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Our Board of Directors leverages the talents of highly regarded leaders in life sciences, finance, and consulting.

  • Dennis M. Lanfear

    President, CEO & Chairman

    • Dennis M. Lanfear

      President, CEO & Chairman

      Dennis Lanfear is a biotechnology pioneer and leader with a track record for entrepreneurial vision and achievement. He founded Coherus Biosciences in 2010, assuming the roles of President, CEO and Chairman, and quickly turned the company from a startup into the industry’s leading “pure play” in biosimilar drugs. Having recruited some of biotech’s most accomplished drug developers, Coherus has built a late stage pipeline of biosimilar treatments for inflammatory diseases and cancer. The team Mr. Lanfear put together is now delivering on its vision of improved access to high quality, life-changing medicines. Coherus is backed by more than $400M in capital raised from the public and private markets. This includes over $110M in net proceeds from an April 2015 follow-on public offering, over $80M in net proceeds from a November 2014 IPO, and over $220M in private financing. Collaborations with Daiichi Sankyo and Baxter International further strengthen the company’s global drug development agenda.

      Mr. Lanfear has nearly 30 years of biopharmaceutical business experience in technical and leadership roles. He is a 13-year veteran of Amgen, where he served as a Vice President with broad operational, product development and marketing responsibility. He spend 10 of those years running Amgen’s renowned Process Development Department, where he was tasked with integrating more than 2,500 operations and staff worldwide. Mr. Lanfear spearheaded multiple development programs for growth factors, somatotropins and neurotrophins, taking these products from preclinical to Phase 3. He reviewed and wrote sections of more than 20 INDs and several BLAs, and he had direct budgetary responsibility for the $135 million development partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals from 1991 to 1999. In 1997 Mr. Lanfear was named Amgen’s Vice President, Market Development. In this role, he defined long term competitive and reimbursement strategies for Epogen®, a multibillion dollar drug.

      Prior to joining Amgen, Mr. Lanfear held positions at Baxter International and was also the founder and CEO of Saronyx, Inc., a drug development software services company. In 2005, he founded InteKrin Therapeutics, serving as President, CEO, and Chairman in 2010. He is an investor in and former director of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, and a former director of Insmed Therapeutics.

      Mr. Lanfear currently serves on the board of directors of NEUVOGEN, Inc.

      Mr. Lanfear holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Mats Wahlström

    Executive Chairman, KMG Capital Partners, LLC

    • Mats Wahlström

      Executive Chairman, KMG Capital Partners, LLC

      Mats Wahlström, Lead Director, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2012.

      Mr. Wahlström serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of KMG Capital Partners, LLC since April 2012, Chairman of PCI | HealthDev since August 2010, and Chairman of Caduceus Medical Holdings, LLC since August 2010. He has served on the boards of directors of Getinge AB since March 2012 and Alteco Medical AB since October 2012. He served as a director of Health Grades, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare ratings company, from March 2009 through its sale to a private equity firm in October 2010, and as a director of Zynex Inc., an over-the-counter medical device manufacturer, from October 2010 through January 2014. From January 2004 to December 2009, Mr. Wahlström served as co-CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America and a member of the management board at Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA. From November 2002 to December 2009, he served as President and CEO of Fresenius Medical Services, which operates more than 1,700 dialysis clinics in the U.S. Prior to joining Fresenius Medical Care in 2002, Mr. Wahlström held various positions at Gambro AB in Sweden, including President of Gambro North America and Chief Executive Officer of Gambro Healthcare Inc. as well as Chief Financial Officer of the Gambro Group.

      Mr. Wahlström has a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Administration from University of Lund, Sweden.

  • James Healy, M.D., Ph.D.

    General Partner, Sofinnova Ventures

    • James Healy, M.D., Ph.D.

      General Partner, Sofinnova Ventures

      James I. Healy, M.D., Ph.D. has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2014.

      Dr. Healy has been a General Partner of Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm, since June 2000. Prior to June 2000, Dr. Healy held various positions at Sanderling Ventures, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (as successor to Miles Laboratories) and ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Healy is currently on the board of directors of Ascendis Pharma, Bolt Biotherapeutics, Natera, Karuna Therapeutics, NuCana plc, and Y-mAbs Therapeutics, and is a board observer at Visen. Previously, he served as a board member of InterMune, Inc., Amarin Corp., Auris Medical, Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc., Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Durata Therapeutics, Inc., CoTherix, Inc., Movetis NV and several private companies.

      Dr. Healy holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Stanford University School of Medicine, a B.A. in Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Alan C. Mendelson

    Retired Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

    • Alan C. Mendelson

      Retired Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

      Mr. Mendelson served as a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP from May 2000 to December 2020, where he held several leadership roles, including Co-Chair of the Emerging Companies Practice Group and Global Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group, and advised numerous private and public companies, primarily in the life sciences industry. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Mendelson was a partner at Cooley LLP from February 1980 to May 2000. From November 1995 to June 1996, he served as acting General Counsel of Cadence Design Systems Inc., a public EDA software and services company. Previously, from April 1990 to April 1991, he served as secretary and acting general counsel of Amgen Inc. Mr. Mendelson previously served on the boards of directors of several public biotech companies including Aviron Inc., CV Therapeutics, Inc., QLT, Inc., and Valentis, Inc. He has served as the corporate secretary for Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eargo, Inc. and 4D Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Mendelson also currently serves on the board of directors of the California Life Sciences Association and the boards of trustees of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Mr. Mendelson received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Samuel Nussbaum, M.D.

    Former EVP, Clinical Health Policy & Chief Medical Officer for Anthem; Strategic Consultant, EBG Advisors

    • Samuel Nussbaum, M.D.

      Former EVP, Clinical Health Policy & Chief Medical Officer for Anthem; Strategic Consultant, EBG Advisors

      Samuel Nussbaum has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2018.

      From 2000 until 2016, Dr. Nussbaum served as Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy, and Chief Medical Officer for Anthem. In that role, he was the key spokesperson and policy advocate and oversaw clinical strategy and corporate medical and pharmacy policy.

      Dr. Nussbaum currently serves as a Strategic Consultant to EBG Advisors, consulting arm for Epstein Becker and Green, where he advises life science companies, health care systems and provider organizations. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Sandbox Industries, a health care venture fund and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

      Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Nussbaum served as EVP, Medical Affairs and System Integration of BJC Health Care. Nussbaum had a 20-year academic career at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he led the Clinical Endocrine Group Practice. Dr. Nussbaum received his B.A. from New York University and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Stanford University and Massachusetts General Hospital and in endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nussbaum is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, an adjunct professor at the Olin School of Business, Washington University and a Senior Fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

  • Ali J. Satvat

    Member, Private Equity KKR

    • Ali J. Satvat

      Member, Private Equity KKR

      Ali J. Satvat has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014.

      Mr. Satvat is a Member of KKR and a senior leader of the Health Care industry team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform since January 2012. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of several organizations, including Cohera Medical, Inc. since October 2015, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since January 2015 and PRA Health Sciences, Inc. since September 2013. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Satvat was a Principal with Apax Partners, where he invested in health care from 2006 to 2012, served as a director of Chiron Holdings (Kinetic Concepts, Inc. and LifeCell Corporation) and TZ Holdings (The TriZetto Group, Inc.) and was actively involved with many of the firm’s successful growth investments. Previously, Mr. Satvat held various positions with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Audax Group and The Blackstone Group, where he was involved in a broad range of transactions.

      Mr. Satvat holds an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      Mr. Satvat also serves on the board of directors of the Healthcare Private Equity Association.

  • Mark D. Stolper

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RadNet, Inc.

    • Mark D. Stolper

      Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RadNet, Inc.

      Mr. Stolper has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RadNet, Inc., a publicly traded operator of medical diagnostic imaging centers, since July 2004. He has served on the board of directors of Surgalign Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded medical technology company, since March 2017, and Rotech Healthcare Inc., a privately held medical equipment company, since February 2016. Previously, Mr. Stolper served as a member of the board of directors of 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Inc., Surgical Solutions LLC, Physiotherapy Associates, Inc., Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc., and Compumed, Inc. Mr. Stolper graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School. Additionally, Mr. Stolper earned a postgraduate Award in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Mary Szela

    President & CEO, Surefire Medical, Inc.

    • Mary Szela

      President & CEO, Surefire Medical, Inc.

      Mary T. Szela has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2014.

      Ms. Szela is the Chief Executive Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Aegerion in January 2016, Ms. Szela was Chief Executive Officer of Melinta Therapeutics, where she managed the company’s rebranding effort and led the reprioritization and expansion of the advanced-stage product pipeline. Previously, Ms. Szela joined Abbott Laboratories in 1987 and has held several leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Marketing from January 2010 to May 2012 and Senior Vice President of U.S. Pharmaceuticals from September 2008 to December 2009. Prior to Abbott, Ms. Szela worked for the University of Illinois Hospital. She has served on the board of directors of Suneva Medical, Inc. since July 2012.

      Ms. Szela earned a B.S. in Nursing and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

  • Kim Tzoumakas

    Former CEO, 21st Century Oncology

    • Kim Tzoumakas

      Former CEO, 21st Century Oncology

      Kim Tzoumakas joined the board as an independent director in August, 2020.

      Ms. Tzoumakas has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as the former CEO and current Board Member of 21st Century Oncology, one of the largest integrated cancer care networks in the world with revenue of $1 billion annually. She led the transformation of the company on behalf of the equity owners, including resolving significant financial and regulatory historical challenges, building a leadership team, rebranding and creating a culture, while developing a growth strategy which led to a successful sale to GenesisCare in May, 2020.  At the time of the sale, 21st Century Oncology was a network of 3,000 team members, 900 physicians, 300+ locations in 15 states, and seven Latin American countries. The Latin America oncology care businesses was spun off and she continues to serve as President and Board Member of International Oncology Care, on behalf of its equity owners. She remains a board member of GenesisCare US and is the Chair of the Compliance Committee.

      Previously, Ms. Tzoumakas served as a healthcare legal advisor to some of the  largest healthcare providers in the country for over 20 years. She managed the Michigan office of Hall Render, a national health care law firm, while serving on the firm’s board and working closely with health care boards around governance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. As part of the firm’s growth committee, the firm expanded to 11 states during her tenure.  Throughout her career, she has maneuvered regulatory and strategic challenges for public and private companies and has served on the compensation committees, strategic growth committees and finance committees at various times.

      Ms. Tzoumakas has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northwood University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996.