Board of Directors

Gary Jacobs


Mr. Jacobs is Managing Director of Jacobs Investment Company, LLC. In addition, Mr. Jacobs serves on the boards of Next Generation Technologies and Fallbrook Technologies and is Chairman of Nutrina, Ltd., a biotechnology company focused on bioactive supplements for infant formulas. Mr. Jacobs is also actively involved with education and philanthropy, serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of High Tech High in San Diego and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Jacobs received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Carl Peck, M.D.

Dr. Peck joined the FDA as Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in October 1987 and was named Assistant Surgeon General for the United States in October 1990. In 1994, Dr. Peck joined the faculty of the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he is the founding Director of the Center for Drug Development Science (CDDS); in 2004, CDDS became affiliated with the UCSF School of Pharmacy. He obtained his MD from the University of Kansas in 1968, trained in internal medicine and undertook a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1980, Dr. Peck became Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1999, Commissioner Henney presented him with the FDA Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Peck is currently the Chairman of NDA Partners, LLC.

Gene Salkind, M.D.

Dr. Salkind has practiced neurosurgery in the Philadelphia area for approximately 25 years. He has also held professorships at leading teaching hospitals including the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He has published multiple papers and been a guest lecturer at congresses worldwide. Dr Salkind is Trustee Emeritus of Temple University School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (cum laude) and his M.D. from the Temple University School of Medicine.

John Dobak, M.D.

President and CEO

John Dobak, M.D., has served as Founder and CEO of several venture-backed life science companies in San Diego. Dr. Dobak is the President of the JAKK Group, a life sciences technology accelerator, which has created several companies, including Lithera, INNERCOOL Therapies, and CryoGen/CryoCor. These companies have developed and marketed therapeutics, ranging from endovascular hypothermia to treat cardiac arrest to catheter-based treatments for cardiac arrhythmias. They have been financed by top tier investment firms and have achieved exits through acquisition and an IPO. Dr. Dobak and these companies are the recipients of several awards for entrepreneurship and innovation, including UCSD Connect’s Most Innovative New Product and MIT’s TR 100. Dr. Dobak received a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and a Medical Doctorate from UCSD.

Scott R. Pancoast

Mr. Pancoast has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lpath since March 2005 and as a Director of Lpath since 1998. Prior to joining Lpath, from 1994 to 2005, Mr. Pancoast was the Executive Vice President of Western States Investment Corporation (WSIC), a private San Diego venture capital fund. He has served as the CEO or interim CEO for six start-up companies, and has been a member of the boards of directors for over 15 companies, including two public companies. Mr. Pancoast previously served on the board of directors of iVOW, Inc., a publicly traded company. From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Pancoast was with National Sanitary Supply Company, where he was a member of the Board of Directors and served in various management positions, including Senior Vice President—Operations and Chief Financial Officer. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia. Mr. Pancoast’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as a venture capitalist and business leader, his current and past service as a DermTech board member, and his current and past service as a board member for public and private companies.

Matt Posard

Matt Posard is President and CCO of GenePeeks, a computational genomics company focused on identifying inherited disease risk. Mr. Posard has over 25 years of general management and commercial experience in the life sciences, molecular diagnostics and consumer genomics industry. He has held influential leadership roles with market leading companies including Illumina, Trovagene, Biosite/Alere, and Gen-Probe. Mr. Posard has a distinguished reputation in commercializing transformative novel products and technology in the genomics space. Mr. Posard holds a B.A. degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Science from the University of California, San Diego and currently serves as a board member for Halozyme Therapeutics, SlipChip Corporation, and Omicia.