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Longboard Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases, with an initial focus on rare diseases.

Longboard was formed in January 2020 by Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Arena) to advance a portfolio of centrally acting product candidates designed to be highly selective for specific G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Longboard’s small molecule product candidates were discovered out of the same platform at Arena that represents a culmination of more than 20 years of GPCR research.

Longboard is evaluating LP352, an oral, centrally acting, 5-hydroxytryptamine 2c receptor subtype (5-HT2c) superagonist, in development for the potential treatment of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs). Longboard is also evaluating LP143, a centrally acting, full cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2) agonist, in development for the potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases associated with neuroinflammation caused by microglial activation, and LP659, a centrally acting, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor subtypes 1 and 5 modulator, in development for the potential treatment of central nervous system neuroinflammatory diseases.

Mr. Lind has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry.  Prior to joining Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Lind served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals from June 2016 to February 2020. Prior to Arena, Mr. Lind was a Principal focused on healthcare at TPG Special Situations Partners, a global investment firm, from January 2009 to June 2016. Mr. Lind was a member of the TPG Pharma Partners effort at TPG-Axon, a global investment firm, from 2006 to 2008. He served in various capacities as a healthcare investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Inc., a former global financial services firm, from 1998 to 2002 and 2004 to 2006. Mr. Lind received a B.S. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Dr. Phil Perera has over 23 years of clinical research experience and has been responsible for the development and approval of small molecule drugs for a variety of CNS and pain disorders. Prior to joining Longboard, Dr. Perera held senior level clinical, scientific, management and business development positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmacia Upjohn, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, the Parkinson’s Institute and Dart NeuroScience. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a board-certified Psychiatrist. He also holds a M.B.A. from Arizona State University. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry Dr. Perera was on the faculty of New York Hospital, Cornell Medical College as Chief of Inpatient and Day Treatment Psychiatric Services at North Shore University Hospital, and he was a practicing adult and geriatric psychiatrist. He is also a past Board member of the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Dr. Perera has published numerous clinical research papers across neurologic and psychiatric conditions.

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Ms. Roberts has more than 25 years of public accounting and finance experience, including 22 years at publicly traded pharmaceutical, medical technology, and life science companies. Previously, Ms. Roberts served as Chief Financial Officer of Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (LCTX) from January 2019 to January 2021. Prior to joining Lineage, she served as Chief Financial Officer of REVA Medical, Inc. Ms. Roberts previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Mast Therapeutics, Inc. from January 2013 to April 2017, and as its Senior Vice President, Finance, from March 2011 to January 2013. Previously, she held senior positions at Alphatec Spine, Inc., Artes Medical, Inc., Stratagene Corporation, and Pfizer, Inc. Ms. Roberts currently serves as Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers and has served on the Board of Temple Therapeutics BV since November 2019. Ms. Roberts is a certified public accountant with the State of California and received her B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and her M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.

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Dr. Danks has 25 years of experience in nonclinical discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics for CNS disorders, successfully shepherding compounds into first in human and proof of concept clinical trials. She has built and headed small and large preclinical teams, directing all aspects of Pharmacology, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK), Toxicology and Translational Medicine, responsible for development strategy and execution. Prior to joining Longboard, Dr. Danks was Vice President of Preclinical Development at Autobahn Therapeutics after having held the same position at Dart NeuroScience (DNS) for nearly 10 years. Prior to DNS, she held positions of increasing responsibility at TorreyPines Therapeutics, Merck Research Labs, SIBIA Neurosciences, Nereus Pharmaceuticals and Cypros Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Danks completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Irvine, after receiving her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Psychobiology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University.

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Mr. Orevillo has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical clinical development and operations. Prior to joining Longboard, Mr. Orevillo served as the Vice President and Head of Clinical Operations of Arena Pharmaceuticals from April 2017 to March 2020. Prior to Arena, Mr. Orevillo served as the Vice President, Head of Clinical Development and Medical Communications and the Head of Clinical Operations at Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., a venture-funded biotech subsequently acquired and operated as a subsidiary of AstraZeneca since 2013. Mr. Orevillo joined Pearl in 2008 and was responsible for building and leading the clinical development and operations teams which were responsible for the Bevespi and Breztri Aerosphere development programs. Previously, Mr. Orevillo worked in various clinical development and operations roles at Novartis from 2003 to 2008, Pharmacia/Pfizer from 2000 to 2003, Merck from 1995 to 2000 and Pharmaco-LSR from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Orevillo has an M.P.H. from Tulane University and B.S. from William Paterson University. He is a US Marine Corps veteran of Operation Desert Storm. 

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Mr. Lind has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry.  Prior to joining Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Lind served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals from June 2016 to February 2020. Prior to Arena, Mr. Lind was a Principal focused on healthcare at TPG Special Situations Partners, a global investment firm, from January 2009 to June 2016. Mr. Lind was a member of the TPG Pharma Partners effort at TPG-Axon, a global investment firm, from 2006 to 2008. He served in various capacities as a healthcare investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Inc., a former global financial services firm, from 1998 to 2002 and 2004 to 2006. Mr. Lind received a B.S. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Casey Lynch has served on our board of directors since February 2021. Ms. Lynch previously co-founded and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Cortexyme, Inc., (Nasdaq: CRTX) a public biotechnology company, since July 2014, and as Chairman of Cortexyme’s board of directors since November 2018. She has been a member of the board of directors of the California Life Science Association, a trade association representing California’s life science industry, since August 2019. Prior to co-founding Cortexyme, Ms. Lynch co-founded various companies and organizations in the biotechnology industry including Aspira Biosystems, Inc. and NeuroInsights, LLC. She served as Aspira’s co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1999 to 2004 and she co-founded NeuroInsights and served as its Managing Director from 2004 to 2015. Ms. Lynch also co-founded Neurotechnology Industry Organization, a non-profit trade association, and served as a board member from March 2005 to September 2018. Ms. Lynch holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. 

Corinne Le Goff, Pharm.D. has served on our board of directors since March 2021. Dr. Le Goff served as Chief Commercial Officer of Moderna, Inc., a publicly traded clinical stage biotech and pharmaceutical company, since January 2021. Dr. Le Goff previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Business Organization at Amgen, Inc., a public biotechnology company, from March 2019 to January 2021. During her tenure at Amgen, she also served as Senior Vice President of Global Product Strategy from June 2018 to March 2019, and Senior Vice President of the Europe Region from June 2015 to May 2018. Dr. Le Goff worked in the policy community and advocated for innovative, high-quality and affordable healthcare. Dr. Le Goff held various positions within the Roche Group, a publicly traded Swiss multinational healthcare company, including President of Roche’s French affiliate from May 2012 to May 2015. Dr. Le Goff has served on the board of directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy since October 2019. Dr. Le Goff also served on the board of directors of CFAO, a trading company, from October 2014 until October 2020, where she served as a member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee, the Sustainable Development Committee and the Audit Committee. Dr. Le Goff received a Pharm. D. from the University Paris V and an M.B.A. in Marketing from La Sorbonne University, France.

Paul J. Sekhri has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2020 and as chairman of our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Sekhri has served as the President and CEO of eGenesis, Inc., a biotechnology company, since January 2019. Prior to joining eGenesis, Inc., Mr. Sekhri served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lycera Corp., a biopharmaceutical company, from February 2015 through December 2018. From April 2014 through January 2015, Mr. Sekhri served as Senior Vice President, Integrated Care at Sanofi. From May 2013 through March 2014, Mr. Sekhri served as Group Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Prior to joining Teva, Mr. Sekhri spent five years as Operating Partner and Head of the Biotechnology Operating Group at TPG Biotech, the life sciences venture capital arm of TPG Capital. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Sekhri was Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to founding Cerimon, Mr. Sekhri was President and Chief Business Officer of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Mr. Sekhri spent five years at Novartis, as Senior Vice President, and Head of Global Search and Evaluation, Business Development and Licensing for Novartis Pharma AG. Mr. Sekhri also developed the Disease Area Strategy for Novartis, identifying those specific therapeutic areas upon which the company would focus. Mr. Sekhri’s first role at Novartis was as Global Head, Early Commercial Development. Mr. Sekhri completed graduate work in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also received his B.S. in Zoology. Mr. Sekhri is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Veeva Systems Inc., Ipsen S.A., and BiomX, and Chairman of the Board of Compugen Ltd., and Pharming Group N.V. As an accomplished pianist, he serves on several non-profit Boards including as Chairman of the Board of The Knights and the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Sekhri also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall from 2010-2012, and recently founded the Life Science Council of Carnegie Hall where he is also an active member of their Patrons Council. 

Phillip M. Schneider has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2020. Most recently, Mr. Schneider held various positions with IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, from 1987 to 2003, including, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Schneider held various management positions at Syntex Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, from 1985 to 1987, and KPMG LLP, an audit and tax advisory firm, from 1982 to 1984, where he attained his CPA license. Mr. Schneider currently serves as a member of the board of directors of ARS Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a pharmaceutical company, since June 2019, and YMCA of San Diego County since 2002. Mr. Schneider previously served as a member of the board of directors at Pfenex Inc. from 2014 until its acquisition by Ligand Pharmaceuticals in 2020, Arena from 2007 to 2018, Auspex Pharmaceuticals from 2014 until its acquisition by Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2015, and Gen-Probe, Inc. from 2002 until its acquisition by Hologic Inc. in 2012. Mr. Schneider holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Vincent E. Aurentz has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2020. Mr. Aurentz has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Arena since August 2016. Mr. Aurentz has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Previously, he was the Chief Business Officer of Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2015 to July 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Aurentz served as President and was a member of the Board of Directors of HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC from July 2013 to November 2015, where he oversaw the scientific platform, research and development activities, commercial and business development efforts including collaborations with global organizations such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Janssen research and development and Children’s National Health System. Prior to joining HemoShear, Mr. Aurentz was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management Board at Merck KGaA (Merck Serono S.A.) where he directed research and development programs, portfolio strategy and headed all deal activity and venture investments. Mr. Aurentz is a former Executive Vice President at Quintiles and a Co-founder and Managing Director of a venture capital and advisory business. He was a partner with CSC Healthcare, the life sciences strategic management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation, after starting his career and working for 8 years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Aurentz received a B.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University.