|Robert J. Easton|
Co-chairman, Bionest Partners, Inc.
Mr. Easton has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2015. He is a recognized leader in the life sciences and healthcare industries, having led strategy development and supervised opportunity assessments for hundreds of clients across the globe, including large and specialty pharmaceutical companies, early-stage and publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies, and diagnostics businesses. Mr. Easton currently serves as Co-chairman of Bionest Partners, Inc., a consulting firm he co-founded that specializes in strategic planning for pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies. Prior to co-founding Bionest Partners, Mr. Easton built and led two consulting firms, Easton Associates and The Wilkerson Group, which provided advisory services in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical products industries. Previously, Mr. Easton spent 12 years in various management roles at Union Carbide and Union Carbide Europe, including in marketing and engineering in the clinical diagnostics business unit. Mr. Easton has served since 2002 on the Board of Directors of Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company, where he also serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee. He currently serves as chairman of the New York Biotechnology Association, and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Easton holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in chemical engineering from Rice University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Easton serves as Chairman of our Audit Committee.