William L. Ashton
William L. Ashton has been a director of the company since 2009. Since 2013, Mr. Ashton has been a principal at Harrison Consulting Group, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical consulting firm. From August 2009 to June 2013, he was the senior vice president of external affairs, reporting to the president and an assistant professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From August 2005 to August 2009, Mr. Ashton was the founding dean of the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.
Mr. Ashton has 29 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. From 1989 to 2005, he held a number of positions at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, including vice president of U.S. sales and vice president of commercial and government affairs. Mr. Ashton currently serves on the boards of directors of Galena Biopharma, Inc. and Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Friends of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Ashton holds a B.S. in education from the California University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Ashton’s extensive experience with pharmaceutical and biological products’ commercialization and reimbursement issues, his past advisory role during the early years of Auxilium, as well as his experience as a board member of privately held companies, and his scientific expertise contributed to our board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of our company.