Board of Directors


Keith A. Katkin | Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Katkin has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics, Inc. since the acquisition of Otic Pharma, Ltd. by Novus Therapeutics (formerly Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) in May 2017.  Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Katkin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Otic Pharma from 2015 to 2017.  Mr. Katkin previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Katkin led the growth and ultimate sale of Avanir to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. for $3.5 billion.  Mr. Katkin joined Avanir in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a member of Avanir’s executive management team.  Prior to joining Avanir, Mr. Katkin served as Vice President, Commercial Development for Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, playing a key role in the concurrent initial public offering and ultimate sale of the company to Johnson and Johnson.  Additionally, Mr. Katkin’s employment experience includes leadership roles at InterMune, Inc., Amgen, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories.  Mr. Katkin currently serves on the Board of Director of Avanir, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., MC10, and the Brain Injury Association of America.  Mr. Katkin has an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Indiana University. Mr. Katkin is also a certified public accountant.

David-Alexandre C. Gros, MD | Director

Dr. Gros has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics, Inc. since September 2020. He joined Novus from Imbria Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he served as Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to Imbria, Dr. Gros was President and Chief Operating Officer of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., Chief Business and Principal Financial Officer of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Chief Strategy Officer of Sanofi, S.A. Before joining Sanofi, Dr. Gros held leadership positions in healthcare investment banking at Centerview Partners, LLC, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., and in healthcare consulting at McKinsey & Company. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Eliem Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company which he co-founded, and of Saint Jean Groupe, S.A., a leading French manufacturer of pasta products since 1935. Dr. Gros earned his Doctor of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Gary A. Lyons | Director

Mr. Lyons has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics, Inc. since May 2017.  Mr. Lyons has more than 35 years of industry experience.  Mr. Lyons is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a position he has held since 1993.  Mr. Lyons joined Neurocrine in 1993 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2008.  Mr. Lyons also serves on the Board of Directors of Vical, Inc., Cytori Therapeutics, Inc., and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Retrophin, Inc.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of PDL BioPharma, Inc. and Facet Biotech Corporation following Facet’s spin-off from PDL until Facet’s acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 2010.  Mr. Lyons previously served on the Board of Directors of Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NeurogesX, Inc. and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., each a biopharmaceutical company.  From 1983 to 1993, Mr. Lyons held a number of senior management positions at Genentech, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Sales, and also served as a member of Genentech’s Executive Committee.  Mr. Lyons was responsible for international licensing, acquisitions and partnering for Genentech’s Corporate Venture Program and had operating responsibility for two subsidiaries, Genentech Canada, Inc. and Genentech Limited (Japan).  He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

John S. McBride | Director

Mr. McBride has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) since May 2017.  Mr. McBride previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and interim Chief Financial Officer of Tokai Pharmaceuticals from 2014 until 2017.  Prior to Tokai, Mr. McBride founded and served as President of Alliance Life Science Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm focused on assisting life science companies with strategic planning, business development and financing projects from 2012 to 2014.  Prior to founding Alliance Life Science Advisors, Inc., Mr. McBride was an independent consultant from 2009 to 2012.  In addition, Mr. McBride previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Global Head of Oncology Licensing at Pharmacia Corporation, Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer at CytoTherapeutics, Inc., Vice President, Business Development and Treasurer at Phytera, Inc., Vice President, Commercial Development at Sparta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Vice President, Business Development at U.S. Bioscience, Inc.  Mr. McBride holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Walter Ogier | Director
Mr. Ogier has served as member of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics since September 2020. He has more than 30 years of experience developing therapeutic medical products ranging from pharmaceuticals to medical devices, stem and immune cell therapies and gene therapies. He has served in multiple CEO roles including Genetix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now bluebird bio, Inc.) and Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which Celgene Corporation acquired in 2016. In addition to Novus, he serves as a director of Biothera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Thetis Pharmaceuticals, LLC, and Nemucore Medical Innovations, Inc., and as Board advisor to Kodikaz Therapeutic Solutions, Inc., and ME Therapeutics, Inc. Walter earned a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Williams College.
Steven Perrin, PhD | Director
Dr. Perrin has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics since September 2020. He was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Anelixis Therapeutics, Inc. before joining Novus Therapeutics as President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Perrin has 20 years of drug development experience, having held R&D positions at the Hoechst-Ariad Genomics Center, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Biogen Idec, Inc. Over the past decade, Dr. Perrin has worked with the ALS Therapy Development Institute to develop the world’s largest ALS drug development program, bridging preclinical and clinical programs. Dr. Perrin earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University Medical Center, where he also started his career as Associate Professor of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College.