Donald R. Joseph
Chief Legal Officer, Acer Therapeutics
Don is an advisor and consultant to the biopharmaceutical industry, with substantial experience in global health. He is currently the chief legal officer at Acer Therapeutics and former lead independent director for Achieve Life Sciences (Nasdaq: ACHV), a publicly held biotechnology company. Achieve is developing a product to address nicotine addiction and smoking cessation, one of the world’s largest health issues. Most recently he was Chief Legal Officer at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals from 2013-2015. Prior to KaloBios, Don was BVGH’s Chairman from 2012-2015, CEO for 2012, and COO from 2010-2011. Before joining BVGH, Don served in senior executive positions in both legal and business roles at private and publicly held biopharmaceutical companies, including Amarin, Renovis and Abgenix. He has consulted for a number of biopharmaceutical companies and previously served as COO of the Institute for OneWorld Health, a non-profit pharmaceutical company devoted to developing new and affordable medicines for neglected diseases. Don is also a strategic advisor for the SPARK program at the Stanford University School of Medicine. SPARK is a unique partnership between university and industry whose purpose is to provide the education and mentorship necessary to advance research discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Don has previously been a member of the strategic advisory board for the Center for World Health and Medicine, a non-profit developer of treatments for rare and neglected diseases.
Don has extensive business and legal experience, with more than 20 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. His industry projects have included a wide array of commercial, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, collaboration, and financing transactions, while providing business guidance for R&D, product launches, and sales and marketing. His therapeutic areas of experience include neurology, oncology, and antibody technology, as well as malaria and infectious diseases.
Prior to entering the biopharmaceutical industry, Don was an international partner in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office of Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. He received his law degree from the University of Texas Law School, and a BA from the University of Oklahoma.