Mr. French joined Marina Biotech in June 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. He became a Director in September 2008, President in October 2008 and Chairman in August 2012. Mr. French was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sirna Therapeutics from 2005 until 2007 when the company was acquired by Merck. Sirna was well-known as one of the leading RNAi companies. Earlier, Mr. French was Chief Business Officer at Entelos, Inc., a pre-IPO biotechnology company, as well as a variety of other positions at healthcare companies, including Health IQ and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. He also served for 13 years in the United States Army and Army Reserve. Mr. French holds a M.S. degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy.
Mr. Geffken is a founder and Managing Director at Danforth Advisors. He has worked in both the life science and renewable energy industries for the past 20 years. His work has ranged from early start-ups to publicly traded companies with $1 billion+ market capitalizations. Previously, he served as COO or CFO of four publicly traded and four privately held companies. In addition, he has been involved with multiple rare disease-focused companies in areas such as Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, fragile X, hemophilia A and Gaucher's disease including the approval of enzyme replacement therapies for the treatment of Fabry disease and Hunter syndrome. Mr. Geffken has raised more than $700 million in equity and debt securities. Mr. Geffken started his career as a C.P.A. at KPMG and, later, as a principal in a private equity firm. Mr. Geffken received his M.B.A from the Harvard Business School and his B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Dunton is the founder of Danerius, LLC. He has held significant senior positions in major pharmaceutical companies and has been directly responsible for, or has overseen the successful development/original/line extension approvals of Levaquin®, Regranex®, Aleve®, Procrit/EPREX®, Sporanox®, Reminyl® and Risperdal®. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Panacos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a company focused on treatment resistant HIV therapeutics. Previously, he was the President and CEO of Metaphore Pharmaceuticals, which focused on anti-inflammatory and analgesic products. Dr. Dunton was a senior executive in various capacities in the Pharmaceuticals Group of Johnson & Johnson including President and Managing Director of The Janssen Research Foundation. He also served as group vice president of global clinical research and development of Janssen as well as the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, also a Johnson & Johnson company. Dr. Dunton has also held positions in clinical research and development at Syntex Corporation, CIBA-GEIGY Corporation and Hoffmann La Roche Inc. Dr. Dunton holds a M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in internal medicine. He also was a Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at the New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center.
Dr. Templin joined Marina Biotech in December 2004. While at Marina Biotech (and its predecessors) he has served in a variety of management positions leading teams in the areas of discovery research and preclinical development. Before joining Marina Biotech he held research and development positions at Isis Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, and Zymogenetics. Dr. Templin's pharmaceutical development experience includes regulatory toxicology from bench research through IND and NDA filings for small- and large-molecule platforms (oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, and antibodies). Dr. Templin received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Washington State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (RTP, NC Dr. Templin has held certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology since 1998.
Ms. Ameen has held progressively responsible positions in both public and private life sciences companies for the past 20 years. Ms. Ameen has served as Vice President, Alliance Management and then Vice President, Business Development and Alliances of Entelos, Inc., a privately held systems biology company based in Foster City, California. While there, she was responsible for expanding the business from early-adopter technology-based research partnerships to therapeutic focused co-development collaborations with major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. As Vice President, Business Development and Alliances, annual revenues increased from less than $3 million to over $21 million in two years. Prior to Entelos, Ms. Ameen was with PAREXEL International Corporation in several positions focused on client relations and alliance management. In her capacity as Vice President and General Manager, Ms. Ameen had operational and P&L responsibility for generating $35 million in annual revenues with Fortune 200 pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Ameen has an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S.N., magna cum laude, from Boston College.