Theodore R. Schroeder
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Schroeder is one of our co-founders and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2004. From August 2002 to February 2004, he served as Senior Vice President, North American Sales and Marketing, of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a neuroscience-based pharmaceutical company. From February 2001 to August 2002, Mr. Schroeder served as General Manager of the Hospital Products Business Unit at Elan. Mr. Schroeder held the position of Senior Director of Marketing Hospital Products at Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty respiratory pharmaceutical and pulmonary drug delivery company, from May 1999 to November 2000 until its acquisition by Elan. Prior to joining Dura, Mr. Schroeder held a number of hospital-related sales and marketing positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global pharmaceutical company. He received a B.S. in management from Rutgers University. Mr. Schroeder is currently a member of the board of directors of Trius Therapeutics, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, where he is also a member of the compensation committee, and the Sharp HealthCare Foundation, a non-profit organization.
William R. LaRue
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Mr. LaRue has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since June 2006, as our Secretary from June 2006 through April 2007, and as Assistant Secretary since April 2007. From April 2001 to May 2006, Mr. LaRue served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Micromet, Inc., formerly CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on the treatment and control of cancer. From March 2000 to February 2001, Mr. LaRue served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of eHelp Corporation, a provider of user assistance software. From January 1997 to February 2000, Mr. LaRue served as Vice President and Treasurer of Safeskin Corporation, a medical device company, and from January 1993 to January 1997 he served as Treasurer of GDE Systems, Inc., a high technology electronic systems company. Mr. LaRue also serves on the board of directors of Neurelis, Inc., a privately-held company. Mr. LaRue received a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Scott A. Byrd
Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Byrd has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer since June 2009. Previously, Mr. Byrd served in a variety of roles in sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing and strategic planning at Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company, since January 1992, including most recently as U.S. Brand Leader for prasugrel beginning in October 2006. Mr. Byrd also served as Lilly’s Senior Director, Global Brands, Cardiovascular and Acute Care from June 2004 to September 2006, National Sales Director and U.S. Marketing Director for abciximab from March 2003 to May 2004, and Director of Marketing, Cardiovascular Business Unit from November 2001 to February 2003. Mr. Byrd holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Quality and Clinical
Mr. Lloyd-Smith has served as our Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Quality and Clinical since September 2012. Mr. Lloyd Smith served as our Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance from August 2008 to September 2012. Mr. Lloyd-Smith served as Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs for Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from September 2003 to August 2008, after having served in the UK as its Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs from March 2002 to August 2003. Previously, Mr. Lloyd-Smith served in various positions of increasing responsibility with DuPont Pharma Ltd. (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 2001), serving as Vice President, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs from 2001 to 2002, as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Europe from 1999 to 2001, and as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs Europe from 1994 to 1999. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Lloyd-Smith served as Director, International Regulatory Affairs for DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company in Wilmington, DE, and from 1984 to 1991 he served as Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for DuPont de Nemours International, S.A. in Switzerland. Mr. Lloyd-Smith holds a B.Sc. in pharmacology from the University of Leeds, and a M.Sc. in pharmacological biochemistry from Hatfield Polytechnic.
Hazel M. Aker J.D.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Ms. Aker has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since April 2007. From April 2006 to April 2007, Ms. Aker served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Business Affairs of Ambrx, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on protein therapeutics. From February 2003 to May 2006, Ms. Aker served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Operations & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Micromet, Inc., formerly CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on the treatment and control of cancer, and served as its Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from February 2001 to February 2003. From April 2000 to March 2001, Ms. Aker served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Alaris Medical, Inc., and its subsidiary, Alaris Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of intravenous infusion therapy products and patient monitoring systems. From October 1999 to April 2000, Ms. Aker served as Vice President and General Counsel and, from December 1999 to April 2000, as Vice President of Regulatory and Quality Affairs, for Women First HealthCare, Inc. From May 1995 until October 1999, Ms. Aker served as Corporate Vice President, Legal Affairs, and Assistant General Counsel for Alaris Medical Systems, Inc., which was formerly IVAC Medical Systems, Inc. Ms. Aker also serves on the board of directors of USO Council of San Diego, Inc., a 501©(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Ms. Aker is a member of the State Bar of California and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Diane K. Sheehan
Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Sheehan has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since March 2008. Previously, Ms. Sheehan served as our Senior Director, Human Resources since joining Cadence in May 2006. From July 2005 to April 2006, Ms. Sheehan served as Director, Compensation at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a neuroscience-based pharmaceutical company, and as Director, Staffing and Organizational Development at Elan from January 2003 to July 2005. Ms. Sheehan served in various other human resources roles with Elan and Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from January 1999 to December 2002, following over five years in human resources positions in both high-tech and manufacturing organizations. Ms. Sheehan holds a B.S. and M.S. in business administration from San Diego State University and is a Certified Compensation Professional.