Board of Directors
Karen L. Shoos, J.D. Chair; Consultant, AABB International Technical Assistance, Division of Global Services
Ms. Shoos was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Celldex in June 2019. Ms. Shoos has been a director of Celldex since the merger in March 2008 between Celldex and AVANT Immunotherapeutics and had been a director of AVANT since May 2001. From May 2013 to September 2016, Ms. Shoos was Principal Investigator, AABB International Technical Assistance, a professional standards setting and accrediting organization in the fields of blood and cellular therapies, and from 1994 to 2013, she was the Chief Executive Officer. From 1984 to 1994, she held senior positions at the American Red Cross, including Acting Senior Vice President, Biomedical Services, as well as General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to the American Red Cross, Ms. Shoos was a lawyer in private practice. She received her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Keith L. Brownlie Former Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Mr. Brownlie has been a director of Celldex since June 2017. He was employed by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP from 1974 to 2010, where he served as audit partner for numerous public companies and was the Life Sciences Industry Leader for the New York metropolitan area. He currently serves as a member of the boards of directors and chairman of the audit committees for two publicly-held biopharmaceutical companies—Soligenix, Inc. and RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and he previously served in the same capacity for the publicly-held EpiCept Corporation and Cancer Genetics, Inc. Mr. Brownlie received a B.S. in Accounting from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Herbert J. Conrad Former President, Roche Pharmaceuticals US
Mr. Conrad has been a director of Celldex since March 2004. He was President of Roche Pharmaceuticals in the United States from 1982 until his retirement in 1993. Mr. Conrad currently serves on the board of Matinas BioPharma Holdings and as an advisor to the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. He previously served as Chairman of Matinas, Pharmasset, GenVec and Bone Care International, and he served as a director of Arbutus Biopharmaceuticals and Reliant Pharmaceuticals, where he was a co-founder. Mr. Conrad received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Long Island University.
Cheryl Cohen President, CLC Consulting
Ms. Cohen has served as President of CLC Consulting, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting firm that specializes in new product start-ups and commercialization. From August 2011 to July 2014, Ms. Cohen served as Chief Commercial Officer of Medivation, Inc., where she built the company’s commercial organization and lead her team to successfully launch the oncology drug, Xtandi®. Prior to joining Medivation, Ms. Cohen spent over ten years at Johnson & Johnson, most notably as Vice President of the Rheumatology Franchise. Ms. Cohen began her career at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in management and sales. Ms. Cohen currently serves on the Board of Directors of MEI Pharma, Immunity Bio (previously NantKwest) and Ignyte Acquisition Corp., all of which are publicly traded companies. She earned a B. A. degree from Saint Joseph College.
Rita Jain, M.D. Board of Directors, Provention Bio, Inc., AnaptysBio, Inc. and Supervisory Board, AM Pharma
Dr. Jain is a rheumatologist. She previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of ChemoCentryx, Inc., Chief Medical Officer of Immunovant, Inc. and prior to that, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. Before joining Akebia, Dr. Jain served as Vice President of Men’s and Women’s Health and Metabolic Development at AbbVie, Inc. and in various leadership roles at Abbott Laboratories, including Divisional Vice President. Prior to her time at Abbott, she held management positions in the Arthritis, Inflammation and Pain Group at G.D. Searle, which was acquired by Pharmacia and, later, Pfizer. She was responsible for leading the design and execution of multiple late-stage programs, including for Orilissa® and Oriahnn® and has also led programs across a diverse set of therapeutic areas, including immunology, inflammation, pain and nephrology. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jain served as a faculty member at North Shore University Hospital in New York. Dr. Jain currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Provention Bio, Inc. and AnaptysBio, Inc. and serves on the supervisory board of AM Pharma. She previously served on the Board of Directors of ChemoCentryx, Inc. until its acquisition by Amgen. Dr. Jain received her M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and her B.S. in Biology from Long Island University.
James J. Marino, J.D. Former Partner, Dechert LLP
Mr. Marino has been a director of Celldex since March 2017. Mr. Marino has served as a member of the board of directions of Onconova Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, since July 2015 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Prior to July 2015, Mr. Marino was a partner at the global law firm Dechert LLP for 28 years, where he served as Managing Partner of the Princeton, N.J. office. His practice encompassed the representation of biotechnology companies in public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of Pharmacopeia, Inc. He was a co-founder of BioNJ, a trade association of biotechnology companies based in New Jersey, and served as its counsel. Mr. Marino has worked in advisory capacities and on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Wake Forest University where he serves as a Life Trustee. Mr. Marino received his B.A., M.B.A. and his J.D. from Rutgers University.
Anthony S. Marucci Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Marucci was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex in September 2008 and as a director of Celldex in December 2008. Since May 2003, Mr. Marucci has held a number of roles with Celldex, including as a founder, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, he was Treasurer of Medarex, Inc. (now a part of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) from December 1998 to March 2004. Mr. Marucci held a series of senior financial positions at Medarex from December 1998 to May 2003. Since May 2021, Mr. Marucci serves as a member of the board of directors of Genenta Science S.p.A., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Marucci is a member of the Board of Trustees of BioNJ Inc. and also served as its Treasurer through 2010. Mr. Marucci is also a member of the Board of the College of Business and Public Management at Kean University. Mr. Marucci received his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his M.H.L. from Brown University.
Dr. Garry Neil Chief Executive Officer, Avalo Therapeutics
Dr. Neil has served as Chief Executive Officer at Avalo Therapeutics (formerly Cerecor, Inc.), a publicly held biotechnology company. Prior to that, Dr. Neil was Senior Scientific Adviser and Chief Scientific Officer at Avalo since its February 2020 merger with Aevi Genomic Medicine, Inc., a biotechnology company where Dr. Neil had served as Chief Scientific Officer from September 2013 to February 2020. Prior to joining Aevi, Dr. Neil was a Partner at Apple Tree Partners, a life science private equity firm, from September 2012 to September 2013, and held a number of senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including most recently Corporate Vice President of Science & Technology at Johnson & Johnson from November 2007 to August 2012. Prior to these roles, Dr. Neil served as Group President at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Vice President of Research & Development at Merck KGaA/EMD Pharmaceuticals, and Vice President of Clinical Research at AstraZeneca and Astra Merck. Dr. Neil has served on the Board of Directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since February 2017 and as its Chair since February 2021. From August 2016 to May 2019, he previously served on the board of GTx, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. He is a member of the board of the Center for Discovery and Innovation of the Hackensack Meridian Medical School in Hackensack, New Jersey and is the Founding Chairman of TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc., a non-profit pharmaceuticals industry Research & Development consortium, and is a past member of the TransCelerate Board from 2012 to 2019. He served on the board of Reagan Udall Foundation for the FDA from 2007 – 2021, the board of Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2010 – 2012 and on the Science Management Review board of the NIH from 2010 – 2012. Dr. Neil is also the past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) Science and Regulatory Executive Committee and the PhRMA Foundation board. Dr. Neil holds a B.S. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Neil also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic.
Harry H. Penner, Jr., J.D., L.L.M. Chairman and CEO, Nascent Bioscience
Mr. Penner has been a director of Celldex since the merger between Celldex and AVANT Immunotherapeutics in March 2008 and had been a director of AVANT since January 1997. In 2001, he founded Nascent BioScience, a firm engaged in the creation and development of new biotechnology companies, where he is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Penner was President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Neurogen Corporation. From 1985 to 1993, he was an Executive Vice President of Novo Nordisk A/S, serving from 1988 to 1993 as Executive Vice President for North America and President, Novo Nordisk of North America, and from 1985 to 1988 as the company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel in Denmark. In addition to having served on the board of directors of several public and privately held life science companies, Mr. Penner is currently on the Board of Directors of Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Affinimark Technologies, Neurovail and Aria Neurosciences. He has served as BioScience Advisor to the Governor and the State of Connecticut, Co-Chair of Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Chair of the Connecticut Board of Governors of Higher Education and Chair of the Connecticut Technology Council. Mr. Penner received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Fordham University and an L.L.M. in International Law from New York University.