John P. McLaughlin has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2008, when the Company spun-off Facet Biotech Corporation (Facet Biotech). From December 2008 until September 2017, Mr. McLaughlin served the Company as both President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. McLaughlin was elected a director of the Company in October 2008 and from November 6, 2008 until the spin-off on December 18, 2008, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Company. He was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Anesiva, Inc., formerly known as Corgentech, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from January 2000 to June 2008. From December 1997 to September 1999, Mr. McLaughlin was President of Tularik Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From September 1987 to December 1997, Mr. McLaughlin held a number of senior management positions at Genentech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, including Executive Vice President and General Counsel. From January 1985 to September 1987, Mr. McLaughlin was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in food and drug law. Prior to that, Mr. McLaughlin served as counsel to various subcommittees in the United States House of Representatives, where he drafted numerous measures that became FDA laws. Mr. McLaughlin co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company subsequently bought by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He also co-founded and served as a director of Peak Surgical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company subsequently purchased by Medtronic, Inc. He also served as a director of AxoGen, Inc., Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. and Seattle Genetics, publicly-traded biopharmaceutical companies. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America. Mr. McLaughlin possesses a strong understanding of the biotechnology industry and has experience in development, regulation and commercialization of drugs, corporate licensing and litigation that the Company values. In addition, Mr. McLaughlin provides strategic guidance to our management team and the Board.