Milind S. Deshpande, Ph.D.PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Deshpande joined Achillion in September 2001 as Vice President of Chemistry, was named Head of Drug Discovery in April 2002, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery in December 2002, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer in December 2004, and Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Scientific Officer in June 2007. He was promoted to President Research and Development in October 2010. In May 2013, Dr. Deshpande was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Achillion and joined the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Achillion, Dr. Deshpande was Associate Director of Lead Discovery and Early Discovery Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 1991 to 2001, where he managed the identification of new clinical candidates to treat infectious and neurological diseases. From 1988 to 1991, he held a faculty position at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Deshpande received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio University, following his undergraduate education in India.
David Apelian, M.D.EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. Apelian brings to Achillion more than 13 years of industry experience from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Schering Plough and GlobeImmune where he focused on hepatology and infectious disease clinical development. Dr. Apelian was Clinical Director in the Infectious Diseases Group at BMS, serving as medical co-lead for the clinical development and NDA submission of entecavir for chronic hepatitis B viral infection. Prior to BMS, Dr. Apelian served as Clinical Director in the Department of Hepatology/Gastroenterology at Schering Plough, coordinating a supplemental NDA filing for interferon alpha-2b and ribavirin for the treatment of pediatric patients with chronic hepatitis C viral infection. Most recently, Dr. Apelian served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer at GlobeImmune, where he was responsible for clinical development, regulatory affairs, clinical immunology, development of companion diagnostics, as well as target discovery and preclinical research.
Dr. Apelian completed his residency training in Pediatrics at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. He received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and B.A. from Rutgers University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Quinnipiac University.
Mary Kay FentonEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ms. Fenton, a certified public accountant, has led Achillion's financial function since October 2000. From 1991 to 2000, Ms. Fenton held various positions within the Technology Industry Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, most recently as Senior Manager responsible for the life sciences practice in Connecticut.
Prior to 1991, Ms. Fenton was an economic development associate in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Fenton holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Connecticut and an A.B. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Gautam Shah, Ph.D.EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Dr. Shah joined Achillion in May 2004 as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining Achillion, he was Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs with Sepracor from February 2003 to May 2004.
Prior to Sepracor, Dr. Shah was in the Regulatory Affairs Group of Bayer Health Care. Before Bayer, he held positions of increasing responsibilities at Pfizer Inc. in the area of Product and Process Development. Dr. Shah holds a Doctoral degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Illinois, as well as a Masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Wayne State University and a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy from MSU University of India.
Joseph TruittEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Truitt joined Achillion in January 2009 from Viropharma, Inc. following its acquisition of Lev Pharmaceuticals. At Lev, Mr. Truitt was most recently Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy and led the build out of the commercial team and infrastructure in preparation for product launch. Mr. Truitt joined Lev from Johnson & Johnson, where he was Vice President of Sales and Operations and directed commercial operations and had P&L responsibility for sales, operations and national accounts at the company's OraPharma subsidiary.
Mr. Truitt holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, and an M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.