Board of Directors - Achieve Life Sciences
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Board of Directors

  • Richard Stewart

    Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Stewart has served as Achieve’s Chairman and as a director since Achieve was founded in May 2015. Mr. Stewart is also a founder and a director of Ricanto Limited, a pharmaceutical asset optimization company, since 2009. Mr. Stewart has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renown Pharma Limited, a central nervous system company focused on Parkinson’s disease, since 2016. Prior to Achieve, Mr. Stewart was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a single purpose central nervous system company, during 2009, prior to Huxley Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s acquisition by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

    Mr. Stewart was Chief Executive Officer of Brabant Pharma Limited, a single purpose central nervous system company, from 2013 to 2014 prior to Brabant Pharma’s acquisition by Zogenix Inc. He was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin Corporation plc, a central nervous system company focused on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Stewart was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, and later Chief Business Officer, of SkyePharma plc, a drug delivery company specializing in controlled release formulations, and held such positions from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

  • John Bencich

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. John Bencich is an experienced financial executive who has spent over 20 years guiding financial strategy in the life sciences and technology industries. Before his appointment to Chief Executive Officer in 2020, Mr. Bencich served as Achieve Life Sciences Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Prior to joining Achieve Life Sciences in 2017, John served as CFO of OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biotechnology company. Before joining OncoGenex in 2014, John served as CFO of Integrated Diagnostics and Allozyne, both private VC-backed companies. Earlier he served as the CFO and Treasurer of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biotechnology company where he helped complete the successful sale of the company to Emergent BioSolutions. Prior to his role at Trubion, he led the global financial operations for Onyx Software Corporation, a publicly traded software company through its sale to Battery Ventures. John started his career at Ernst & Young LLP. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Accounting, earned his MBA from Seattle University and was a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Washington for 17 years.

  • Scott Cormack

    Director

    Mr. Cormack served as OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a director from August 2008 until the consummation of the merger in August 2017. He also co-founded OncoGenex Technologies Inc., currently known as Achieve Life Sciences Technologies Inc., which is Achieve’s wholly owned subsidiary, and was its President from May 2000 and its Chief Executive Officer from February 2002 until the merger in August, 2017, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since May 2000. Mr. Cormack currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital and The Prostate Centre’s Translation Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development. Mr. Cormack served as interim President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salpep Biotechnology Inc., an asthma and inflammation biotechnology company, from 2000 to 2001 and on the Board of Directors of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals from 2012 to 2014. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Cormack served as Vice President of Milestone Medica Corporation, a seed venture capital firm investing in life sciences opportunities. Mr. Cormack holds a B.S. degree from the University of Alberta.

  • Martin Mattingly, Pharm.D.

    Director

    Dr. Mattingly served as a director of Achieve since June 2010.  Since December 2014 he has served as a director of TRACON Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Dr. Mattingly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimeris, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2007 until its merger with Synageva in November 2011. He also served on the Board of Directors of Trimeris, Inc. from November 2007 until November 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Mattingly was employed at Ambrx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Mattingly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company. From 1996 to 2003, he provided senior leadership in various management positions at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc., including serving as General Manager of the Agouron HIV division, Vice President, Product Development Group at Pfizer and Vice President, Global Marketing Planning at Pfizer. Dr. Mattingly holds a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Kentucky.

  • Stewart Parker

    Director

    Ms. Parker served as a director of Achieve since March 2010.  Ms. Parker served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, or IDRI, a nonprofit research organization focused on the development of products for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neglected diseases from March 2011 to January 2014. Prior to IDRI, Ms. Parker managed the formation of Targeted Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Immunex Corporation, a biotechnology company, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director from its spinout from Immunex Corporation in 1992 to November 2008. She served in various capacities at Immunex Corporation from August 1981 through December 1991, most recently as Vice President, Corporate Development. Ms. Parker currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sangamo BioSciences since June, 2014 and Armata Pharmaceuticals, Inc since May, 2019. She served on the Board of Directors and the executive committee of BIO, the primary trade organization for the biotechnology industry. Ms. Parker has also served as a director of Targeted Genetics Corporation from 1992 to November 2008 and Neose Technologies, Inc. from May 2005 to January 2009. Ms. Parker received her B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Washington.

  • Donald R. Joseph

    Director

    Mr. Joseph currently serves as Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary of Acer Therapeutics Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, and has served as an adviser and consultant to biopharmaceutical and global health organizations.  He has over twenty years of biopharmaceutical industry experience, including senior management positions in global health non-profit organizations. Mr. Joseph served as the Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary of Humanigen, formerly known as KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly listed company, from June 2013 to November 2015. Prior to KaloBios, he was Chief Executive Officer of BIO Ventures for Global Health, or BVGH, from February to November 2012 and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to January 2012. He is a former Chairman and Secretary and director of BVGH.  He previously served as general counsel, corporate secretary, and in other senior management roles at publicly held biopharmaceutical companies, including Abgenix and Renovis. Before entering the life sciences industry, Mr. Joseph practiced business law for a number of years in major firms, including as an international partner at Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors.

  • Jay M. Moyes

    Director

    Mr. Moyes has served on the board of directors of BioCardia, Inc. since 2011, and on the board of directors of Puma Biotechnology, Inc. since 2012. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Predictive Technology Group, Inc. from February 2019 to December 2019, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., from May 2006 until December 2017 and on the board of directors of Integrated Diagnostics, a privately held molecular diagnostics company, from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Moyes served as a member of the board of directors of Amedica Corporation, a publicly traded orthopedics company, and as their Chief Financial Officer from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Moyes also served as Chief Financial Officer of CareDx, a publicly traded cardiovascular diagnostics company from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Myriad Genetics, Inc., a publicly held molecular diagnostics company from 1993 until his retirement in November 2007. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Moyes served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Genmark, Inc., a privately held animal genetics company. Mr. Moyes held various positions with the accounting firm of KPMG from 1979 to 1991. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Life Science Association from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Moyes holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Weber State University, and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant.

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