Mr. Blech has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2010. He is a successful founder and investor in the biotechnology industry, and over the past 35 years, he has established multiple successful biotechnology companies, including Celgene Corporation, ICOS Corporation, Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation, Pathogenesis Corporation and Genetics Systems Corporation. Mr. Blech co-founded and serves as Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Sapience Therapeutics, Elucida Oncology, Centrexion Therapeutics, and Cerecor. He is also the Vice Chairman of Aridis Pharmaceuticals.
In addition, he serves on the board of directorsfor Adheara Therapeutics, Edge Therapeutics, SpendSmart Networks, X4 Pharmaceuticals, and X-VAX Technology. Mr. Blech earned a B.A. from Baruch College in 1975.