Samuel Saks, MD
A board certified oncologist, Sam has more than 25 years’ experience developing specialty pharmaceutical products, including serving as founding CEO and Chairman of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to co-founding Jazz, Sam held a number of senior leadership positions at Alza Corporation (acquired by J&J), including Company Group Chairman, member of J&J’s Pharmaceutical Group Operating Committee and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Group Vice President. He has also held clinical research positions in oncology at Schering-Plough Corporation, XOMA Corporation and Genentech, Inc. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the oncology division of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Sam has served as interim CMO of Threshold Pharmaceuticals, and serves on the Boards of Directors for a number of companies, including Trubion Pharmaceuticals, TONIX Pharmaceuticals, Auspex Pharmaceuticals and Cougar Biotechnology. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois.
Athena M. Countouriotis, MD
Atul Butte, MD, PhD
A pediatric endocrinologist by training, Atul is an expert and pioneer in the field of Big Data and its uses in biomedicine. He is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the UCSF. He is also the Executive Director for Clinical Informatics across the six University of California Medical Schools and Medical Centers. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Computer Science, at Stanford University and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He is the scientific founder of three investor-backed, data-driven companies: Personalis, Carmenta and NuMedi. He has authored more than 200 publications. Atul was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and recognized by the White House as an Open Science Champion of Change for promoting science through publicly available data in 2013. He also is a principal investigator of three major programs: the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine; ImmPort, the clinical and molecular data repository for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and the California Precision Medicine Consortium. Atul trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ted Driscoll, PhD
Ted is a Partner at Decheng Capital. Before Decheng, he was a Partner at Claremont Creek Ventures leading its efforts in digital healthcare and diagnostics. He led the first investments in Natera (IPOed in 2015), AssureX Health (acquired by Myriad Genetics for $410M) and GeneWeave Biosciences (acquired by Roche for $425M). Prior to entering venture capital, he was an early leader or founder of five successful startups – International Imaging Systems, Identix Diasonics, Focus Surgery and Be Here Technologies. An inventor with more than 50 patents, Ted has a PhD in Digital Imaging from Stanford University, a Masters in Computer Graphics from Harvard, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ravi Mhatre, MBA
Ravi has nearly two decades of venture capital experience and currently is a Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he focuses on investments in enterprise IT, mobility, and Internet and cloud-based services and applications. His current investments include Nutanix, Appdynamics, Natera, Mulesoft, Sailpoint, Edgespring, TheFind and Kixeye. He has also served as a Board member or Board observer for numerous successful venture-backed companies including net.Genesis, Verio, Riverbed, Lifeminders, Kosmix (acquired by Walmart), TutorVista (acquired by Pearson), Virsa (acquired by SAP), Waveset (acquired by Oracle), Rapsphere (acquired by Appsense), Masergy (acquired by Abry) and Webspective (acquired by Inktomi). Ravi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.