Board of Directors
Dr. Bower joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in February 1993 and has served as lead director since April 2005. Since 2008, he has been the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and prior to 2008, he was the Donald Kirk David Professor of Business Administration. Dr. Bower also serves as a director of Loews Corporation and the New America High Income Fund. During the past five years, Dr. Bower also served as a director of the TH Lee Putnam EOP Fund, Brown Shoe Company, Inc. and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Dr. Bower brings to the Board more than three decades of experience in corporate governance and management, during which he has written books and taught these subjects at the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he has consulted with numerous organizations on problems of strategy and organizational development, including strategic planning and succession planning. As a result, we believe he is well suited for his roles as lead director and as chair of our Compensation Committee.
Mr. Land became a member of Anika Therapeutics' Board of Directors in January 2006. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of BioAmber, Inc., a publicly traded company developing chemicals from renewable feedstocks, and a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held company specializing in biopharmaceuticals. In 2010, Mr. Land retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clarient, Inc., an advanced molecular diagnostics company. From June 2007 to June 2008, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a venture capital firm. Prior to Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., Mr. Land held executive management and Chief Financial Officer positions at Medcenter Solutions, Inc., a global pharmaceutical marketing company where he was also a Board member, and Orchid Cellmark, a leading provider of identity of DNA testing services. Mr. Land previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Genencor International, Inc., a diversified biotechnology company focusing on bioproducts and healthcare, from 1997 until its acquisition in April 2005. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Previously, Mr. Land was with Campbell Soup Company, Inc. where for nine years he held increasingly senior financial positions and also served as General Manager of a frozen food division. Prior to joining Campbell Soup, he was with Coopers and Lybrand for nine years. Mr. Land is a Certified Public Accountant and has a degree in accounting and finance from Temple University. Mr. Land's qualifications for membership on the Company's Board include his extensive prior experience as chief financial officer at multiple companies, including several in the life science industry. He serves as the Chairman and designated financial expert on the Audit Committee.
Dr. Larsen joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in February 2015. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for ALS and neurodegenerative diseases, which he co-founded in February 2014. He also is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of 180 Therapeutics L.P., a clinical stage drug delivery and development company founded in 2013. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at SpringLeaf Therapeutics, Inc., a producer of drug delivery devices, and at Hydra Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development, and as a member of its board of directors. During his prior employment at Wyeth (Pfizer)/Genetics Institute, Dr. Larsen served in various research and development leadership positions, including directing Wyeth's second largest therapeutic area as Vice President Musculoskeletal Sciences. Dr. Larsen received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University. Mr. Larsen's qualifications for membership on the Company's Board include his strong scientific background in pharmaceutical, biotech, orthopedics and regenerative medicine, and his extensive experience in management and product development at multiple companies in the life science industry, both of which provide our Board of Directors with innovative product and business development perspectives and insights.
Mr. Thompson joined Anika's Board of Directors in January 2011. He is a Partner with HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC ("HealthEdge"), a Tampa, Florida based private equity firm that provides strategic capital exclusively in the healthcare industry. Mr. Thompson currently serves as President, CEO, and Chairman of Enaltus, LLC, a Suwanee, Georgia based HealthEdge portfolio company specializing in unique skincare solutions, and as a Director of Infinity HomeCare, LLC, the LifeSync Corporation, and Advanced-Bio-Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Pharma, PLC, a publicly traded UK based skincare company. Prior to joining HealthEdge, he served as a Director and the Chief Operating Officer for Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. ("Stiefel"), the world's largest independent pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatology. Prior to his COO role, he was Stiefel's Senior Vice President U.S. Business Services and President of Glades Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson held sales and business management positions at Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals and SmithKline Beecham. Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Thompson's qualifications for membership on the Company's Board include his prior experience in running a pharmaceutical company and his knowledge of the medical device industry, both of which provide our Board of Directors with product and business development perspectives and insights.
Mr. Wheeler is President of Wheeler & Co., a private investment firm. He joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in 1993. He is also currently a Director of Bariston Partners LLC, PingTone Communications, Inc. and HFF, Inc. Between 1993 and 1996, he was Managing Director and a Director of Copley Real Estate Advisors and President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Copley Properties, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. From 1991 to 1993, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hancock Realty Investors, which manages an equity real estate portfolio. Earlier, he was an Executive Vice President of Bank of New England Corporation from 1990 to 1991. Mr. Wheeler received a Bachelor's Degree in engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master's Degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Wheeler brings to our Board a broad understanding of business and finance matters, as well as over 20 years of experience with the Company as a member of its Board.