Who We Are 2018-06-27T11:11:46+00:00

Who We Are

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly pSivida Corp.) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products in indications with high unmet medical need to help improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders. The Company has developed 3 FDA-approved sustained-release treatments in ophthalmology. In addition, DEXYCU (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9% was approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 9, 2018. ILUVIEN® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.19 mg, a micro-insert licensed to Alimera Sciences, is currently sold directly in the U.S. and several EU countries. Retisert® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.59 mg, an implant, is licensed to and sold by Bausch & Lomb. The New Drug Application (NDA) for our lead product candidate, DurasertTM (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg micro-insert has been accepted for filing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently under standard review with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of November 5, 2018. The Company’s pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core Durasert Technology platform to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, osteoarthritis and other diseases.

Leadership

Ms. Lurker has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia), now a part of Pfizer, Inc. She also served as a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as chair of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, both privately held companies. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, in addition to serving as a director of PDI, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. We believe Ms. Lurker is qualified to serve on our Board because of her role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as her broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches, which provide her with valuable expertise and perspective on our corporate strategy, management, operations and governance.

Leonard Blum currently serves as EyePoint’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Mr. Blum brings to EyePoint more than 30 years of successful executive and management experience, most recently serving as Chief Business and Commercial Officer of Omeros Corporation, where he oversaw sales and marketing efforts for OMIDRIA®, a product used by ophthalmologists in conjunction with cataract surgery and intraocular lens replacement to maintain pupil size and reduce postoperative pain. Prior to joining Omeros in 2016, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer at Theravance, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and its spin-off company, Theravance BioPharma, from 2007 until 2016. In this capacity, he collaborated with Astellas Pharma in the launch of VIBATIV®, a drug for the treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and complicated skin and soft structure infections, and with Glaxo SmithKline in the launches of BREO® and ANORO®, two combination therapies for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Prior to that, Mr. Blum founded and led the commercial functions at ICOS Corporation, a biotechnology company, progressing from Vice President, Marketing to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, from 2000 until the company’s acquisition by Eli Lilly and Company in 2007. At ICOS, he was responsible for the launch and commercialization of CIALIS®, which is the worldwide top-selling treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Mr. Blum began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co., where he spent thirteen years in positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and business unit leadership in the U.S. and Europe. Over these years, Mr. Blum was responsible for more than a dozen product launches in several therapeutic categories and markets.

Mr. Blum earned his A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude, at Princeton University, studied International Finance on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Zurich and completed an M.B.A. at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Blum served as an officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and completed his military service at the rank of Captain.

Mr. Nazzaro has over 20 years of product life cycle and operations experience and has served as the Company’s Vice President of Operations since November 2009, having previously served as Director of Operations from May 2006 to November 2009. Mr. Nazzaro is the former Director of Manufacturing for Control Delivery Systems, Inc (CDS), a predecessor of EyePoint US, Inc. Prior to CDS, Mr. Nazzaro held a variety of positions with Boston Scientific Corporation including responsibilities in logistics, R&D, manufacturing, and distribution, including responsibility for the distribution of cardiac care devices. Mr. Nazzaro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

Ms. Leonard currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and IT. She brings to EyePoint over 25 years of successful executive coaching, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, talent management and culture development experience. Most recently Ms. Leonard served as the Head of HR, Consumer Healthcare and Global Functions for Sanofi, US. From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Leonard served as the Senior Vice President of HR & IT of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc.

Ms. Leonard has led, managed, mentored and coached individuals and teams to achieve outstanding business results. She has designed and implemented organizational development solutions at companies to increase corporate employee engagement and people effectiveness. She has led numerous M&A activities and resulting culture change and personnel integration activities.
Ms. Leonard’s experiences include work with global companies such as Novartis, Pharmacia/Pfizer, Boston Scientific Corporation, Biovail Pharmaceuticals and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Ms. Leonard also established and developed her own company, ImpactHR, LLC which provided coaching and consulting services to the life sciences sector.

Ms. Leonard holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and Human Resources from The University of San Francisco, and a B. A. in Psychology and Business Administration from The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA.) Ms. Leonard is a Certified Professional Coach and has earned her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF.) She is also certified in the Hogan Assessment Certified Consultant.

Dr. Paggiarino joined EyePoint from Lpath, a leader in lipid-targeted therapeutics, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining Lpath, he was Vice President and Therapeutic Unit Head for Retinal Diseases at Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis, where he was responsible for advancing its retina pharmaceutical development pipeline through regulatory approvals worldwide. Dr. Paggiarino previously served as Executive Director of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Pfizer Global R&D, with focus on global clinical development in glaucoma, diabetic and degenerative retinal diseases and medical responsibilities for Macugen®, the first anti-VEGF treatment approved for age-related macular degeneration. Earlier in his career he held research and development positions at Angelini Pharmaceuticals, a private company, where he advanced to president of the firm, and Pharmacia Global R&D, where he was Clinical Program Director of Ophthalmology with responsibilities including Xalatan®, one of the leading glaucoma therapies in the world. Dr. Paggiarino earned his degree in Medicine and General Surgery cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and has authored numerous scientific articles.

Mr. Ross has served as EyePoint’s Vice President of Finance since November 2009, before which he spent 3 years as Corporate Controller. Mr. Ross was designated as the Company’s Principal Financial and Accounting Officer in March 2009. Mr. Ross is the former Corporate Controller of NMT Medical, Inc. and previously served as Vice President of Finance and Vice President of International Operations for JetForm Corporation. Mr. Ross brings 30 years of accounting and financial management experience to the Company. Mr. Ross received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Riedel joined EyePoint in October 2011, bringing with him over 29 years of biopharmaceutical R&D experience. Dr. Riedel has contributed significantly to the achievement of regulatory approval of several novel product candidates, including: INFUSE® (dibotermin alfa); Plenaxis® (abarelix), and the first generic version of Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium). Dr. Riedel previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Program Management at NormOxys, Inc., as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, and as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Project Management at PRAECIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Before joining PRAECIS, Dr. Riedel held various senior R&D positions at Wyeth Research and Genetics Institute, Inc. Dr. Riedel received a B.A. degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.

Dr. Guo has currently served as the Company’s Vice President of Development with more than 25 years’ experience in research and development for drug delivery technologies. Dr. Guo is one of the inventors for Durasert technology, and she has worked in variety stages of development for all three FDA approved products in the company. Dr. Guo joined Control Delivery Systems Inc (CDS), a predecessor of EyePoint US, as research scientist after post-graduation research in New England Eye Center, and has worked her career up in the same company. Hong is a medicinal chemist in training (BS and MS from China Pharmaceutical University) and received a PhD degree in the same field from University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Jianbing Chen has served as Vice President of Research at EyePoint Corp. since 2014, prior to which he was Director of Formulation. Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Science degree from Nanjing College of Pharmacy (China Pharmaceutical University), China, and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from College of Pharmacy, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, design, and development of novel sustained drug delivery systems, particularly in local and ocular drug delivery. He started as a Research Scientist in Hoechst AG in Germany, and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky. He joined Control Delivery Systems Inc. as a Senior Scientist, was promoted to Director of Formulation Research, and was involved in all research and development activities for Vitresert, Retisert, and Iluvien, as well as other projects including intra-articular pain-management, stents-coating, and sustained drug delivery system for prevention of maternal transmission of AIDS patients.

Board of Directors

Dr. Mazzo has been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc., a Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, or NASDAQ, listed company, since January 2015. Caladrius is a clinical stage development company with a pipeline of cell therapy product candidates in autoimmune disease (type I diabetes) and select cardiovascular indications. Prior to joining Caladrius, Dr. Mazzo served from August 2008 to October 2014 as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Regado Biosciences, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antithrombotic drug systems for acute and sub-acute cardiovascular indications. Prior to his leading Regado, from March 2007 to April 2008, Dr. Mazzo was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Æterna Zentaris, Inc., a publicly held international biopharmaceutical company. From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Mazzo served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Chugai Pharma USA, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company which was the U.S. subsidiary of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Japan. Dr. Mazzo has also held senior management and executive positions in research and development and/or directorships with the Essex Chimie European subsidiary at Schering-Plough Corporation, a publicly held pharmaceutical company that was subsequently acquired by Merck & Co., Inc.; Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Hoechst AG, which was subsequently acquired by Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceuticals company; and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., a subsidiary of Rhone-Poulene SA, a French pharmaceuticals company, which was subsequently acquired by Hoechst AG. He also previously served on the board of directors of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2005 until Avanir was sold to Otsuka Holdings in 2015. Dr. Mazzo earned a B.A. in the Honors Program (Interdisciplinary Humanities) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University. In addition, Dr. Mazzo received his M.S. in chemistry and his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was also a research fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. We believe Dr. Mazzo is qualified to serve on our Board because his extensive experience as an executive officer and director in the life sciences industry, his understanding of the strategic and regulatory environment in which we conduct our business, his lengthy track record in global product development, his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and his broad scientific and managerial background provide him expertise in the oversight of companies in this sector and the ability to guide such companies through varying operating climates.

Ms. Lurker has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia), now a part of Pfizer, Inc. She also served as a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as chair of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, both privately held companies. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, in addition to serving as a director of PDI, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. We believe Ms. Lurker is qualified to serve on our Board because of her role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as her broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches, which provide her with valuable expertise and perspective on our corporate strategy, management, operations and governance.

Mr. Rogers serves as Chief Financial Officer of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly held bio-pharmaceutical company focused on advancing first-in-class treatments for ocular diseases. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on neurological disorders, from October 2013 until October 2016. From June 2009 to October 2012, Mr. Rogers served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BG Medicine, Inc., a company focused on the development of novel biomarker-based diagnostics. Mr. Rogers was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from February 1999 until April 2009. Mr. Rogers was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer at Advanced Health Corporation, a health care information technology company, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of AutoImmune, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and Vice President, Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers, Inc. and at PaineWebber, Inc. Mr. Rogers is the chairman of the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative medicines to people with renal disease. Mr. Rogers was previously a director of Coronado Biosciences, Inc. We believe Mr. Rogers is qualified to serve on our Board because of his significant experience as CFO of various companies and as an investment banker have provided him with expertise in strategic transactions, corporate operations, financial management, taxes, accounting, controls, finance and financial reporting in the life sciences industry as well as valuable insight into the strategy of our company.

Mr. Godshall serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Shockwave Medical, a privately held company which is creating and commercializing interventional devices designed to better address patients with problematic cardiovascular calcification. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of HeartWare International, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company, and its predecessor HeartWare Limited, a medical device company focused on heart failure, from September 2006 until August 2016 and as director from October 2006 until August 2016. HeartWare was acquired by Medtronic PLC in August 2016. Prior to joining HeartWare Limited, Mr. Godshall served in various executive and managerial positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he had been employed since 1990, including as a member of Boston Scientific’s Operating Committee. From January 2005 he served as President, Vascular Surgery, and for the prior five years as Vice President, Business Development, focused on acquisition strategies for the cardiology, electrophysiology, neuroradiology and vascular surgery divisions. Mr. Godshall has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lafayette College and Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University. Mr. Godshall has served on the board of directors of Vital Therapies, Inc., a public company traded on NASDAQ that develops cell-based therapies for the treatment of liver disease, since May 2013, and the board of directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, a national trade association, since May 2014. We believe Mr. Godshall is qualified to serve on our Board because his managerial experience at public, life sciences companies provides him insights as a successful life sciences entrepreneur with in-depth knowledge of medical product strategy and development.

Dr. Duker is the Director of the New England Eye Center, where he has served in various capacities since 1992. He is also Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. He has published more than 200 journal articles related to ophthalmology and is co-author of Yanoff and Duker’s Ophthalmology, a best-selling ophthalmic text. Dr. Duker is co-founder of three companies, including Hemera Biosciences, Inc., a privately held company seeking to develop anti-compliment gene-based therapies for the treatment of dry and wet age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Duker serves as a director of Hemera and Eleven Biotherapeutics, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company advancing a broad pipeline of novel anti-cancer agents based on its Targeted Protein Therapeutics. Dr. Duker received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. We believe Dr. Duker is qualified to serve on our Board because his extensive clinical and academic experience and expertise in ophthalmology coupled with his leadership as co-founder of other life sciences companies provide him with valuable clinical, scientific and commercial insight to bring to our company.

Ms. Peterson has over 30 years of healthcare industry experience. She most recently served from 2009 to 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of Valeritas, Inc., a medical technology company focused on innovative drug delivery systems, and as a strategic advisor to Valeritas until August 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Peterson served as Company Group Chair of Johnson & Johnson’s biotech groups from 2006 to 2009, and as Executive Vice President of Johnson & Johnson’s global strategic marketing organization from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Biovail Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and President of Biovail Pharmaceuticals from 2003 to 2004. Ms. Peterson began her career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, holding assignments of increasing responsibility spanning marketing, sales and general management, including running a cardiovascular / metabolic business unit and a generics division. Ms. Peterson is also a director of Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Immunogen, Inc. and Amarin Corporation plc, and within the past five years also served as a director of Valeritas, Inc. Ms. Peterson earned a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. We believe Ms. Peterson is qualified to serve on our Board because of her extensive executive management and sales and marketing experience in both large, multinational pharmaceutical and smaller biotechnology companies, in particular as it relates to later-stage development and commercialization, as well as her other public company board experience.

Ron Eastman joined Essex Woodlands in 2006 as a Partner, and was appointed Managing Director in 2008.

Mr. Eastman led and served on the Board of Directors of EW’s growth equity investment in ProteinSimple (acquired by Bio-Techne). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of EW portfolio companies Elusys, Corium, Suneva and Symphogen.

Mr. Eastman has over 40 years of experience in building healthcare businesses. He began his career at American Cyanamid Company, which was acquired by American Home Products (now Pfizer), where Mr. Eastman spent 15 years managing various pharmaceutical products, divisions and subsidiaries in the U.S. and overseas. Later as CEO of Geron, Mr. Eastman led the company’s growth from a venture-backed start-up to a publicly traded pioneer in the fields of regenerative medicine and cancer. Most recently, at Rinat, a private biotech company spun out of Genentech with the support of EW in late 2001, Mr. Eastman led the effort to build the first company dedicated to discovering and developing large molecule drugs for treating nervous system disorders. Rinat was acquired by Pfizer for $500M in 2006.

Mr. Eastman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University

Dr. Göran Ando has had a distinguished career in the global pharmaceutical industry that has spanned nearly four decades. He began his career at Pfizer, Inc., where he held several senior clinical positions both in the U.S. and in Europe. Dr. Ando also served as President of the Astra Research Centre. He held various senior appointments at GlaxoSmithKline plc, including Research and Development Director for Glaxo Group Research.. Dr. Ando then joined Pharmacia AB in 1995 as Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer to lead Research and Development with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, information technology, business development and M&A. During his nine-year tenure as Head of Research and Development at Pharmacia/Pharmacia & Upjohn, 17 new drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to Pharmacia’s acquisition by Pfizer for $60 billion.

Dr. Ando is the retired Chairman of Novo Nordisk A/S and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cell Tech Group PLC. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for several European-based biopharmaceutical companies and he currently serves as a Board member of biopharmaceutical companies in Europe, U.S. and Singapore. He is a Senior Advisor at EW Healthcare Partners. Dr. Ando received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and Doctor of Medicine degree from Linköping University in Sweden.

Partnerships

EyePoint has successfully created partnerships with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. EyePoint seeks additional strategic partners to collaborate on the development of new sustained-release bioerodible drug devices; to access complementary research, technology and development capabilities; and to expand our product portfolio.

EyePoint’s technologies have broad applicability across many therapeutic areas. Our validated technologies can be utilized to deliver new drugs or to repurpose existing molecules in new applications. EyePoint’s intellectual property portfolio consists of our proven DurasertTM Technology platform and our preclinical stage TethadurTM platform.