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Bassil I. Dahiyat, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dr. Dahiyat has been Xencor’s president and chief executive officer since the Company’s incorporation in August 1997, and is the co-founder of Xencor, and co-inventor of Xencor’s breakthrough XmAb® technology. He has led the Company in raising over $460 million in public and private financing, creating a diverse portfolio of monoclonal antibody clinical programs for the treatment of life-threatening and debilitating diseases, and establishing alliances with leading biopharmaceutical companies that generated over $200 million in upfront payments.

Dr. Dahiyat holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech and B.S. and M.S.E. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has co-authored numerous scientific papers in the fields of protein design and drug delivery, is an inventor of 33 US and numerous foreign patents, and has received scientific awards from the American Chemical Society, the Controlled Release Society, the Protein Society and Caltech.

    Richard Ranieri

    Mr. Ranieri has more than 20 years of senior level biopharma human resources leadership and currently serves as executive vice president of human resources and corporate affairs at BioMarin, where he manages and directs human resources worldwide. Prior to this role he served as executive vice president, human resources at Dendreon Corporation, and executive vice president, human resources & administration at Sepracor, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ranieri served in executive positions at Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., Genencor International, and Smithkline Beecham. He received a B.A. from Villanova University, and an M.A. in organizational development from Rider University.

    Kevin Gorman

    Kevin C. Gorman, Ph.D has over 25 years of experience in biotechnology.  He is a founder of and is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurocrine Biosciences.  He previously served as Chief Operating Officer after having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development of Neurocrine Biosciences. From 1990 until joining Neurocrine in 1993, Dr. Gorman was a principal of Avalon Medical Partners, L.P. where he was responsible for the early stage founding of Neurocrine and several other biotechnology companies such as Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Metra Biosystems, IDUN and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gorman received his Ph.D. in immunology and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles and did further post-doctoral training at The Rockefeller University. 

    Kurt Gustafson

    Mr. Gustafson has more than 25 years of diverse experience in corporate finance, with 15 years in senior management roles leading the finance departments of multi-faceted, dynamic and growth oriented biopharmaceutical industry organizations. Currently, Mr. Gustafson serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer and principal accounting officer at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer at Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, where he managed several successful financings and established a three year mid-range planning process to align resource allocations to long term strategic goals. Before Halozyme, Mr. Gustafson worked at Amgen for over 18 years, most recently as vice president, finance, with responsibility for financial planning and cost accounting for worldwide manufacturing covering seven manufacturing sites. During his tenure at Amgen, Mr. Gustafson also served as treasurer, vice president, finance and chief financial officer of Amgen International based in Switzerland. Mr. Gustafson holds a B.A. degree in accounting from North Park University in Chicago and an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.

    A. Bruce Montgomery, MD

    A. Bruce Montgomery, M.D., has more than 25 years of drug development, operations and financing experience, including positions at Genentech, Inc., Pathogenesis Corporation, Corus Pharma, and Gilead Sciences, Inc. He is currently Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Cardeas Pharma, a company he founded in 2010. Prior to founding Cardeas, Dr. Montgomery served 4 years as Senior Vice President of Gilead and 6 years as Chief Executive Officer of Corus Pharma, a specialized biotechnology company that he founded, and which was acquired by Gilead in 2006. While at Gilead, Dr. Montgomery successfully led the development of Cayston (aztreonam) as a treatment for cystic fibrosis patients. Dr. Montgomery also served as Executive Vice President of Research and Development at PathoGenesis Corporation until its acquisition by Chiron Corporation in 2000. He has served as a board member for ZymoGenetics,  Inc. and is currently on the board of Alder Biopharmaceuticals and Cytodyn, Inc.  Dr. Montgomery is a board certified internist and pulmonologist. Montgomery received his B.S. in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude, Outstanding Chemistry Major [Merck Award]), and M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

    Yujiro S. Hata

    Mr. Hata has more than 20 years of biotechnology company experience. Since August 2015 he has served as co-founder, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of IDEAYA Bioscienses, a private oncology company.  In 2015, Mr. Hata served as chief operating officer at immune-oncology company, FLX Bio, where he oversaw all business operations, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing.   Prior to that Mr. Hata served as chief operating officer at immuno-oncology companies, Flexus Biosciences and spinout FLX Bio, until Flexus Biosciences’ acquisition by Bristol-Meyers Squibb in April 2015.  From 2010 until its acquisition by Amgen in October 2013, Mr. Hata was vice president, corporate development and strategy at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where he held various leadership roles, including head of mergers and acquisitions, and licensing, and head of corporate strategy and strategic asset management. From 2002 to 2010, he served in various roles as vice president, senior vice president, and chief business officer at Enanta Pharmaceuticals, and earlier in his career served in business and corporate development roles at Genome Therapeutics Corporation, McKinsey and Company and ImClone Systems Incorporated. Mr. Hata obtained his M.B.A. at Wharton as a Henry J. Kaiser recipient and completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at Oxford University and Colorado College. Mr. Hata serves on the board of visitors of the Moores Cancer Center, at the University of California, San Diego.

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