Board of Directors

Argos’ eight directors possess extensive experience in science and medicine, industry, and venture capital, providing strategic direction to the Company.

Hubert Birner, Ph.D. has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since 2005 and a member of our board of directors since 2001. Dr. Birner joined the Munich office of TVM Capital, a venture capital firm and affiliate of Argos, as an investment manager in 2000 and currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Birner served as head of European business development and director of marketing for Germany at Zeneca Agrochemicals, a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Zeneca Agrochemicals, Dr. Birner served as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company´s European healthcare and pharmaceutical practice. Dr. Birner currently serves on the board of directors of Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. and SpePharm Holdings BV. Dr. Birner previously served on the board of directors of Horizon Pharma, Inc., Bioxell SA, Evotec AG and Jerini AG. Dr. Birner received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a doctorate in biochemistry from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. His doctoral thesis was honored with the Hoffmann-La Roche prize for outstanding basic research in metabolic diseases.

Jeffrey D. Abbey has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 2010. Mr. Abbey served in various other positions at our company from September 2002 to February 2010, including as our Vice President of Business Development from February 2004 to January 2009 and as our Chief Business Officer from January 2009 to February 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Abbey served as Vice President of Business Development and Finance at Internet Appliance Network, an information technology company, from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Abbey was a partner at Eilenberg and Krause, LLP, a corporate law firm, from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Abbey received an A.B. in mathematical economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Robert Carey has been a member of the board of directors since September 2015. Mr. Carey is Executive Vice President and Chief Business officer at Horizon Pharma plc. From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Carey was Managing Director and head of healthcare investment banking at JMP Securities LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Carey held various senior positions at several investment banking firms, including Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Inc., Prudential Securities Incorporated, Vector Securities International, Inc., and Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. He has served as an advisor on greater than $15 billion in financings, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions. He is a member of the board of directors for Red Hen Corporation, Hawthorne Race Course, Inc., and Suburban Downs, Inc. He is also a former member of the board of directors for the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO). Mr. Carey holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Andrei Petrov, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2013. Dr. Petrov has been the Chief Scientific Officer of International Biotechnology Center Generium, a private scientific research and drug development company, since 2011, and the Chief Executive Officer of CJSC ‘Kollectsiya,’ a venture investment company, since 2013. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Petrov served as Senior Scientist at CJSC Masterclone, a drug discovery and development company. Dr. Petrov has also served as a member on the board of directors of Affitech A/S since 2010, and as a member on the board of directors of co.don AG since 2012.

Brian J. Underdown, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 1999. Dr. Underdown joined Lumira Capital Corp. (formerly MDS Capital Corp.), a venture capital firm, in 1997, and currently serves as a Managing Director. Before joining Lumira, Dr. Underdown served as Assistant Vice President of Research at Pasteur Merieux Connaught from 1994 to 1997. Dr. Underdown has been a member of the board of directors of Vistagen Therapeutics, Inc. since 2009. Dr. Underdown received a Ph.D. from McGill University and undertook post-doctoral studies at Washington University School of Medicine.

Philippe Van Holle held the position of Senior VP Global Human Resources at Celgene Corporate HQ in Summit, New Jersey until October, 2014. From January 1, 2012 until December 2012, Philippe Van Holle held the position of Chairman International in Celgene. He was President EMEA since November 2008, after building the European organization as Head of Europe since January 2006. Mr. Van Holle, of Belgian nationality, served as Vice President Northern Europe for the Genzyme Corporation from September 2001 to December 2005. Previously, Mr. Van Holle had been Vice President Global Marketing at Baxter International, for the Renal Division, which he joined in 1998. He was Vice President Marketing, Amgen Europe since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree in Econometrics at the Antwerp University St. Ignatius, Belgium in 1976 and a M.B.A from the Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Sander van Deventer, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2001. Dr. van Deventer has had a critical role in the development of the first commercial monoclonal antibody (Remicade) and the first gene therapy to be granted market authorization in the Western world (Glybera). He currently is a General Partner at Forbion Capital Partners and Professor of Translational Gastroenterology Leiden University Medical Center. He is a member of the Boards of Argos Therapeutics (Durham, USA), Uniqure (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Cardoz (Stockholm, Sweden) gICare (Montreal, Canada) en Hookipa (Vienna, Austria).

Dr. van Deventer was trained as an internist and board vertified gastroenterologist, received doctorate of philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, worked as a scientist at Rockefeller University and became director of the laboratory for Experimental Internal Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam in 1995. In 1998 he co-founded Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT; currently Uniqure), a gene therapy company that develops AAV-based gene therapy products. From 2001 until 2004, he chaired the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He has authored more than 500 peer review scientific papers, and supervised more than 40 PhD students.

Alexey Vinogradov, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014. Dr. Vinogradov has served as a Managing Partner of CJSC Kollektsiya, or Inbio Ventures, a management company for Pharmstandard International, S.A., since 2012. Prior to joining Inbio Ventures, from 2009 to 2012, Dr. Vinogradov served as Investment Manager at Bioprocess Capital Partners, Russia’s first venture capital fund, specializing in life sciences and drug discovery. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Vinogradov was employed by the International Science and Technology Center, where he provided consulting and investment support to early-stage biotechnology companies. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Vinogradov was employed by Core-Biotech, a private company specialized in industrial biotechnology. Dr. Vinogradov received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Moscow State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Wageningen University (the Netherlands).