Who We Are2020-07-15T10:45:27-04:00

Who We Are

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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 5 FDA-approved sustained-release treatments in ophthalmology. DEXYCU (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9% was approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 9, 2018. YUTIQ® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg, was FDA approved on October 12, 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 Company’s pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core Durasert and Verisome Technology platforms to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, and other diseases.

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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.

Dr. Jay Duker brings more than thirty years of ophthalmology experience to EyePoint with roles held in the clinical, research, business, and academic settings. Dr. Duker is the Director of the New England Eye Center. He is also Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 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, a privately held company seeking to develop anti-complement gene therapy-based treatment for dry macular degeneration. In addition, Dr. Duker is currently the Chairman of the Board of Sesen Bio, a publicly traded clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing a pipeline of fusion proteins for cancer indications whose most advanced product is Vicineum, a novel therapy for bladder cancer. Dr. Duker received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Mr. Elston brings more than 25 years of diverse financial and senior leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical sector with both global publicly-traded and privately-held organizations. Mr. Elston most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development at Enzyvant Therapeutics where he helped build the pre-commercial rare disease firm leading to its recent acquisition. He previously was President and Chief Executive Officer at 2X Oncology, Inc., where he advanced the Company from a spin-out into a multi-program, clinical-stage organization. He has also held senior executive roles at Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. KBI Biopharma and Optherion, Inc. Mr. Elston began his career in public accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He earned his B.B.A. in accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves as a Trustee and Audit Committee Chairman of the DWS – DBX ETF Trust.

Ron Honig has served as EyePoint’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary since November 2018. Mr. Honig brings to EyePoint more than 25 years of legal experience in the medical device, biotechnology, contract manufacturing and legal services industries. He has extensive experience in global medical technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and oversight of legal and compliance functions for public and private companies.

Most recently, Mr. Honig served as VP, Global Legal Affairs for Novanta Inc., a publicly-traded company that develops and manufactures technology solutions for medical device and advanced industrial equipment makers worldwide. Prior to Novanta, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Lake Region Medical, a privately-held medical device and medical component manufacturer, where he was responsible for all legal, intellectual property and environmental, health and safety functions worldwide. In addition, Mr. Honig served as Vice President, Group Legal Affairs and Company Secretary for Gyrus ACMI, a publicly-traded medical device manufacturer focused on urological and gynecological endoscopes, digital visualization and endoscopic treatment and delivery modalities.

In addition to his in-house legal experience, Mr. Honig previously served as a corporate attorney for several law firms, including Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Boston University Law Review, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Jones brings to EyePoint significant experience commercializing drugs and devices globally. Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer and Vice President, Business Development at Notal Vision, where he developed the commercial and growth strategy for the organization. Mr. Jones’ tenure at Notal Vision also included his role as President, in which he was responsible for developing a business model in the United States that would allow for a telemonitoring platform to be covered by Medicare. Before joining Notal Vision, Mr. Jones served as President of QLT Ophthalmics, where he built the strategy and infrastructure for a U.S. commercial operation. Prior to that, Mr. Jones was Executive Director, Health Policy at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where his team was responsible for all policy issues relating to Medicare Part A, Part B and the Durable Medical Equipment Program. Mr. Jones also served as Executive Director and Head of Market Access and Government Affairs at Novartis Ophthalmics, as well as other roles of varying responsibility during his time at Novartis. Mr. Jones began his career with Geigy Pharmaceuticals as Medical Representative and subsequently as Hospital Sales Representative for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Jones received an M.A. in political science and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Florida, as well as a B.S. in chemistry.

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.

Dr. Saim has more than 25 years of product development experience. He most recently served as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development at Collegium Pharmaceutical, where his responsibilities included managing formulation development, clinical trial manufacturing, and commercial manufacturing for immediate, delayed and controlled release dosage forms. Prior to joining Collegium, Dr. Saim served as Senior Principal Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led a team of engineers and scientists in charge of process development, scale up, and technology transfer of North American products. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr. Saim was Assistant Research Professor at the Higuchi BioSciences Center for Drug Delivery Research. Dr. Saim has published 22 papers in engineering and science journals and holds 18 patents. Dr. Saim earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas.

Jack Weet has served as EyePoint’s Senior Vice President, Regulatory since August 2018. Dr. Weet brings to EyePoint over 40 years of experience in regulatory affairs. He has extensive expertise in the oversight of U.S. Food and Drug Administration relations and negotiations across multiple therapeutic areas, including ocular disease.

Prior to joining EyePoint, Dr. Weet served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Collegium Pharmaceutical, a commercial stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on pain management, where he was responsible for overall regulatory direction and development of standard practices, procedures and regulatory operations, and worked closely on the approval for XTAMPZA® ER, an extended-release, abuse-deterrent opiate. Prior to Collegium, Dr. Weet was Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Durata Therapeutics (acquired by Actavis plc) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he worked on the regulatory submission of Dalvance® (dalbavancin) and Incivek® (telaprevir), respectively. He also previously served as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs at Bausch + Lomb, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bausch Health focused on the treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye, where he oversaw global regulatory affairs for the company’s pharmaceutical business. In this role, Dr. Weet worked on the regulatory submission for Besivance® (besifloxacin) for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Prior to joining Bausch + Lomb, he served in various regulatory affairs positions at numerous pharmaceutical companies including Biovail Technologies, Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Solvay Pharmaceuticals.

In addition to his industry experience, Dr. Weet has served on the faculty of the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute (PERI), as a guest lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of the Long Island University Curriculum Planning Committee of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, and has authored various papers and presentations at industry conferences.

Dr. Weet received a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Board of Directors

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.

Wendy DiCicco is a veteran healthcare executive with 30 years of financial and corporate development experience. She most recently was Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Centinel Spine, a privately-held designer, developer and worldwide distributor of spinal implants, where she established the Company’s international operations, and was instrumental in both the recapitalization of the Company with $132.5 million in equity and debt and in corporate development initiatives resulting in the purchase of the ProDisc® spinal product and its commercialization in 20 countries. Ms. DiCicco currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carmell Therapeutics, a private biotechnology company producing plasma-based bioactive materials for accelerated healing in bone and connective tissue injuries, and is a Financial, Executive and Board Advisory Consultant for several emerging growth companies. She previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Camber Spine Technologies where she significantly expanded the Company’s operations, infrastructure and commercial organization. Prior to Camber Spine, she held several Chief Financial Officer roles at Nuron Biotech, Quench USA, Globus Medical and Kensey Nash Corporation. Her career started in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche.

Ms. DiCicco received a B.S. in accounting from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and is a licensed CPA. She is also an appointed Board Leadership Fellow and Corporate Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

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

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. Guyer currently serves as Executive Chairman of Ophthotech Corporation, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company specializing in gene therapy treatments for ocular diseases, which he co-founded. Before founding Opthotech, Dr. Guyer served as a partner and venture partner at SV Life Sciences Advisers, a venture capital firm focused on healthcare. Dr. Guyer co-founded Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2000 until it was acquired by OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2005. Prior to co-founding Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Guyer was a Professor and served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oxurion NV, a publicly traded biotechnology company.

Dr. Guyer received a B.S. from Yale College and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Guyer completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retinal fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Landis most recently served as a Director for Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. serving as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. Dr. Landis previously served as Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Sciences of Schering-Plough Corporation, a global pharmaceutical company. In that role, Dr. Landis led the global pharmaceutical sciences function of pharmacy, analytical chemistry, process chemistry, biotechnology, quality assurance, clinical supplies and devices. Prior to that, Dr. Landis served as Senior Vice President, Preclinical Development at Pharmacia Corporation and led the global preclinical functions of toxicology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical sciences, analytical chemistry and laboratory animal care. Dr. Landis also served as Vice President, Central Nervous System Psychiatry, Critical Care and Inflammation Development for Pharmacia & Upjohn in addition to other positions at the company in the areas of analytical research, quality assurance and quality control.

Dr. Landis is currently President of the Board of Exelead, a lipid drug delivery CMO, and serves on the Board of Symphogen, a company developing mixtures of monoclonal antibodies against oncology targets, where he chairs the development committee. He also chairs the Purdue University External Oncology Board, helping the faculty to transition their discoveries to the clinic. He is a current member of Purdue University’s Chemistry Leadership Council for the School of Science.

Dr. Landis earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Kent State University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 2008.

Dr. Landis serves as Chair of the Science Committee.

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.

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.

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 VerisomeTM technology platform.