Board of Directors
Connie Matsui has served as our Chair of the Board of Directors since May 2017. She brings to her role over 16 years of general management experience in the biotechnology industry. Ms. Matsui retired from Biogen Idec in January 2009 as Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation Networks. She served as an Executive Committee member at both Biogen Idec and IDEC Pharmaceuticals, a predecessor of Biogen Idec. Among the major roles she held after joining IDEC in November 1992 were: Senior Vice President, overseeing investor relations, corporate communications, human resources, project management and strategic planning; Collaboration Chair for the late stage development and commercialization of rituximab (tradenames: Rituxan®, MabThera®) in partnership with Roche and Genentech; and Project Leader for Zevalin®, the first radioimmunotherapy approved by the FDA. Prior to entering the biotechnology industry, Ms. Matsui worked for Wells Fargo Bank in general management, marketing and human resources. Ms. Matsui currently serves as the Chair of the Board at Halozyme and has been active on a number of not-for-profit boards. She was National President/Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1999 to 2002. Ms. Matsui earned BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
Steven Kelly has served on our Board of Directors since May 2017. He brings nearly thirty years of experience in Pharma/Biotech at all phases of the business across multiple therapeutic categories. Mr. Kelly is currently CEO at Carisma Therapeutics, a venture backed biotech pioneering the development of CAR macrophages, a disruptive approach to immunotherapy in cancer. Previously, Mr. Kelly was the founding CEO of Pinteon Therapeutics, an early stage oncology and CNS development company. Prior to this he held a number of leadership positions in the biotechnology industry including: CEO, Theracrine; CCO, BioVex; CEO, Innovive Pharmaceuticals; as well as various commercial and manufacturing roles at Sanofi, IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Amgen. Mr. Kelly holds a BS from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Cornell University.
Douglas W. Blayney, MD was appointed as a member of our board in August 2017. He is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford and former Medical Director of Stanford Cancer Center. Dr. Blayney is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and a founder of the ASCO Quality Symposium. He was previously a Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan, and prior to that practiced and led Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. a physician owned multidisciplinary oncology practice in southern California. Dr. Blayney served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee and is Founding Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice. He has over 70 scientific publications with expertise on clinical trial development, use of oncology drugs in clinical practice, and information technology use. Dr. Blayney earned a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and received post graduate training at UCSD and at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Georgia Erbez is currently Chief Financial Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Chief Business Officer and CFO of Zosano Pharma Corporation, a public pharmaceutical company, from September 2016 to May 2018. She served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2015 to March 2016. From September 2012 to November 2014 she served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Raptor Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company. Prior to Raptor, Ms. Erbez was a Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking at Collins Stewart from April 2011 to January 2012. From June 1998 to September 2012, Ms. Erbez was a founder and Managing Director of Beal Advisors, a financial advisory firm, and a senior investment banker at Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Cowen and Company. She has also held positions at the investment banks Hambrecht & Quist and Alex, Brown & Sons Inc. Ms. Erbez received a Bachelor of Arts degree, International Relations from the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Emanuele was appointed as a member of our board in September 2017. He has more than 30 years of bio-pharmaceutical industry experience including over 20 years at the senior executive level at companies including CytRx Corp., Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Kemia Inc, Da Vita Inc, and Mast Therapeutics. Dr. Emanuele has been a successful independent scientific investigator and awarded several US patents and drug development grants from the National Institutes of Health and the US Food & Drug Administration. During his career he has led four original IND’s for new chemical entities and been a key participant in the NDA approval for two first-in-class drugs. Dr. Emanuele also has extensive experience with collaborative drug development and has established and led partnerships with global pharmaceutical companies including Merck, GSK, AstraZeneca and Novartis, Dr. Emanuele received his PhD in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics from Loyola University of Chicago and his MBA from the University of Colorado.
Gregory D. Gorgas has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and on our board of directors since April 2017. He holds three decades of successful drug development and commercialization experience in both pharmaceutical corporations and biotech companies, including more than a dozen product launches, four of which were first-in-class. Before leading Artelo, Mr. Gorgas served as Senior Vice President, Commercial and corporate officer at Mast Therapeutics, a publicly held biotechnology company, where he had commercial leadership accountability and business development responsibilities for the hematology, oncology and cardiovascular programs. Previously, Mr. Gorgas was Managing Director at Theragence, a privately held company he co-founded, that provides superior drug development insights through the application of proprietary computational intelligence data mining tools. Prior to that, Mr. Gorgas worked at Biogen, a publicly held biotechnology company, as Senior Director, Global Marketing with responsibility for the strategic vision and operational commercialization of the company’s worldwide cancer business. Previously he held leadership positions of increasing responsibility with IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Chiron, Cetus and Upjohn, all publicly held companies. Mr. Gorgas currently serves as member of the board of directors at Theragence and on the advisory board of Klotho Therapeutics. Mr. Gorgas earned a BA in economics from California State University, Northridge and, from the University of Phoenix, an MBA.
Peter O’Brien has been head of our European operations since April 2017 and serves on our board of directors. As co-founder of Artelo Biosciences, he brought an accomplished record of creating, leading and selling multiple businesses including Medical Staff Ireland (sold in 2017), Nursing Station (acquired by Medacs Healthcare under the Impellam Group Plc in 2016) and Driver and Labour Recruit (sold in 2006). Mr. O’Brien also co-founded SPR Global Technologies which was acquired in 2018. Previously, he was a specialist in the private client sector at HSBC International in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. Mr. O’Brien graduated from Griffith College, Cork, Ireland in 2004 with a concentration in Marketing, Sales, Public Relations and Advertising.