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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Michael Heffernan

Founder and Chairman

Michael Heffernan is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Collegium Pharmaceutical. Mr. Heffernan served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Collegium Pharmaceutical until June 2018. He is a successful entrepreneur and biopharmaceutical leader with over 25 years of experience building and leading development stage and commercial companies.
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Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D.

Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of Muna Therapeutics, a biotech company focused on developing novel therapeutics for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Previously, Dr. Balice-Gordon served in senior leadership roles at Sanofi, Inc., most recently as Global Head of Rare and Neurological Diseases. Read more

Garen Bohlin

Garen Bohlin held senior executive positions with biotechnology companies for almost 30 years. In his final operating role, Mr. Bohlin was Executive Vice President of Constellation Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline). Prior to Sirtris, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Syntonix Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Biogen).
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Joe Ciaffoni

President and CEO

Joe Ciaffoni was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Collegium Pharmaceutical in July 2018. Mr. Ciaffoni joined Collegium Pharmaceutical in May 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Collegium, he served as President, U.S. Branded Pharmaceuticals of Endo International plc. Read more

John A. Fallon, M.D.

Dr. John Fallon served as Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) from 2004 through 2015. Prior to his role at BCBS, Dr. Fallon served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for clinical affairs at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. His professional experience includes the Partners Healthcare System, where he was Chairman of the physician network.
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John G. Freund, M.D.

Dr. John G. Freund co-founded Skyline Ventures in 1997 and has served as a Partner at Skyline since its founding. Prior to joining Skyline, Dr. Freund served as Managing Director in the private equity group of Chancellor Capital Management, a private capital investment firm. Previously, he co-founded Intuitive Surgical, a medical device company, and served on its Board of Directors.
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Neil F. McFarlane

Neil F. McFarlane most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until November 2021, when Adamas was acquired by Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Adamas, Mr. McFarlane served as the Chief Operating Officer of Retrophin, Inc. (now Travere Therapeutics, Inc.).
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Gwen A. Melincoff

Gwen Melincoff has over 25 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Ms. Melincoff is currently Managing Director at Gemini Advisors LLC and an advisor to Phase 1 Ventures and Verge Genomics. Previously, she served as Vice President of Business Development at BTG International Inc., a UK-specialist healthcare company.
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Gino Santini

Gino Santini is a senior advisor providing financing and business consulting services to venture capital, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALNA), Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ICPT) and Horizon Pharma plc (HZNP), as well as several privately held companies.
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