Leadership Team

Our Team

Novelion's management team, board and scientific advisors are leaders in their respective fields focused on research, development, commercialization and treatment of rare diseases. We are committed to being leaders by making decisions that serve each of our stakeholders.

In This Section

Michael Price, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Prior to Novelion, Michael Price was most recently vice president and chief financial officer for Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company until its acquisition by Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Company. Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of prescription pharmaceutical products. In his role at Noven, Mr. Price was directly involved with the development and execution of strategy that scaled the Company's commercial organization and significantly increased revenues. Prior to Noven, Mr. Price was vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer, secretary and a member of the board of directors for Bentley Pharmaceuticals, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company until Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' 2008 acquisition. Mr. Price is a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting) from Auburn University and a master of business administration degree from Florida State University.

Jeff Hackman, Chief Operating Officer

Jeff HackmanJeffrey Hackman was most recently senior vice president, head of the US Internal Medicine and Oncology franchises for Shire. In this role, Mr. Hackman was a member of the US commercial leadership team and was responsible for sales, marketing, business insights and analytics for eight licensed products within Shire’s US rare disease portfolio. Prior to joining Shire, Mr. Hackman was vice president and region head for North America at Baxalta US, where he was responsible for building the oncology commercial division. Before that, Mr. Hackman was senior vice president of commercial operations, chief operating officer and board member at Sigma-Tau and Sigma-Tau Health Sciences USA. Mr. Hackman has also held senior commercial leadership positions with Intercell AG, Emergent Biosolutions, MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur. Mr. Hackman has a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Lycoming College.

Ben Harshbarger, General Counsel

Ben HarshbargerBen Harshbarger previously served as General Counsel for Aegerion Pharmaceuticals since September 2016. Prior to that, he served as Aegerion's Acting General Counsel, VP, EMEA Legal Counsel and as our VP, Deputy General Counsel. Before joining Aegerion, Mr. Harshbarger served as Senior Director, Corporate Counsel at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 2008 to March 2012, and Senior Director, Deputy General Counsel at ViaCell, Inc. from March 2006 to March 2008. Mr. Harshbarger served in several legal positions of increasing responsibility at Biogen Idec from November 2001 to March 2006 and served as an associate at the law firm of Mintz Levin from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Harshbarger holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.
 

Roger Louis, Global Chief Compliance Officer

Roger LouisRoger Louis served as Aegerion Pharmceuticals' Senior Vice President, Global Chief Compliance Officer since November 2015. Mr. Louis has extensive experience in compliance and risk management, having served most recently as Senior Vice President, Compliance & Risk Management, Chief Compliance Officer at Cubist Pharmaceuticals prior to its acquisition by Merck. Mr. Louis joined Cubist from Biogen Idec where he was Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer. From 1997 to 2012, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Genzyme Corporation, including Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Louis began his legal career as an Associate at Hale & Dorr in Boston where he practiced corporate and securities law. Mr. Louis received his J.D. from University of Chicago School of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.

Murray Stewart, MD, EVP, Head of Research & Development

Murray StewartDr. Stewart joins Novelion from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where he was chief medical officer with global responsibility for patient well-being across the vaccines, pharmaceutical and consumer business units. He joined GSK in 2000 as associate director for clinical research & development in the UK and has since held a variety of positions within GSK, primarily in R&D. He was previously clinical head of the biopharm unit and also therapy area head for the cardiovascular and metabolic therapy areas. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Stewart worked as a diabetes consultant and senior lecturer and was consultant physician/honorary senior lecturer and head of clinical services at the Diabetes Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom (UK). His research was in lipid metabolism in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Stewart completed his medical training at Southampton Medical School in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Linda Buono, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Prior to Novelion, Linda Buono was Aegerion's Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Aegerion, Linda spent more than 25 years at Immunogen where she held a variety of leadership positions in Human Resources. Linda is effective in managing all the critical tasks and responsibilities of the company’s HR function and has facilitated recruitment of top talent across the organization. Importantly, she possesses the critical soft skills needed to significantly improve the success of the company. Her core attributes include courage, judgment, influence, political agility and effective communication, all of which are having an impact on the improved culture of the organization.

Jason M. Aryeh, Chairman

Novelion's Chairman, Jason Aryeh, is the Founder and managing General Partner of JALAA Equities, LP, a private hedge fund focused on the Life Sciences sector, and has served in such capacity since 1997. Mr. Aryeh serves on the Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee of Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Aryeh also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Therapeutics Board. Mr. Aryeh earned a B.A. in economics, with honors, from Colgate University, and is a member of the Omnicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society in economics.

Suzanne Bruhn, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruhn is president and chief executive officer of Proclara Biosciences, Inc. Prior to joining Proclara, Dr. Bruhn served as president and chief executive officer of Promedior, Inc. She also served as a member of the board of directors of Raptor Pharmaceuticals from 2011 until it was acquired by Horizon Pharma in 2016. Previously, Dr. Bruhn served as senior vice president, strategic planning and program management at Shire from 1998 until 2012. Dr. Bruhn currently also serves on the board of directors of Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on the treatment of rare genetic diseases and cancer, and Pliant Therapeutics, a private biotechnology company.  Dr. Bruhn received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mark Corrigan, M.D.

Mark Corrigan was previously president and chief executive officer of Zalicus Inc. Prior to that, he was executive vice president, research & development of Sepracor Inc. (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals). Prior to joining Sepracor, Dr. Corrigan spent 10 years with Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc., most recently as group vice president of global clinical research and experimental medicine. Dr. Corrigan currently serves on the board of directors of Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME) and on the supervisory board of Nabriva Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ: NBRV). He previously served as a director of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was chairman of the board of EPIRUS and served on the audit committee and nominating and governance committee and chaired the scientific affairs committee of Cubist’s board. Dr. Corrigan spent five years in academic research at the University of North Carolina Medical School, focusing on psychoneuroendocrinology. Dr. Corrigan holds a B.A. and an M.D. from the University of Virginia and received specialty training in psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Cornell University.

Mark DiPaolo

Mark DiPaolo is a partner and the General Counsel of Sarissa Capital Management LP, a registered investment advisor, since 2013. Sarissa Capital focuses on improving the strategies of companies to enhance shareholder value.  From 2005 to 2013, Mr. DiPaolo served as a senior member of Icahn Capital’s management team, working on investing aspects of Carl Icahn’s activist strategy.  Prior to working with Icahn Capital, Mr. DiPaolo was an attorney with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Mr. DiPaolo received his B.A. degree from Fordham University and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kevin Kotler

Mr. Kotler has over 23 years of experience as an investor and analyst following the healthcare industry. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Broadfin Capital, LLC which is the investment advisor for Broadfin Healthcare Master Fund, Ltd., a healthcare focused investment fund which he launched in 2005. Mr. Kotler earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

John Orloff, M.D.

John Orloff, M.D., is Executive Vice President, Head of Research & Development of Alexion. Dr. Orloff has 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and deep expertise spanning various stages of clinical and non-clinical development, including developing medicines for rare diseases. Prior to joining Alexion, Dr. Orloff served as Executive Vice President, Head of Research & Development at Novelion. He previously served with Baxalta as Global Head of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer, where he advanced the company's pipeline and oversaw regulatory approval of 10 unique products and two devices. He also held executive R&D roles with Baxter International, Merck Serono, Novartis and Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical industry in 1997, Dr. Orloff was with the Yale School of Medicine for seven years. Dr. Orloff received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, and a M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Yale University School of Medicine.

Stephen L. Sabba, M.D.

Prior to being appointed to Novelion's Board of Directors, Stephen L. Sabba, M.D. was a Director of QLT since 2012, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Scientific Review and Compensation Committees. Currently, Dr. Sabba is also a Partner and Health Care Portfolio Manager at Knott Partners, LP (since 2006), an investment fund, and a Director of Ligand (since 2008), a public biotechnology company. Previously, he was a Partner and Director of Research with Kilkenny Capital Management (2001 to 2006), a Chicago-based hedge fund. Dr. Sabba received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors at Cornell University.

Donald K. Stern

Prior to being appointed to Novelion's Board of Directors, Donald Stern was a member of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals' Board of Directors since September 2015. Mr. Stern is Managing Director of Corporate Monitoring & Consulting Services at Affiliated Monitors Inc., a consulting firm providing independent integrity monitoring services and compliance services across a wide range of regulated industries and professions. He is also Of Counsel to Yurko, Salvesen, & Remz, PC, a boutique litigation law firm in Boston. Mr. Stern was United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1993 to 2001. He was also the chair of the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Stern served as the chief legal counsel to Governor Michael S. Dukakis from 1987 to 1990. He also spent seven years (1975-1982) as an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, where he held several positions, including Chief of the Government Bureau. Previously, Mr. Stern was a partner at three major law firms, Cooley LLP, Bingham McCutchen LLP, and Hale and Dorr LLP (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP), where his law practice focused on internal investigations, white collar defense and business litigation. He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters, with clients across a spectrum of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical, and financial services. Mr. Stern was an Advisor to President Barack Obama's Justice Department Transition Team. He currently co-chairs the American Bar Association/DOJ White Collar Liaison Committee, and is a former President of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys. He was a liaison to the American Bar Association Task Force on Corporate Monitors. Mr. Stern has been on the faculty of Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School. He received his LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. from Hobart College. He also received an honorary LL.D. from the New England School of Law. Mr. Stern is a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

John C. Thomas, Jr.

Prior to being appointed to the Novelion Board of Directors, John Thomas, Jr. was a Director of QLT since 2012. Mr. Thomas has more than 38 years of experience in a variety of financial and accounting positions, with the last 28 years spent in the medical, pharmaceutical and device fields. Currently, Mr. Thomas also serves as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director of CorMatrix (since 2001), a privately-held medical device company, and as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director of Motion Reality, Inc. (since 1991), a motion capture and simulation company. Since September 2013, Mr. Thomas has served on the Board of Medovex, Inc., a publicly-traded medical device company (MDVXU). Since 2014, Mr. Thomas has served on the Board of Directors of NantKwest, Inc. a publicly-traded biotechnology company (NK). In the past ten years, Mr. Thomas served as acting Chief Financial Officer for DemeRx, Inc. (2010 to 2011); as Chief Financial Officer for MRI Interventions, Inc. (1998 to 2010), MiMedx Group, Inc. (2007 to 2008) and DARA BioSciences (2003 to 2009); and as a director of MRI Interventions, Inc. (2004 to 2011) and DARA BioSciences (2012). Previously, Mr. Thomas also served as a Trustee and subsequently the Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Walker School, a private Pre-K through 12 grade school (1999 to 2012). Mr. Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree in 1975.