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Keith Gottesdiener M.D.


Keith Gottesdiener, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2016. Dr. Gottesdiener has been the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors at Rhythm Holding Co., LLC since October 2011, a holding company with two subsidiaries, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Motus Therapeutics. Dr. Gottesdiener has also served as the chief executive officer and a board member of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Motus Therapeutics since October 2011. He joined Rhythm after 16 years at Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Gottesdiener joined Merck early clinical development in 1995, helping to transition compounds from the bench to the bedside and through to proof of concept. He held positions of increasing responsibility, eventually leading Merck's early clinical development across all therapeutic areas from 2001 through early 2006. From 2006 to 2011, he was a leader of Merck's late clinical development organization, first overseeing the development of Merck's infectious diseases and vaccine products through pivotal trials, registration, and life cycle management, including GardasilTM (HPV Vaccine), RotateqTM (rotavirus vaccine), ZostavaxTM (zoster vaccine) and IsentressTM (HIV integrase inhibitor), among others. In 2008, Dr. Gottesdiener was appointed Late Stage Therapeutic Group Leader, and in that role led Merck's late-stage clinical development efforts (from Phase 2 through patent expiry) across all therapeutic areas. After Merck's merger with Schering Plough in 2009, he continued as Co-Head of Late Development. From 2009 through 2011, he served as Merck's Vice President, Clinical Sciences and Therapeutic Area Group Leader.