NED: Charles Rowland

Charles A. Rowland Jr. has more than 30 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience and is currently a board member and strategic advisor for multiple biotechnology companies. Mr. Rowland was most recently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the global lupus nephritis market. Prior to his tenure with Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, he served as the vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of ViroPharma, during which time the company grew into a global biopharmaceutical business with $500 million in annual revenues until it was acquired by Shire plc for $4.2 billion. Before joining ViroPharma, Mr. Rowland was executive vice president and CFO, as well as interim co-CEO, for Endo Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company with $1.3 billion in revenues. He previously held finance and operational positions of increasing responsibility at Biovail Pharmaceuticals, Breakaway Technologies, Pharmacia, Novartis and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Mr. Rowland currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Blueprint Medicines, Nabriva Therapeutics and Viking Therapeutics, with previous board appointments including Vitae Pharmaceuticals, BIND Therapeutics, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals and Idenix Pharmaceuticals, among others.  He holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University.


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