Mr. Howton is the Chief Operating Officer and leads corporate functions including program management, legal and human resources.
Mr. Howton has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Solid Biosciences since September 2023, having previously held the role of Chief Administrative Officer from December 2022. Mr. Howton served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of AavantiBio from March 2021 to December 2022.
From November 2012 to December 2020, Mr. Howton served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., or Sarepta, a precision genetic medicine company. Prior to joining Sarepta, Mr. Howton served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Vertex, Mr. Howton served in multiple legal roles at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company. Mr. Howton has served on the board of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island since March 2021.
Mr. Howton received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.