James F. Oliviero, III, CFA is currently the President and CEO of Checkpoint and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Oliviero has over fifteen years of operational experience in the biotechnology industry. From May 2003 to September 2015, Mr. Oliviero served in a variety of leadership capacities at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biotechnology company, most recently as its Chief Financial Officer since April 2009, where he was instrumental in the growth of the company to a market capitalization over $1 billion. During his tenure at Keryx, Mr. Oliviero oversaw all finance, accounting, investor relations, corporate governance, business development and legal matters, as well as a leading member of the design of several clinical studies and the regulatory oversight of Keryx’s new drug application for Auryxia™, which successfully obtained FDA marketing approval in 2014 and EMA marketing approval in 2015. Also while at Keryx, Mr. Oliviero completed over $500 million in various public financings for the company. Prior to Keryx, from August 1999 to May 2003, Mr. Oliviero was Director of Finance for ACCESS Oncology, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company. Mr. Oliviero began his professional career as an investment banker at ING Barings Furman Selz in New York City. Mr. Oliviero is a CFA charterholder and holds a B.B.A. in Finance with Highest Distinction from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Garrett Gray has served as our Vice President, Finance and Accounting since February 2016 and our Principal Financial Officer since December 2016. Mr. Gray joined us from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biotechnology company, which he joined in 2013, and where he most recently served as Corporate Controller, helping grow the finance and accounting department during Keryx’s transition from a development-stage company to a fully integrated commercial organization. Prior to joining Keryx, Mr. Gray began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he served as a senior auditor. Mr. Gray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.