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Axsome Board of Directors

Meaningful change starts with courageous, compassionate leaders.

Meaningful change starts with courageous, compassionate leaders.

Roger Jeffs, PhD


Dr. Jeffs has been a member of our board of directors since December 2014.

Dr. Jeffs currently serves on the Board of Albireo Pharma (ALBO) and is the Vice-Chairman and co-founder of Kryia Therapeutics, a company focused on accelerating the development of innovative gene therapy programs for prevalent diseases. In addition, Dr. Jeffs served on the Board of Directors of United Therapeutics from 2001-2016, Dova Pharmaceuticals (DOVA) from 2017-2019, Sangamo Therapeutics from 2017-2019, and Axovant Gene Therapies (AXGT) from 2017-2019. Dr. Jeffs retired as President & co-CEO from United Therapeutics Corporation in 2016 after an 18-year tenure.

Dr. Jeffs joined United Therapeutics Corporation during its start-up phase in 1998 as Director of Research, Development, and Medical and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2014, and President & co-CEO from 2015-2016. While at United Therapeutics, Dr. Jeffs helped lead the IPO, oversaw the clinical development and regulatory approval of 6 products for rare diseases, and managed the commercial effort that led to a >20% CAGR and $1.5B annual revenue run rate. United Therapeutics was consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work during his tenure. Dr. Jeffs received the 2015 Wings of Hope Award from the Solving Kids’ Cancer organization in “recognition of his visionary leadership in advancing cancer research while prioritizing the lives of children”. Dr. Jeffs previously held positions at Amgen, Inc. and Burroughs Wellcome Co where he held roles in clinical development.

Dr. Jeffs holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Mark Coleman, MD


Dr. Coleman has been a member of our board of directors since December 2014.

In addition, from 2012 to 2014, Dr. Coleman served as a consultant to us. Dr. Coleman is currently President of National Spine and Pain Centers, LLC, or NSPC, the nation’s largest interventional pain management group and has served as the Medical Director of the Baltimore branch from 2005. Dr. Coleman served as Director of Novel Therapies at NSPC from 2009 to 2011. NSPC routinely evaluates emerging treatments for pain through the conduct of clinical trials. Dr. Coleman is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Dr. Coleman holds an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Mark Saad


Mr. Saad has been a member of our board of directors since December 2014.

Mr. Saad is currently a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Alethea Capital Management, LLC, an asset management firm based in San Diego. Between August 2014 and February 2017 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bird Rock Bio, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative immuno-inflammatory regulators. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Cytori Therapeutics from 2004 to 2014, where he was responsible for finance and accounting, business development, and other operating functions. Prior to Cytori, he served as Executive Director of UBS Investment Bank, where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Healthcare Group. Prior to UBS, Mr. Saad was part of the Health Care Investment Banking Group at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Saad holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University.

Herriot Tabuteau, MD


Dr. Tabuteau has served as our founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors since our founding in January 2012.

Prior to founding our company, Dr. Tabuteau was a Senior Analyst and Partner at Healthco/S.A.C. Capital (now known as HealthCor) where he was responsible for the biotechnology, genomics, and instrumentation portfolios. Previously, Dr. Tabuteau was the healthcare analyst at Kingdon Capital. Prior to that position, Dr. Tabuteau was a Senior Research Analyst at Banc of America Securities covering the hospital supplies sector. Prior to Banc of America, Dr. Tabuteau was part of the healthcare investment banking group at Goldman Sachs. Dr. Tabuteau earned his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University.