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Chairman of the Board

Raj Parekh, MA, DPhil

Rajesh Parekh, MA, DPhil has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since 2004. Dr. Parekh is a General Partner at Advent Life Sciences LLP, which he joined in 2006. During an academic career at Oxford University, he co-founded Oxford GlycoSciences PLC, where he served as Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 until its sale to Celltech Group PLC (now UCB SA) in 2003. He has founded or served on the boards of several life sciences companies in the United States and Europe including Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.; Avila Therapeutics, Inc.; EUSA Pharma (Europe) Limited; Thiakis Limited; Biocartis NV; Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT) Holding NV (now uniQure); Aura, Inc.; Itara Ltd.; and Cellnovo SA. Dr. Parekh currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Advent Venture Partners; Advent Life Sciences LLP; Aleta Inc.; Amphista Therapeutics Ltd.; Arrakis, Inc.; Artax Inc.; Capella BioSciences Ltd.; Levicept Limited; PE Limited; Alpha Anomeric SA; Macrolide Inc.; Project Paradise Limited; and Tridek-One Therapeutics SAS. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Novartis Venture Fund. He received his MA in Biochemistry and DPhil in Molecular Medicine from the University of Oxford, where he has also been a Senior Research Fellow and Professor.

Executive Director

Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos

Onno van de Stolpe founded our company in 1999 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors from 1999 to the present. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Managing Director of Genomics at IntroGene BV (later Crucell NV, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. in 2011). Prior to joining IntroGene in 1998, he was Managing Director of Molecular Probes Europe BV. He established the European headquarters after joining Molecular Probes, Inc. in the United States. Previously, he worked for The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency in California, where he was responsible for recruiting biotechnology and medical device companies to locate in the Netherlands. Mr. Van de Stolpe started his career as Manager of Business Development at MOGEN International NV in Leiden. He received an MSc degree from Wageningen University. Mr. Van de Stolpe has previously served as a member of the board of directors of DCPrime BV and as a member of the supervisory board of the Stichting Institute for Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies.

Non-Executive Directors

Howard Rowe, J.D. - Independent Director

Howard Rowe, J.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Mr. Rowe is Managing Director at Hayfin Capital Management LLP. Prior to joining Hayfin Capital Management, Mr. Rowe was a Managing Director with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he had multiple healthcare responsibilities over his 12 years at the firm. His most recent roles at Goldman Sachs were as part of the European Special Situations and Principal Strategies teams where he established and led the private healthcare investing effort. During that time he served on the boards of EUSA Pharma (Europe) Limited, Healthcare Brands International Limited, SmallBone Innovations, Inc., MedAvante, Inc. and Ikonisys, Inc. Prior to his investing activities, Mr. Rowe was a senior member of the European Healthcare Investment Banking team, where he advised numerous corporate clients on M&A and corporate finance activities. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a corporate lawyer with the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Rowe received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of Southern California and his JD from Harvard Law School. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Paradigm Spine LLC.

Katrine Bosley - Independent Director

Katrine Bosley has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Ms. Bosley served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Editas Medicine, Inc. from June 2014 to March 2019. Prior to joining Editas, Ms. Bosley was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Broad Institute from 2013 to 2014. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Bosley was President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Avila Therapeutics, Inc., which was acquired by Celgene Corporation in 2012. Ms. Bosley served as President, Celgene Avilomics Research at Celgene in 2012. Prior to her time at Avila Therapeutics, Ms. Bosley was Vice President, Strategic Operations at Adnexus, a Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D Company, and was Vice President, Business Development at Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc. before that. Ms. Bosley joined Adnexus Therapeutics from Biogen Idec, Inc. where she had roles in business development, commercial operations and portfolio strategy in the United States and Europe. Ms. Bosley graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology. Ms. Bosley currently serves on the boards of Genocea Biosciences, Inc., the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute.

Mary Kerr, Ph.D. - Independent Director

Dr. Mary Kerr has served as a member of our board of directors since 2016. Dr. Kerr, a UK national, is Chief Executive Officer and director at NeRRe Therapeutics and Chief Executive Officer and director at KaNDy Therapeutics. Prior to her appointment at NeRRe, Dr. Kerr held a range of senior leadership roles at GSK over more than 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Global Franchise leader for the Immuno-inflammation and Infectious Diseases franchise. Dr. Kerr was a founding member and on the Corporate Executive team of ViiV Healthcare where she led a turnaround in the performance of the HIV business in Europe. She has spent the majority of her career on the R&D commercial interface in global strategy and regional operational roles, predominantly in the specialty and orphan space. Dr. Kerr gained a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Bradford, did post-doctoral research at the Michigan Cancer Foundation in Detroit and has an MBA from the University of Kingston.

Peter Guenter - Independent Director

Peter Guenter has served as a member of our board of directors since April 30, 2019. Mr. Guenter has been Chief Executive Officer of Almirall since October 1, 2017. Prior to joining Almirall, he worked at Sanofi for 22 years, most recently as Executive Vice President Diabetes and Cardiovascular Global Business Unit. During his tenure at Sanofi, he held many senior positions including Vice President Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, Vice President Business Management and Support, General Manager Germany, Senior Vice President Europe, Executive Vice President Global Commercial Operations and Executive Vice President General Medicine and Emerging Markets. He was a member of Sanofi’s Executive Committee from 2013 till August 2017. Before joining Sanofi, he held different positions in sales and marketing at Smith Kline and Ciba Geigy. Mr. Guenter is currently also a member of the board of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). He is a Belgian citizen and holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Ghent.

Daniel O'Day - Non-Independent Director

Daniel O’Day has served as a member of our board of directors since October 22, 2019. Mr. O'Day joined Gilead in 2019 to lead the biopharmaceutical company, which has more than 11,000 employees around the world. Prior to Gilead, Mr. O’Day served as the chief executive officer of Roche Pharmaceuticals. His career at Roche spanned more than three decades, during which he held a number of executive positions in the company’s pharmaceutical and diagnostics divisions in North America, Europe and Asia. During his time at Roche, Mr. O’Day demonstrated vision and leadership, helping to engineer the acquisitions of Flatiron Health and Foundation Medicine in 2018. He served as a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Committee, as well as on a number of public and private boards, including
Genentech. Mr. O’Day is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and a member of the board of directors of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Mr. O’Day is a US citizen and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Linda Higgins, Ph.D. - Non-Independent Director

Linda Slanec Higgins, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since October 22, 2019. Dr. Higgins joined Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2010 and is currently Sr. Vice President Research, External Innovation. In her first nine years at Gilead she led Biology, significantly expanding the therapeutic area scope and capabilities of the department. She previously served as the President & CEO of InteKrin Therapeutics and as Head of Research at Scios, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, where she provided leadership for drug discovery, preclinical development, and translational medicine. Dr. Higgins is passionate about biopharmaceutical discovery and development, and has been dedicated to excellence in applied scientific research since 1991. She has led projects and departments in multiple therapeutic areas including CNS, fibrosis, inflammation, cardiovascular, virology, and oncology. Dr. Higgins built many of these as new areas at Scios and Gilead. Dr. Higgins is a US citizen and earned an A.B. in Behavioral Physiology from Kenyon College, a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Genetics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She has authored over 50
original peer reviewed scientific papers and invited reviews and is an inventor on over a dozen patents.