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XBiotech Inc (XBIT.OQ)

XBIT.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Simard

54 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Scott Whitehurst

50 2016 Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Thornburg

52 2015 Senior Vice President - Operations

Queena Han

49 Vice President - Finance, Human Resources

David Combs

36 Vice President - Manufacturing

Norma Gonzalez

58 2008 Vice President - Quality

Dawn McCollough

2016 Vice President of Clinical Operations

Sushma Shivaswamy

37 Vice President - Research & Development

Michael Stecher

38 2010 Medical Director

Daniel Vasella

64 2014 Lead Independent Director

Fabrizio Bonanni

68 2013 Independent Director

W. Thorpe McKenzie

67 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Simard

Mr. John Simard, is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, Founder of XBiotech Inc. Prior to XBiotech, he was founder and Chief Executive Officer of CTL ImmunoTherapies Corp., a developer of therapeutic vaccines to treat cancer and chronic infectious disease; he also founded of AlleCure Corp., of Valencia, California, a developer of allergy treatments and immune-modulating therapies. In 2001, AlleCure and CTL ImmunoTherapies merged to form MannKind Corp., where Mr. Simard served as Corporate Vice President and board member. Mr. Simard holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and attended graduate studies in Medical Biophysics/Immunology at the University of Toronto.

Scott Whitehurst

Mr. Scott Whitehurst is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He has more than 25 years of international business and finance experience in the biotechnology and technology industries. In his last position at Amgen Inc., Mr. Whitehurst served as the Vice President of Finance, Operations from March 2008 to April 2016. While at Amgen, he was instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy to optimize Amgen’s manufacturing network and supply chain and in creating Amgen’s Global Business Services unit. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Whitehurst served as the Chief Financial Officer of Keane Consulting where he directed all finance activities. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Whitehurst served as Chief Financial Officer of Novartis Animal Health in Basel, Switzerland where he directed all finance activities for this stand-alone business unit, which operates on a global basis to research, develop, manufacture and sell animal pharmaceuticals. Prior to his time at Novartis, Whitehurst spent 14 years at the Hewlett-Packard Co. in various financial management positions throughout the world, ultimately becoming Vice President of Finance responsible for some of the company's largest divisions, regions and acquisitions.

Kelly Thornburg

Mr. Kelly R. Thornburg is Senior Vice President - Operations of the Company. Mr. Thornburg will oversee manufacturing operations for the production of the Company's True Human therapeutic antibodies. Among his duties, Mr. Thornburg will oversee the transition from Phase 3 clinical manufacturing to launch of commercial production. This will include oversight of the completion and validation of XBiotech's commercial manufacturing facility now under construction. Prior to joining XBiotech, Thornburg spent 16 years at Amgen where he held a variety of senior level positions. Thornburg served as an Executive Director, Quality Site Head at Amgen's Colorado facility, where he managed all aspects of Amgen's quality functions with responsibility for two protein drug substance manufacturing plants and GMP warehouse facilities. Before that, Thornburg served as Executive Director, Quality Control, where he managed the Quality Control Laboratory function for the Amgen Manufacturing site in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

Queena Han

Ms. Queena Han has been Vice President - Finance, Human Resources of XBiotech Inc. She has been employed by XBiotech since April 2008 beginning as our controller, and now as our Vice President of Finance and Human Resources. Prior to joining XBiotech, she served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a public company with a nation-wide pay phone hardware and service business. Ms. Han has a B.A in accounting, holds a Chartered Professional Accountants designation in Canada, is a professional member of SHRM and holds the Human Resource Management Certification from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Combs

Dr. David J. Combs, Ph.D. serves as Vice President - Manufacturing of XBiotech Inc. He has been employed by XBiotech since April 2010, initially as manufacturing process development scientist and now as Vice President Manufacturing. Dr. Combs oversees a team that manages all aspects of the manufacturing program—from initiation of cell culture process to fill and finish of drug product. Dr. Combs previously worked for The Cancer Research Institute at Scott and White Memorial Hospital, where he headed-up manufacturing.

Norma Gonzalez

Ms. Norma I. Gonzalez has served as our Vice President - Quality of XBiotech Inc., since February 2008. Before joining XBiotech, Ms. Gonzalez was Director of Quality at Carbomedics, where she held various roles including Director of R&D, Director of Manufacturing Mechanical Heart Valve, and Director of Tissue Valve and Quality.

Dawn McCollough

Mr. Dawn McCollough is Vice President of Clinical Operations of the Company. He has more than two decades of global industry experience and has overseen all phases of clinical trial drug development across multiple therapeutic areas.

Sushma Shivaswamy

Dr. Sushma Shivaswamy, Ph.D., serves as Vice President - Research & Development of XBiotech Inc. She has been with XBiotech since May 2009 when she joined as a senior research scientist and quickly advanced to lead the R&D group as Director of Research. Dr. Shivaswamy’s academic studies involved elucidating mechanisms for regulation of gene expression. Prior to joining XBiotech, Dr. Shivaswamy was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India.

Michael Stecher

Dr. Michael Stecher, M.D. has served as our Medical Director of XBiotech Inc., since June 2010. Dr. Stecher has worked to develop our clinical program to treat chronic inflammatory diseases through targeting the interleukin-1 system, collaborating with key opinion leaders in fields of endocrinology, oncology, cardiovascular medicine and dermatology. Dr. Stecher is board certified in family medicine and a graduate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Daniel Vasella

Dr. Daniel L. Vasella, M.D., serves as Lead Independent Director of XBiotech Inc. He has served as a director since November 2014. Dr. Vasella is the Honorary Chairman and Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG, a company that engages in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of health care products worldwide. Dr. Vasella served as Chairman of Novartis from 1999 to February 2013 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to January 2010. From 1992 to 1996, Dr. Vasella held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President and Head of Worldwide Development and Head of Corporate Marketing at Sandoz Pharma Ltd. Dr. Vasella is a director of American Express, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., a member of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, a foreign honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of several industry associations and educational institutions. Dr. Vasella holds an M.D. degree in medicine from the University of Berne.

Fabrizio Bonanni

Dr. Fabrizio Bonanni, Ph. D., has served as Independent Director of XBiotech Inc., since August 2013. For over a decade, Dr. Bonanni headed up the manufacturing program for biological drugs at Amgen, Inc. In one capacity or another, Dr. Bonanni was the senior operating officer responsible for Amgen Inc.’s biological drug production from 1999 to 2012. His titles included Executive Vice President Operations (2007 to 2012), Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Senior Vice President, Quality and Compliance. Earlier, Dr. Bonanni held various management positions at Baxter International, Inc. from 1974 to 1999, including positions as Corporate Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs and Corporate Vice President of Quality Systems. Dr. Bonanni received his Doctorate in Chemistry (magna cum laude and with mention of honor) from the University of Florence, Italy and has done postdoctoral work in Physiological Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

W. Thorpe McKenzie

Mr. W. Thorpe McKenzie has served as Independent Director of XBiotech Inc., since February 2009. Mr. McKenzie is Managing Director of Pointer Management Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee, which he co-founded in 1990 to invest in hedge funds and similar types of partnerships utilizing a fund of funds approach. From 1982 until 1990, he was a private investor in New York City, and a director of several public and private companies. From 1980 until 1982, he was a cofounding general partner of TIGER, a global hedge fund. From 1971 until 1980, he was a Vice President of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. in New York City. Mr. McKenzie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and the Wharton Graduate division of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.