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’s degree in management science from the University of California, San Diego.
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 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 bachelor’s 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.
“Herm” Rosenman brings more than 30 years of public company operating and financial experience. Mr. Rosenman is CFO at chief financial officer at Natera and was most recently the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Gen-Probe Inc., where he was instrumental in its September 2002 IPO and its August 2012 sale to Hologic Inc. for $3.7 billion. Prior to joining Gen-Probe, he was president and chief executive officer of Ultra Acquisition Corp., a retail chain and consumer products manufacturer, and president and chief executive officer of RadNet Management Inc., a large healthcare provider. At RadNet, he developed and implemented strategies that resulted in the company’s successful turnaround. Before this, he was the chief financial officer of Rexene Corp., a Fortune 1000 company in the petrochemicals industry, where he led its successful $150 million IPO and $500 million debt financing. Prior to Rexene, Mr. Rosenman was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), where he served numerous Fortune 1000 clients, principally in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications industries.
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.
Cynthia (Cindy) Collins most recently served as CEO of Human Longevity Inc. Prior to HLI, she served as the CEO/GM of General Electric’s Healthcare Cell Therapy Business, Lab Businesses and Clarient Diagnostics. Ms. Collins previously served as President and CEO of GenVec, a publicly-traded therapeutics company and before that, she served as Group Vice President, Cellular Analysis Business of Beckman Coulter. Earlier, Ms. Collins served as President and CEO of Sequoia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and President of Clinical Micro Sensors, Inc. Ms. Collins received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her MBA, from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.