The Dean’s Leadership Council is the Division of Biological Sciences preeminent volunteer group that plays a key role in advancing Biological Sciences by providing key leadership and sage counsel, and by helping the Division acquire the resources essential to our growth and progress in the 21st century global economy.
Richard Atkinson, PhD, president emeritus of the University of California and professor emeritus of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, San Diego, served as president of the UC system from 1995 to 2003. Before becoming president he served for fifteen years as chancellor of UC San Diego. He is a former director of the National Science Foundation and was a long-term member of the faculty at Stanford University.
Bob Balderas, UCSD Parent, VP of Research & Development, BD Biosciences, is responsible for developing and driving R&D programs for BD Biosciences. As a corporate scientist, site manager, collaboration builder and marketer in the field of biotechnology, he has contributed to the growth of BD Biosciences and Pharmingen. He has more than three decades in leadership positions in both academia and the biotechnology industry. Mr. Balderas holds a MBA from the University of San Diego and received his BS degree in Microbiology from San Diego State University.
Julia R Brown, UCSD Parent and an executive from the life science industry, is a member of the board of directors of three companies involved in drug development. From 2000-2003, Brown was executive vice president of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and served as advisor to the CEO until 2008. Prior to joining Amylin, she was executive vice president of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Julia spent over 25 years with Eli Lilly and Company in progressively more senior roles. Brown is vice chair of Corporate Directors Forum, and a member of National Association of Corporate Directors and Women Corporate Directors. She is a member of the boards of CONNECT and CleanTECH San Diego. Brown is a trustee and chair emerita of the board of trustees of the UC San Diego Foundation.
Gary Curtis '69, CEO, URSA Technologies, is a serial biomedical entrepreneur who has launched, built and managed and/or sold 8 companies over the span of decades, including Concentric Medical, a global leader in ischemic stroke therapies and Radio Therapeutics Corporation, which was sold to Boston Scientific in 2002. Prior, he built ValleyLab and Advanced Cardiovascular Systems each into multi hundred million dollar businesses. In 1992, he established one the first alumni endowed scholarships at UCSD in memory of his father, Thomas Curtis. Revelle College, '69. 2009 Distinguished Service Award, UCSD Alumni Association.
Tyler Dylan-Hyde '89, PhD, Chief Business Officer & General Counsel, Cardium Therapeutics, is focused on the development of novel biologics and devices for cardiovascular and ischemic diseases. Prior to Cardium, he served as General Counsel and EVP of Collateral Therapeutics and has advised both privately-held and publicly-traded companies that are developing, partnering or commercializing technology-based products. He was also a partner and of counsel with the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Dylan-Hyde received his PhD in Biology from UCSD, his JD from UC Berkeley and BS in Molecular Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Erik Engelson '82 & '84, Chief Executive Officer, Medina Medical Inc. Mr. Engelson, a serial MedTech CEO, was recently CEO of Medina Medical, which he sold to Medtronic. Previous associations include Partner at The Foundry, a medical device incubator, CEO of two Foundry companies, CFO of Fluidigm Corporation, and Venture Partner at Versant Ventures and Institutional Venture Partners. Earlier, Mr. Engelson spent 13 years in various operating roles at Target Therapeutics where he led the early start-up into the then nascent field of Interventional Neuroradiology, developed its first products, helped take the company public and became its General Manager. He is the inventor of 50+ medical device patents. Mr. Engelson holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology and Bioengineering from UC San Diego, and an Executive MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dave Goeddel '72, PhD, is Managing Partner at The Column Group, a leading venture capital firm dedicated to creating the next generation of biotechnology companies. Goeddel co-founded Tularik in November 1991, served both as VP of R&D then CEO, when Tularik was acquired by Amgen. He served as Amgen's first Senior Scientific VP. Prior, he was the first scientist hired by Genentech from 1978 to 1993 served in various positions, including Fellow, Staff Scientist and Director of Molecular Biology. His pioneering work in the fields of gene cloning and expression of human proteins has been the basis for five significant marketed therapeutics including human insulin, human growth hormone, interferon-alpha, interferon-gamma and tissue plasminogen activator. Revelle College '72, biochemistry Outstanding Alumnus 1996.
Wendy W. Kwok, JD, '99, Founder, Sunstate Development LLC, is active in business ventures. Prior to this, Ms. Kwok was appointed to the California Legislative Counsel Bureau. Being an advocate for environmental conservation and ecological preservation, she is a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Leadership Council. She is a volunteer scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a naturalist for the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Ms. Kwok established the Springboard Eureka! Research Scholarship Endowment to promote undergraduate research at UCSD. Ms. Kwok received her BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UCSD, Revelle College.
Mark L. Lewis '75, recently retired from Illumina, a leading supplier of tools for genetic analysis. Mark held Senior VP roles in Product Development, General Management, and Customer Support at Illumina. Mark directed the development of the HiSeqTM and MiSeqTM next-generation sequencing platforms. During his 39 year career, Mark held many senior management positions at leading life sciences companies such as BD Biosciences, Nycomed-Amersham, and Beckman Instruments. Aside from his work on sequencing platforms and reagents, Mark has also developed and commercialized technologies in fields such as genotyping, flow cytometry, molecular biology, PCR, high content screening and confocal imaging. Mark earned a B.A. in biology from UCSD.
Magda Marquet, Founder and co-CEO of ALMA LifeSciences, LLC, is also the co-Chairman and co-Founder of Althea. She was co-President and CEO of Althea Technologies for ten years prior to the company’s acquisition by Ajinomoto. Dr. Marquet is also co-founder and Director of Althea Dx, a spin-off of Althea Technologies focusing in personalized medicine, companion diagnostics development and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Marquet has over twenty five years of experience in the biotechnology industry in the United States and Europe. Prior to starting Althea, she held management positions at Vical Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Protein Polymer Technologies, Syntro Corporation and Transgene. Dr. Marquet was Chairman of BIOCOM (2013-2014) and is Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. She is also a member of the UCSD Biological Sciences Dean Leadership Council. Dr. Marquet is an active angel investor, having provided early stage funding and advice for over twenty companies. She serves as a Board member for Sente, Independa and Portable Genomics. She is also co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of MD Revolution. Dr. Marquet holds a Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France. Dr. Marquet has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was the winner of the 2005 Regional Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category, the Athena Pinnacle award , the Most Admired CEO award from the San Diego Business Journal and while leading Althea Technologies, received several Best Companies to Work For awards from the San Diego Business Journal.
David Saltman, CEO, Malama Composites, Inc. David Saltman is a leading advocate of environmental innovation. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites, manufacturers of rigid urethane foams made from bio-based, renewable resources. Formerly, Saltman was CEO of Open Energy Corporation, creators of photovoltaic roofing tiles and building-integrated energy systems. Prior to this he served as Chief Marketing Officer of Flexform Technologies, the first natural fiber composites company in North America. Saltman served on the Presidential Task Force that developed green procurement guidelines for the US government. He has received awards from the American Marketing Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and the American Composites Manufacturing Association among others. He was a founding member of CleanTECH San Diego and former Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation. He also formed the design collaborative Nomad Mobili, which produced a line of beautiful, hand crafted furniture made from bio-based foams, hemp fabrics and epoxy resins. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Motion Picture/Television, and co-founded the E! Entertainment Network prior to embarking on a two-decade cleantech journey.
Tim Scott ’87, Co-founder and President, Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Scott serves on the boards of Avelas Biosciences and TEGA Therapeutics. He is a member of the board of BIOCOM and CONNECT, non-profit organizations supporting the needs of bio/pharma and technology companies in Southern California. In the community, Mr. Scott serves as a trustee for the La Jolla Playhouse, and on the executive committee of the Foundation of La Jolla High School. He founded and chairs the Pharmatek Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages and supports sponsored volunteerism in the San Diego community. Mr. Scott earned his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego and is a member of the California Bar.
Mel Simon, PhD, Founder, Agouron Pharmaceuticals and serves as a Director of Agouron Institute. He has been a Professor in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology since 1982, where he is the Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences. From 1965 to 1982, Simon was a member of the faculty in the Department at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Simon served as a Director of Diversa Corp. since May 1994 until March 12, 2008 and as a Director of Verenium Corporation from May 1994 to March 12, 2008. He received a B.S. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University.
Jeffrey Stein '91, PhD, was CEO of Trius Therapeutics from its founding in 2007 until its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals in September of 2013. He was also Chairman and President of the Antibiotics Working Group, an industry lead 501(c)(6) organization, from 2012 to 2013. Previously, he was a Venture Partner and Kauffman Fellow with Sofinnova Ventures and opened the firm's San Diego office in 2005. He was also Director of Venture Development for UC San Diego from 2005 to 2006. Prior to joining Sofinnova Dr. Stein was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Quorex Pharmaceuticals which was acquired by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in 2005. He has also served as a Principal Scientist with Diversa Corporation and the Agouron Institute. Dr. Stein conducted his postdoctoral research as an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and his graduate work as a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellow at UCSD.
John Wehrli, Partner at Latham Watkins LLP. Mr. Wehrli's practice focuses exclusively on the global representation of life science companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries and he has over 30 years life sciences industry experience. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Wehrli was Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for Pharsight Corporation, a publicly held clinical development biotechnology company, and was chief legal officer at Trega Biosciences, a publically held San Diego combinatorial chemistry company. He is also co-founder of several biotech start-ups including NaviCyte, a computational pharmacokinetics company. Wehrli also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and held numerous positions as a research chemist and in scientific computing management at a major multinational pharmaceutical company, Syntex Corporation, now part of the Roche Group. Although Mr. Wehrli spent much of his scientific career as a classical bench chemist, his scientific specialty is in the development of software and use of computational and mathematical tools in systems biology, chemistry, and computational and behavioral neuroscience. Mr. Wehrli holds a graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Donald Yeckel, Trustee and Founding Chair, Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation. Mr. Yeckel is also President of the Torrey Pines – La Jolla Rotary Foundation, Past President of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines, La Jolla, past Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the La Jolla Historical Society, and a member of the Friends of Balboa Park Advisory Council. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Yeckel served for seven years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps before a long career as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch, retiring as a vice-president in 1999. Since his retirement, he has devoted himself to community service and tending his award-winning garden.