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Acceleron Pharma Inc (XLRN.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Francois Nader

61 2015 Independent Chairman of the Board

Habib Dable

48 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Kevin McLaughlin

61 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

John Quisel

46 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer, Secretary

Ravindra Kumar

58 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer

Sujay Kango

54 2018 Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Christopher R. Rovaldi

44 2017 Senior Vice President, Program Management and Operations

Robert Zeldin

2018 Chief Medical Officer

Karen Smith

50 2017 Director

Jean George

60 2005 Independent Director

Terrence Kearney

63 2014 Independent Director

Tom Maniatis

74 2003 Independent Director

Thomas McCourt

60 2016 Independent Director

Richard Pops

56 2004 Independent Director

Joseph Zakrzewski

55 2011 Independent Director

Todd James

2016 Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Biographies

Name Description

Francois Nader

Dr. Francois E. Nader, M.D., is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Acceleron Pharma Inc. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2014, and has served as the Chair of our Board of Directors since March 2015. Since February 2015, Dr. Nader has served as the chief executive officer of Jesra Advisors, LLC, a consulting services company founded by Dr. Nader. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or NPS, from 2008 through February 2015 when NPS was acquired by Shire plc. Dr. Nader joined NPS in 2006 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until 2008. He has served as a director of Clementia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since March 2014 and a director of Baxalta, Inc. since July 2015 and sits on their audit, compensation, and transaction committees. Before joining NPS, Dr. Nader was a venture partner at Care Capital, LLC, where he served as Chief Medical Officer of its Clinical Development Capital unit from 2005 to 2006. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Senior Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Markets and Senior Vice President, North America Medical and Regulatory Affairs with Aventis Pharmaceuticals. He also held similar positions at Hoechst Marion Roussel and served as Head of Global Commercial Operations at the Pasteur Vaccines division of Rhone-Poulenc. Dr. Nader is the immediate past Chair of the Board of BioNJ, a trade association representing the biotechnology industry in New Jersey, and a Board member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as a director of Noven Pharmaceuticals and Trevena, Inc., where he also chaired the compensation committee. Dr. Nader received a French State Doctorate in Medicine from St. Joseph University (Lebanon) and a Physician Executive M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee. We believe Dr. Nader's extensive experience in the life sciences industry and his background in research and development qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Habib Dable

Mr. Habib J. Dable is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and a member of our Board of Directors since December 2016. Mr. Dable is a seasoned pharmaceutical executive, with experience in maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global product launches. Since 1994, Mr. Dable has served in roles of increasing responsibility at Bayer AG, serving since October 2015 as the President of Pharmaceuticals for Bayer in the U.S. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Dable served as the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Specialty Medicine for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, and from 2010 to 2012, he was the Vice President of Ophthalmology & Global Launch Team Head for EYLEA. Mr. Dable earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. We believe Mr. Dable’s executive leadership experience and industry knowledge qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Kevin McLaughlin

Mr. Kevin F. McLaughlin is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in November 2010 and is our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Since January 2015, Mr. McLaughlin has served on the board of directors of Vericel Corporation. He also recently served, from 2009 through 2010, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Qteros, Inc. He was a co-founder of Aptius Education, Inc. and from 2007 through 2009 he worked as the Chief Operating Officer and a director. From 1996 through 2007, Mr. McLaughlin held several executive positions with PRAECIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He joined PRAECIS as their first Chief Financial Officer where he had responsibility for private financings, partnership financings, the company's initial public offering and subsequent stock offering. Later, Mr. McLaughlin became COO, and then President and CEO, and he served as a member of the board of directors. In this capacity he was responsible for negotiating the sale of the company to GlaxoSmithKline. He began his career in senior financial roles at Prime Computer and Computervision Corporation. Mr. McLaughlin received a BS in business from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College.

John Quisel

Dr. John D. Quisel, J.D., Ph.D., is Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer, Secretary of the Company. He joined Acceleron in October 2006 and is currently our Senior Vice President, Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining us, Dr. Quisel worked at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP and, prior to that, the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP. In his work at law firms, Dr. Quisel has, through strategic in-licensing and protection of internal research programs, assembled and licensed product and platform focused intellectual property portfolios for numerous biotechnology ventures. Over his entire career, Dr. Quisel's experience spans many aspects of biotechnology law, including the negotiation of intellectual property licenses and product development collaborations, patent prosecution and litigation. Dr. Quisel received an AB in biology from Harvard University, an M.S. in biology from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ravindra Kumar

Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer of Acceleron Pharma, Inc. He joined Acceleron in March 2004 and is currently our Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Kumar established and currently leads our discovery research. Previously, Dr. Kumar worked for 12 years at Genetics Institute and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. At Genetics Institute, Dr. Kumar was a key member of the Small Molecule Drug Discovery group and was responsible for cell biology. Following the integration of discovery functions from Genetics Institute and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Kumar served as Senior Scientist in the Biological Chemistry group. Dr. Kumar is the author of several key scientific manuscripts in the area of protein glycosylation and is named as an inventor of several patents. Dr. Kumar received his BS in chemistry from Rohilkhand University, his MS in chemistry from Meerut University, his Ph.D. from University of New Brunswick and he completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, NY.

Sujay Kango

Mr. Sujay Kango is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Most recently at AbbVie, Mr. Kango served as the Vice President of Global Commercial Development for Oncology, prior to which he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kango also served as Vice President, Global Marketing, and Sales Operations at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary. Prior to Onyx, he held several leadership positions including Vice President Sales and Marketing-Oncology at Merck & Co., Global Commercial Leader-Procrit ® /Eprex ® at Ortho-Biotech, and various sales and marketing positions at Schering-Plough. Mr. Kango earned a B.S. in Microbiology and an MBA from McNeese State University.

Christopher R. Rovaldi

Mr. Christopher R. is a Senior Vice President, Program Management and Operations of the ACCELERON PHARMA INC. Mr. Rovaldi has over 10 years of Program Management experience leading antiviral, antibacterial and biologic programs spanning the development cycle from pre-IND to marketing authorization. He has worked at several biotechnology companies including Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Idenix Pharmaceuticals where he was also involved in managing various aspects of the commercial infrastructure to support each company’s first product launch. Mr. Rovaldi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.

Robert Zeldin

Mr. Robert K. Zeldin is Chief Medical Officer of the Company. As a member of the Executive Committee at Ablynx, Dr. Zeldin contributed to the development and implementation of the overall corporate strategy. He was responsible for the Medical, Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Operations, Biostatistics, and Data Management functions and led a team of 60. He joined Ablynx from French pharmaceutical firm Stallergenes SA, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development. Earlier, he worked for five years at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the final three as Vice President and U.S. Medical Franchise Head, Respiratory and Dermatology. Dr. Zeldin's career in industry began at Merck, where he spent seven years in progressively strategic roles in worldwide regulatory affairs and clinical development, rising to the position of Senior Director of Clinical Development with responsibility for products in the respiratory, cardiovascular, and infectious disease therapeutic areas.

Karen Smith

Dr. Karen L. Smith, M.D., Ph.D. is a Directors of the ACCELERON PHARMA INC. since November 2017. Dr. Smith has served as the Global Head of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc since April 2015, and will depart Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc effective as of May 31, 2018. Dr. Smith has served as a member of the board of directors of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since July 2017, and previously served as a member of the board of directors of Forward Pharma A/S from May 2016 to May 2017. From January 2011 to March 2015, she was Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs and Global Therapeutic Area Head (Dermatology) for Allergan, Inc. From October 2007 to December 2010, Dr. Smith served initially as Vice President, External Medical Relations and then Vice President, Global Development at AstraZeneca LP. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Smith held a variety of management and medical roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in Australia, Canada, and the United States, most recently as the Head of U.S. Clinical Operations. In 2001, Dr. Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of Boron Molecular, a specialist fine chemicals manufacturing company. She also currently serves on the Women’s Advisory Board for Ironman Corporation. Dr. Smith received a B.A.Sc. and a B.Sc. from the Curtin University of Technology, an M.D. from the University of Warwick, a Ph.D. in oncology molecular genetics from the University of Western Australia, an M.B.A. from the University of New England (Australia) and an L.L.M. in medical law from the University of Salford.

Jean George

Ms. Jean M. George is an Independent Director of the Company. She has been a Managing Director at Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV), and, concurrently since April 2013, Ms. George has been a Managing Director at Lightstone Ventures. She joined ATV in 2002 and serves as the firm's East Coast lead partner for healthcare investments. Prior to joining ATV, Ms. George was a director at BancBoston Ventures, where she led the health care team's investment activity in NuGenesis Technologies Corp., Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Neurometrix, Inc. Before BancBoston Ventures, she worked at Genzyme Corporation from 1988 to 1998, where she held a variety of operational roles in marketing, product development, and business development, including Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. She also worked as a Vice President and Founder of Genzyme's Tissue Repair Division. She is currently a director of public companies Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Calithera Biosciences, Inc., as well as several private companies, including Hydra Biosciences, Inc., Thrasos Therapeutics, Inc. and Tizona Therapeutics. Ms. George was a director of Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc., Hypnion, Inc., Critical Therapeutics, Inc., Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Proteolix, Inc. She was named a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Ms. George received a BS in biology from the University of Maine and an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. We believe that Ms. George's executive experience in the life sciences and therapeutic device industries qualifies her to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Terrence Kearney

Mr. Terrence C. Kearney is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2014. Mr. Kearney has served as a member of the board of directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated since 2011 and as a member of the board of directors of AveXis, Inc. since January, 2016. Mr. Kearney previously served as a member of the board of directors of Innoviva, Inc. (formerly Theravance, Inc.) from 2014 to 2016, and as the Chief Operating Officer of Hospira, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, from 2006 to 2011. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Hospira’s Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, and he served as Acting Chief Financial Officer through 2006. Mr. Kearney served as Vice President and Treasurer of Abbott Laboratories from 2001 to 2004. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Kearney was Divisional Vice President and Controller for Abbott’s International Division. He received a BS in biology from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Denver. We believe that Mr. Kearney's extensive experience as a director and officer of many biotechnology companies and his financial expertise qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Tom Maniatis

Dr. Tom Maniatis Ph.D., is an Independent Director of the Company. He co-founded Acceleron in 2003 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since our inception. Dr. Maniatis is currently a member of our Scientific Advisory Board and served as the Chair of our Scientific Advisory Board from 2003 to 2016. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Maniatis also currently serves on the board of a private company, Kallyope, Inc. Prior to 2010 he was a professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Prior to that Dr. Maniatis was a co-founder of Genetics Institute (1980) and ProScript Inc., and in both companies he chaired the scientific advisory board and served on the board of directors. Dr. Maniatis is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and has received numerous awards for his research contributions, including the Eli Lilly Research Award in Microbiology and Immunology, the Richard Lounsbery Award for Biology and Medicine from the U.S. and French National Academies of Science, and the 2012 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. Maniatis received a BA in biology, an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University. We believe Dr. Maniatis' extensive experience and knowledge of biopharmaceuticals and the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Thomas McCourt

Mr. Thomas A. McCourt is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as the senior vice president of marketing and sales and chief commercial officer of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since joining Ironwood in 2009. Prior to joining Ironwood, Mr. McCourt left the U.S. brand team for denosumab at Amgen Inc. from April 2008 to August 2009. Prior to that, Mr. McCourt was with Novartis AG from 2001 to 2008, where he directed the launch and growth of Zelnorm for the treatment of patients with IBS-C and CIC and held a number of senior commercial roles, including vice president of strategic marketing and operations. Mr. McCourt was also part of the founding team at Astra Merck Inc., leading the development of the medical affairs and science liaison group and then serving as brand manager for Prilosec™ and NEXIUM®. Mr. McCourt has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. We believe that Mr. McCourt’s commercial leadership experience and industry experience working for many well established companies qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Richard Pops

Mr. Richard F. Pops is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2004. Since 2011, Mr. Pops has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Alkermes plc, the parent company of Alkermes. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Pops served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Alkermes, from 2007 to 2009 he served as the Chairman of the board of Alkermes, and from 1991 through 2007 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. Mr. Pops also serves on the board of directors of two other public companies, Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. and Epizyme Inc., on the board of directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Pharmaceutical Researcher and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the National Health Council. He has previously served on the board of directors of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2008, and CombinatoRx, Inc. from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Pops also served on the board of directors of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, a privately held pharmaceutical company purchased by GlaxoSmithKline in 2007, and on the advisory board of Polaris Venture Partners. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows from 2002 through June 2012. Mr. Pops received a BA in economics from Stanford University. We believe that Mr. Pops' leadership experience and industry knowledge qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Joseph Zakrzewski

Mr. Joseph S. Zakrzewski is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2004. Since 2011, Mr. Pops has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Alkermes plc, the parent company of Alkermes. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Pops served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Alkermes, from 2007 to 2009 he served as the Chairman of the board of Alkermes, and from 1991 through 2007 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. Mr. Pops also serves on the board of directors of two other public companies, Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. and Epizyme Inc., on the board of directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Pharmaceutical Researcher and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the National Health Council. He has previously served on the board of directors of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2008, and CombinatoRx, Inc. from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Pops also served on the board of directors of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, a privately held pharmaceutical company purchased by GlaxoSmithKline in 2007, and on the advisory board of Polaris Venture Partners. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows from 2002 through June 2012. Mr. Pops received a BA in economics from Stanford University. We believe that Mr. Pops' leadership experience and industry knowledge qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Todd James

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