Mr. Basta has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors since September 2015.  

Prior to joining Menlo Therapeutics Inc., from 2011 to 2015, Mr. Basta served as CEO of AlterG, Inc. a privately-held medical device company.

From 2002 through 2010, Mr. Basta served as Chief Executive Officer of BioForm Medical, a publicly-listed medical aesthetics company acquired by Merz, and from February 2010 to September 2011 served as Chief Executive Officer of Merz Aesthetics, the successor to BioForm Medical.  Mr. Basta led BioForm’s growth from initial product launch to $80 million in annual revenues at the time of its acquisition by Merz, and subsequently led Merz Aesthetics through multiple product launches managing a global business unit which was the #3 worldwide injectable aesthetics business.

Prior to Bioform Medical, Mr. Basta served as President and CEO of Gliatech, Inc., a medical device company, VP Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Creative BioMolecules, Inc., a protein therapy and drug device combination products company, and Executive Director of Product Development for The Immune Response Corporation, a biotechnology company.

Mr. Basta is currently a board member of the publicly listed company, Viveve Medical (since September 2018) and serves as Chairman of the Board of Viveve (since January 2019). Mr. Basta previously served on the board of Carbylan from September 2009 to November 2016. Mr. Basta served on the board of RF Surgical (acquired by Medtronic) from December 2013 to August 2015.

Mr. Basta received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and his B.A. in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

Paul Berns has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2017. Mr. Berns has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry since July 2016, as well as from August 2012 to March 2014 and from July 2005 to March 2006. From March 2014 to June 2016, Mr. Berns served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Pfizer Inc. in 2016.

Previously, Mr. Berns served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Allos Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2006 to September 2012, when it was acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Berns was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bone Care International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from June 2002 to July 2005, when it was acquired by Genzyme Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Berns was Vice President and General Manager of the Immunology, Oncology and Pain Therapeutics business unit of Abbott Laboratories from 2001 to 2002, and from 2000 to 2001, he served as Vice President, Marketing of BASF Pharmaceuticals/Knoll, when it was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2001.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Berns held various positions, including senior management roles, at Bristol- Myers Squibb Company from 1990 to 2000. Mr. Berns is currently a board member of the privately held company, MC2 Therapeutics (since May 2017), and the publicly held company, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, PLC (since April 2010) and Unity Biotechnology, Inc. (since March 2018). Mr. Berns previously served on the boards of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (from June 2012 to June 2016), XenoPort, Inc. (from November 2005 to May 2016), Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (from March 2006 to September 2012) and Bone Care International, Inc. (from June 2002 to July 2005). Mr. Berns received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Ted Ebel has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2014. Mr. Ebel has served as Chief Business Officer at Colorescience since March 2013.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SkinMedica, Inc. from March 2006 to December 2012, having responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, licensing, intellectual property management, market research and establishing the company’s international operations. Previously, Mr. Ebel served as the Executive Director of Corporate Development at CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy, and as the Vice President of Strategic Ventures for MP3.com, a publicly traded internet and entertainment company.

In addition, Mr. Ebel held positions in marketing and corporate development at Amgen, Inc. and began his career as a consultant in the health care practice of the management consulting firm Arthur D. Little. Mr. Ebel earned an A.B., Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David McGirr has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2017. From March 2013 until June 2014, Mr. McGirr was Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 2002 to March 2013.

Prior to that, Mr. McGirr was the President and Chief Operating Officer of hippo inc., a venture-financed internet technology company, where Mr. McGirr also served as a member of its board of directors from 1999 to 2003. Previously, Mr. McGirr was the President of GAB Robins North America, Inc., a risk management company, serving also as Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, Mr. McGirr was a private equity investor from 1995 to 1996. Earlier in his career, Mr. McGirr served in various positions within the S.G. Warburg Group from 1978 to 1995, ultimately as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Managing Director of S.G. Warburg & Co., Inc., a position held from 1992 to 1995.

Mr. McGirr is currently a board member of the following publicly listed companies: X4 Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly Arsanis, Inc.) (since September 2017), Insmed Incorporated (since October 2013) and Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (since November 2015) and previously served on the boards of LifeCell Corporation (from November 2007 to June 2008) and Relypsa, Inc. (from November 2012 to September 2016) and Roka Bioscience, Inc. (from December 2013 to January 2018). Mr. McGirr received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elisabeth Sandoval currently serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry.  From 2016 to 2019, she served as the Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Alder Biopharmaceuticals, a clinical stage company focused on developing novel therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of migraine.  Ms. Sandoval is also responsible for developing and leading the company’s medical affairs, investor relations, corporate communications and business development functions. 

Before joining Alder, she was Chief Commercial Officer for KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, where she led the commercial strategy and execution including the hiring and development of all commercial functions and launch of a first-in-class product prior to KYTHERA’s acquisition by Allergan. Before KYTHERA, Ms. Sandoval was Vice President of Marketing for Bausch and Lomb Surgical, leading all marketing strategy and execution globally.  Prior to this position, Ms. Sandoval was Vice President of Global Marketing at Allergan with responsibility for developing the global commercial strategy for the Medical Aesthetics division and execution of key product launches. She spent 23 years at Allergan in sales and marketing leadership roles in the specialties of dermatology, neurology, and aesthetics.

Ms. Sandoval serves on the board of directors for Alastin Skincare, a privately held company. Ms. Sandoval began her career in research and development at Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine.

Scott Whitcup, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Whitcup is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Akrivista and Whitecap Biosciences, two companies focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies in ophthalmology and dermatology.

Dr. Whitcup has published more than 250 scientific articles and co-authored a leading textbook on uveitis and ocular immunology. Dr. Whitcup currently serves on the boards of Nightstar Therapeutics, Scilex Holding Company and Anivive. He previously served on the board of Avanir Pharmaceutical, a publicly listed company, from November 2005 to January 2014.

Dr. Whitcup holds a B.A. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Whitcup has completed a residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA, a residency in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and a fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.