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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tsontcho Ianchulev, MD MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Director
Dr. Ianchulev has been serving as our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Medical Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since March 2014. From 2009 to 2016, he was the chief medical officer and the head of technology and business development for Transcend Medical, Inc. (acquired by Novartis International AG/Alcon, Inc. (NYSE: NVS)). Prior to that, while at Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: DNA, before going private in 2009), Dr. Ianchulev headed the ophthalmology research group and directed the development and the FDA approval of Lucentis. Dr. Ianchulev currently serves as a director of the ASCRS Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Iantrek, Inc. and AEye, Inc. He was formerly chairman of the board of directors of ianTECH from 2014 until its acquisition by Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ETR: AFX) in 2019. Dr. Ianchulev received his B.S. from the University of Rochester. He received both his M.D. and an M.P.H. from Harvard University and completed his specialty training at the Doheny Eye Institute. Currently, Dr. Ianchulev serves as a professor in the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
Stephen Benjamin
Stephen Benjamin is an attorney with a track record of leadership in government and the public sector. He was elected Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina in April of 2010. He served three successful terms as Mayor concluding in December of 2021. Prior to his service as mayor, Mr. Benjamin: served in South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges’ Cabinet as the Chief Executive of a 950 employee state agency; served as special counsel at a national law firm; served on the Board of Directors, Audit & CRA Committees of a financial institution; served on the Board of Directors of a NYSE traded financial services company; and served on the Board of Trustees of a not for profit hospital. Mr. Benjamin has served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (2018-2019), President of the African American Mayors Association, Vice Chairman of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Executive Chairman of Municipal Bonds for America, and as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Mr. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Benjamin is a Principal in The Benjamin Firm, LLC and Of Counsel at The Charleston Group, where he co-chairs the firm’s Public Finance & Affordable Housing Practices.
Julia A. Haller
Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills Eye Hospital, is a trailblazing retina surgeon-scientist and leader who has innovated translational advances against blindness on many fronts.

Dr. Haller was educated at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. After her Halsted internship in surgery at Johns Hopkins, residency in ophthalmology and retina fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, she served as Wilmer’s first female Chief Resident. Recruited to the Hopkins faculty thereafter, Haller directed the retina fellowship, was named to the inaugural Katharine Graham Chair in Ophthalmology, and subsequently to the inaugural Robert Bond Welch, M.D. Professorship. In 2007 she was appointed Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair at Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. She is a Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. One of the world’s most renowned retina surgeons, Dr. Haller has published over 400 scientific articles and book chapters, with research interests in retinal pharmacology, macular surgery, venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, complicated retinal detachments, health care disparities, and gender equity.

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019, Dr. Haller’s honors include the Rolex Achievement Award (to a past NCAA lacrosse player), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor Award, the AAO Senior Achievement Award, the Vitreous Society Senior Honor Award, the Crystal Apple Award (for mentorship) of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), the Kreissig Award from EURETINA, the President’s Award from Women in Ophthalmology (WIO), a Secretariat Award from the AAO, the Gertrude Pyron Award from the Retina Research Foundation/ASRS, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAO, the Louis Braille Award from Associated Services for the Blind, the Heed Award from the Society of Heed Fellows, the Donald Gass Medal from the Macula Society, the Strittmatter Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society (their highest honor), the AAO EnergEYES Award, the WIO Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman Award, the Charles L. Schepens, MD, Keynote Lecture Award from the Retina Research Foundation/AAO, and election to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. She holds Chair XVI of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. She is president of the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, Chairs the Board of the Society of Heed Fellows, serves on the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society, the Board of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, and the AAO Foundation Board of Advisors. She is past president of the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Board of Trustees of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, as well as a founding member of Women in Retina. Her editorial board service includes RETINA, Retinal Physician, Retina Times, Ocular Surgery News, Retina Today, and Ophthalmology Times.

A Director of Bristol Myers Squibb, a former Director of Celgene Corporation, and past Trustee of both Princeton University and the Bryn Mawr School, Dr. Haller serves as Vice-President of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, Vice-Chair of the Board of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and on the Board of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. She and her husband, John D. Gottsch, M.D, the Margaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology at Hopkins, have five children: John, Natalie, Will, Alex, and Clare.
Rachel Jacobson
Rachel Jacobson brings to the Board significant expertise in business development and marketing, having spent 21 years with the National Basketball Association, where she oversaw business development, licensing, marketing, account management and event planning, among other roles. Currently she serves as the President of the Drone Racing League (DRL), where she spearheads global partnerships and media rights deals, and leads the marketing and business development teams, bringing to DRL her legacy of creating transformative partnerships with leading sports and technology brands. As the SVP of Global Partnerships at the National Basketball Association, she closed partnership sales and secured global partnerships with some of the world’s most prominent companies, including PepsiCo, ExxonMobil, Under Armour, Marriott, Harman, Kaiser Permanente and other Fortune 500 companies. Prior to DRL, she also served as the Chief Business Development Officer at Landit, the market leader in personalized career pathing technology to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. Ms. Jacobson is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel & Business Management.
Dr. Curt Labelle, M.D., MBA
Dr. LaBelle has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2014. Since July 2015, he has been the managing partner at the Global Health Investment Advisors, LLC and, prior to that, was a managing director at Tullis Health Investors Inc. from 2008 to 2015. From April 2011 to May 2015, Dr. LaBelle served as a member of the board of directors of Exagen Diagnostics, Inc. (now known as Exagen, Inc. (NASDAQ: XGN), a commercial stage autoimmune rheumatic disease diagnostics company, and was chairman from December 2011 to May 2015. Dr. LaBelle served as chairman of the board of SafeOp Surgical, Inc., a medical device and technology company acquired by Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATEC), from 2011 to 2015, and Impulse Monitoring, Inc., a neuromonitoring company, from 2008 to 2011 when the company was acquired by NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA). From 2006 to 2008, Dr. LaBelle served as a member of the board of directors of Sirion Therapeutics, Inc., a company that developed Durezol for ophthalmic post-operative inflammation (acquired by Alcon Inc. (NYSE: ALC)), Zirgan for ocular herpetic keratitis (acquired by Bausch & Lomb Holdings, Inc.), as well as a development program for a topical vancomycin for serious eye infections (acquired by Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO)). He was also a member of the board of directors of KAI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing drugs for patients with chronic kidney disease, since May 2006 until the company was acquired by Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) in July 2012, and TransMolecular, Inc., a neuroscience biotechnology company developing products to treat central nervous system disorders (acquired by Morphotek, Inc.). He has also served in board or other advisory capacities with Alydia Health, Inc., Atomo Diagnostics Pty Ltd., Coherex Medical, Inc. (acquired by Johnson and Johnson Medical NV/SV), Endoscopic Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Estech (acquired by AtriCure, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRC)) and Vidacare Corporation (acquired by Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX)). Dr. LaBelle holds M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and a B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University.
Kenneth B. Lee, Jr.
Mr. Lee has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018. Since January 2003, he has been a general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital fund focusing on life science companies. Previously he was president of Pappas Capital, LLC (formerly A. M. Pappas & Associates, LLC), following 29 years with Ernst & Young LLP, where he was most recently managing director of the firm’s health sciences corporate finance group. Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of directors of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX). Previously, he served on the boards of several private and public companies, including Abgenix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABGX, acquired by Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN)), CV Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVTX, acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD)), Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISPH, acquired by Merck & Co., Inc. NYSE: MRK), Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAXY, dissolved), OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIP, acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc. (OTC: ALPMY)), Old API Wind-down Ltd. (f/k/a Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ), which began voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in Canada and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States in August 2018). Mr. Lee received a B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Charles E. Mather IV
Mr. Mather has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018. Since October 2019, Mr. Mather has been Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. Prior to that, since March 2015, Mr. Mather has been Managing Director, Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets at BTIG, LLC. From December 2009 to February 2015, he was the Head of Private and Alternative Capital and Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Between May 2007 and September 2008, Mr. Mather was the head of the Structured Equity Group at Jefferies Group Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Mather held various senior investment banking positions at Cowen and Company, including as Co- Head of the Private Equity Group. Mr. Mather serves on the board Wentz LLC. Mr. Mather also served on the board of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: TNXP) until February 2019 and The Finance Company of Pennsylvania until August 2017. Mr. Mather received a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Y. Sun, M.D.
Dr. Sun has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018. He is involved with many private biotechnology companies. Dr. Sun was at Aisling Capital, a private equity firm dedicated to life sciences, from September 2002 until May 2015, during which he held multiple positions most recently as partner. Dr. Sun currently serves on the board of Immusoft Corporation and he previously served on the board of Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAR) from January 2013 to October 2018 when it merged with Aravive Biologics, Inc., and on the board of Senex Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Sun holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, trained in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was Board Certified in Internal Medicine.