair drug portfolio. Dr. Hillan has served on the board of directors of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. since September 2020, and served on the board of directors of Relypsa, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company that was acquired in September 2016 by Galencia AG for $1.5 billion, from June 2014 to September 2016. Dr. Hillan has an M.B. and a Ch.B. (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hillan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. 
Sue Mahony PhD MBA
Director
Sue Mahony PhD MBA
Director

Dr. Mahony has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2019. Dr. Mahony is an executive with over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Dr. Mahony served as Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company and President of Lilly Oncology from February 2011 until August 2018. She joined Lilly in 2000, holding senior leadership positions in product development, marketing, human resources, and general management. Prior to joining Lilly, Dr. Mahony served in sales and marketing roles in Europe for over a decade for Schering-Plough, Amgen, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Mahony has served on the board of directors of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. since December 2017, on the board of directors for Vifor Pharma since May 2019, and on the board of directors of Horizon Therapeutics Public Limited Company since August 2019. Dr. Mahony received a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Aston University and an M.B.A. from London Business School. 

Kelvin Neu MD
Director
Kelvin Neu MD
Director

Dr. Neu has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2020. Dr. Neu was a Partner at Baker Bros. Advisors LP, a registered investment adviser, from April 2004 until January 2021. Dr. Neu previously served on the board of directors of IGM Biosciences, Prelude Therapeutics, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and XOMA Corporation. Dr. Neu holds an M.D. from the Harvard Medical School-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, and spent three years in the Immunology Ph.D. program at Stanford University as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. Dr. Neu holds an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Khoury Prize for graduating first in his department of Molecular Biology. Prior to attending Princeton, Dr. Neu served for two and a half years in the military of his native Singapore. 


Hollings C Renton MBA
Director
Hollings C Renton MBA
Director
Mr. Renton has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2017. Mr. Renton served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 1993 to March 2008 and was the chair of the board of directors of Onyx from June 2000 to March 2008. Onyx was acquired by Amgen Inc. in 2013 for $10.4 billion. Before joining Onyx, Mr. Renton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chiron Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, from December 1991 to December 1993. Mr. Renton served in a variety of executive roles at Cetus Corporation from 1983, including as President from 1990 to 1991, Chief Operating Officer from 1987 to 1990 and Chief Financial Officer from 1983 to 1987, prior to its acquisition by Chiron in 1991. Mr. Renton has served on the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc. since June 2015. Mr. Renton served as chair of the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he had been a board member since March 2010, until July 2020. Previously, Mr. Renton served on the boards of three other biopharmaceutical companies, KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (December 2014 to October 2015), Affymax, Inc. (June 2009 to November 2014) and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (January 2004 to March 2014). Mr. Renton also previously served on the board of Cepheid Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, from March 2000 to November 2016. Mr. Renton received his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. 
Natalie Sacks MD
Director
Natalie Sacks MD
Director

Dr. Sacks has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2017. Dr. Sacks is a trained oncologist, and has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. since October 2018. She has served as a director on the board of Caribou Biosciences, Inc., a genome editing company, since May 2018 and on the board of STipe Therapeutics since April 2020. Prior to joining Harpoon, Dr. Sacks served as Chief Medical Officer of Aduro Biotech from September 2016 until September 2018. Previously, she was Vice President of Clinical Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen Inc.), where she played a key role in the development and approval of Kyprolis®, an FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Clinical Research for Exelixis where she directed the development of a portfolio of small molecules, including late-stage development of Cometriq™. In addition to her industry experience, Dr. Sacks held  a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco, as an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology from 2003 to 2016. She received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, her M.S. in Biostatistics from Harvard University School of Public Health and her B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. 

Ali Tehrani PhD
Director
Ali Tehrani PhD
Director
Dr. Tehrani is one of our co-founders and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since the Company’s inception in September 2003. He has been an integral part of many of our corporate achievements including raising seed and angel financing and overseeing our technical operations and patent filings. Dr. Tehrani holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and has a Doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. While completing his Ph.D. degree he co-founded the Student Biotechnology Network, for which he received the UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2002. Dr. Tehrani is a member of the board of directors at Creatus Biosciences Inc. and BIOTECanada and has served as a board director for the Student Biotechnology Network, CQDM, LifeSciences British Columbia, and on the MITACS Industrial Advisory Board. He was also a member of British Columbia’s Premier’s Technology Council from 2016 to 2018.