Board of Directors
Garo H. Armen
Dr. Armen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agenus Inc., the biotechnology company he founded in 1994. He brings to the board a deep historical and practical knowledge of the business and its technologies, as well as years of expertise in the financial and biopharmaceutical arenas. From mid-2002 through 2004, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the biopharmaceutical company Elan Corporation, plc. Dr. Armen also serves on the Board of Protagenic Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focusing on human brain hormones for the treatment of mood disorders. He is the founder and President of the Children of Armenia Fund, a charitable organization established in 2000 that is dedicated to the positive development of the children and youth of Armenia.
Mr. Corvese is president and founder of Vencor Capital, a private equity firm with telecommunications and technology investments in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Prior to Vencor, Mr. Corvese worked on investments in the US and global equity markets as a managing director and partner at Soros Fund Management, the largest hedge fund in the world at the time. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Corvese was a partner at Chancellor Capital Management, a $25-billion money management firm. While at Chancellor, Mr. Corvese was a portfolio manager with responsibility for investments made in basic industries, restructurings, and special situations, corporate governance investments, as well as founding and managing his own hedge fund. From 1981 to 1988, Mr. Corvese was with Drexel Burnham Lambert as an equity analyst following the chemical and specialty chemical industries and he participated in a significant number of merger and acquisition activities. While at Drexel, Mr. Corvese was a member of the top chemical and specialty chemical research team, as ranked by Institutional Investor. Mr. Corvese currently serves on the board of the National Telecommunications Company, based in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Corvese earned degrees in finance and political science from The University of Rhode Island and attended New York University Graduate School.
Mr. Jordan was the founder and President of NearEast Enterprise, L.L.C. from 2011 to April 2015, a company that marketed pharmaceuticals in Near East markets, including Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Gulf countries. From 1995 to 2011, Mr. Jordan served as President of NearEast Pharma LLC, a company that provided pharmaceutical, biotechnology and equipment for pharmaceutical industries to the Near East and Middle East markets. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Jordan served as a Vice President of Cyanamid International, a research-based life sciences company, and from 1976 to 1993, Mr. Jordan served as a Managing Director within Cyanamid International. Since December 2003, Mr. Jordan has been a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Lebanese American University, located in Beirut, Lebanon, and incorporated under the Board of Regents in New York State. Mr. Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a certificate in international business from Columbia University. Mr. Jordan brings to our Board years of expertise in both the biotechnology/pharmaceutical and international arenas.
Ms. Shalini Sharp is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Finance of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc. Prior to Ultragenyx, Ms. Sharp served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Agenus from September 2006 to May 2012. During her tenure at Agenus, which began in 2003, Ms. Sharp also served as its Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate development. Prior to this, she served as Director of Strategic Planning at Elan Corporation Plc, where she served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the board during the restructuring process and drove to completion a number of strategic corporate and financial transactions. Ms. Sharp was previously a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She has been a Director of Agenus since May 2012. Ms. Sharp received her bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Wiinberg has almost 20 years of senior leadership experience, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of H. Lundbeck A/S, a global pharmaceutical company developing and marketing treatments for psychiatric and neurological disorders. He previously served on the boards of several healthcare industry associations and held multiple executive roles at Wyeth, one of the world’s largest research-driven pharmaceutical companies that was acquired by Pfizer in 2009. He served as President of Wyeth Europe, Africa and Middle East; President of Consumer Healthcare; Managing Director of Wyeth UK, and in various commercial positions. Mr. Wiinberg currently serves on the boards of UCB SA, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Belgium, Avillion LLP (Chairman), a London-based drug development company, Hansa Medical AB (Chairman), a Swedish biopharmaceutical company, Alfa Laval AB, a Swedish industrial company, and Nestle Health Science.
Timothy R. Wright
Mr. Wright is currently the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Global Business Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, licensing and strategic alliances. Additionally, Mr. Wright is the Chairman of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Drug Development Institute that he founded in 2011. Previously, Mr. Wright was President of the Imaging and Pharmaceutical products sector of Covidien, now Medtronic, as well as President of Elan Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Mr. Wright has held several executive roles at DuPont Merck. Currently, Mr. Wright serves as Lead Director of Agenus, Inc., and Director of the Ohio State Innovation Foundation and has served on a number of boards in North America, Europe, Asia and Japan over the past 30 years.