The TDG Board of Directors is comprised of distinguished UCLA faculty and executives from a range of industries, including biopharmaceuticals, engineering, finance, private equity, and venture capital. Board members provide guidance in making strategic investment decisions, oversight and direction to TDG's activities.
Board of Directors
Tom Unterman, Chairman
Tom is the founding partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms in Los Angeles. Through Rustic Canyon, he has raised venture funds in excess of $800 million. Among his notable investments are Netscape, LoopNet, Glass Lewis, and Fulcrum Bioenergy. Prior to forming Rustic Canyon Partners, Mr. Unterman had a long career as a corporate executive. From 1992 to 1999, he held several executive positions at Times Mirror Company, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. At Times Mirror, he led the acquisition and divestiture activity and oversaw the investment program. Prior to joining Times Mirror, Tom was one of California’s leading corporate attorneys, practicing first with Orrick, Herrington from 1969 to 1986 and then with Morrison & Foerster from 1986 to 1992.
Tom also serves as the Chairman of the Board of MediaSpan Group, Inc., and a Director of Agribuys, Bassoe Offshore, FoodLink Online, LLC, The Deal, LLC, SLS Breeze Holdings, Inc., Practice Technologies, and RiverOne, Inc. He has been a Director of Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. since August 2007, Element K Corporation since February 2000 and WorldRes.com, Inc. since March 1999. He serves as a Director of Néo-Soft NSI SA, Transonic Combustion, Inc., ODS-Petrodata, Inc.(alternate name IHS-Petrodata, Inc.), Good Technology, Inc., Intrepid Learning Solutions, Inc., Navigating Cancer, Inc., RealPractice, Inc. and iCopyright, Inc. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at US Renewables Group, LLC. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at BlackLine Systems, Inc. since March 10, 2011.
Tom serves actively on the boards of the California Community Foundation, CalArts, Heal the Bay, and MOCA.
Norman served as acting chancellor of UCLA in 2006-2007. He retired from the Law School faculty in 2007 with the titles of Acting Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, but he has been recalled and continues to teach and write in the areas of anti-terrorism law, federal criminal law and evidence.
Abrams joined the UCLA Law School faculty and has been a member of the UCLA family since 1959. From 1991 to 2001 he served as UCLA's vice chancellor of academic personnel, overseeing faculty appointments and promotions on the campus. He served as interim dean of the law school from 2003 to 2004, and earlier had served as associate dean, from 1989 to 1991. In May, 2012, Abrams received the award of highest distinction conferred by the UCLA Emeriti Association, which is their Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.
The fifth edition of Abrams' groundbreaking casebook on federal criminal law, Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (with Beale and Klein), was published in 2010. Another of his books, Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement, (4th edition, 2012), is the first casebook to deal comprehensively with the rapidly evolving field of anti-terrorism law and the criminal enforcement process. He is also a co-author of Evidence - Cases and Materials (with Judge Jack B. Weinstein, et al.). Over his long career, he has written on many subjects, including prosecutorial discretion, federal jurisdiction, conspiracy law, evidentiary privileges and, more recently, anti-terrorism.
Before joining UCLA, Abrams served as an associate in law at Columbia University Law School and as a research associate and director of Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research for Israel's Legal Development at the Harvard Law School. He has also been a consultant to various state and federal commissions and professional committees, and, while on leave from UCLA, in 1966-67, he was appointed a special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, serving in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has taught as a visiting professor at Stanford University Law School, UC Berkeley Law School, the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan School of Law, University of Southern California Law School and Loyola University (Los Angeles) School of Law.
Dr. Fabrizio Bonanni retired in 2013 from his position as executive vice president at Amgen, the world’s largest independent biotechnology company. In his 14 years with Amgen, he served as senior vice president, Quality and Compliance and corporate compliance officer, senior vice president, Manufacturing, and finally EVP Operations, overseeing the company's global production and supply chain activities as well as Quality, Process Development, Drug Delivery Devices, Engineering, and Environment, Health and Safety.
While at Amgen, Bonanni served as a Trustee of the California Science Center, of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, of the Science Technology and Research Trust of Puerto Rico, and as a member of the Board of the California Healthcare Institute. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Board of BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Association and co-chaired its Intellectual Property Committee.
Previously, he was corporate vice president, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs and corporate vice president, Quality System for Baxter International Inc., a company he joined in 1974, in Italy. At Baxter, Bonanni spent half of his career in international operations, including more than eight years at the company's European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Bonanni earned his doctorate in chemistry, summa cum laude, mention of honor, from the University of Florence and did postdoctoral work in physiological chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an alumnus of the Institute for International Management, Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and of the Executive Program in Manufacturing, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration.
Currently, Dr. Bonanni is a member of the board of directors and chair of the Internal Audit Committee of the Stevanato Group, an Italian company developing and manufacturing high quality primary containers, equipment, and devices for the bio-pharma industry. He also serves on the Advisory Board of InCube Labs, a San Jose, California, based company dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative medical technologies. He is a member of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of XBiotech of Austin, Texas, an emerging biotechnology company that discovers, develops, and manufactures a novel class of therapeutic antibodies, and of Menarini Biotech, a unit of the Menarini Group, the leading Italian pharmaceutical company. In June 2016, Bonanni was appointed to the board of directors of Theranos Inc. of Palo Alto, California, where he chairs the Compliance and Quality Committee. Theranos is a health technology company dedicated to the invention, development, and commercialization of a platform of novel, miniaturized diagnostic devices.
Michael J. Cleare
From 2000-2007, Mike was the Executive Director of Science and Technology Ventures at Columbia University in New York. This position included responsibility for all technology transfer activities at Columbia and involved licensing, spin off/start up companies, industrial research funding and domestic and international partnerships relating to IP. In August 2007, Mike joined the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Vice Provost for Research, responsible for all technology transfer, IP management and industrial liaison activities.
Before joining Columbia University, Mike Cleare worked for 30 years at Johnson Matthey, a UK-based multinational world leader in advanced materials technology. His experiences range from the Senior R&D Executive through Business Development to a range of senior business management positions, and included service on the main Board of the Company for four years. While in R&D, Mike was involved in the discovery and development of a major new class of anti-cancer drugs; he is credited as one of the inventors of the platinum-based drug carboplatin. He served as President of several of the company's major divisions, including Pharmaceutical Materials, Chemicals and Metals, Catalytic Systems and Electronic Materials. He has managed complex global business, negotiated and closed multi-million dollar licensing and technology transfer deals, and entered into multiple research funding agreements with major universities. For nine years, Mike was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian biotechnology company, AnorMed, which he helped to spin off from Johnson Matthey in 1996. He has published more than 40 articles and papers and holds 10 patents.
Dr. Cleare serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for Arizona State University.
Michael Dal Bello
Mr. Michael A. Dal Bello is an Investment Partner of Healthcare at Pritzker Group Private Capital. He is the President, since July 2014 and Director of Healthcare Private Equity Association. Mr. Dal Bello is a part of the healthcare investment team and leads the firm's healthcare sector investing. Previously, he served as the Managing Director The Blackstone Group, Private Equity Group. Mr. Dal Bello focused on investments in the healthcare, insurance and professional services industries. He joined Blackstone in 2002. During his tenure at Blackstone, he helped lead sourcing efforts in healthcare and insurance, investing more than $7 billion of equity capital in 13 transactions. Mr. Dal Bello also served on ten Corporate Boards, working with management teams to drive value through operational improvements, acquisitions and divestitures. He served as an Associate at Hellman & Friedman LLC, where he was involved with the analysis and execution of private equity investments in the media and professional services sectors. Mr. Dal Bello was a Strategic Consultant at Bain & Company, Inc. He was a Research Associate at the China Center for Economic Research. Mr. Dal Bello has been a Director of Vanguard Health Systems Inc. since September 23, 2004 and also serves as a Representative Director of Health Finance Corp. He serves as a Director of Biomet 3i, LLC. Mr. Dal Bello served as a Director of Sithe Global Power, LLC and Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. He served as a Director of Emdeon Inc., from November 2011 to November 21, 2013. Mr. Dal Bello served as a Director of Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. since April 2007. Mr. Dal Bello served as a Director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc., from October 2008 to 2013. He served as a Director of Team Health Holdings, Inc., from November 2005 to March 6, 2013. Mr. Dal Bello served on the Advisory Board of the Youth Advocacy Center in New York. He served as a Director of LVB Acquisition, Inc. and Biomet Inc., since July 2007 until February 14, 2014. Mr. Dal Bello received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2002. He was selected as a Thouron Scholar to attend Oxford University where he received an M.A. in Oxon, Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1995. Mr. Dal Bello received a B.A. in International Relations and a B.S. in Finance in 1993 from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is also studied from Peking University in 1996.
Judith C. Gasson, a professor of biological chemistry and medicine, became director of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1995. A molecular biologist, Gasson is responsible for one of only 39 institutions nationwide designated as comprehensive cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute. In addition to her administrative duties, Gasson also is a gifted scientist. She was instrumental in purifying for the first time a hormone-like substance that increases the speed of bone marrow cell reproduction. That substance, called GM-CSF, is used to help prevent infections in cancer patients, and to allow patients to tolerate more chemotherapy and radiation than had previously been possible. In 2005, Gasson was named a co-director of the UCLA Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Medicine and she recently testified before a key Senate subcommittee on the promise of stem cell research in cancer. Gasson also serves as a board member for the American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Colorado State University and a doctorate in physiology at the University of Colorado. Gasson did post doctoral work at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. In 1983, she left the Salk Institute to join UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, which comprises more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating the results into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2005, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named the best cancer center in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for six consecutive years.
David has spent the past 25 years working to assist clients’ life science innovation strategies. This work has included a range of investment, transactional and partnering strategies. David spent the majority of his career as a Managing Director of The Frankel Group in NYC and Israel and most recently served as the Managing Director and lead of Huron’s Life Science Strategy team. In addition to client work, David has spent time teaching life sciences to business students and business to medical students. David holds a degree in East Asian History from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. David, Jaime and their two daughters live in Summit, NJ.
Ms. Hansen heads the legal group of Abbott Diabetes Care, located in Alameda, California, a global healthcare company focused on diagnostic and medical devices and other products for people living with diabetes. At Abbott, Ms. Hansen provides advice to management on all legal aspects of technology licensing, patent strategies, business development, R&D, procurement, sales, marketing, and other matters impacting the Diabetes Care division. Prior to this role, Ms. Hansen led the IP Group of Abbott Diabetes where she managed the patent group responsible for strategic patenting, licensing including academic licensing, IP litigation, and business counseling.
Before joining Abbott, Ms. Hansen served as the Associate Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she represented the USPTO in Appellate and District Courts in patent, trademark, and disciplinary matters. She advised the USPTO and other administrative offices on patent policy and worked with Congress on the various Patent Reform bills. She also worked with the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice on several intellectual property cases heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to this role at the Patent and Trademark Office, Ms. Hansen practiced law for over 10 years with the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP where she focused on IP counseling including licensing and conducting due diligence for the IP aspects of corporate deals, and complex commercial litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust litigation. As a Partner of the firm, she represented clients in a variety of businesses including biotechnology, telecommunications, software, and chemical industries. As part of her outreach activities through the firm, Ms. Hansen served as a judge for moot court competitions for the UCLA School of Law. Ms. Hansen also worked on various corporate and intellectual property matters in the international group at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan.
Before embarking in a career in law, Ms. Hansen was a product development engineer for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. where she was responsible for new product development, implementing new technology developed in the research organization, and ensuring compliance with various environmental laws.
Mr. Hudson is the founder of Paul C. Hudson Consulting where he combines his interest in sustainability strategies for nonprofits and his experience with for-profit mergers, collaborations, and consolidations to bring best business practices, strategies and systems to the nonprofit sector. Hudson Consulting advises and assists nonprofit organizations with structuring, financing and implementing strategic alliances including collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, cooperatives and other organizational restructurings.
Mr. Hudson is also the immediate past Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Broadway Federal Bank, the largest and only publicly owned African American bank west of the Mississippi. Broadway Federal is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and has served the underserved minority markets of South Los Angeles since 1947.
Prior to joining Broadway Federal in 1980, Hudson practiced law with the Washington D.C. firm of WilmerHale. In 1975, he returned to Los Angeles to join the law firm established by his father, Hudson, Sandoz and Brown.
He is a past President of the Los Angeles NAACP and past Chairman of the Los Angeles City Community Redevelopment Agency. He has also served on several industry and business boards, including California Bankers Association, California Business Roundtable, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
Christoph Huels is responsible for the corporate innovation strategy and the technology foresight at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He is experienced in different businesses at Merck in Healthcare as well as Performance Materials (specialty chemicals). Including operational excellence in R&D, licensing, bio-partnering as well as the Corporate Venture Fund of Merck. Before joining Merck in 2008, he was CEO of Protagen AG, a German biotech company focussing on high value services in protein analysis especially under GMP, tool and software development for R&D in proteomics and the development of diagnostics based on a technology platform around protein biochips. He managed there several rounds of financing for the development of diagnostics as well as the build-up of a profitable service business in protein analysis. From 1999 to 2001 Christoph was responsible for project and portfolio management at Azupharma GmbH and CoKG, the German subsidiary of the Generics business of the Novartis group. He started his professional career in 1994 at Hoechst AG. After two years in the pharma division of Hoechst (today Sanofi) in Rheumatology/Immunology early phase drug development, he was working in increasing responsibility on projects in cell adhesion, protein evolution and RNA-splicing in the Central Research department. Christoph received his PhD in Biology from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz at the Institute of Immunology.
Dr. Jakobovits is the Founder, President and CEO of Adicet Bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, which together with its wholly-owned Israeli subsidiary, Adicet Bio Israel, is focused on the development of next-generation immunotherapies. Prior to starting Adicet, Dr. Jakobovits served as a Venture Partner with OrbiMed Advisors. From 2010-2013 she served as President & Founding CEO of Kite Pharma Inc., a leader in autologous T cell therapy. Prior to Kite Pharma, she served as Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development at Agensys Inc., an affiliate of Astellas Pharma, Inc. Before Agensys’ acquisition in 2007, for a deal value of $537 million, she served as Senior Vice President, Technology and Corporate Development and Chief Scientific Officer, and led Agensys transition from a small gene discovery lab into a fully integrated biotech company with a proprietary portfolio of novel cancer targets and a clinical pipeline of cancer therapeutic antibodies. Before Agensys, Dr. Jakobovits served as Director, Discovery Research and Principal Scientist at Abgenix Inc., which was spun out of Cell Genesys based on XenoMouse® technology developed under her leadership. Abgenix was acquired by Amgen for $2.2 billion.
Dr. Jakobovits received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Genentech and at UCSF. Dr. Jakobovits is an author of over 50 scientific publications and inventor on over 100 patents.
Rajit Malhotra is a Technology Entrepreneur, Executive and Investor. He invests in, advises and helps build rapidly growing, early stage companies. He has a deep expertise in healthcare, as well as extensive experience across a broad range of industries, including Biopharma, Artificial Intelligence, Energy, and Real Estate. He is the Executive Chairman at AmperSand Biopharma, a rapidly growing company. He is also the Executive Chairman of Tour Engine, a novel combustion engine technology based business. He also advises other companies, both within and outside his investment portfolio.
Rajit founded his first business while still in college, building it into the largest retail chain of Paint Technology stores in Oman & Dubai. He was a co-founder and board member of one of India’s largest biotech companies, Shantha Biotech, which was sold to Sanofi Aventis for over $850M in 2009. Amongst a few other ventures, he engineered a rapid performance turnaround at one of the largest pharmacy chains in Oman.
In 2002, Rajit joined the LA office of McKinsey, and eventually took over as the Managing Partner for the SoCal region, until leaving in 2016. While at McKinsey, he counseled CEOs, Boards and senior executives at Fortune 500 companies He was a leader of the healthcare, public sector and EPNG practices. His healthcare clients include biopharma, medical products manufacturers, providers and distribution companies. He accumulated extensive experience across a broad range of C-suite level issues, including organizational transformation, growth strategy, commercial excellence, capability building, mergers and acquisitions and driving change at scale.
Rajit lives in Los Angeles with his two children and golden retriever. He is actively involved with several civic and charitable projects. Rajit is on the Board of the UCLA Technology Development Corporation and the CAFAM Museum. He has been on the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, a member of the Southern California Leadership Council, and the Board of the Saban Free Clinic. He was a founding member of the Oman Chapter of YEO in the mid 1990s and is currently a member, and on the Executive Committee, of the Bel Air Chapter of YPO.
Rajit received an MPA/ID from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and his MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University. He has dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Liberal Arts from the Wharton School and the College at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
John T. Mapes
John Mapes is the Managing Partner of Aurora Capital Partners and Chairman of the Investment Committee. He has spent his entire 23 year professional career in the financial services sector.
Aurora Capital Partners was founded in 1991. With assets under management in excess of $2.0 billion, Aurora is a private equity investment firm that invests across a number of funds in middle market companies across the country. Aurora Capital Partners is currently investing out of its sixth fund. The Firm acquires controlling interests in companies in such sectors as: specialty manufacturing, distribution and software/tech-enabled services. In addition to leading the Firm’s private equity practice, John is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. While he has extensive board experience with other Aurora-invested companies through the years, John currently sits on the Boards of National Technical Systems and Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
Following his graduation from UCLA with a BA degree in Economics/Business in 1990, where John played varsity tennis for the Bruins, he spent two years with Salomon Brothers, Inc. in both New York and Los Angeles, in their Corporate Finance Group. He left Salomon Brothers to join Aurora in 1992 and then rejoined the Firm after attending and graduating from Harvard Business School in 1995.
John and his wife have a son entering his sophomore year at UCLA and a daughter attending Campbell Hall High School. He has been involved in the community with the Special Olympics and the St. Matthew’s Vestry, which oversees the Church and Episcopal Day School at St. Matthew’s Church. He is also active on behalf of Harvard Business School in California.
His wife Carrie earned a BA in History in 1990 and a Master’s in Education and Multiple Subject Instruction Credential in 1991. Carrie belongs to Women & Philanthropy and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. The Mapes endowed five student-athlete scholarships at UCLA—two in men’s tennis, football, men’s basketball, and women’s beach volleyball. Additionally, the Mapes funded a gift to support the construction of new beach volleyball courts at UCLA which will be known on campus as Mapes Beach. John currently serves on the Athletics Centennial Campaign Committee, Chairs the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and serves on the UCLA Technology Development Corporation Board.
William E. (Bill) Mitchell is the founding partner of Sequel Venture Partners, LLC, formed in January 2010 to invest in managed IT services companies utilizing venture capital, private equity and other investment vehicles. Prior to this, Mr. Mitchell was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Arrow Electronics, Inc., a $20 billion Fortune 150 company providing advanced supply chain solutions to the technology industry. He joined Arrow in February 2003 as president and chief executive officer. He was named chairman of the board in May 2006. Mr. Mitchell retired as chairman of the board and chief executive officer on January 1, 2010.
Mr. Mitchell began his career in 1973 at Raychem Corporation, where he spent 20 years in various roles of increasing responsibility in finance, manufacturing operations, international operations, and worldwide sales and marketing. In 1993, he was named president and chief executive officer of Nashua Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty products and services for print application needs. In 1995, he became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sequel, Inc., then a privately held computer services and maintenance company. Prior to joining Arrow, Mr. Mitchell sold Sequel, Inc. to Solectron Corporation, and then led the successful formation of Solectron Global Services, a $1.2 billion technology services company, now part of Flextronics International.
Currently, Mr. Mitchell serves on the Boards of Directors of Rogers Corporation where he serves as lead independent director; Humana Incorporated, where he serves on the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees; and Spansion Incorporated, where he serves as chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee as well as the Compensation Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of National Semiconductor prior to its sale to Texas Instruments, as well as the Brown-Forman Corporation, where he was chair of the Audit Committee. He is chair-elect of the UCLA Foundation and serves on the Board of the UCLA Foundation, the UCLA Investment Company, and the Board of Trustees at the Menlo School in Atherton, California, where he serves on the Executive Committee.
Judy D. Olian
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment in January 2006 after serving more than five years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty from the world’s best research institutions, launched new degree and certificate programs, initiated a diverse set of global degree and immersion courses, and developed targeted partnerships with an emphasis on Asia and Latin America.
Dean Olian served as the 2008 chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world. As dean of UCLA Anderson, Dean Olian leads an institution that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Masters of Financial Engineering and doctoral programs, and to over 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates. Prior to her tenure at the Smeal College at Penn State, she served in various faculty and executive roles at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition, and the business alignment of management systems, Olian wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. She serves on the advisory boards of Beijing University’s Guanghua School of Business; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; and Luminous Capital.
Robert Pacifici, Ph.D.
Robert Pacifici is the Chief Scientific Officer of CHDI Foundation, a private, not-for-profit research organization that works with an international network of scientists to accelerate therapeutics development for Huntington’s disease. Previously he was the Site Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Research Triangle Park Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company. There he oversaw the company's global screening and quantitative-biology efforts. Prior to joining Lilly, Pacifici was Vice President of Discovery Technologies at Xencor, a pri¬vately held biotechnology company that applied rational design principles to the development of protein therapeutics. At Amgen for nearly ten years, Pacifici held positions of increasing responsibilities including leadership for their automation, high throughput screening, and information technologies groups.
Pacifici received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California. Outside of CHDI, Pacifici currently participates in several external boards and advisory com¬mittees including:
- USC Board of Supervisors of the International Center for Regulatory Science
- Member, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
- Member, Akashi Scientific Advisory Board
Pacifici has previously served on:
- Council member for National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) from 2011 till 2014
- Chair, Working Group for the NINDS Anticonvulsant Screening Program
- Chair, NIH/NINDS Spinal Muscular Atrophy Project's Scientific Steering Committee
- Advisor, Marigold Foundation for Myotonic Dystrophy
- Advisor, Cooperative International Neuromuscular Group (CINRG) the clinical research arm of the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Center (DMDRC) and the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC)
- Member, Science Advisory Board for Edison Pharmaceuticals
- Member, TREAT ALS Steering Committee
- Member, Pathogenesis of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy advisory board
- Panel of Experts for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, in the NIH Center for Translational Therapeutics (NCTT). This division is home to two programs that seek to advance promising therapeutic agents through late-stage preclinical development: Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND), and Bridging Interventional Development Gaps (BrIDGs)
Robert also serves in the non-scientific capacity of President with the Asia America Symphony Association. Robert, his wife Eunjoo, and his two children Sarina and Noah, live in Palos Verdes Estates California. Robert is an avid amateur road-cyclist and a classic BMW enthusiast.
Mr. Pendo joined Oaktree in 2015 from the investment banking boutique of Sandler O'Neill Partners, where he was a managing director focused on the financial services industry. Prior thereto, Mr. Pendo was the chief investment officer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. There, he built and managed a team of 20 professionals overseeing the Treasury's $200 billion TARP investment activities across multiple industries including AIG, GM and the banks, and all levels of the capital structure. Mr. Pendo began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he spent 18 years, starting in their investment banking division before becoming managing director of the technology industry group. Subsequently, Mr. Pendo was a managing director at Barclays Capital, first serving as co-head of U.S. Investment Banking and then co-head of Global Industrials group. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University, cum laude and is a board member of SuperValu Inc.
Barbara K. Sosnowski
Barbara Sosnowski is Vice President and Global Head, External R&D Innovation Pharmatherapeutics and WRD External Partnerships. As part of the Pharmatherapeutics team, Barbara is the cluster lead for Cardiovascular Metabolic and Inflammation and Immunology Research Units for externally focused efforts. Dr. Sosnowski has more than 30 years in the health care industry. Prior to joining Pfizer 6 years ago, Barbara was Vice President, Biologics Development of Cardium Therapeutics and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tissue Repair Company following Cardium’s acquisition of Tissue Repair Company in August 2006. Prior to the acquisition, Dr. Sosnowski served as President and CEO of Tissue Repair Company. From June 2001 to December 2004 she served as Vice President Research and Development of Selective Genetics Inc. a tissue repair company that developed wound repair, orthopedic and cardiovascular products. At Selective Genetics, she co-invented and helped develop the targeted gene therapy program, both viral and non-viral. Prior to Selective Genetics she was employed by Prizm Pharmaceuticals from October 1992. Prior to joining Prizm, Dr. Sosnowski was at Ligand Pharmaceuticals, where her efforts were focused on identification of small molecule inhibitors of osteoporosis. Dr. Sosnowski received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in Biological Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a registered patent agent.
Mr. Yslas served as corporate vice president and general counsel of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Previously, he served as Northrop’s corporate vice president, secretary and deputy general counsel and as chief counsel to the company's aircraft and electronics businesses, and also led the legal team on regulatory matters, including those involving the acquisitions of Litton, Newport News and TRW. His responsibilities included international, mergers and acquisitions, export control, labor and employment, employee benefits, environmental, antitrust, intellectual property, other federal and state regulatory matters, as well as Washington office legal support.
Before joining the company in 1975, Yslas worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company and the National Labor Relations Board. He served for 10 years as a Police Commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Police Commission.
Mr. Yslas has been with various non-profit and community organizations, including the Hispanic National and Mexican American Bar Associations. He is a founding member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He also serves as a Trustee of Claremont McKenna College. He served as a Member of the Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Police Memorial Foundation.