Corporate Governance Overview
Tricida’s Board believes that good corporate governance is fundamental to good business. We engage with our investors and other key stakeholders to seek their opinions and to build our policies and governance programs to align our mutual goals and principles. We are sharing our Board composition, its committees, our charters that guide our Board committees, our code of conduct and governance guidelines. We also welcome you to contact our Board regarding Tricida policies or other corporate governance matters.
Board of Directors
Dr. Klaus R. Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014 and as our chairman of the board since September 2015. Dr. Veitinger has served as a Venture Partner with OrbiMed Advisors LLC, an affiliate of one of our principal shareholders, since October 2007. Prior to OrbiMed Advisors, Dr. Veitinger was a Member of the Executive Board of Schwarz Pharma AG and the Chief Executive Officer of Schwarz Pharma, Inc. with responsibility for the U.S. and Asia businesses. Dr. Veitinger has served on the boards of public companies, including Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from August 2012 until July 2016 and Relypsa, Inc. from October 2010 until June 2015, and currently serves on the board of scPharmaceutical, Inc. since November 2017. Dr. Veitinger currently serves on the boards of directors of the following private companies: Neurogastrx, Inc. and Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For seven years he was a Director of PhRMA. Dr. Veitinger received his M.D. and his doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Heidelberg. He earned his M.B.A. at INSEAD in France.
Dr. Robert J. Alpern, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2013 and as chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board since October 2013. Dr. Alpern has served as the Ensign Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), Professor of Internal Medicine, and Dean of Yale School of Medicine since June 2004. He served as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Relypsa, Inc. from 2007 until 2014 and Ilypsa, Inc. from 2004 until 2007. From July 1998 until June 2004, Dr. Alpern was the Dean of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Alpern has also served as a director of AbbVie Inc. since January 2013, Abbott Laboratories since October 2008 and has served on the board of trustees of Yale-New Haven Hospital since 2005. Dr. Alpern was on the leadership committee of the American Society of Nephrology and served as its president. Dr. Alpern has held or been awarded field-specific journal editorial board and fellowship positions, leadership positions in advisory councils and associations, and teaching awards. Dr. Alpern received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern University.
Dr. David Bonita, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014. Since June 2013, Dr. Bonita has held the position of Private Equity Partner at OrbiMed Advisors LLC, an affiliate of one of our principal shareholders. From June 2004 to June 2013, Dr. Bonita held other positions at OrbiMed. Dr. Bonita has served on the boards of directors of Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and View Ray Inc. since April 2013 and January 2008, respectively. Dr. Bonita also previously served on the boards of directors of Ambit Biosciences Corporation and Loxo Oncology, Inc. Dr. Bonita currently serves on the boards of directors of the following private companies: Acutus Medical Inc., Cryterion Medical Inc., Enobia Pharma Inc., Keystone Heart Ltd., Kyn Therapeutics Inc., Prelude Therapeutics Inc. and Si-Bone, Inc.; and has previously served on the board of directors of CardiAQ Valve Technologies, Inc. Dr. Bonita has also worked as a corporate finance analyst in the healthcare investment banking groups of Morgan Stanley and UBS. He has published scientific articles in peer- reviewed journals based on signal transduction research performed at the Harvard Medical School. He received his A.B. in Biological Sciences from Harvard University and his joint M.D./M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Dr. Sandra I. Coufal, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2013 and as a member of our Scientific Advisory Board since August 2013. Since January 2022, Dr. Coufal has served as Chief Executive Officer Toragen, Inc., a biotechnology company developing drugs for HPV-induced cancers. Dr. Coufal is a co-founder and has served as a co-manager of Sibling Capital Ventures LLC, an affiliate of one of our principal stockholders, since 2013. Dr. Coufal was a co-founder and a co-manager of Sibling Capital, LLC from 2012 to 2016. For the past 17 years, Dr. Coufal has been the Biomedical Advisor for the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Dr. Coufal served as the Head of the Division of Internal Medicine at the Torrey Pines site of Scripps Clinic from 1997 until 1999, was a member of the board of directors of Scripps Green Hospital from 1997 until 1999. Dr. Coufal founded and served on Relypsa, Inc.’s Scientific Advisory Board since 2007 and was a co-founder of Ilypsa’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Coufal has served on the boards of directors of BioAesthetics Corporation and SafetySpot Inc., since February 2016 and March 2017, respectively. Dr. Coufal served as Associate Faculty in the Division of Internal Medicine for the University of California San Diego. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Coufal received her M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and received her B.S. in Science Preprofessional Studies from the University of Notre Dame and was designated a Notre Dame Scholar.
Ms. Kathryn Falberg has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2018. From March 2012 to March 2014, Ms. Falberg served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc. From December 2009 to March 2012, Ms. Falberg held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc. From 2001 through 2009, Ms. Falberg worked with a number of smaller companies while serving as a corporate director and audit committee chair for several companies. From 1995 to 2001, Ms. Falberg served various roles at Amgen Inc., including as Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy, and Chief Financial Officer, and as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and as Vice President, Treasurer. Ms. Falberg currently serves on the boards of public companies, including Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., Arcus Biosciences, Inc., Urogen Pharma Ltd., and The Trade Desk, Inc. Ms. Falberg previously served on the boards of directors of Axovant Sciences, Ltd., BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Medivation Inc., Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., aTyr Pharma, Inc., and multiple other companies. Ms. Falberg is an inactive certified public accountant. Ms. Falberg holds an M.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Gerrit Klaerner, Ph.D., the Founder of the Company, has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2013 and as our Chief Executive Officer and President since August 2013. Dr. Klaerner was the Founder of Relypsa, Inc. and served as its President and as a member of its board of directors from October 2007 until June 2013. Dr. Klaerner co-founded Ilypsa, Inc. in 2003 and served as its Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President from December 2006 until July 2007 and its Director of Technology Assessment and Business Development from January 2003 until December 2006. Dr. Klaerner served in Symyx Technologies, Inc. from October 1998 until January 2003 as Staff Scientist, Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Business Development. Dr. Klaerner received his Ph.D. in polymer and organic chemistry from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, his M.S. in Chemistry from the Philipps University of Marburg and completed post-doctoral research at Stanford University and the IBM Almaden Research Center.