Executive Leadership

Board of Directors

Dr. Behzad Aghazadeh, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

Behzad has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since March 2017 and brings more than 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of venBio Select Advisor, LLC, an SEC-registered investment manager. Behzad began his career in healthcare as a research scientist, later joining Booz Allen (now a unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a management consultant, where he led major strategic and operational initiatives for companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Year Joined: 2017

venBio Select Advisor 2011 – present
• Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager

Sio Capital 2009 – 2011
• Partner

Bernstein Value Equities 2006 – 2009
• Vice President

Booz Allen 2000 – 2006
• Principal, General Management Consultant

Masters in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cornell University

Mr. Scott Canute, Executive Director of the Board of Directors

Mr. Scott Canute joined the Immunomedics board in 2017. Mr. Canute has more than 34 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, previously serving as President of Global Manufacturing and Corporate Operations of Genzyme Corporation from 2010 until 2011, where he led a major turnaround in manufacturing in order to ensure the on-going supply of life-saving products that were in short supply and developed and implemented a comprehensive manufacturing strategy including a revamped global governance system. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Canute spent 25 years at Eli Lilly and Company, where he served as President, Global Manufacturing Operations from 2004 until 2007. During his tenure at Eli Lilly, Mr. Canute directed all manufacturing and supply chain activities for the company’s global operations, which spanned 24 international manufacturing sites and 80+ contract manufacturing operations and managed a $3.7 billion budget.
Mr. Canute currently serves on the Board of Directors for Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on kidney disease through the biology of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF); Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., and Oncobiologics, Inc. He previously served as a Director for Allocure Inc. Mr. Canute has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Indiana Manufacturers Association and the Tauber Manufacturing Institute-University of Michigan.

Year Joined: 2017

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. 2016 – Present
• Board of Directors

Genzyme Corporation 2010 – 2011
• President, Global Manufacturing and Corporate Operation

Eli Lilly and Company 1982 – 2007
• President, Global Manufacturing Operations (2004-2007)
• Vice President of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Strategy (1999-2004)
• Chemical Engineer

B.S. chemical engineering, University of Michigan
M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Dr. Khalid Islam, Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Khalid Islam has been a member of the Board of Directors of Immunomedics since 2017. He has over 30 years of experience in drug discovery and development of anti-infectives, hematology/oncology and CNS in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and currently serves as the Managing Director of Life Sciences Management GmbH, a position he has held since 2014.

Previously, Dr. Islam served as Chairman and CEO of Gentium S.p.A., a Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical company, from 2009 until 2014 (merged with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, plc.) Dr. Islam had also served as President and CEO of Arpida AG and held various positions at Sanofi-Aventis (f/k/a HMR & MMD). He holds several patents and has published over 80 articles in leading journals.

He is an advisor to the venture group Kurma Biofund (Paris) and a founder/co-founder of Sirius Healthcare Partners GmbH (Zurich, Switzerland), PrevAbr LLC (D.C., USA), BioAim LLC (L.A., USA), Nuprim Inc. (D.C., USA), Exbaq LLC (L.A., USA), Gain Therapeutics (Lugano, Switzerland) & Life Sciences Management GmbH (Zug, Switzerland). Dr. Islam also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Minoryx Therapeutics, Fennec Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq, FENC) and Gain Therapeutics.

Year Joined: 2017

Life Sciences Management GmbH 2014 – Present
• Managing Director

Gentium S.p.A 2009 – 2014
• Chairman and CEO

Arpida AG 1999 – 2008
• President and CEO

Undergraduate degree, Chelsea College
Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London

Ms. Barbara Duncan, Member of the Board of Directors

Barbara Duncan has served as a Director on our Board of Directors since March 2019. Ms. Duncan served as the chief financial officer of Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2009 to 2016 and as treasurer from 2010 to 2016. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Duncan served as chief financial officer and then chief executive officer at DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc. Previously, Ms. Duncan served as a vice president of Lehman Brothers Inc. in its corporate finance division from 1998 to 2001. She serves on the board of directors of Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, Aevi Genomic Medicine, Inc., Jounce Therapeutics, Inc., ObsEva plc and Ovid Therapeutics, Inc.

Year Joined: 2019

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2009 – 2016
• Chief Financial Officer
• Treasurer

DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc. 2001 – 2009
• Chief Executive Officer
• Chief Financial Officer

Lehman Brothers Inc. 1998 – 2001
• Vice President, Corporate Finance Division

B.S. degree, Louisiana State University
M.B.A., The Wharton School

Dr. Charles Baum, Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Charles M. Baum joined the Immunomedics Board of Directors in 2019. Dr. Baum was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Mirati Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRTX) in November 2012. During his time at Mirati, he has been responsible for moving the company to the United States, listing the company on NASDAQ and establishing its headquarters in San Diego, California. In addition, he has built a world-class precision oncology leadership team and transformed Mirati into a company focused on the innovative, targeted development of Mirati’s receptor tyrosine kinase, histone deacetylase inhibitor and KRAS inhibitors in advanced cancer patients with unmet medical needs. Since late 2012 Dr. Baum has raised over $600M and increased the valuation of the company from less than $100M to $~3.0B.

In addition to his director role at Mirati, Dr. Baum is a Member of the Board at Array Biopharma (NASDAQ: ARRY) since 2014. He serves as Chair of the Governance Committee (2017 – present) and is a member of the Research and Development Committee (2014 – present) and served on the Audit Committee (2014 to 2017).

Prior to joining Mirati, Dr. Baum was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Biotherapeutic Clinical Research within Pfizer’s Worldwide Research & Development division. Dr. Baum was at Pfizer from 2003 until joining Mirati in 2012, serving in roles of increasing responsibility including as Vice President and Head of Oncology Development and as Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer’s Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center.

Year Joined: 2019

Mirati Therapeutics 2012 – Present
• President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member

Array Biopharma 2014 – Present
• Board Member

Pfizer AG 2003 – 2012
• Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Worldwide Research & Development division

M.D. and Ph.D. (Immunology) degrees, Washington University School of Medicine
Post-graduate training, Stanford University

Mr. Peter Barton Hutt, Member of the Board of Directors

Peter Barton Hutt joined the Immunomedics Board of Directors in 2017 and has brought extensive experience in FDA regulation of new drugs. He began his legal career at Covington & Burling LLP in 1960 and remains there today. Mr. Hutt served as Chief Counsel of FDA during 1971-1975 and for the past 26 years has taught a full course on Food and Drug Law at Harvard Law School. He has been a member of the National Academy of Medicine since it was established in 1971.

Year Joined: 2017

Covington & Burling LLP 1960 – Present
• Senior Counsel

Harvard Law School 1994 – Present
• Course Director, Food and Drug Law

FDA 1971 – 1975
• Chief Counsel

Undergraduate degree, Yale College
Law degree, Harvard Law School
Master of Law degree, NYU Law School