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Felix J. Baker - Lead Director

Felix J. Baker, Ph.D., has served as our lead independent director since October 2015.Dr. Baker is a Managing Partner of Baker Brothers Investments, which he and his brother, Julian Baker, founded in 2000. Dr. Baker's firm manages Baker Brothers Investments, a family of long-term investment funds for major university endowments and foundations which are focused on publicly traded life sciences companies. His career as a fund manager began in 1994 when he co-founded a biotechnology investing partnership with the Tisch Family.

Dr. Baker holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Immunbiology from Stanford University, where he also completed two years of medical school. Dr. Baker also serves on the boards of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Genomic Health and Seattle Genetics.

Stephen R. Biggar - Director

Stephen R. Biggar, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a director of Kiniksa since October 2015. Dr. Biggar is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life-sciences companies. From April 2002 to October 2006, he served as a principal with Baker Brothers Investments, which he had joined as an associate in April 2000. Dr. Biggar is a currently director of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals and also recently served as a director for Synageva BioPharma Corp., both publicly traded biotechnology companies. Prior to joining Baker Brothers, Dr. Biggar received an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Stanford University and received a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Rochester.

Thomas Malley - Director

Thomas Malley has been President of Mossrock Capital, a private investment firm in Denver, Colorado, since 2007. From 1991 until 2007 Mr. Malley worked at Janus Mutual Funds. From 1999–2007, he started and served as the portfolio manager of the Janus Global Life Sciences Fund, as well as being Vice President in charge of the Janus Healthcare team. From 1991-1998 he served as an equity analyst for Janus covering healthcare and biotechnology, telecommunications, gaming and lodging, and housing stocks. Mr. Malley serves on the board of directors of OvaScience, Inc. which is a publicly-traded biotechnology company. In the past, he served on the boards of Cougar Biotechnology, Puma Biotechnology and Synageva BioPharma Corp., publicly-traded biotechnology companies.  Mr. Malley earned his B.S. in Biology from Stanford University.

Sanj K. Patel - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Sanj K. Patel is the Chairman and CEO of Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, which was formed in 2015 to develop therapies for patients with devastating diseases and unmet medical need. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and has a combination of scientific, clinical and commercial skills. Sanj K. Patel created Synageva in June 2008 to focus on rare diseases, and designed and initiated its lead program (Kanuma®) for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (LAL Deficiency) in July 2008. Kanuma was approved globally in 2015 as the first therapy for patients suffering from LAL Deficiency. He took the company public on the NASDAQ Global Market in November 2011 and raised over $1 billion in capital in less than 5 years. In June 2015, Synageva was sold to Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $9.5B (including cash), which represented the highest premium ever paid for a biotech company valued over $5B.

Prior to Synageva, he was at Genzyme Corporation (1999-2008) where most recently he was the head of U.S. Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations for Genzyme Therapeutics franchise and led the U.S. launch of Myozyme®, in addition to sales and marketing responsibility for Cerezyme®, Fabrazyme® and Aldurazyme®. Previously, Sanj held several cross-functional senior leadership roles at Genzyme, including Vice President, Clinical Research and Head of the Global Clinical Research Operations Council for all Genzyme divisions, including Therapeutics, Oncology and Transplant. He was responsible for clinical operations and development for all cross-business Genzyme products and was instrumental in the path to commercialization of several treatments. Notably, Sanj led the Fabrazyme® clinical operations team and development program to FDA approval in April 2003. Prior to Genzyme, Sanj held roles in clinical research and commercial operations with increasing levels of responsibility at Burroughs Wellcome, Hoechst Marrion Roussel and Fujisawa/Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Sanj obtained his BSc with Honors in Biotechnology from the University of the South Bank, London. He completed his management and business studies at Ealing College, London and his Pharmacology research program at the Wellcome Foundation. Sanj is a member of the Board of Directors for Syros Pharmaceuticals and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, both publicly traded biotechnology companies. He is also the founder and director of the Sanj K. Patel and Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports various charities supporting patients with rare and devastating diseases.

Barry D. Quart - Director

Barry D. Quart, Pharm.D., has served as an independent director of Kiniksa since October 2015. Dr. Quart, CEO and Director of Heron Therapeutics,  has more than 25 years of experience serving in leadership positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and developing innovative pharmaceutical products. In 2006, Dr. Quart co-founded Ardea Biosciences, Inc. and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception through May 2013 and as a director through its acquisition by AstraZeneca PLC in June 2012. Previously, he was with Pfizer, Inc. as Senior Vice President of Pfizer Global Research and Development, and the director of Pfizer's La Jolla Laboratories. Prior to Pfizer's acquisition of the Warner-Lambert Company, Dr. Quart was President of Research and Development at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of the Warner-Lambert Company. Dr. Quart joined Agouron in 1993 and was instrumental in the development and registration of Viracept® (nelfinavir). Dr. Quart also served as a director of Synageva Biopharma Corp. from June 2012 through its acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in June 2015. Dr. Quart received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco.