The Cipher board of directors includes highly respected luminaries in pharmaceuticals and healthcare with the vision to guide the company’s growth.
Stefan Aigner, MD, is a founder of Inspirion Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a company formed in 2006 to pursue opportunities in the specialty pharmaceutical industry, and Inspirion Delivery Technologies, LLC, a company formed in 2008 to pursue abuse deterrent product development. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Aigner was Executive Vice President, Corporate and Business Development at Alpharma, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company. Before joining Alpharma, Dr. Aigner was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Business Development and Medical Affairs for Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the development, commercialization and marketing of prescription therapeutic products. During his tenure at Reliant, Dr. Aigner led the company through multiple acquisitions and significant in-licensing transactions and was responsible for building the company's cardiovascular portfolio through partnerships with leading U.S. and European companies. Prior to working at Reliant, he was a consultant with healthcare consulting firm The Wilkerson Group from 1996 to 1999. Dr. Aigner graduated summa cum laude with a degree in medicine from the University of Erlangen, Nuremberg, Germany.
Mark Beaudet is a co-founder of Paladin Labs Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products, which was acquired by Endo International plc in 2014 for approximately $3.0 billion. Since Paladin's founding in 1996, Mr. Beaudet served as a member of its board of directors and as the company's Vice President of Sales and Marketing until 2011 when he became President and Chief Executive Officer. Following Endo's acquisition of Paladin, Mr. Beaudet joined the Endo International plc executive leadership team and continued to lead the Paladin team until his departure in June 2016. Prior to his work with Paladin, Mr. Beaudet held marketing management positions at Procter & Gamble Canada and Pizza Hut Canada. Mr. Beaudet is a member of the board of directors of the McGill University Health Center Foundation, Loyola High School and the Loyola High School Foundation. Mr. Beaudet also serves on the board of Altus Formulations Inc., a privately held drug formulation and development company. He is a former member of the board and former Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly Rx&D - Canada's Research Based Pharmaceutical Industry Association). Mr. Beaudet holds a B.Comm in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from McGill University and is recognized as a Certified Market Research Professional (CMRP) by the Canadian Market Research and Intelligence Association and as an Accredited Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Representative by the Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (CCPE). In 2003, Mr. Beaudet was a co-recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Quebec Life Sciences Sector. In 2015, Mr. Beaudet was inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Godin is Head of Equities at Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc. and sits on its board of directors. He is also a member of the Management Committee of Montrusco. Montrusco is a Montreal-based investment firm that has approximately $6.0 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Montrusco in 2001, Christian worked for Merrill Lynch Canada where he was a director and senior equity research analyst. He also worked for Midland Walwyn Capital and CTI Capital. Christian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master of Science in Administration specialized in Finance from HEC Montréal.
John Mull, MD, is CEO of Typhon Group Limited, a private equity capital corporation. Dr. Mull is the founder and former CEO of Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc., as well as CML HealthCare Inc., Pharma Medica Research Inc. and Starplex Scientific, Inc. In those capacities, he has been involved in more than 30 merger and acquisition transactions. Cipher and Pharma Medica were subsidiaries of CML prior to CML’s conversion to an income trust in 2004. At the time, CML was one of the largest operators of medical diagnostic and medical imaging facilities in Canada and the United States. Its peak market capitalization exceeded $1.4 billion. CML merged with LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services in 2013. Dr. Mull is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and completed his training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is certified in Pathology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American College of Physicians and Surgeons. His original investigative research work in those fields involved publication of 15 papers in various medical journals. Dr. Mull’s experience in practice as a staff pathologist at hospitals in South Western Ontario convinced him that healthcare providers required high-quality medical diagnostic services not then available. He founded CML in 1971 to address that need.
Thomas Wellner is President and CEO of Revera, a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector. Since joining Revera in early 2014, Mr. Wellner has led the organization through transformational change, developing the company’s strategic direction to grow, innovate and lead in the sector. He has worked with a number of strategic partners in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. to grow Revera’s portfolio to more than 500 properties internationally. Mr. Wellner has extensive global experience in biotech, pharmaceuticals and health care services, previously leading a number of organizations including LifeLabs, CML HealthCare and Therapure Biopharma. He began his career at Eli Lilly where he held a variety of global operational and leadership roles. Mr. Wellner holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and has completed the ICD Directors Education Program at Rotman School of Management as well as executive education through Harvard Business School. He sits on the Boards of a number of public and private companies.
Stephen Wiseman was Chair of the Board of CML HealthCare Inc. until March 3, 2011. He was previously a partner of Taylor Leibow LLP, the largest independent accounting firm in the greater Hamilton and Burlington region, and he continues to serve as an advisor and consultant with the firm. Mr. Wiseman is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. In addition, he holds a CMA designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario and a CFE designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Prior to joining Taylor Leibow in 1976, Mr. Wiseman held academic positions at McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan and University of Ottawa. He earned his MBA from McMaster University and Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Wiseman serves as Chair of Cipher's Nominating and Governance Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Wolkin is an accomplished investment banker and financial analyst with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Wolkin joined BMO Nesbitt Burns as a senior research analyst in 1983. He went on to serve as managing director in the Diversified Industries Group of BMO Capital Markets until January 2008. Most recently, Mr. Wolkin served as Executive Vice-President and Head of Investment Banking for Dundee Capital Markets. Mr. Wolkin has served on a number of public company and not-for-profit boards and currently serves as a director of Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits and Baylin Technologies Inc. He was the past President of the CFA Society of Toronto and has been a member of the Chartered Financial Institute since 1980. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.