Board of Directors
Geoffrey M. Glass, Chairman
Geoffrey M. Glass has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2018 and became Chairman of the Board in December 2018. Geoff is the founder and CEO of Kiniciti, a company focused on accelerating the advancement of the cell and gene therapy sector. Geoff has spent over 25 years helping lead services and therapeutic companies in the Life Sciences sector. Having begun his career at EY in their consulting practice, Geoff spent nearly 10 years running major accounts and practice areas for the firm. During his time at Valeant Pharmaceuticals (now Bausch Health), Geoff served on the executive team for nearly five years, first as CIO and then running Valeant’s Asia business. In 2009, he was recruited to help lead the turn-around of Patheon. While at Patheon, Geoff had leadership of Strategy, Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing, Pricing, Contracting and ended his tenure as the President of the Banner Life Sciences division. Following almost seven years at Patheon, Geoff was CEO of Sancilio Pharmaceuticals and worked with many private equity groups, including as an Operating Partner at LongueVue Capital.
Gregory J. Divis, CEO
Gregory J. Divis was named Chief Executive Officer in June of 2019, after having served as Chief Operating Officer (named in March 2018) and Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (named in January 2017). Prior to joining Avadel, he served as an Executive in Residence at Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. With over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Divis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumara Health, a specialty branded pharmaceutical company focused on women’s health. Prior to Lumara, Mr. Divis held general management, sales, marketing and business development roles at Schering Plough and Sanofi-Aventis.
Peter Thornton has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2017. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Technopath Clinical Diagnostics, an Irish company that provides quality control materials and software solutions to clinical laboratories worldwide, a position he has held since January 2014. Prior to joining Technopath Clinical Diagnostics, from September 2011 to December 2013, Mr. Thornton was Senior Vice President — Business Integration for Alkermes plc, a global biopharmaceuticals company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. From July 2007 to September 2011 he was Senior Vice President — Corporate and Business Development for Elan Drug Technologies, an Elan Corporation plc division engaged in developing and manufacturing drug delivery technology based pharmaceutical products. From September 2006 to July 2007 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Circ Pharma Limited, a specialty pharmaceutical company and from June 2004 to September 2006 he was Chief Financial Officer of Agenus Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company. Mr. Thornton has previously served as a non-executive director of both public and private companies and currently holds three non-executive directorships in private companies. Mr. Thornton worked for the international public accounting firm of KPMG for seven years in Ireland and France and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork, Ireland.
Linda S. Palczuk
Linda S. Palczuk, has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2018. Since September 2019, Ms. Palczuk has been the Chief Operating Officer and a director of Envara Health, Inc., a medical nutrition technology company. Ms. Palczuk was the Chief Operating Officer of Verrica Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on medical dermatology products, from February 2018 to April 2019. Prior to joining Verrica Pharmaceuticals, from July 2017 to February 2018, Ms. Palczuk was President and Chief Executive Officer at Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., a regenerative medicines biotechnology company. Prior to her position at Osiris Therapeutics, Ms. Palczuk had an extensive and successful 30-year career with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and its legacy companies, serving in senior-level commercial and general management roles, including Vice President, Established Brands and Vice President, Global Commercial Excellence from January 2012 until March 2015, Vice President, Sales & Marketing from March 2009 to December 2011, and Vice President, Sales from April 2006 to February 2009. From June 2015 until July 2017, Ms. Palczuk was an independent consultant providing business expertise within the pharmaceutical sector. Ms. Palczuk received a BA degree in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA degree from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.
Eric j Ende, M.D.
Dr. Eric J. Ende currently serves as President of Ende BioMedical Consulting Group and as a member of Matinas Biopharma’s Board of Directors. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of Genzyme from 2010 until it was acquired by Sanofi-Aventis in 2011 for $20 billion. During his tenure on Genzyme’s Board of Directors, Dr. Ende was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees. From 2002 through 2008, Dr. Ende was the senior biotechnology analyst at Merrill Lynch. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Ende served as the senior biotechnology analyst at Bank of America Securities and, from 1997 to 2000, he served as a biotechnology analyst at Lehman Brothers.
Mark McCamish, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Mark A. McCamish has been a member of the Board of Directors since December 2019. Since May 2017, Dr. McCamish has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Forty Seven, Inc, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. From July 2009 to April 2017, Dr. McCamish served as Global Head of Biopharmaceutical Development at Sandoz Inc., a pharmaceutical company. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate management, clinical and pharmaceutical research and academics. Dr. McCamish received both a B.A. in Physical Education and an M.A. in Ergonomics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.