Oral Histories

Life Sciences Sector

Adams, Thomas

Dr. Thomas H. Adams holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Adams founded Gen-Probe, Inc. in 1984 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman until its acquisition by Chugai Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. in 198... Learn more »

Anderson, Richard

Dr. Richard Anderson obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1979. From 1981-1984 he worked as a scientist at Bayer Diagnostics (Miles Laboratories). In 1984, Dr. Anderson began work with Hybritech in 1984 and then went on t... Learn more »

Birndorf, Howard

Dr. Birndorf holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry degree from Wayne State University and has received honorary doctorates from both Wayne State University and Oakland University. Beginning in 1978, Dr. Birndorf worked with Hybritech Incorporated and h... Learn more »

Blair, James

Dr. James C. Blair, Jim, Ph.D., serves as a Partner of Domain Associates, L.L.C. Dr. Blair has been in this role since joining Domain on it’s founding in 1985. Dr. Blair has over 40 years experience with venture and emerging growth companies. He has ... Learn more »

Blickenstaff, Kim

Mr. Blickenstaff earned an MBA from Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He held various finance operations, research management, sales management, strategic planning and marketing positions with Hybritech Incorporated and Baxter ... Learn more »

Buechler, Ken

Dr. Buechler received his doctorate in biochemistry and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University. Dr. Buechler was a senior research scientist for the Diagnostics Research and Development Group at Hybritech Incorporated in San Diego... Learn more »

Byers, Brook

Dr. Brook H. Byers, Ph.D., is a Partner at KPCB Digital Growth Fund, L.P., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XI, L.P., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XII, L.P., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XIII, L.P. and KPCB Information Sciences Zaibatsu Fund II, L.... Learn more »

Carson, Dennis

Dr. Dennis A. Carson, Ph.D., M.D. Co-Founded Wintherix, LLC in 2007 and serves as its Advisor. Dr. Carson serves as an Advisor at Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Carson Co-founded Telormedix SA in 2008 and served as its Advisor. He serves as an Associa... Learn more »

Cohen, Kenneth

Mr. Cohen received degrees in biology and chemistry from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cohen began his career at Eli Lilly and Company in 1978, where, among many different responsibilities over ... Learn more »

Comer, William

Dr. Comer received a B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College in 1957, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1961. From 1961-1991 he was employed by Mead Johnson & Co. which was acquired by Bristol-Myers; he was respo... Learn more »

Cramer, Richard

Mr. Cramer is best known as the entrepreneur who founded Ivac and Imed, two major manufacturers of medical infusion pumps. Mr. Cramer founded Ivac in 1967, but later was forced out in a proxy fight. He founded Imed in 1972. In 1982, Mr. Cramer sold the com... Learn more »

Crawford, John

Mr. Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crawford has been a consultant, executive offi... Learn more »

Desmond, Walter

After receiving his PhD in biochemistry from UCLA in 1979, Dr. Walter Desmond went to work for Hybritech for over twenty years, where he contributed to the development of TANDEM and ICON technologies and other important developments. He went on to work in ... Learn more »

Dittamore, Ray

Mr. Raymond V. Dittamore, known as Ray, served as an Audit Partner of Ernst & Young, LLP until June 2001. Mr. Dittamore has over three decades of public accounting experience, primarily served companies in the life sciences industry. He has over 35 years ... Learn more »

Dobak, John

Dr. Dobak received his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and his M.D. from the UC, San Diego in 1992. He went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer with CryoCor, and Chief Executive Officer and founder of Intercool where he was a co-inventor of Intercool&... Learn more »

Dunham, Jeanne

Ms. Dunham received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA in production management from San Diego State University. Born in Dover, NJ in 1945, Jeanne M. Dunham passed away in her sleep in May 2010. A longtime Mission Hil... Learn more »

Dunn, John M.

Mr. John M. Dunn, J.D., is the Executive Vice President of New Ventures at Biogen Idec Ma Inc. He served as an Executive Vice President of New Ventures at Biogen Idec Inc., since November 2003. Mr. Dunn joined Biogen Idec in January 2002 and served as a Se... Learn more »

Farrell, Peter

Peter Farrell is founder and chairman of the board of ResMed and has been a director and chairman of the board since its inception in June 1989. He served as chief executive officer from July 1990 until December 2007 and from February 2011 until March 2013... Learn more »

Felgner, Phil

Dr. Felgner received his PhD in Biochemistry/Neuroscience from Michigan State University in 1978 and also completed Postdoctoral training in Biophysics at University of Virginia. He has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including s... Learn more »

Fleming, Standish

A 27-year veteran of venture capital investing, Mr. Fleming has helped raise and manage six venture funds totaling more than $500 million and has served on the boards of 19 venture-backed companies. He has extensive experience in all aspects of venture man... Learn more »

Greene, Howard

Howard (Ted) Greene received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University. Largely based in San Diego and retired to Michigan, his business career included founding or managing eleven medical technology companies. H... Learn more »

Hagan, Phillip

Dr. Hagan collaborated with Hybritech and its research as a radiopharmacist beginning in 1978 and was involved in cancer research until 1987. Dr. Hagan continued to work in nuclear medicine until 1997.... Learn more »

Halpern, Samuel

Dr. Halpern received his M.D. in 1962 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residence in 1968 at the University of Oklahoma. He worked with Hybritech beginning in 1970 as a consultant doing radiopharmaceuti... Learn more »

Iannuzzi, Guy

Guy Iannuzzi is a marketing executive with over 40 years of diversified experience in marketing, proficient in translating technologies into commercial success. Guy founded the agency Mentus in 1981, specializing in marketing and public relations for high ... Learn more »

Jolly, Douglass

Dr. Douglass Jolly was born in the United Kingdom and received a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow. Before entering the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Jolly pursued his academic career in biophysics and molecular biology at the Weizmann ... Learn more »

Kabakoff, David

Dr. Kabakoff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Yale University, and post-doctoral research at the University of California San Diego. He held senior executive positions with S... Learn more »

Kinsella, Kevin J.

Mr. Kevin J. Kinsella is the Founder and Managing Director at Avalon Ventures, LLC. He founded the firm in March 1983. Mr. Kinsella serves as Managing Member of Panmira Pharmaceuticals, LLC. He co-founded AnaptysBio, Inc., in 2005 and serves as its Execut... Learn more »

Klause, Karen

Ms. Klause received her degree from the University of Virginia and has over 30 years of experience in the health care field. She began her career at Technicare Corporation, where she held a variety of senior positions, including Director of the MR Business... Learn more »

Laikind, Paul

Dr. Laikind earned a PhD in Chemistry from UC, San Diego and has served as a research faculty member at the UC, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Laikind founded Gensia Inc. in 1986 and was Vice President of Business Development and a Director at Gensia wh... Learn more »

Muto, Frederick

Frederick T. Muto serves as Chair of the Business department at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. He was a founding partner of the Firm's San Diego office, which opened in 1992, and has been with the Firm since 1980. The Firm's San Diego off... Learn more »

Nova, Tina

Dr. Nova holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside. From 1994 to January 2000, Dr. Nova served as Chief Operating Officer and... Learn more »

Owen, Cole

Mr. Owen studied Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and also obtained a degree in Business. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer and veteran of two tours of duty in Vietnam. Prior to entering the health care industry, Mr. Owen worke... Learn more »

Payne, Greg

Mr. Payne received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from UC, San Diego and then immediately went on to work more than 25 years with Hybritech, Inc. in various departments, including research and development, and regulatory affairs. He concurrently served at B... Learn more »

Rastetter, William

Dr. Rastetter holds a Bachelor of Science from MIT and earned a Masters and PhD degree in Chemistry from Harvard University. After leaving teaching on the East Coast, he joined Genentech Inc. (1982-1986), where he worked as a scientist and later as directo... Learn more »

Respess, William

Dr. Respess received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Virginia Military Institute, obtained his J.D. from George Washington University, and earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT. He served as partner of Lyon & Lyon LLP, and Vice Presiden... Learn more »

Richman, Douglas

Dr. Richman earned his Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College and his M.D. at Stanford University. He trained as an infectious disease physician and medical virologist at Stanford, the NIH and Harvard before joining the faculty at UC, San Diego in 1976. Dr.... Learn more »

Royston, Ivor

Dr. Royston earned his Bachelor of Arts and M.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and completed post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at Stanford University. He has been involved in the biotechnology industry in San Diego fr... Learn more »

Schneider, Richard

Dr. Richard (Dick) S. Schneider obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from UC, Berkeley, attended the Stanford University School of Business, and obtained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Wisconsin. He completed his post-doctoral studi... Learn more »

Sparks, Thomas E.

Thomas Sparks is senior partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. His practice includes public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, venture capital, intellectual property matters, joint ventures, corporate collaborations, merger... Learn more »

Taylor, Ron

Mr. Ron Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts from UC, Irvine. He served in management roles at Allergan Pharmaceuticals and was responsible for the operations and international sales at Hybritech, Inc. Mr.... Learn more »

Titus, David

David Titus became President of the San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) in April 2011. He is also Managing Director of Windward Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on Southern California technology companies. Mr. Titus founded Windward ... Learn more »

Valkirs, Gunars

Dr. Gunars E. Valkirs earned a PhD in Physics from UC, San Diego. Dr. Valkirs was a scientific investigator with the Diagnostics Research and Development Group at Hybritech Incorporated. During his tenure at Hybritech, he invented and developed the first r... Learn more »

Walshok, Mary

Dr. Mary Lindenstein Walshok is a Member of Advisory Board at Finistere Partners, LLC. She is the Dean of the University Extension and Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Programs at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Walshok is responsibl... Learn more »

Wang, Robert

Dr. Robert Wang has served for more than 20 years in the biotechnology and biomedical device industries. He was Vice President of Pharmaceutical Operations for Genta Incorporated, Vice President of Product and Process Development for Gen-Probe Incorporated... Learn more »

Wollaeger, Tim

Mr. Tim Wollaeger earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for three years, and earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He worked at Baxter International and at Hybritech, Inc., San Diego's... Learn more »

Software/Information Technology Sector

Stannard, Paul

Mr. Paul Stannard Founded SmartDraw.com in 1994 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stannard serves as Regional Director of Building Services Division at Cameron Taylor Group Limited. Mr. Stannard began his career in the PC industry in 1980. He ... Learn more »

Telecommunications Sector

Bry, Barbara

Barbara Bry is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the chief operating officer for Blackbird Ventures that invests in and incubates early stage technology companies. In addition, she and her husband Neil Senturia teach entrepreneurship at UC San Diego a... Learn more »

Dennis, Martha

Dr. Martha G. Dennis was a Venture Partner at Windward Ventures and Windward Ventures 2000. Prior to joining Windward Ventures in 2001, Dr. Dennis served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of WaveWare Communications. During her 35-ye... Learn more »

Larson, Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence E. Larson received the BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, and a PhD from UCLA. 
From 1980 to 1996 he was at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, CA, where he directed the development of high-frequency microe... Learn more »

Milstein, Laurence

Larry Milstein joined the UCSD faculty in 1976, and is a former chairman of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. He earned his Ph.D. in 1968 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. From 1968-1974, Milstein worked on satellite com... Learn more »

Palmer, Douglas

Dr. Palmer specializes in unconventional signal processing. He holds over a dozen U.S. patents and has founded or participated in the startup of many companies. He spent 8 years at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and then went on at Linkabit Corp, Western... Learn more »

Partovi, Naser

Naser Partovi serves as a Managing Director and Partner of Enterprise Partners VI, L.P. Mr. Partovi served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Sky Mobilemedia, Inc. He served as a Managing Director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, where... Learn more »

Ray, Gene

Dr. Gene Wells Ray, Ph.D. has been Managing Director of GMT Ventures, since 2005. Dr. Ray has an extensive experience in technology, defense and government relations. Prior to GMT Ventures, he founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of... Learn more »

Senturia, Neil

Mr. Neil R. Senturia serves as Chief Executive Officer of Blackbird Ventures. Mr. Senturia serves as Chief Executive Officer of San Diego News Network, LLC, United States Local News Network Inc., Enviroclean Technologies, Oberon Fuels, Lono Cloud, and Quan... Learn more »

Viterbi, Andrew

Dr. Viterbi is a pioneer in the field of Wireless Communications. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT, and his Ph.D. in digital communications from the University of Southern California (USC). He taught at UCLA and consulted for the Jet ... Learn more »