Jay Birnbaum has served as a director since April 2007. Dr. Birnbaum is a co-founder and former Chief Medical Officer of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals and a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Hallux, Inc. Prior to starting his own consulting company in 1999, he was Vice President, Global Project Management, at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he also had responsibilities for strategic planning and development of the company's dermatology portfolio. Previously, he held various management positions at Sandoz/Novartis and at both the Medical and Consumer Product Divisions of American Cyanamid Company (Wyeth). In addition to his consulting practice, he is currently Executive Vice President Global Product Development at Thesan Pharmaceuticals. He has served on the board of directors of Excaliard Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer) and on the scientific advisory boards of several companies.
He received both an M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. in biology from Trinity College in Connecticut.