Fredric N. Eshelman has been a director and chairman since August 2015, and in November 2017, Dr. Eshelman became our Executive Chairman. Dr. Eshelman has more than 35 years of strategic development, executive, operational and financial leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Dr. Eshelman was the founder of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPD) and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 2014, Dr. Eshelman founded Eshelman Ventures, LLC, an investment company focused on healthcare companies. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Eshelman served as Chairman of the Board of Furiex. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Executive Chairman of PPD. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of PPD from 1990 to 2009 and as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors from 1993 to 2009. Dr. Eshelman currently serves on the board of directors of AeroMD, Cellective Biotherapy, Inc., Dignify Therapeutic, Inc., Eyenovia, Inc., G1 Therapeutics, Inc., Innocrin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Medikidz USA, Inc., Meryx, Inc. and Neoantigenics LLC and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., and the advisory board of Auven Therapeutics.
Dr. Eshelman has served on the executive committee of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, was on the Board of Trustees for UNC-W and in 2011 was appointed by the NC General Assembly to serve on the Board of Governors for the state's multi-campus university system as well as the NC Biotechnology Center. In addition, he chairs the board of visitors for the School of Pharmacy at UNC-CH. One of the top pharmacy programs in the United States, in May 2008 the school was named the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in recognition of his many contributions to the school and the profession. Dr. Eshelman has received many awards including the Davie and Distinguished Service Awards from UNC and Outstanding Alumnus from both the UNC and University of Cincinnati schools of pharmacy, as well as the NC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award. He has received the doctor of pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, completed a residency at Cincinnati General Hospital and a BS in pharmacy from UNC-CH. He is a graduate of the OPM program at Harvard Business School.