Dr. Eshelman has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2014. He has more than 35 years of strategic development, executive, operational and financial leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Dr. Eshelman was the founder of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDI, before going private in 2011) and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: FURX, acquired by Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) who was later acquired by Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN)) from October 2009 to July 2014.
In May 2014, Dr. Eshelman founded Eshelman Ventures, LLC, an investment company focused on healthcare companies. Since April 2017, Dr. Eshelman has been serving as the chief executive officer of Innocrin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From March 2016 until April 2018, Dr. Eshelman served on the board of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE: BHC, f/k/a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.).
From August 2015 until January 2020, he served as the executive chairman of The Medicines Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCO, acquired by Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS). From July 2009 to December 2011, he served as executive chairman of Pharmaceutical Product Development. He also served as chief executive officer of Pharmaceutical Product Development from July 1990 to July 2009 and as vice chairman of its board of directors from July 1993 to July 2009.
Dr. Eshelman currently serves on the board of directors G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTHX), Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: AMHC), and Aravive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARAV). Dr. Eshelman received a B.S. in pharmacy from UNC Chapel Hill and a Pharm.D. from the University of Cincinnati, and he completed an OPM program at Harvard University. Dr. Eshelman also received an honorary Doctor of Science from UNC Chapel Hill.