Herriot Tabuteau, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Tabuteau has served as our founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors since our founding in January 2012. Prior to founding our company, Dr. Tabuteau was a Senior Analyst and Partner at Healthco/S.A.C. Capital (now known as HealthCor) where he was responsible for the biotechnology, genomics, and instrumentation portfolios. Previously, Dr. Tabuteau was the healthcare analyst at Kingdon Capital. Prior to that position, Dr. Tabuteau was a Senior Research Analyst at Banc of America Securities covering the hospital supplies sector. Prior to Banc of America, Dr. Tabuteau was part of the healthcare investment banking group at Goldman Sachs. Dr. Tabuteau earned his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University.
Robert Niecestro, PhD
Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory
Dr. Niecestro has served as our Head of Regulatory since October 2012. In addition, since 2004, Dr. Niecestro has served as a consultant to a variety of biopharmaceutical companies, including Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and TG Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to 2004, Dr. Niecestro held numerous senior management positions including serving as Vice President of Clinical Development for Andrx Laboratories, Senior Director, Clinical Development and Therapeutic Head for Gastrointestinal, Oncology and Stroke at Eisai Inc., and Director, Clinical Operations and NDA Planning for Organon Inc. While at Andrx, Dr. Niecestro was part of the team that developed the following approved drugs: extended-release metformin, extended-release lovastatin, and valproic acid. At Eisai, Dr. Niecestro played a pivotal role in the development and commercialization of Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) and the post-NDA program for Aricept (donepezil sodium), and was involved in the launch of both the oncology and neurology franchises in the United States. While at Organon Dr. Niecestro was part of the team that developed and commercialized the following drugs: Zemuron (rocuronium bromide), Orgaran (danaparoid sodium), Humegon (FSH/LH), Follistim (recombinant FSH beta), and Mircette (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol). Dr. Niecestro has been involved in the filing of over 45 INDs, has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and holds 3 patents. Dr. Niecestro completed his graduate and post-graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vice President, Finance
Ms. Ames has served as our Vice President, Finance since February 2015. Ms. Ames joined us from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., which she joined in 2010, where she served most recently as Senior Director, Finance and Accounting. During her tenure there, Ms. Ames played a critical role in growing the finance and accounting department through Keryx’s transition from a development-stage company to a fully integrated commercial organization. She was also responsible for leading Keryx’s compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. Prior to joining Keryx, she was with Deloitte and Touche, LLP, independent certified public accountants, where she served as a senior associate. Ms. Ames received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Ithaca College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Vice President, Operations
Mr. Jacobson has served as our Vice President, Operations since October 2015 and as our Senior Director of Operations from April 2014 until October 2015. Prior to joining Axsome, he was Director of Corporate Development at Stemline Therapeutics, Inc., where he played a critical role in advancing the company from a 3-person team in 2010 to the successful completion of an initial public offering and secondary public offering in 2013, which together raised approximately $100 million for the company. While at Stemline, Mr. Jacobson’s responsibilities spanned investor relations, public relations, corporate operations, and intellectual property. Mr. Jacobson began his career in healthcare communications at Publicis Healthcare Communications Group. Mr. Jacobson earned a Master of Arts in Biotechnology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Iowa State University.