Board of Directors
Dr. Bower joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in February 1993. Dr. Bower has been the Chairman of the Board since March 9, 2018, and he previously served as lead director from April 2005 through that date. Since July 2014, he has been the Donald Kirk David Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School. From 2008 through 2014, he was 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. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Bower also served in many administrative roles at Harvard Business School, including as Senior Associate Dean. Dr. Bower also serves as a director of Loews Corporation and the New America High Income Fund, Inc. During the past five years, Dr. Bower also served as a director of Brown Shoe Company, Inc. and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. He holds an A.B., as well an M.B.A. and a D.B.A. from Harvard University. Dr. Bower brings to the Board more than four decades of experience in business strategy, corporate governance, leadership and management, during which time he has written books about and taught these subjects at the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he has consulted with numerous organizations on matters related to strategy, organizational development and succession planning. As a result, we believe he is well suited for his roles as our Chairman of the Board and as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Bower also serves on the Audit Committee.
Mr. Darling was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Anika Therapeutics in March 2018 and simultaneously became a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Darling has served as President since July 2017. Mr. Darling served as the Executive Chairman of Arthrosurface, Inc., an orthopedic medical technology company, from September 2016 to July 2017 and as the Chief Operating Officer of Interventional Spine, Inc. (formerly Triage Medical, Inc.), a spinal medical device company, from May 2015 to September 2016. From 2008 through December 2014, Mr. Darling held a series of senior management positions at CONMED Corporation and affiliated medical technology entities focused on surgical devices for minimally invasive procedures, including acting as the Global President of Linvatec Corporation (d.b.a. CONMED Linvatec) from 2008 through December 2014 and as the Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations for CONMED Corporation from 2011 through December 2014. Prior to 2008, Mr. Darling held leadership roles at Smith & Nephew, Inc., including as the Senior Vice President of Sports Medicine and Biologics where launched a portfolio of new and innovative sports medicine products, Baxter International Inc., Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Darling holds a B.A. from Syracuse University. Mr. Darling brings to the Board and our company an extensive career with broad general management skills and backgrounds in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He also has a strong understanding of all aspects of our business given his role as our President and Chief Executive Officer and his prior industry background, and he provides invaluable insight to the Board with respect to their decision-making functions. Mr. Darling’s strengths in commercialization activities will position Anika for success as we transform from a contract manufacturing company to a full directly commercialized company with the addition of our next generation OA treatment and our regenerative medicine portfolio. In addition to Mr. Darling’s commercial experience, Mr. Darling brings a wealth of experience in strategy development and execution, research and development, business development, and financial management.
Mr. Land joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in January 2006. He also serves as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held company specializing in biopharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Land served as chairman of the board of directors of BioAmber, Inc., a publicly traded company developing chemicals from renewable feedstocks, and in 2017 also served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of BioAmber, Inc. for approximately three months. From 2008 through 2010, Mr. Land served 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 pharmaceutical marketing company where he was also a board member, and Orchid Cellmark, a provider of DNAtesting services. Mr. Land previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Genencor International, Inc., a 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 retired Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. degree in accounting and finance from Temple University. Mr. Land's qualifications for membership on the Board include his extensive prior experience as chief financial officer at multiple companies, including several in the life science industry. He serves as the Chairperson and designated financial expert on the Audit Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Dr. Larsen joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in February 2015. He is currently Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases, which he co-founded in February 2014. He is also a co-founder and Chairman of the board of directors of 180 Therapeutics L.P., a clinical stage musculoskeletal drug development company focusing on treating fibrosis, which he co-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 combination drug delivery devices, from 2010 through 2013 and as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development, and as a member of the board of directors, at Hydra Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2003 through 2010. During his prior employment at Wyeth (now Pfizer)/Genetics Institute, Dr. Larsen served in various drug discovery and development leadership positions, including Vice President Musculoskeletal Sciences where he directed Wyeth’s second-largest therapeutic area with responsibility for Enbrel, an anti-TNF therapeutic with multi-billion dollar annual sales used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. Dr. Larsen received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University and a PMD from Harvard University Business School. Dr. Larsen’s qualifications for membership on the Board include his strong scientific background in pharmaceuticals, biotech, orthopedics and regenerative medicine, and his extensive experience in management, product development and business development at multiple companies in the life science industry, all of which provide the Board with innovative product and commercial development perspectives and insights. He serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Mr. Thompson joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in January 2011. He is a Partner with HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC or HealthEdge, a Tampa, Florida based private equity firm that provides strategic capital exclusively in the healthcare industry. Mr. Thompson previously served as President, CEO, and Chairman of Enaltus, a HealthEdge portfolio company specializing in unique skincare solutions. Mr. Thompson currently serves as a director for various HealthEdge affiliated companies including Lifesync Corporation, MNG Laboratories, Formulated Solutions, LLC, The Columbus Organization, LLC, and Data Dimensions, LLC. Mr. Thompson also serves as a non-executive director for Sinclair Pharma, plc, a publicly traded, London-based, international aesthetic dermatology company. Prior to joining Anika, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Advanced BioTechnologies, another HealthEdge portfolio company specializing in skincare solutions. Mr. Thompson also served as a director and the Chief Operating Officer for Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., an independent pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatology. Prior to his Chief Operating Officer role, he was Senior Vice President of U.S. Business Services of Stiefel Laboratories, Inc 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 holds a B.S. in general science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Thompson’s qualifications for membership on the Board include his prior experience in running a pharmaceutical company and his knowledge of the medical device industry, both of which provide the Board with product and business development perspectives and insights. He serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Wheeler joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in 1993. Since 1997, he has been the President of Wheeler & Co., a private investment firm. He is also currently a director of HFF, Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Wheeler also served as a director of Bariston Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm, and PingTone Communications, Inc., a privately held VOIP telephone services provider. 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 B.S. in engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Harvard University Business School. Mr. Wheeler brings to the Board a broad understanding of business and finance matters, as well as over 20 years of experience as a member of the Board. He serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and as Chairperson of the Governance and Nominating Committee.