Dr. Patricia Walker
Dr. Patricia Walker was appointed to the Board on February 14, 2022. She is a board certified dermatologist, earned both her medical degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Following her degrees, she completed a residency in dermatology and a research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Throughout her career, Dr. Walker has served in multiple roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Most recently she served as the President and Chief Scientific Officer of Brickell Biotech Inc. from 2015 until 2019, where she oversaw the research and development, regulatory, compliance, chemistry and manufacturing efforts for the company’s product portfolio. Prior to that she was the Chief Medical Officer at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals from 2007 until 2013. While there, she led research efforts focused on the development of novel, first in class pharmaceutical products for dermatologic and aesthetic medicine. Before Kythera, Dr. Walker was the Chief Medical Officer at Allergan Medical from 2004 until 2007, where her primary research efforts catalyzed the development of alternative hyaluronic acid fillers for facial rejuvenation. When Allergan acquired Inamed in 2006, she was Inamed’s Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. While there, she researched biological toxins, dermal filler substances, bariatric devices, and silicone gel filled breast implants. Dr. Walker started her Industry career at Allergan in 1997 where she was the VP of the Dermatology Therapeutic Area. She also served as a clinical faculty member at the University of California Irvine’s department of dermatology. Most recently, Dr. Walker formed her own drug development consulting company, P. Walker Consulting, in 2013. She is also a practicing dermatologist in Carpinteria, California. Dr. Walker presently serves as a supervisory board member at Merz pharmaceuticals. Prior she served on the boards of directors at Forte Biosciences Inc. and Neothetics, Inc. (now called Evofem Biosciences Inc.), a women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare company whose shares are publicly listed on Nasdaq, from 2014 until 2015. We believe Dr. Walker's qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include her wealth of knowledge and industry expertise in dermatology industry. Dr. Walker’s nomination was suggested to the Nominating Committee by the Company’s CEO.