James C. Gale
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Gale is the founding partner of Signet Healthcare Partners. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Alpex Pharma S.A. and Teligent Inc., and also serves on the board of directors of Spepharm AG, Bionpharma Inc., CoreRx, Inc., Leon Nanodrugs GmbH, Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Chr. Olesen Synthesis A/S. Prior to Signet, Mr. Gale worked for Gruntal & Co., LLC as head of principal investment activities and investment banking. Prior to joining Gruntal, he worked in Home Insurance Co., Gruntal’s parent. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gale was a senior investment banker at E.F. Hutton & Co. Mr. Gale holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Gale was on the Board of Paladin Labs from 2008 to 2014.
Jonathan Ross Goodman
Director, CEO and founder
Mr. Goodman founded Knight in February 2014. Prior to Knight, Mr. Goodman was the co-founder, President and CEO of Paladin Labs Inc. which was acquired by Endo for $3.2 billion. Under his leadership, $1.50 invested in Paladin at its founding was worth $151 nineteen years later. Prior to co-founding Paladin in 1995, Mr. Goodman was a consultant with Bain & Company and also worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble. Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. with Great Distinction from McGill University and the London School of Economics with 1st Class Honours. Additionally, Mr. Goodman holds an LL.B. and an M.B.A. from McGill University. In 2016, Mr. Goodman was the co-recipient of Ernst & Young’s Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Health Sciences.
Director, President and CFO
Ms. Sakhia joined Knight as President in August 2016 and assumed the additional responsibility of CFO in October 2017. Prior to Knight, Ms. Sakhia served as the CFO at Paladin from 2001 to 2015. At Paladin, Ms. Sakhia was responsible for the finance, operations, human resources and investor relations functions. During her employment with Paladin, Ms. Sakhia was instrumental in executing in-licensing and acquisition transactions of Canadian and international pharmaceutical products and businesses. In addition, Ms. Sakhia led several M&A and strategic lending transactions as well as equity rounds on the TSX and completed the sale of Paladin to Endo International for over $3 billion. Ms. Sakhia holds an MBA and a Bachelors of Commerce degree from McGill University and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Sakhia serves on the boards of Crescita Therapeutics Inc., Profound Medical Corporation and Antibe Therapeutics. In addition, Ms. Sakhia serves on the board of the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the International Advisory Board of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, and is an independent Board member at the McGill University Health Center.
Mr. Lande is the Chief Financial Officer of FXCM, Inc. a foreign exchange brokerage firm. Formerly, he was managing partner and Chief Operating Officer of Riveredge Capital Partners LLC. Prior to Riveredge Capital, Mr. Lande worked for over 16 years within the BCE/Bell Canada group where his last position was Chief Financial Officer of Telecom Américas Ltd., a joint venture between Bell Canada International, AT&T (then SBC Communications) and America Movil. Mr. Lande is chartered financial analyst and holds an M.B.A. from the John Molson School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from McGill University. Mr. Lande was on the Board of Paladin Labs from 1995 to 2014.
Ms. Tendler is a leading pharmaceutical market research specialist. In 2001, she founded The Tendler Group, a custom pharma marketing research consulting company which served 12 of the Top 20 global pharmaceutical companies. Sylvie led The Tendler Group until its sale to IntrinsiQ LLC in 2007 where she remained as President of IntrinsiQ Tendler until 2010. Sylvie has hands-on experience conducting global primary research in the top 5 EU markets, as well as USA, Brazil and Mexico and has been involved in the development and launch of blockbuster prescription products across therapeutic categories. Sylvie holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Jakobsohn founded Israeli-based Medison Pharma Ltd. in 1996 and spearheaded its growth as a leading international marketing group. Formerly, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of M. Jakobsohn Ltd., a pioneer in opening the Israeli market to global pharmaceutical companies like Ciba-Geigy (Novartis), which it represented between 1937 and 1995. Mr. Jakobsohn holds a B.A. in Economics from Bar-Ilan University and an Executive M.B.A. from Bradford University in the UK.
Nancy Harrison is Co-founder and former President of MSI Methylation Sciences, a private venture backed development company with a novel treatment of depression in a Phase II clinical trial. She is a former Partner and Senior Vice President of Ventures West Management Inc. Ms. Harrison spent 13 years with Ventures West leading its life sciences practice in Canada and the U.S. She is one of the most experienced life sciences investors in the Canadian venture capital industry and was instrumental in Ventures West’s involvement in the sector and with companies such as Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc., AnorMed Inc., Salmedix Inc. and Oncogenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Caprion BioSciences. During her time with Ventures West, the firm grew from approximately $80 million to over $750 million. Ms. Harrison has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from McGill University.