Joseph K. Belanoff, MD, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Dr. Belanoff is a co-founder of Corcept Therapeutics and has served as a member of our Board and as our Chief Executive Officer since 1999. In 2013 he was also appointed President. Dr. Belanoff is currently a clinical faculty member and has held various positions in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University since 1992. From 1997 to 2001, he served as the Director of Psychopharmacology at the outpatient division of the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Belanoff received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Thaddeus S. Block, MD, Vice President, Clinical Development
Dr. Block became Corcept’s Vice President, Clinical Development in 2015. He joined Corcept as Assistant Medical Director in 2004 . Dr. Block has served as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University since 2005, where he is involved in both resident education and the treatment of patients in the psychopharmacology clinic. Dr. Block graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. He received his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he was elected an alpha omega alpha member. He completed his internship and resident training at Stanford Hospital, finishing in the role of Chief Resident.
Robert S. Fishman, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Fishman joined Corcept as Chief Medical Officer in September 2015. He brings to the company more than 19 years of product development experience, most recently at InterMune, Inc., where from 2012 to 2015 he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and led the final pivotal trial of pirfenidone (Esbriet ®) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Vice President of Clinical Development at Alexza Pharmaceuticals, where he led the clinical development of inhaled loxapine (Adasuve®) for the treatment of agitation in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Before that, Dr. Fishman held positions of increasing responsibility at Heartport, Aerogen, and Anthera Pharmaceuticals. He trained in internal medicine at Deaconess Hospital, Boston, completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and began his career as a member of the Stanford pulmonary medicine faculty. He earned a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine.
Hazel Hunt, PhD, Vice President, Research
Dr. Hunt joined Corcept in 2011, bringing with her more than 23 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. From 2002 to 2011 she was Director of Chemistry and Operations at Argenta, where she worked closely with Corcept and played an integral role in the discovery of Corcept’s portfolio of next-generation selective GR II antagonists. From 1994 to 2002 she worked for Celltech, initially as a Group Leader in Medicinal Chemistry and ultimately as Section Leader, Project Chemistry. From 1992 to 1994 she served as a Research Fellow at The Centre for Drug Design and Development. Before that Dr. Hunt worked at Glaxo Group Research as a Senior Chemist in Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Hunt received a first class honors degree in chemistry from the Australian National University and a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Southampton, UK. She also carried out post-doctoral work at Oxford University and the University of California at Irvine.
Sean Maduck, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Maduck assumed the role of Corcept’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 2015. Prior to that, he was Korlym Brand Director. Mr. Maduck joined Corcept in 2012, bringing to the company 12 years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and management experience. From 2002 to 2012, he held positions in the Finance, Portfolio Planning, and Commercial functions at Genentech. Prior to Genentech, he was an investment banking analyst at W.R Hambrecht + Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community – San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Maduck earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a Masters in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
David Penake, Vice President, Commercial Operations
Mr. Penake joined Corcept as Director, Managed Care and Customer Operations in July 2012 and was promoted to Vice President, Commercial Operations in 2015. Mr. Penake has extensive experience in the healthcare industry including biotechnology, medical devices and genome sequencing. From 2006 to 2012, he held leadership roles at Genentech in Product Operations and Managed Care, most recently as an Associate Director, Head of Program Strategy within Access Solutions. Prior to Genentech, Mr. Penake served in roles at The Broad Institute, Intel Corporation. He is on the Executive Board of Articulate Technologies. Mr. Penake holds a B.S. in Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his post-graduate studies at Stanford University and has performed research at Harvard Medical School.
Susan Rinne, Vice President, Corporate Regulatory Affairs
Ms. Rinne joined Corcept as Vice President, Corporate Regulatory Affairs in March 2012. She has more than 25 years of United States and European regulatory affairs experience. Prior to Corcept, she served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at NeurogesX, Inc. from 2007 to 2012. From 1995 to 2007, she served in the roles of Director and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at ALZA Corporation, a J&J company, with responsibilities for regulatory strategy and operations in support of new product development, global product registration, and marketed products. She began her career in Corporate Regulatory Affairs at Syntex Corporation. Ms. Rinne holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Davis.
Charles Robb, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robb joined us as Chief Financial Officer in September 2011. Mr. Robb has more than 25 years of experience in executive management, operations and finance. From April 2005 through August 2011 Mr. Robb served as the Senior Vice President of Operations, Administration and Finance of Fitness Anywhere, Inc., a fitness equipment and training company with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Robb was engaged in the private practice of law. From 2000 to 2002 he was Senior Vice President of Citadon, Inc. He also held positions in business development for Normura Asset Capital Corporation from 1998 to 1999 and in sales and marketing for Legal Research Network, Inc. from 1996 to 1998. From 1992 to 1996 Mr. Robb practiced law at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Mr. Robb earned a B.A. in English and Political Philosophy from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.