George F. Tidmarsh
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Secretary
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
United States of America
George F. Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D., has been President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and a Director of La Jolla since January 2012. Dr. Tidmarsh has over 25 years of experience in biotechnology, including the successful clinical development of three FDA-approved drugs. Prior to joining La Jolla, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Pharma, Inc., a company he founded in 2005. While at Horizon, he led all aspects of development of Duexis, which was approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. He also founded Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and held senior positions at Coulter Pharmaceutical, Inc. (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline) and SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson). While at Coulter and SEQUUS, Dr. Tidmarsh led the clinical development of BEXXAR and Doxil, respectively, two FDA-approved anti-cancer agents. Dr. Tidmarsh received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he also completed fellowship training in Pediatric Oncology and Neonatology and remains a Consulting Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology.