Board of Directors
Leonard S. Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Chairman, Governance & Nominating Committee
Member, Compensation Committee
Founder and former Chairman, President and CEO, InKine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Jacob has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2008. Dr. Jacob joined the Board of Directors in January 2007 and is the Chairman of our Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of our Compensation Committee. In 2006, Dr. Jacob was named Chairman of the Board of Bradley Pharmaceuticals which was subsequently acquired by Nycomed. He founded InKine Pharmaceutical Company Inc. in 1997 and served as Chairman and CEO from its founding until the company was acquired by Salix Pharmaceuticals in 2005. In 1989, Dr. Jacob co-founded Maganin Pharmaceuticals and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 1996. From 1980 to 1989, Dr. Jacob served in a variety of executive roles including Worldwide Vice President of SmithKline & French Labs (now Glaxo-SmithKline) and as a member of their Corporate Management Committee. He earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania Drexel University College of Medicine). Dr. Jacob currently serves as Chairman of Life Science Advisors, a consulting group to the healthcare industry. He also serves on the Board of Directors of QuiqMeds a private digital drug dispensing company, the Colon Cancer Alliance, the Board of Overseers for Temple University School of Medicine, the Board of Trustees of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and he was a founding Director of the Jacob Internet fund, a public mutual fund where he served from 1999 to 2010.
Jacques Gonella, Ph.D.
Founder, Jago Pharma AG
Founder, Permatec AG
Dr. Gonella served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors from January 2001 to October 2008 and is a member of our Governance and Nominating Committee. Dr. Gonella was the founder of Permatec, a Swiss company that was merged with Medi-Ject, Inc., to form Antares Pharma, Inc., and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Permatec since its founding in June 1997. Prior to founding Permatec, Dr. Gonella founded JAGO Pharma AG in 1983 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until its acquisition in May 1996 by SkyePharma, PLC, a United Kingdom-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange and quoted on NASDAQ ("SkyePharma"). Prior to the founding of JAGO, Dr. Gonella occupied various positions with F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. and Pfizer Inc. between 1968 and 1979. Dr. Gonella currently sits on the board of directors of several private pharmaceutical companies and pharmaceutical investment funds. He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently a private investor and proprietor of JG Consulting AG.
Dr. Gonella's experience in, and knowledge concerning, public companies and his extensive corporate and board experience in the pharmaceutical industry provides valuable insights into our corporate governance and operations. Moreover, his lengthy experience in operating and financial management enables him to provide useful insights on executive management considerations. Further, Dr. Gonella's intimate knowledge of Antares, by virtue of his lengthy service on the Board of Directors, enables him to provide valuable insight regarding our operations.
Thomas J. Garrity
Chairman, Audit Committee
Member, Governance and Nominating Committee
Former Executive VP & CFO, PCS Health Systems
Mr. Garrity joined the Board of Directors in October 2003 and serves as Chairman of our Audit Committee and as a member of our Governance and Nominating Committee. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for PCS Health Systems, a provider of managed pharmaceutical care, from 1994 to 2000. He played a key role during its subsequent integration with Advance Paradigm, Inc. and became Executive Vice President of Financial Operations for the resultant entity, Advance PCS, a provider of health improvement solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Garrity held various positions at Eli Lilly and Company, including Director of Public Policy Planning and Development; Director of Corporate Financial Planning; and other international, marketing and financial positions. Mr. Garrity holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in aerospace engineering and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He is currently a private investor and consultant.
Mr. Garrity's long executive experience in the pharmaceutical arena and additional extensive experience in leadership positions in pharmaceutical companies enable him to assist the Board of Directors in assessing government regulatory considerations and other matters facing the pharmaceutical industry and the companies operating therein. In addition, his experience as a financial executive enables him to provide knowledgeable perspectives on financial matters.
Chairman, Compensation Committee
Member, Audit Committee & Governance and Nominating Committee
Managing Director, EVOLUTION Life Science Partners
Director, iQone Healthcare
Director, Sepropharm International
Director Alliance Management, Eli Lilly and Company
Mr. Gueth joined the Board of Directors in 2003 and serves as Chairman of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our Audit Committee and our Governance and Nominating Committee. Since 2003, Mr. Gueth has served as President of Gueth Consulting LLC, which focuses on business development and alliance management in the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously a Managing Director of Burrill Securities, a merchant bank specialized in the health care field, and since October 2014 has been serving as Managing Director of EVOLUTION Life Science Partners, an advisory firm specialized on investment banking activities in the health care sector. Mr. Gueth was a member of the Board of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. for the period June 2015 to March 2016 and a member of the Board of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the period July 2012 to June 2013. Mr. Gueth also has served as a director of iQone Healthcare, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company based in Geneva, Switzerland since June 2015. His career includes nearly 19 years with Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”), most recently as director of Alliance Management. He also served as General Manager of Lilly’s African and Middle Eastern operations; Vice President of Financial Planning and Treasury of PCS Health Systems; Managing Director of Lilly’s Saudi Arabia, Gulf and Yemen operations, as well as other sales, marketing and financial positions. Mr. Gueth has served as a director of Sepropharm International, a specialty pharmaceuticals company, since October 2015. Mr. Gueth earned a Master’s Degree in agricultural economics from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, as well as a Master’s Degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He is a director of the American Liver Foundation, Northern California Chapter.
Mr. Gueth’s extensive financial experience provides valuable insights to both the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. In addition, his experience as a consultant specializing in the health care field enables him to share with the Board of Directors considerable knowledge regarding health care and pharmaceutical industry trends in business development and alliance management with regards to Antares Pharma’s partners.
Robert P. Roche Jr.
Member, Audit Committee
Robert Roche Associates, LLC.
Mr. Roche is the founding member of Robert Roche Associates LLC, a consulting firm providing guidance to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He created this firm upon his retirement from Cephalon Inc. in February 2010.
Mr. Roche joined Cephalon in January 1995 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Operations of Cephalon in 2005. Before joining Cephalon, Mr. Roche served as Director and Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Product Development, for SmithKline Beecham's central nervous system and gastrointestinal products business. He also was managing director of SmithKline's pharmaceutical operations in the Philippines. Prior to that, he held senior marketing positions in Canada and Spain and had product planning responsibilities for SmithKline in Latin America. Mr. Roche began his pharmaceutical career in 1982 with SmithKline & French as a U.S. pharmaceutical sales representative.
Mr. Roche is a member of the Board of Directors of Civitas Therapeutics of Chelsea, MA, and NuPathe Inc. of Conshohocken, PA. He formerly served as a Director of LiceCell Inc. up until its acquisition in 2008 and EKR Therapeutics until its acquisition in 2012. He also serves on the Boards of Bryn Mawr Hospital and Westtown School.
He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Member, Compensation Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Samson Medical Technologies, LLC.
Marvin Samson is an expert in injectable manufacturing and delivery systems. He was formerly Group Vice President - Worldwide Injectables of Teva, previously having served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Sicor. He was a founder and CEO of Elkins-Sinn, Inc. (now a division of Hikma) and Marsam Pharmaceuticals. He is the founder and CEO of Samson Medical Technologies, a privately held company providing hospital and alternate site pharmacists with injectable drug delivery systems and programs. Mr. Samson is Chairman of The University of Sciences Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of Directors of Flynn Pharma. Mr. Samson served as chairman of the board and CEO of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals prior to its purchase by Endo Pharmaceuticals in late 2010 and as the chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Samson is the holder of five U.S. patents pertaining to pharmaceutical manufacturing. Mr. Samson graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Chemistry.
Chief Executive Officer, Antares Pharma, Inc.
Mr. Apple has over 23 years of senior leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on operations, strategy, sales and finance. He joined Antares Pharma in February 2006 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary and in 2009 was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of the Parenteral Products Division. In September 2014, Mr. Apple was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Apple was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Apple served as Chief Operating and Financial Officer at InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2002. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Apple was employed by Genera Corporation, Inc., a biotechnology company, where he held the position of Corporate Controller. From May 1994 until July 1995, Mr. Apple was employed by Liberty Technologies, Inc. as Corporate Controller. Prior to May 1994, Mr. Apple held various positions of increasing responsibility at Arthur Andersen & Company LLP. He holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Temple University and is a CPA.