Our experienced board provides strong oversight and governance
Dr Armstrong has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2012 and Non-Executive Chairman since June 2013. Dr Armstrong is currently President of Dr Frank M Armstrong Consulting Limited, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to this, Dr Armstrong led Medical Science and Innovation at Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, from 2010 to 2011. He was also Head of Worldwide Product Development at Bayer AG from 1998 to 2001 and held various positions at ICI plc and Zeneca plc, now AstraZeneca plc, from 1985 to 1998. Dr Armstrong has served as the Chief Executive Officer at five biotechnology companies, including Fulcrum Pharma plc, which is listed on AIM, CuraGen Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company that was acquired by Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., Bioaccelerate Holdings Inc., Provensis Ltd. and Phoqus Pharmaceuticals plc.
He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy and Caldan Therapeutics Ltd; a Non-Executive Director of Mereo Biopharma Group plc; and a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of HealthCare Royalty Partners and Epidarex Capital. Dr Armstrong served as Non-Executive Director of Juniper Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2013 to 2017. Dr Armstrong received an honors degree in biochemistry and an MBChB(MD) in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Physicians.
Mr Edwards has served as Summit’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since April 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Edwards served as interim Chief Executive Officer of the BioIndustry Association, a UK trade organisation, from November 2011 to June 2012, and Chief Executive Officer at Antisoma plc, a biotechnology company specialising in the development of novel drugs for the treatment of cancer, from 1998 to 2011.
Mr Edwards also previously served as Vice President of Business Development at Therapeutic Antibodies Ltd. Mr Edwards received a BSc in biochemistry from Bristol University and a MSc in economics from the London Business School.
Mr Zambeletti has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014. Mr Zambeletti has served as an independent strategic advisor to life sciences companies since 2013, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, out-licensing deals and financing strategy. Prior to this, Mr Zambeletti worked in investment banking for 19 years, during which time he led the European Healthcare Investment teams at JP Morgan and at Credit Suisse.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Nogra Pharma Ltd., Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy, DS Biopharma Ltd (formerly known as Dignity Services Ltd), Overjoy S.R.L and Tiziana Life Sciences plc and an advisor and co-founder to the US medtech company Qardio. Mr Zambeletti began his career as an accountant at KPMG. He received his degree in business administration from Bocconi University.
Mr Wurzer has served as a member of the Board of Directors since February 2015. Mr Wurzer is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at Connecticut Innovations, a state-funded venture capital fund, where he previously served as Senior Managing Director and Managing Director. Prior to joining Connecticut Innovations in November 2009, Mr Wurzer served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at CuraGen Corporation from 1997 to 2008.
He also held numerous positions at Value Health Inc. from 1991 to 1997, including Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr Wurzer is a Non-Executive Director of Standard Diversified Opportunities, Inc., Thetis Pharmaceutical LLC, My Gene Counsel LLC, Natural Polymer Devices Inc. and ReNetX Bio, Inc. (formerly known as Axerion Therapeutics, Inc.); from 2010 to 2012 he was a Non-Executive Director of DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and from 2010 to 2015 he was a Non-Executive Director of Response Genetics Inc.Mr Wurzer is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, which is now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.