Board of Directors

Kevin Tang
Chairman

Barry Quart, Pharm.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Craig Johnson
Director

John Poyhonen
Director

Christian Waage
Director


Kevin Tang
Chairman

Kevin Tang has served as a director of Heron since 2009 and as Chairman since 2012. Mr. Tang has more than 25 years of experience evaluating, creating and building biotechnology companies that are focused on developing treatments for life-threatening and debilitating diseases and conditions. Since 2013, Mr. Tang has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Odonate Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of best-in-class therapeutics that improve and extend the lives of patients with cancer. Mr. Tang also serves as the President of Tang Capital Management, LLC, a life sciences-focused investment company he founded in 2002. Since 2014, Mr. Tang has served as a director and Chairman of La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company. From 2009 through its acquisition by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2010, he served as a director of Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co. In 2006, Mr. Tang co-founded Ardea Biosciences, Inc. and served as a director from inception through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in 2012. From 2001 to 2008, he was a director of Trimeris, Inc. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Tang held various positions at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc., an investment banking firm, most recently serving as Managing Director and head of the firm’s Life Sciences research group. Mr. Tang received a B.S. degree from Duke University. The Board has concluded that Mr. Tang should serve as a director based on his experience forming and building biotechnology companies, serving as a director of numerous biotechnology companies and serving as a manager of funds specializing in the area of life sciences.

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Barry Quart, Pharm.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Barry Quart, Pharm.D. has served as a director of Heron since 2012. Dr. Quart was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 2013 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in February 2019. Dr. Quart has more than 25 years of experience serving in leadership positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and developing innovative pharmaceutical products. In 2006, Dr. Quart co-founded Ardea Biosciences, Inc. and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception through 2013 and as a director through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in 2012. Previously, he was with Pfizer Inc. as Senior Vice President of Pfizer Global Research and Development, and the director of Pfizer’s La Jolla Laboratories. Prior to Pfizer’s acquisition of the Warner-Lambert Company, Dr. Quart was President of Research and Development at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of the Warner-Lambert Company. Dr. Quart joined Agouron in 1993 and was instrumental in the development and registration of Viracept® (nelfinavir). Dr. Quart also served as a director of Synageva Biopharma Corp. from 2012 through its acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2015. Since 2015, Dr. Quart has served as a director of Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Quart received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. The Board has concluded that Dr. Quart’s should serve as a director based on his experience in senior management and as a director with other biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and his prior drug development experience.

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Craig Johnson
Director

Craig Johnson has served as a director of Heron since 2014. Mr. Johnson has more than 25 years of experience serving in senior financial management roles and governing corporations, primarily in the biotechnology industry. Mr. Johnson has also served as a director of Odonate Therapeutics, Inc. since 2017, Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. since 2013 and La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company since 2013. Mr. Johnson also served as a director of Ardea Biosciences, Inc. from 2008 through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in 2012, Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Inc. from 2011 to 2014 and GenomeDx Biosciences, Inc. from 2015 to 2018. From 2004 through its acquisition by Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp in 2009, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc. and, from 2009 to 2019, as Vice President of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Johnson held various positions at MitoKor, Inc., most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to 1994, Mr. Johnson held senior financial positions with several early-stage technology companies and also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Johnson received a B.B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Board has concluded that Mr. Johnson should serve as a director based on his experience as an executive officer and as a director of numerous life sciences companies.

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John Poyhonen
Director

John Poyhonen has served as a director of Heron since 2014. Mr. Poyhonen has more than 25 years of experience serving in leadership positions in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food ingredient companies and commercializing innovative products. From 2014 through its acquisition by Firmenich, Inc. in November 2018, Mr. Poyhonen was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Senomyx, Inc. He joined Senomyx, Inc. in 2003 as Vice President and Chief Business Officer; was promoted in 2004 to Vice President and Chief Financial and Business Officer; was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Business Officer in 2006; was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009; and promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Poyhonen served in various sales and marketing positions for Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., most recently as Vice President of National Sales. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Poyhonen served as Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of National Accounts. He was previously a director of Ardea Biosciences, Inc. from 2007 through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in 2012. Mr. Poyhonen received a B.A. degree in marketing from Michigan State University and a M.B.A. degree from the University of Kansas. The Board has concluded that Mr. Poyhonen should serve as a director based on his senior management experience in corporate and commercial strategy, business development, risk management, finance and operations.

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Christian Waage
Director

Christian Waage has served as a director of Heron since 2016. Mr. Waage has more than 15 years of regulatory, legal and financial transaction experience primarily in the biotechnology industry. Since 2017, Mr. Waage has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gossamer Bio, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Waage held various positions at Receptos, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, most recently serving as Managing Director. Prior to its acquisition by Celgene Corporation in 2015, Mr. Waage served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Receptos, Inc. From 2012 through its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners LLC in 2013, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Websense, Inc. From 2008 through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in 2012, Mr. Waage served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ardea Biosciences, Inc. Prior to 2008, Mr. Waage served as a partner at DLA Piper LLP. Mr. Waage received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego. The Board has concluded that Mr. Waage should serve as a director based on his experience in regulatory, legal and finance matters.

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