Board of Directors
Evan Jones, Chairman and CEO
Mr. Jones is the Managing Member of jVen Capital, LLC, a life sciences investment company. Prior to forming jVen Capital, he was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Digene Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on women’s health and molecular diagnostic testing. He is a Board Member of Fluidigm, Inc., Foundation Medicine, Inc., and Veracyte, Inc. Mr. Jones is Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Children’s National Medical Center and a Board Member of the Children’s Research Institute. Mr. Jones is Chairman of the Board for the Campaign for Public Health, an organization dedicated to making public health and prevention a higher national priority. He serves on the Board of Directors of Research!America. He has a BA degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Brian G. Atwood, Director
Mr. Atwood specializes in biotechnology investing at Versant. He is a co-founder of Versant Ventures and before this spent four years at Brentwood Venture Capital where, as a general partner, he led investments in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and bioinformatics. He also has more than fifthteen years of operating experience in the biotechnology industry, with emphasis on therapeutic products, devices, diagnostics, and research instrumentation.
Prior to launching his career in venture capital, Mr. Atwood was founder, President, and CEO of Glycomed, a publicly traded biotechnology company. At Glycomed, Mr. Atwood concentrated on business development and strategic alliances, closing deals with Eli Lilly & Company, Millipore, Genentech and Sankyo, before leading the sale of Glycomed to Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Prior to this, he co-founded and served as director of Perkin Elmer/Cetus Instruments, a joint venture for robotics automation and genomics research instruments and products later acquired by Perkin Elmer. Under Brian’s management, the venture developed and launched the GeneAmp® Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) system, the fundamental DNA amplification innovation responsible for fueling the explosive growth of genomics research. He currently serves as a Board member at the private companies FivePrime Therapeutics, Inc., Veracyte, Inc., OpGen, Inc., PhaseRx, Inc., Immune Design Corp., Groove BioPharma, Inc., and Spark Diagnostics, as well as the public companies, Cadence Pharmaceuticals (CADX), Clovis Oncology, Inc. (CLVS), and Trius Therapeutics, Inc. (TSRX). Brian served on the Board of Directors at Pharmion Corporation (sold to Celgene in 2008).
Mr. Atwood received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; a Master’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Misti Ushio, PhD., Director
Dr. Ushio is a Managing Director at Harris & Harris Group. Prior to joining Harris & Harris Group in 2007, Dr. Ushio worked at Merck & Co. for over 10 years in BioProcess Research & Development focused on vaccines and biologics, and was a Technology Licensing Officer at Columbia University.
Dr. Ushio currently serves on the board of Ancora Pharmaceuticals Inc. and is involved with Ensemble Therapeutics Corporation, Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., Senova Systems, Inc. and Champions Oncology, Inc. She was also involved with BioVex, Inc. (acquired by Amgen).
She was graduated from Johns Hopkins University (B.S., Chemical Engineering), Lehigh University (M.S., Chemical Engineering) and University College London (Ph.D., Biochemical Engineering).