Mark Pruzanski, M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Pruzanski, M.D. is a co-founder of the company and has served as our chief executive officer and president, and has been a member of our board of directors, since our inception in 2002. He has over 15 years of experience in life sciences company management, venture capital and strategic consulting. Dr. Pruzanski was previously a venture partner at Apple Tree Partners, an early stage life sciences venture capital firm he co-founded in 1999. Prior to that, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Oak Investment Partners. Dr. Pruzanski received his M.D. from McMaster University in Ontario, an M.A. degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He currently also serves on the boards of the Emerging Company Section of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pruzanski is a co-author of a number of scientific publications and an inventor of several patents relating to our product candidates and scientific discoveries.
Chief Operating Officer
Jerome Durso has served as our chief operating officer since February 2017. Mr. Durso brings nearly 25 years of experience in building and leading commercial and business operations at life sciences companies both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Durso has spent the majority of his career at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company, where he most recently served as senior vice president, chief commercial officer of the global diabetes division from 2011 through 2015. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Durso was senior vice president, chief commercial officer of Sanofi’s U.S. pharmaceuticals business. Prior to that, he served in a number of commercial leadership roles of increasing responsibility in business unit and brand management, marketing and sales since he first joined Sanofi in 1993. Mr. Durso currently serves as an advisory board member of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey. Mr. Durso earned his bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
Lisa Bright is our President, International. She has over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Ms. Bright previously served as our Chief Commercial and Corporate Affairs officer from February 2015 through July 2016 and joined Intercept in November 2014 as the Head of Europe. Prior to joining Intercept, Ms. Bright worked at Gilead Sciences Ltd. starting in 2008, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including: general manager United Kingdom & Ireland; vice president, Northern Europe; vice president, head of Sovaldi launch planning for Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australasia; and vice president, government affairs Europe, Middle East and Australasia. Prior to holding these positions, Ms. Bright held a range of senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline plc, including vice president and managing director of New Zealand and vice president — sales for the United Kingdom. Ms. Bright has a B.Sc. in pharmacology from University College London.
Chief Human Resources Officer
David Ford is our chief human resources officer. He brings over 25 years of experience in a variety of human resources roles across the United States, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. Prior to joining Intercept, Mr. Ford spent nearly 15 years at Sanofi, where most recently he served as Vice President Human Resources for the Sanofi Genzyme global business unit starting in 2016. Prior to that role, from 2011 until 2016, Mr. Ford served as Vice President Human Resources for the Sanofi North American businesses. Mr. Ford joined the pharmaceutical industry in 2002 as the HR Director – United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for Sanofi-Synthelabo. Mr. Ford holds a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France).
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Sandip S. Kapadia has served as our chief financial officer since July 2016. Mr. Kapadia brings over 19 years of experience in building and leading finance and administration teams at life sciences companies both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Kapadia joins Intercept from Sandoz, Inc., a division of Novartis AG, where he served as vice president and chief financial officer — North America from 2014 through 2016. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kapadia was vice president and chief financial officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited. Mr. Kapadia also served as vice president and chief financial officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals B.V. located in the Netherlands from 2009 through 2012. Prior to that, he served as head of finance — oncology business unit for both Novartis Pharmaceuticals A.G. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Mr. Kapadia earned his bachelor degree in business administration and accounting from Montclair State University, an M.B.A from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and is a certified public accountant.
President, U.S. Commercial & Strategic Marketing
Richard Kim has served as our senior vice president, commercial U.S. since July 2015. He has over 20 years of commercial, marketing and managerial experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Intercept, Mr. Kim worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb starting in 2004, where he most recently served as general manager, hepatitis C worldwide commercialization. Prior to that, Mr. Kim held a number of roles of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb, including vice president, SPRYCEL brand lead, oncology global marketing; vice president, U.S. in-line oncology and global marketing for necitumumab; and vice president, east area sales, cardiovascular and metabolics. Prior to holding these positions, Mr. Kim held a range of senior positions in the United States, Canada and Australia at Schering-Plough, which was acquired by Merck & Co. Mr. Kim earned his bachelor degree in chemistry from the University of Alberta.
David Shapiro, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
David Shapiro, M.D. has served as our Chief Medical Officer since 2008. From 2008 - July 2017, he also served as our Executive Vice President of Research and Development. He has over 25 years of clinical development experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Shapiro founded a consulting company, Integrated Quality Resources, that focused on development stage biopharmaceutical companies and was active in this role from 2005 to 2008. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Shapiro was executive vice president, medical affairs and chief medical officer of Idun Pharmaceuticals, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Pfizer. From 1995 to 1998, he was president of the Scripps Medical Research Center at Scripps Clinic. He also served as vice president, clinical research at Gensia and as director and group leader, hypertension clinical research at Merck Research Laboratories from 1985 to 1990. Dr. Shapiro has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and organized and chaired several conferences aimed at improving product development. He received his medical degree from Dundee University & Medical School, and undertook his postgraduate medical training in the university affiliated hospitals in Oxford, United Kingdom and the University of Vermont. Dr. Shapiro served on the board of directors of Altair Therapeutics and served for two terms on the Executive Committee of the Board of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians. He is an elected Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Physicians of the United Kingdom.
General Counsel and Secretary
Christian Weyer, M.D., M.A.S.
EVP, Research & Development
Christian Weyer, M.D., M.A.S. has served as our Executive Vice President of Research & Development since November of 2017. Dr. Weyer’s career in metabolic drug development spans more than 20 years, involving clinical studies and regulatory submissions at all stages of product development and across the continuum of diabetes, obesity and NAFLD/NASH. Prior to joining Intercept, Dr. Weyer was President and Chief Development Officer at ProSciento, a leading clinical R&D service provider focused on diabetes, NAFLD/NASH and obesity. Dr. Weyer has served as a senior executive in several companies, including as Chief Executive Officer of Fate Therapeutics, where he steered the company’s transition into a publicly-traded cellular therapeutics company, and as Senior Vice President of R&D at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, where he contributed to the development and approval of several first-in-class medicines for diabetes and lipodystrophy. Before joining Amylin, Dr. Weyer worked at the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, conducting clinical research on the pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Weyer received his M.D. and clinical training at the Department of Metabolic Disorders, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany and holds a postdoctoral master’s degree in advanced clinical research from the University of California, San Diego.