Ms. Howson is a seasoned business development executive within the pharmaceutical industry. She has served as a corporate business development and strategy consultant to biopharmaceutical companies since 2011. From 2009 to 2011, she served as a member of the transaction advisory firm, JSB-Partners, providing business development support to life sciences companies. From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Howson served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company. Prior to joining Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Howson served as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and SmithKline Beecham plc. Ms. Howson currently serves on the board of directors of Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. and Enzymotec plc. During the prior five years, Ms. Howson served as a director of the following publicly traded companies: Actavis plc; Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc.; OXiGENE, Inc., Soligenix, Inc., Warner Chilcott plc and Cardax, Inc. Ms. Howson holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a M.S. from City University of New York, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Technion, Israel.