Dr. Pons currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ALX Oncology. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and site head of Rinat (Pfizer), where he was responsible for portfolio delivery from idea to clinical development. He implemented the vision of a company unit following biology across therapeutic areas while generating advanced antibody technologies and turned Rinat into the center of cancer immunology for Pfizer. Dr. Pons is an inventor of fremanezumab, which was approved by the FDA in 2018, as well as two other antibodies in late-stage clinical development and has advanced nine additional antibodies into human trials in multiple therapeutic areas. As Senior Vice President of R&D, he was a member of Pfizer’s World R&D Leadership Team. Before Pfizer, Dr. Pons created and led Rinat’s protein engineering group and was a scientist at Chiron.
Stacy is a Venture Partner of LSV and assists the LSV medical device team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio company management. She joined the LSV team in March 2016.
Since 2013, Stacy has also focused her work on engaging as a Professional Director, serving as an Independent Director and Committee Member for both public and venture-backed private companies across the healthcare ecosystem. Stacy currently serves as a non-executive Independent Director and member of the Compensation and Management Committee for Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), Sonova Holding AG (VTX: SOON), and LivaNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVN). Stacy also serves as Chairwoman of the Board for CALA Health, an Independent Director for PreCARDIA, as well as a Director for the Fogarty Institute, a non-profit educational innovator. Past Director appointments include Claret Inc, (exited to Boston Scientific), Spirox, (exited to Entellus/Abbott) FIRE 1, (Covidien/Medtronic Investment), CVI (exited to Covidien/Medtronic) and Solace Therapeutics.
An accomplished executive leader, Stacy has over 25 years in sales, marketing and operational leadership roles building innovative technology portfolios, demonstrated clinical outcomes, exceptional management teams and world-class company cultures. She has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Business and is a frequent speaker on healthcare, innovation leadership and corporate culture.
Prior to Independent Director work, Stacy served as the President of Covidien’s $1.7B Vascular Therapies business. Stacy joined Covidien following its $2.6B acquisition of ev3 Inc., a medical technology start-up that Stacy co-created in 2000 with ev3’s founding team. Over the course of her career, Stacy has been involved in the launch of over 20 medtech technologies, more than 10 substantive M&A transactions, and under her operating leadership, a reputation of achieving world class customer and employee engagement.
Stacy’s earlier work in medtech included sales and marketing management roles with SCIMED/Boston Scientific and sales and product management roles with American Hospital Supply/Baxter.
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