Board of Directors

Ophthotech is guided by a seasoned Board of Directors with deep medical and financial expertise.

Axel Bolte

Axel Bolte, MSc., M.B.A.

President and CEO, Inozyme Pharma, Inc. and Investment Advisor, HBM Healthcare Investments AG

Axel Bolte has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2007. Since March 2003, Mr. Bolte has served as investment advisor to HBM Partners AG, a provider of investment advisory services in the life sciences industry, also serving as a venture partner to HBM Partners AG beginning in February 2017. In February 2017, Mr. Bolte began serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inozyme Pharma Inc., a private biotechnology company. From March 2001 to February 2003, Mr. Bolte was an investment manager of NMT New Medical Technologies AG, a Swiss venture capital company focused on life sciences. Prior to joining NMT New Medical Technologies AG, Mr. Bolte served as a scientist at Serono SA, a biotechnology company. Mr. Bolte currently serves on the board of directors of Nabriva Therapeutics AG and previously served on the board of directors of PTC Therapeutics, Inc., both of which are publicly traded biotechnology companies. Mr. Bolte received a degree in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Thomas Dyrberg

Thomas Dyrberg, M.D., DMSc.

Senior Partner, Novo Ventures and Novo A/S

Thomas Dyrberg, M.D., DMSc. has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2007. In December 2000, Dr. Dyrberg joined Novo A/S, a limited liability company wholly-owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation that is responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, in addition to serving as a Managing Partner of Novo Ventures. In 1990, Dr. Dyrberg joined Novo Nordisk A/S, initially working in Health Care Discovery. From 1996 to 2000, he served as an International Clinical Project Manager at Novo Nordisk A/S. Dr. Dyrberg previously served on the board of directors of Veloxis A/S, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company. Dr. Dyrberg received a D.M.Sc. and an M.D. from the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Dyrberg has held research positions at the Hagedorn Research Institute in Denmark, and at the Scripps Research Institute in California.

Adrienne L. Graves, Ph.D.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Santen, Inc.

Adrienne L. Graves, Ph.D., is a visual scientist by training and a global industry leader in ophthalmology.

As the former Chief Executive Officer of Santen Inc., the US subsidiary of the 130-year-old Japanese pharmaceutical company, she successfully established a strong global presence, brought multiple ophthalmic products through development to approval and commercialization and led global teams through successful acquisitions and partnerships. At Santen, Dr. Graves served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Development (US, Europe and Japan) for seven years and Chief Executive Officer for eight years. Prior to Santen, she spent nine years at Alcon, joining as Senior Scientist to establish Alcon’s first Retinal Electrophysiology Laboratory. She progressed through roles of increasing responsibility in R&D, including directing clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas and serving as Director of International Ophthalmology.

Dr. Graves currently serves as an Independent Director on multiple corporate boards including: Akorn, Inc., Greenbrook TMS, Nicox S.A., Oxurion NV, and Surface Pharmaceuticals. She is also a Director on the following Foundation Boards: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation, Glaucoma Research Foundation, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Foundation (Emeritus), Himalayan Cataract Project, Foundation Fighting Blindness Retinal Degeneration Fund, Retinal Global and KeepYourSight Foundation.

Dr. Graves cofounded Glaucoma 360 (Glaucoma Research Foundation) and Ophthalmic World Leaders (OWL). She received her A.B. in Psychology from Brown University, her Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of Michigan, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in visual neuroscience at the University of Paris.

David Guyer

David R. Guyer, M.D.

Executive Chairman of Ophthotech's Board of Directors

David Guyer, M.D. is a co-founder and Executive Chairman of our company. Dr. Guyer served as Chairman of our board of directors since our inception in January 2007 to January 2017 and as our Chief Executive Officer from April 2013 to January 2017. Prior to serving as our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Guyer, served as a Partner at SV Life Sciences Advisers, LLC, a venture capital firm, from 2009 to 2013, and as a Venture Partner at SV Life Sciences from 2006 to 2009. In April 2013, Dr. Guyer resumed his role as Venture Partner at SV Life Sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of Thrombogenics NV, which is a publicly traded biotechnology company. 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. 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.

Jane Pritchett Henderson

Chief Financial Officer at Turnstone Biologics

Jane Pritchett Henderson has more than 29 years of experience in the life sciences industry and health care investment banking. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at Turnstone Biologics, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company. Prior to Turnstone, Ms. Henderson served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Voyager Therapeutics, a publicly-traded, clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing treatments for severe neurological diseases. Prior to Voyager, Ms. Henderson served as Chief Financial and Business Officer of Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., having joined the privately held biopharmaceutical company in 2013 and leading the sale of Kolltan to Celldex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in late 2016. Previously, Ms. Henderson served as Vice President, Business Development of ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., until ISTA Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Bausch + Lomb. Prior to ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Henderson served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development at Axerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of Panacos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In addition to her industry experience, Ms. Henderson’s extensive healthcare investment banking experience includes the execution of more than 95 mergers and acquisitions, advisory and financing deals as managing director and other senior roles at HSBC Holdings plc, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers. Ms. Henderson holds a B.S. in psychology from Duke University and currently serves on the board of directors of Sesen Bio Inc., a publicly-traded biologics oncology company.
David Redlick

David Redlick

Former Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

David Redlick has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2016 and was named our Lead Independent Director in February 2017. Mr. Redlick has served as a special advisor at Leerink Partners LLC, an investment bank focused on the healthcare industry, since January 2015. Previously, Mr. Redlick worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, an international law firm, for over 40 years, serving as a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group until December 2014 and as Senior Counsel from January 2015 to December 2015. During his career at WilmerHale, Mr. Redlick also served as the co-chair of the Life Sciences Group, the co-chair of the Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Redlick received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Calvin Roberts, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Eye Care at Bausch Health Companies

Calvin W. Roberts, M.D. is a renowned specialist in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Roberts is credited with developing surgical therapies, over-the-counter products for vision care, prescription ocular therapeutics, and innovative treatment regimens.

Dr. Roberts is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Medical Officer, Eye Care at Bausch Health Companies. Since 1982, Dr. Roberts is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and a founding member of the board of directors of Alimera Sciences. Dr. Roberts previously served as a consultant to Allergan, Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Novartis. Dr. Roberts holds patents on the wide-field specular microscope, used for corneal endothelial studies, and was a pioneer in the use of ophthalmic non-steroidals.

Dr. Roberts received an A.B. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Roberts completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Roberts also completed cornea fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston. Dr. Roberts currently serves as an Independent Director on multiple corporate boards.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross, Ph.D.

Managing Partner, SV Life Sciences

Michael Ross, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2013. Dr. Ross has served as a Managing Partner at SV Life Sciences, a venture capital firm, since January 2001. Dr. Ross served as a Managing Partner at Didyma, LLC, a biotechnology management consulting firm, from 1999 to 2002. Previously, Dr. Ross served as the Chief Executive Officer of CyThera, Inc., Carta Proteomics Inc., MetaXen LLC and Arris Pharmaceutical Corporation. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ross was employed at Genentech, serving in several roles, including Vice President of Development and later Vice President of Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry. Dr. Ross serves on the board of directors of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and the board of overseers of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Ross received an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and completed post doctorate training in molecular biology at Harvard University.
Glenn Sblendorio

Glenn P. Sblendorio, M.B.A.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Ophthotech

Glenn Sblendorio, M.B.A., is Chief Executive Officer and President of Ophthotech Corporation. He joined Ophthotech in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and was appointed President in January 2017 while continuing to serve as Chief Financial Officer. He ceased being CFO in April 2017. Mr. Sblendorio served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ophthotech from 2013 to 2016 and rejoined the Board in May 2017. Prior to joining Ophthotech, he served as President and Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of The Medicines Company from 2006 to 2016. Mr. Sblendorio served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2002 through 2005 when it was sold to OSI Pharmaceuticals. From 2000 through 2002, he held the title of Senior Vice President of Business Development for The Medicines Company. His pharmaceutical experience also includes 12 years at Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. in a variety of senior financial positions. Mr. Sblendorio currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amicus Therapeutics and Intercept Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Sblendorio received his BA from Pace University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.