John L. Higgins

Chairman

Mr. Higgins is President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Ligand, Mr. Higgins was Chief Financial Officer, and before that Executive Vice President of Finance, Administration and Corporate Development for Connetics Corporation, a public specialty pharmaceutical company. Previously, Mr. Higgins was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he currently also serves as a director. He was also a member of the health care investment banking team at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc.

Mr. Higgins earned an A.B. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University.