Paris Panayiotopoulos has been a director since March 2017. Mr. Panayiotopoulos is an operating partner and member of the investment team at Clarus and serves as the executive chairman of Genevant Sciences. From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he led approximately a five-fold multiple in market value in one year and the acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion in February 2017. Prior to joining ARIAD in January 2016, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President of EMD Serono Inc., the North American biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, from 2013 through 2015. Prior to being appointed President of EMD Serono, Mr. Panayiotopoulos held positions of increasing responsibility within Merck KGaA, serving as President of Merck Serono, Tokyo, Japan, from 2012 through 2013; Global Chief of Staff for the CEO in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2011 through 2012; Head of Western Europe for the fertility and endocrinology franchises, in 2011; Global Director of the neurology franchise, from 2007 through 2011; and Global Strategy and Business Intelligence Director from 2004 through 2007. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. from 1999 to 2004.
Mr. Panayiotopoulos has led multiple partnerships, including those with Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly & Co., Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma, Mitsubishi Tanabe, Otsuka and Incyte and has served on the board of directors of BIO. Mr. Panayiotopoulos holds a combined B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management Studies from University College London and a M.Sc. in Marketing and Product Management from Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom.