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.
David Guyer

David R. Guyer, M.D.

Executive Chairman of Ophthotech's Board of Directors

David Guyer, M.D. is a co-founder of our company and has served as Chairman of our board of directors since our inception in January 2007 and as our Chief Executive Officer since April 2013. 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 and Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, both of which are publicly traded biotechnology companies. 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.
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.
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.