Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors of MabVax Therapeutics. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

Board of Directors 

J. David Hansen,
President, CEO and Chairman
J. David Hansen serves as our President, Chief Executive Officer, and as Chairman of our Board of Directors and, prior to the merger with Telik, Inc. on July 8, 2014 (the “Merger”), served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MabVax Therapeutics, Inc. after co-founding the Company in 2006. Mr. Hansen is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive with more than 30 years of industry experience. He has held senior management roles in both private start-up companies as well as small to mid-sized public companies. His senior level experience includes executive management, finance and accounting, corporate development, sales and marketing. During his career, Mr. Hansen has executed a wide variety of in and out licensing agreements, research and development collaborations, joint ventures, divestitures, and acquisitions. Mr. Hansen has developed expertise in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology, and infectious disease. Mr. Hansen gained executive management experience at several life sciences companies prior to co-founding the Company that make him particularly suited for his leadership role in the Company. For example, he was a corporate officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals where he held the titles of Vice President of Commercial Development, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, and President and Chief Operations Officer of the Avanir Subsidiary Xenerex Biosciences. Prior to Avanir, Mr. Hansen served in multiple roles at Dura Pharmaceuticals including National Sales Director, Director of Marketing, and Director of Business Development. He has additional management experience with Merck & Co. (Schering-Plough), Key Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol Myers Squibb. We believe that Mr. Hansen’s extensive experience with public and private pharmaceutical companies in a leadership role qualifies him to serve as the Chairman of our Board of Directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer.
Paul V. Maier,
Director
Paul V. Maier joined our Board of Directors in July 2014. Since 2007, Mr. Maier has served as a member of the Board of Directors of International Stem Cell Corporation (a public life science company) and currently serves as the Chairperson of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Compensation and Governance Committees. Since 2012 Mr. Maier has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (a public pharmaceutical company). Since 2015, Mr. Maier has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Ritter Pharmaceuticals (a public pharmaceutical company). Mr. Maier also serves as a Director of Biological Dynamics, a private life science company. From 2009 to June 2014, Mr. Maier served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sequenom, Inc., (a public biotechnology company). Prior to Sequenom, Inc., Mr. Maier gained executive management experience through various management positions that make him suitable for membership on the Board of Directors of the Company. For example, Mr. Maier served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he helped build Ligand from a venture stage company to a commercial, integrated biopharmaceutical organization. Prior to Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he held various management and finance positions at ICN Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Maier received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. We believe that Mr. Maier’s over 20 years of experience in life sciences as a chief financial officer and serving on the board of several life sciences public companies qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and as chair of the Audit Committee.​
Kenneth M. Cohen,
Director
Kenneth M. Cohen serves as a member of our Board of Directors and, prior to the Merger, served as a member of the Board of Directors of MabVax Therapeutics, Inc. since July of 2014. Since 2007, Mr. Cohen has served either as a board member, executive officer or advisor to various companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the life sciences area. From January 2011 to August 2014 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (a public pharmaceutical company). He was a co-founder of publicly held Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 through 2007 and continued as a director until June 2008. Prior to Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Cohen gained executive management and board experience through various executive positions that make him suitable for membership on the Board of Directors of the Company. For example, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Synbiotics Corporation; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Canji Incorporated, a human gene-therapy company that was acquired by Schering-Plough Corporation; Vice President of Business Affairs at Argus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for LifeCell Corporation. Mr. Cohen began his career at Eli Lilly and Company where, among many different responsibilities over ten years, he directed business planning for the Medical Instrument Systems Division and managed the launch of Prozac. He received an A.B. in biology and chemistry from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Cohen’s 20 years of experience serving as an executive officer including chief executive officer of several life sciences companies, and serving as a member of the board of several life sciences companies qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Jeffery V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D.,
Director
Jeffery V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D. serves as a member of our Board of Directors and, prior to the Merger, served as a member of the Board of Directors of MabVax Therapeutics, Inc. since March 2014. Dr. Ravetch has served as the Theresa and Eugene Lang Professor at the Rockefeller University and Head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology since 1997. Dr. Ravetch, a native of New York City, received his undergraduate training in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, earning his B.S. degree in 1973, working with Donald M. Crothers on the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of synthetic oligoribonucleotides. Dr. Ravetch continued his training at the Rockefeller University—Cornell Medical School MD/Ph.D. program, earning his doctorate in 1978 in genetics with Norton Zinder and Peter Model, investigating the genetics of viral replication and gene expression for the single stranded DNA bacteriophage f1 and in 1979 he earned his M.D. from Cornell University Medical School. Dr. Ravetch pursued postdoctoral studies at the NIH with Phil Leder where he identified and characterized the genes for human antibodies and the DNA elements involved in switch recombination. From 1982 to 1996 Dr. Ravetch was a member of the faculty of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell Medical College. His laboratory has focused on the mechanisms by which antibodies mediate their diverse biological activities in vivo, establishing the pre-eminence of FcR pathways in host defense, inflammation and tolerance and describing novel inhibitory signaling pathways to account for the paradoxical roles of antibodies as promoting and suppressing inflammation. His work extended into clinical applications for the treatment of neoplastic, inflammatory and infectious diseases. Dr. Ravetch has received numerous awards including the Burroughs-Wellcome Scholar Award, the Pew Scholar Award, the Boyer Award, the NIH Merit Award, the Lee C. Howley, Sr. Prize (2004), the AAI-Huang Foundation Meritorious Career Award (2005), the William B. Coley Award (2007), the Sanofi-Pasteur Award (2012) and the Gairdner International Prize (2012). He has presented numerous named lectures including the Kunkel Lecture, the Ecker Lecture, the Goidl Lecture, the Grabar Lecture, the Dyer Lecture and the Heidelberger/Kabat Lecture. He has received an honorary doctorate from Freidrich-Alexander University, Nuremberg/Erlangen. He is a member of National Academy of Sciences (2006), the Institute of Medicine (2007), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009). Dr. Ravetch has contributed extensively to the scientific community by serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Cancer Research Institute, the Irvington Institute for Medical Research and the Damon Runyon Foundation. He has been active in biotechnology for the last two decades, having served as a consultant or member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Exelexis Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Medimmune, Genentech, Novartis, Merck, Micromet, Xencor, Suppremol, Igenica, Portola Pharmaceuticals and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. We believe Dr. Ravetch’s extensive scientific knowledge and training qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Robert E. Hoffman,
Director
Robert E. Hoffman has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2014. Mr. Hoffman is Chief Financial Officer of AnaptysBio, a position he has held since July 2015. Mr. Hoffman was the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, until July 2015 and has held other finance and accounting management roles at Arena since 1997, except that from March 2011 to August 2011, Mr. Hoffman served as Chief Financial Officer for Polaris Group, a privately held drug development company. Mr. Hoffman is currently a member of the board of directors of CombiMatrix Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company and Kura Oncology, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company. He also currently serves as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Small Business Advisory Committee and the steering committee of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers. In addition, Mr. Hoffman is a member and a former director and President of the San Diego Chapter of Financial Executives International. Mr. Hoffman holds a B.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, and is licensed as a C.P.A. (inactive) in the State of California. We believe Mr. Hoffman’s 17 years of experience in serving as an executive officer of a publicly traded life sciences company and service as a member of the board of directors of two life sciences companies qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors, and as an Audit Committee financial expert.
Thomas C. Varvaro,
Director
Thomas C. Varvaro has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2015. Mr. Varvaro has served as the Chief Financial Officer of ChromaDex Corp. since January 2004 and as its Secretary since March 2006. He also has served as a director of ChromaDex Corporation from March 2006 until May 2010. Mr. Varvaro is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ChromaDex’s accounting, information technology, intellectual property management and human resources management. Mr. Varvaro has extensive process-mapping and business process improvement skills, along with a solid information technology background that includes management and implementation experiences ranging from custom application design to enterprise wide system deployment. Mr. Varvaro also has hands-on experience in integrating acquisitions and in new facility startups. In working with manufacturing organizations, Mr. Varvaro has overseen plant automation, reporting and bar code tracking implementations. Mr. Varvaro also has broad legal experience in intellectual property, contract and employment law. Prior to ChromaDex, Mr. Varvaro gained substantial management experience in a number of positions that make him suitable for membership on the Board of Directors of the Company. For example, he was employed by Fast Heat Inc., a Chicago, Illinois based Global supplier to the plastics, HVAC, packaging, and food processing industries, where he began as controller and was promoted to chief information officer and then chief financial officer during his tenure. During his time there Mr. Varvaro was responsible for all financial matters including accounting, risk management and human resources. Earlier in his career Mr. Varvaro gained additional experience in other areas of information technology and accounting roles. For example, Mr. Varvaro was employed by Maple Leaf Bakery, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, during its rise to becoming a national leader in specialty bakery products. During his tenure, Mr. Varvaro served in information technology and accounting roles, helping to shepherd the company from a single facility to national leader in specialty food products. Mr. Varvaro has a B.S. in Accounting from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant. We believe Mr. Varvaro’s extensive industry experience as an officer and director, as well as his extensive financial and accounting training and management experience qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.​
Philip O. Livingston, M.D.,
Director
Philip O. Livingston, M.D. serves as a member of our Board of Directors and our Chief Science Officer and, prior to the Merger, served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Science Officer of MabVax Therapeutics, Inc. since 2012. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and was Professor of Medicine in the Joan and Sanford Weill Medical College at Cornell University and Attending Physician and Member in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where he treated melanoma patients and ran the Cancer Vaccinology Laboratory research lab for over 30 years until his retirement from MSKCC October 1, 2011. Dr. Livingston’s research focused on: identification of suitable targets for immunotherapy of a variety of cancers, construction of polyvalent conjugate vaccines specifically designed to augment antibody responses against these targets, and identification of optimal immunological adjuvants to further augment the potency of these vaccines. He has over 150 publications and 4 issued and 3 pending patents concerning cancer vaccines. Recently, Dr. Livingston helped establish MabVax Therapeutics, Inc., and another biotech company, Adjuvance Technologies, Inc. MabVax supports two randomized Phase II trials with these MSK polyvalent vaccines and establishment of human monoclonal antibodies from the blood of immunized patients. We believe that Dr. Livingston’s extensive expertise in immunotherapy qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors and our Chief Science Officer.
Jeffery F. Eisenberg,
Director
Jeffery F. Eisenberg has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2016. Mr. Eisenberg has served in a variety of senior management positions, and has developed significant experience in the areas of corporate transactions, strategic alliances, product development, commercialization, manufacturing and talent management. From November 1998 to December 2015 Mr. Eisenberg held various executive management positions including President, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the U.S. prescription pharmaceutical division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Inc., a Japanese pharmaceutical company and the world's largest manufacturer of transdermal drug patches. Mr. Eisenberg led the post-acquisition integration of JDS Pharmaceuticals, a private specialty pharmaceutical company purchased by Noven in 1997, as well as the integration of Noven and Hisamitsu following the 2009 acquisition. From 2007 to August 2014 Mr. Eisenberg also served as President of Novogyne Pharmaceuticals, a Women's Health commercial joint venture between Noven and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Mr. Eisenberg was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Noven following Hisamitsu's acquisition of Noven. Prior to Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Eisenberg gained extensive legal experience serving as Associate General Counsel and then as Acting General Counsel of IVAX Corporation, at the time a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company with global operations. Prior to serving at IVAX, Mr. Eisenberg was a lawyer in the corporate securities department of the Florida law firm of Steel Hector & Davis, where he began his professional career in 1990. Mr. Eisenberg is an expert in corporate governance, having advised the boards of IVAX, Noven and others through a number of significant internal and external issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, strategic alliances, CEO transitions, securities class action lawsuits, FDA warning letters and consent decrees, and development and implementation of corporate governance policies. Mr. Eisenberg holds a BS, Economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD degree from Columbia University Law School. We believe that Mr. Eisenberg’s extensive experience in corporate transactions, product development, corporate governance and executive leadership, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
 

Committee Composition 

 

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Compensation 

Nominating and Governance 

Kenneth M. Cohen

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Jeffery F. Eisenberg
 

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Robert E. Hoffman

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Paul V. Maier

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Thomas C. Varvaro

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