Board of Directors
Uli Hacksell, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Hacksell was appointed CEO & President of Cerecor Inc. in January of 2016. Dr. Hacksell also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since May of 2015. Prior to Cerecor, Dr. Hacksell served as Chief Executive Officer of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or ACADIA, from September 2000 to March 2015 and was a member of its Board of Directors. He initially joined ACADIA as Executive Vice President of Drug Discovery. Prior to ACADIA, Dr. Hacksell held various senior executive positions at Astra AB, or Astra, a pharmaceutical company, including Vice President of Drug Discovery and Technology, President of Astra Draco, one of Astra’s largest research and development subsidiaries, and Vice President of CNS Preclinical R&D at Astra Arcus, another Astra subsidiary. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hacksell held the positions of Professor of Organic Chemistry and Department Chairman at Uppsala University in Sweden and also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Hacksell is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glionova Therapeutics and is also a member of the Board of Directors of InDex Pharmaceuticals and Uppsala University. He received a Master of Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from Uppsala University.
Mr. Aasen served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Treasurer of ACADIA prior to his retirement in 2014. Mr. Aasen has held financial management positions at several publically traded life sciences companies, including Axys Pharmaceuticals, formerly called Sequana Therapeutics, Genta, Inc., and Gen-Probe, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Aasen held various positions in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick, including Audit Manager. He has 30 years of professional finance and accounting experience focused primarily on the life sciences industry. Mr. Aasen received a B.S. degree with honors from San Diego State University and is a licensed certified public accountant (inactive status) in the State of California.
Eugene A. Bauer, M.D.
Eugene A. Bauer, M.D., has served on our board of directors since May 2011. He co-founded and has served as the Chief Medical Officer and a member of the board of directors of Dermira, Inc., a dermatology company in the San Francisco Bay Area, since June 2010. Dr. Bauer has also served on the board of directors of Medgenics, Inc., since March 2001. Dr. Bauer served as the President and Chief Medical Officer of Peplin, Inc., or Peplin, a development stage dermatology company, from June 2008 through June 2010 when Peplin was acquired by LEO Pharma in November 2009. Dr. Bauer continued as a consultant for Peplin through June 2010. From 2004 through 2008, Dr. Bauer served as the Chief Executive Officer of Neosil, Inc., a development stage dermatology pharmaceutical company acquired by Peplin in June 2008. Since 2002, Dr. Bauer has served as a Professor (Emeritus) in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, where from 1995 through 2001 he was Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Medicine and his M.D. from Northwestern University. He is member of several honorific organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine of the United States.
In addition to Founder and Vice Chairman of Cerecor, Mr. Blech's current roles also include Vice Chairman of Edge Therapeutics, Inc., a company that treats life-threatening neurological conditions, and Director of ContraFect Corporation, a company developing therapies for infectious diseases. He is a Director of Medgenics, Inc., a company creating new treatments for rare diseases, Vice Chairman of Centrexion Corporation, which is developing new modalities of pain control, Vice Chairman of Regenovation, Inc., a company developing new ways to regenerate human tissue, Vice Chairman of X-4 Pharmaceuticals, a cancer immunology company and Vice Chairman of Sapience Therapeutics, an oncology company. He also serves as Vice Chairman of WaveGuide Corporation, a company developing a the world’s smallest NMR machine, Vice Chairman of root9B Technologies, Inc. a cyber security company, and Vice Chairman of The SpendSmart Payments Company, an electronic rewards company. Over the past 35 years, Mr. Blech has helped found some of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, including Celgene Corporation, ICOS Corporation, Pathogenesis Corporation, Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation and Genetic Systems Corporation. These companies are responsible for major advances in oncology, infectious disease and cystic fibrosis.
Mr. Gutry has 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in a variety of senior investment, business development, and strategic roles. He currently serves as Senior Director, Business Development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Gutry previously served as a Principal of MPM Capital, a venture capital firm, where he led investments in oncology and neuroscience and managed several of MPM’s pharmaceutical partnerships. Prior to MPM, Mr. Gutry worked in the Corporate Development group at Gilead Sciences where he led business development activities in liver disease, respiratory, and infectious disease. Earlier in his career he was an investor at Riverside Partners LLC, a healthcare focused private equity firm, and a consultant at The Wilkerson Group, a healthcare focused consulting firm. Phil holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Magnus Persson, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Persson has served on our board of directors since August 2012. Dr. Persson is currently serving as CEO of Karolinska Institutet Holding AB in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also served as an Associate Professor in Physiology at Karolinska Institutet since September 1994. Dr. Persson has served as a practicing pediatrician at CityAkuten in Stockholm, Sweden, since December 2012. Prior to joining our board of directors, Dr. Persson served as a Partner at HealthCap, a Swedish based venture capital firm, from January 2008 through December 2009, and as a Managing Partner at The Column Group, a San Francisco based venture capital firm, from January 2010 through November 2011. Dr. Persson co-founded Aerocrine AB, a medical technology company in 1994. Dr. Persson has also served on the boards of Karolinska Institutet Innovations AB, a technology transfer company, since December 2011, Galecto AB, a biotechnology company, since January 2013, AscendxSpine Inc., a medical device company, since December 2012, SLS Ventures AB, a life science venture capital firm since March 2012, Karolinska Institutet Information AB, a healthcare IT-software company since October 2015, Immunicum AB a biotechnology company since December 2015, and Albumedix AS, a biotechnology company since January 2016. Dr. Persson received his M.D. and Ph.D. in physiology from Karolinska Institutet.