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Wendy L. Yarno

Retired Chief Marketing Officer, Merck & Co. Inc.
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 Ms. Yarno has served on our Board since April 2013. Ms. Yarno is currently the Chair of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Audit Committee. Ms. Yarno retired in September 2008 from Merck & Co., Inc. following a 26-year career in commercial and human resource positions of increasing seniority, most recently Chief Marketing Officer before she retired. In that role, Ms. Yarno led a global organization charged with all aspects of supporting pre- and post-launch commercialization of pharmaceuticals in more than 20 therapeutic areas. Prior to this role, she served as General Manager, Cardiovascular/Metabolic U.S. Business Unit, where she had P&L responsibility for Merck’s largest therapeutic area, and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. After retiring from Merck, Ms. Yarno worked part-time as the Chief Marketing Officer of HemoShear LLC, a biotechnology research company and leading developer of human cell-based surrogate systems for discovery and assessment of new drug compounds, from September 2010 through September 2011. Ms. Yarno has served as a director of St. Jude Medical, Inc., a Fortune 500 medical device company, since 2002, Aratana Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing medicines for pets, since October 2013, and Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from August 2014 to November 2014 when it was acquired by Actavis W.C. Holding Inc. Ms. Yarno received a B.S. in Business Administration from Portland State University and an M.B.A from Temple University. We recruited Ms. Yarno to our Board based on her extensive experience in commercialization of pharmaceutical products and in human resource management in the pharmaceutical industry.

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