Helen  Torley net worth and biography

Helen Torley Biography and Net Worth

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

When Halozyme’s pancreatic cancer program failed in late 2019, CEO Helen Torley was quick to move on a plan B the company had cooking on the back burner.

It was an example of one of her management philosophies: “Be ready for all eventualities,” Torley said in an interview. 

Equally important? Keeping her team informed of the plan, so that Halozyme’s staff knew where they stood, day one, as the company embarked on its successful pivot to drug delivery.

This backup plan had been common knowledge at Halozyme since 2018. The two-pillar company, whose delivery platform Enhanze was effectively subsidizing its development work, knew full well that in the event of a trial failure, it would reorganize, slash its R&D budget and move full-speed ahead on its drug delivery business.

“[Halozyme] spent 2018 and 2019 talking to employees to say, ‘if it doesn’t work, we will restructure the company,’” Torley said. Because of that communication, the team “knew the opportunity, but also knew the risks, and knew they could handle it for their family."

By 2020’s second quarter, Halozyme had laid off more than half its employees and dialed back R&D spending to $9 million, down from $33.9 million during the same period last year. Meanwhile, Torley was ready to pitch investors on the company’s new path to profitability via its Enhanze technology.

Transparency is key to her leadership philosophy, built on a trio of tenets: strategy, culture and “people development.”

That last one is essential to Torley, whose trajectory through the life sciences industry was supported by sponsors who pushed her into leadership roles during her time at pharma outfits like Amgen.

“Mentors are great, but you need sponsors,” Torley said—higher-ups who not only show you the ropes, but see you as a potential leader and take you out of your comfort zone to assume more responsibility. She’s a big believer in that model, especially for women, as a means to advance in the field.

A rheumatologist by training, Torley started her career in clinical practice in the U.K. While she was working on a study for Sandoz, the Novartis unit recruited her to lead its phase 3 clinical program for cyclosporin in rheumatoid arthritis, before she eventually moved up to head medical affairs.

That role sparked an interest in marketing, and several years on, she moved to a commercialization role at Bristol Myers Squibb. It was a step down in terms of Torley’s title, but essential to building the skills she needed to get where she eventually wanted to go. “You have to work the plan,” she said.

Torley then switched over to Amgen, excited to return to her rheumatology roots. The company had just launched the now-blockbuster immunology med Enbrel, and there, Torley took on a job similar to the one she'd been doing at BMS. It was at Amgen that Torley found one of her sponsors, who chose her to head the company’s nephrology and bone health business.

After a stint at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, which Amgen acquired in 2013, Torley in 2014 felt she was ready to lead a company. Halozyme was the right fit, she thought; at the time, it had a number of data readouts coming and was closer to the market and commercialization—Torley’s wheelhouse.

While the company’s oncology efforts may not have panned out, Torley has made good on her plan to deliver profits in 2020. In the year’s second quarter, the company posted revenues of $55.2 million, up from $39.1 million year over year. Drug delivery partnerships with companies like Janssen and Bristol Myers Squibb contributed $32.3 million toward that total.

Meanwhile, Enhanze-partnered drugs have been racking up approvals in recent months: Janssen’s subcutaneous version of Darzalex—Faspro—won nods from the FDA and the European Medicines Agency, and Roche’s combination breast cancer med Phesgo grabbed an FDA green light in June.

The company now has five partnered drugs on the market and expects a total of five phase 1 starts for Enhanze-paired products before the year is out, with a clear line of sight to additional trial launches in 2021, Torley said. And while the company is all in on Enhanze right now, it’s not opposed to growing by acquisition and potentially picking up another delivery platform, she added.

In her climb to the top, Torley said she’s never felt explicitly passed over for a job because she’s a woman, but she has noticed that there’s a “protectionist” mindset, fueled by unconscious biases, that’s often unfairly applied to women in the industry—especially for those eyeing leadership roles.

In talent reviews, it’s not uncommon to hear comments like, “Oh, she’s ready for a promotion but she’s just had a baby. Let’s not trouble her at this time,” Torley said.

Halozyme, for its part, works to ensure that potential job candidates, as well as the groups of employees interviewing them, are diverse, Torley said—and her work to boost inclusivity across the industry doesn't end with her own company, either. 

Back in 2015, Torley came across a Liftstream report analyzing trends among CEOs and corporate boards from the city’s public biotech companies. To her surprise, she was listed as the only female CEO across the 44 San Diego firms covered.

Taking the issue to the Workforce Development, Diversity and Inclusion (WDDI) committee of  the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), an outside speaker told Torley that the only way to get more women on biotech boards would be to only consider women for open positions.

“That was unacceptable,” Torley said, adding that she was “so vocal they asked me to chair the committee.” So chair she did.

In her role at WDDI, Torley has helped drive initial efforts to boost diversity among leadership and board. While some improvements have been made, there’s still much work to be done, Torley said.

“We’re still struggling at the functional leader [level] and C-suite,” she said. CEOs need to review their talent development process and look at what’s holding them back from building more diverse leadership teams, she added.

Sponsorships to speed the growth of more diverse candidates will play a big part, she thinks.

As for her advice to other women looking to get ahead in the industry, “have a plan, understand the skills you need to develop, and get the jobs to build those skills to be successful,” Torley said. Taking an opportunity when it comes is also key—plus, a sponsorship or two couldn’t hurt.

What is Helen Torley's net worth?

The estimated net worth of Helen Torley is at least $24.94 million as of August 31st, 2023. Dr. Torley owns 623,666 shares of Halozyme Therapeutics stock worth more than $24,940,403 as of December 6th. This net worth evaluation does not reflect any other assets that Dr. Torley may own. Additionally, Dr. Torley receives a salary of $1,450,000.00 as CEO at Halozyme Therapeutics. Learn More about Helen Torley's net worth.

How old is Helen Torley?

Dr. Torley is currently 60 years old. There are 3 older executives and no younger executives at Halozyme Therapeutics. Learn More on Helen Torley's age.

What is Helen Torley's salary?

As the CEO of Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., Dr. Torley earns $1,450,000.00 per year. Learn More on Helen Torley's salary.

How do I contact Helen Torley?

The corporate mailing address for Dr. Torley and other Halozyme Therapeutics executives is 11388 SORRENTO VALLEY ROAD, SAN DIEGO CA, 92121-1345. Halozyme Therapeutics can also be reached via phone at 858-794-8889 and via email at [email protected]. Learn More on Helen Torley's contact information.

Has Helen Torley been buying or selling shares of Halozyme Therapeutics?

Helen Torley has not been actively trading shares of Halozyme Therapeutics in the last ninety days. Most recently, Helen Torley sold 10,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.82, for a transaction totalling $428,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 623,666 shares of the company's stock, valued at $26,705,378.12. Learn More on Helen Torley's trading history.

Who are Halozyme Therapeutics' active insiders?

Halozyme Therapeutics' insider roster includes Jean-Pierre Bizzari (Director), James Daly (Director), Jeffrey Henderson (Director), Kenneth Kelley (Director), Michael LaBarre (SVP), Nicole Labrosse (CFO), Connie Matsui (Director), Matthew Posard (Director), and Helen Torley (CEO). Learn More on Halozyme Therapeutics' active insiders.

Are insiders buying or selling shares of Halozyme Therapeutics?

In the last year, insiders at the biopharmaceutical company sold shares 25 times. They sold a total of 243,586 shares worth more than $11,024,546.36. The most recent insider tranaction occured on October, 17th when SVP Michael J Labarre sold 10,000 shares worth more than $365,200.00. Insiders at Halozyme Therapeutics own 2.3% of the company. Learn More about insider trades at Halozyme Therapeutics.

Information on this page was last updated on 10/17/2023.

Helen Torley Insider Trading History at Halozyme Therapeutics

Transaction DateBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionShares Held After TransactionDetails
8/31/2023Sell10,000$42.82$428,200.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
8/29/2023Sell10,000$42.40$424,000.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
8/17/2023Sell10,000$43.18$431,800.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
7/26/2023Sell10,000$42.69$426,900.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
3/9/2023Sell10,000$42.73$427,300.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
3/7/2023Sell10,000$45.47$454,700.00623,666View SEC Filing Icon  
2/16/2023Sell11,061$49.26$544,864.86633,666View SEC Filing Icon  
2/8/2023Sell10,000$51.36$513,600.00587,177View SEC Filing Icon  
1/19/2023Sell10,000$52.41$524,100.00587,177View SEC Filing Icon  
12/15/2022Sell10,000$57.37$573,700.00587,177View SEC Filing Icon  
11/17/2022Sell10,000$52.15$521,500.00587,177View SEC Filing Icon  
11/8/2021Sell50,000$39.82$1,991,000.00View SEC Filing Icon  
10/4/2021Sell50,000$40.09$2,004,500.00View SEC Filing Icon  
9/7/2021Sell50,000$42.38$2,119,000.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
8/10/2021Sell50,000$41.11$2,055,500.00View SEC Filing Icon  
7/6/2021Sell50,000$45.97$2,298,500.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
6/7/2021Sell50,000$39.66$1,983,000.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
5/11/2021Sell50,000$43.02$2,151,000.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
4/5/2021Sell50,000$42.55$2,127,500.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
3/1/2021Sell50,000$46.19$2,309,500.00587,160View SEC Filing Icon  
2/1/2021Sell50,000$47.84$2,392,000.00520,522View SEC Filing Icon  
11/25/2020Sell50,000$40.73$2,036,500.00530,522View SEC Filing Icon  
9/16/2014Buy50,000$8.92$446,000.00View SEC Filing Icon  
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Halozyme Therapeutics Company Overview

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Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharma technology platform company, researches, develops, and commercializes proprietary enzymes and devices in the United States, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Japan, and internationally. The company's products are based on the patented recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (rHuPH20) that enables delivery of injectable biologics, such as monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic molecules, as well as small molecules and fluids. It offers Hylenex recombinant, a formulation of rHuPH20 to facilitate subcutaneous (SC) fluid administration for achieving hydration to enhance the dispersion and absorption of other injected drugs in SC urography and to enhance resorption of radiopaque agents; XYOSTED, an injection for SC administration of testosterone replacement therapy; NOCDURNA, a sublingual tablet to treat nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria; TLANDO, an oral formulation for testosterone replacement therapy; and ATRS-1902, a proprietary drug device combination product. The company also provides Herceptin (trastuzumab), Herceptin Hylecta, and Phesgo to treat breast cancer; Mabthera SC for the treatment of multiple blood cancer; HYQVIA to treat primary immunodeficiency disorders; and DARZALEX for patients with amyloidosis, smoldering myeloma, and multiple myeloma. In addition, it offers Epinephrine Injection to treat allergy and immunology; Sumatriptan injection for migraines; exenatide and teriparatide injections; Makena, a progestin drug to reduce the risk of preterm birth; and OTREXUP, a SC methotrexate injection for adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis and severe recalcitrant psoriasis, as well as children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Further, the company provides ATRS-1902 for adrenal crisis rescue; ARGX-113; and ARGX-117 to treat severe autoimmune diseases in multifocal motor neuropathy. Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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