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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 $700 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 over 30 US and numerous foreign patents, and has received scientific awards from the American Chemical Society, the Controlled Release Society, the Protein Society and Caltech.

    Ellen G. Feigal, M.D.
    Dr. Feigal is a partner at NDA Partners, a strategy consulting firm, where she leads efforts in designing and executing product development and regulatory strategies in the areas of cell therapies, medical imaging, hematology and oncology. She is also adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, where she teaches FDA drug law and medical research ethics and law. Dr. Feigal was formerly senior vice president of research and development at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; executive medical director, global development, at Amgen; and chief medical officer at Insys Therapeutics. She was a founding director of the American Course on Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to UCSF, Dr. Feigal was director of medical devices and imaging at the Critical Path Institute and vice president of clinical sciences at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. From 1992 to 2004, she held leadership roles at the National Cancer Institute, where she directed the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis after serving as deputy director of the division and as a senior investigator in the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. Dr. Feigal received her M.D. from the University of California, Davis and completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University and a hematology/oncology fellowship at University of California, San Francisco.
    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.

    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.

    A. Bruce Montgomery, MD

    A. Bruce Montgomery, M.D., has more than 30 years of drug development, operations and financing experience, including positions at Genentech, Inc., Pathogenesis Corporation, Corus Pharma, Gilead Sciences, and Cardeas Pharma. He is currently Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Avalyn Pharma. 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 Vicis. 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

    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.

    Dagmar Rosa-Bjorkeson
    Ms. Rosa-Bjorkeson has more than 25 years of global experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including executive leadership in corporate and product strategy, market development and operational execution. She was most recently executive vice president and chief strategy and development officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for corporate and therapeutic area strategy, business development and new product commercialization. Before assuming this role, she was senior vice president of new product commercialization, in which she was responsible for shaping the company’s pipeline programs for optimal patient benefit and access. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Ms. Rosa-Bjorkeson was executive vice president and president of biosimilars at Baxalta, a role in which she developed the biosimilars strategy, managed post spin-off efforts from Baxter and oversaw a fully integrated unit including program management, research, clinical development, manufacturing, commercialization and business development. Before joining Baxalta, she held various roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, including vice president and head of its multiple sclerosis business unit; vice president, business development and licensing, U.S.; vice president, respiratory, U.S.; and country head and president for Novartis Sweden. Throughout her 17 years at Novartis, Ms. Rosa-Bjorkeson’s experience spanned sales, marketing, general management and country operations, and she led multiple launches including the successful launch of Gilenya®. She is a member of the board of directors for Deirdre’s House, a Morris County, New Jersey center for children who are victims of abuse or neglect and for children who have witnessed domestic violence, and she also serves on the board of the New Jersey City University Foundation. Ms. Rosa-Bjorkeson earned an MBA, an M.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.