Evan Loh, M.D.

AWG Vice Chair

Chair, AWG Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Subcommittee

President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Evan Loh, M.D. has served as Chief Operating Officer of Paratek since January 2017 and as President and Chief Medical Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since July 2014. Prior to the merger with Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Loh was appointed President in June 2014 and served as Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors from June 2012 to June 2014. Previously, Dr. Loh served as Senior Vice President, Development and Strategic Operations, Worldwide Research and Development, at Pfizer. While at Pfizer, Dr. Loh’s responsibilities included scientific, operational, and strategic drug development oversight for all pre-proof of concept development phase programs and leading portfolio prioritization. Dr. Loh joined Pfizer from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he was Vice President, Multiple Therapeutic Areas where he was responsible for global development strategy and clinical operational deliverables. At Wyeth, he led the successful global registration programs for Torisel and Tygacil. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and as Vice Chair of the Antimicrobials Working Group, an industry leading organization of biotech companies focused on antimicrobial development. Dr. Loh served as a director on the Board of Nivalis from 2012 until the completion of its sale to Alpine Immunotherapeutics in 2017. Dr. Loh served as a faculty member at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Loh received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Jeffrey Stein, Ph.D.

Chairman of the AWG Board

President and Chief Executive Officer

Cidara Therapeutics

Dr. Stein has been President, CEO and Director of Cidara since January 2014. Previously he was CEO of Trius Therapeutics, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in September 2013. During his tenure, Trius developed the antibacterial drug tedizolid, which received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2014. Tedizolid is now marketed by Merck under the name Sivextro. Dr. Stein currently serves as a Director of Paratek Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PRTK) and Ideaya Biosciences. He is also founding Chairman and President of the Antimicrobials Working Group, an industry leading 501(c)(6) organization. Previously, Dr. Stein was a Venture Partner and Kauffman Fellow with Sofinnova Ventures and opened the firm’s San Diego office in 2005. Prior to joining Sofinnova Ventures, Dr. Stein was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Quorex Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in 2005. He has also served as a Principal Scientist with Diversa Corporation and the Agouron Institute. Dr. Stein conducted his postdoctoral research as an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and his graduate work as a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

Michael Dunne, M.D

AWG Vice Chair

Chief Scientific Officer

Iterum Therapeutics

Michael Dunne, M.D. has served as Chief Scientific Officer of Iterum Therapeutics since late 2015 when the company was formed. Prior to that, Dr. Dunne was the Chief Medical Officer of Durata Therapeutics, Inc. from 2009 until its acquisition by Actavis plc in 2014 and remained in a leadership role as part of the Actavis integration efforts to ensure successful transition of all priority development activities until 2015. From 1992 to 2009, Dr. Dunne served in a variety of roles in connection with the clinical development of numerous infectious disease compounds at Pfizer Inc., including as the Vice President, Therapeutic Head of Development for Infectious Disease from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Dunne holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MD from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

Ciara Kennedy, Ph.D.

Chair, AWG Antifungal Subcommittee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ciara Kennedy, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Initially, Ciara Kennedy was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Amplyx in October 2015, following a successful, $50 million Series B financing. Prior to joining Amplyx, Dr. Kennedy served as Chief Operating Officer at Lumena Pharmaceuticals until the company was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in June 2014; she remained with Shire for one year post-acquisition as Vice President and Head of the Cholestatic Liver Disease Program. As COO of Lumena, Dr. Kennedy played a critical role in the development of assets licensed from Pfizer and Sanofi, raising $78M from venture capital to fund operations and preparing to take the company public. Ciara has a proven track record of delivering significant results and advancing therapeutic and diagnostic programs across multiple therapeutic areas and stages of development in the biotechnology industry. Prior to Lumena, she was Vice President of Operations and Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Cypress Bioscience Inc., where she played a key role in obtaining FDA approval for Savella, a therapy for fibromyalgia, and also oversaw corporate acquisitions and in-licensing of several clinical assets. Previously, Dr. Kennedy held several positions in the Program and Alliance department of Biogen Idec, managing projects spanning the drug discovery and development continuum. Dr. Kennedy received her doctorate at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and continued her research in the field of apoptotic proteases at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California. In 2004, she became a member of the inaugural class of the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego. She graduated with a Masters of Business Administration in 2006.

Colin Broom, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Nabriva Therapeutics

Colin Broom joined Nabriva Therapeutics in August 2014. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in all stages of drug development and commercialization. Most recently, he served as Chief Scientific Officer at ViroPharma, Inc., (now Shire). Previous positions have included a range of leadership positions with Amgen, Hoechst Marion Roussel (now Sanofi), SmithKline Beecham, and Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline). He has a BS in Pharmacology from University College, London and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London. He is a member of the UK Royal College of Physicians and a fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Kevin Finney

Chief Operating Officer

Zavante Therapeutics

Kevin P. Finney currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Zavante Therapeutics. Finney has over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience spanning early stages of development and commercialized brands for pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic segments. Finney recently served as Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Allergan, with responsibility for world-wide corporate development strategy, licensing, acquisitions and alliances. Finney held this position through the successful $71 billion acquisition of Allergan by Actavis in March 2015. In his previous tenure at Allergan, the company grew from less than $3 billion in annual revenue to more than $7 billion through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. Before this, Finney held commercial executive management roles at Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. (now NestleHealthScience), Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Bristol-Meyers Squibb) and Parke-Davis division of Warner-Lambert (now Pfizer). Mr. Finney currently serves on the board of Taris Biomedical and Eirion Therapeutics. Finney received master’s degree in business from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from California State University, Long Beach.

 

Member Companies

Priorities

Greater Flexibility

Greater flexibility in regulatory approval requirements is needed to incentivize investment in novel antimicrobial and diagnostic device development. Policy options that strike an appropriate balance between safety, efficacy, and urgent needs in public health should be explored by industry together with both the FDA and other key stakeholders.

Alternative Pricing Models

Alternative pricing models must be explored to help improve the economic conditions surrounding antimicrobial and diagnostic device development and generate a robust antimicrobials pipeline.

Work With Experts

AWG is also eager to work with subject matter experts, community members, advocates, and organizations that seek to support and expedite the development of antimicrobial drugs and diagnostic devices.

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Jeffrey Stein, Ph.D.

Chairman of the AWG Board
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cidara Therapeutics

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Evan Loh, M.D.

AWG Vice Chair
Chair, AWG Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Subcommittee
President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer
Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Michael Dunne, M.D

AWG Vice Chair
Chief Scientific Officer
Iterum Therapeutics

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Ciara Kennedy, Ph.D.

Chair, AWG Antifungal Subcommittee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Colin Broom, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer Nabriva Therapeutics

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Kevin Finney

Chief Operating Officer Zavante Therapeutics

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