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William Rastetter
Director

William H. Rastetter, Ph.D. has served on our Board of Directors since April 2013. From 2006 to February 2013, Dr. Rastetter served as a partner in the venture capital firm, Venrock. He served as Chief Executive Officer of IDEC Pharmaceuticals from December 1986 through November 2003, and as Chairman from May 1996 to November 2003. Upon the merger of IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Biogen in November 2003, Dr. Rastetter served as Executive Chairman of Biogen Idec until the end of 2005. Dr. Rastetter served as chairman of the board of Illumina, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company, from 2005 to January 2016 and served on its board of directors from 1998 to January 2016. He was a founder of Receptos, Inc. in 2009 and served as its chairman until the sale of the publicly held company to Celgene in 2015. Currently, he has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Fate Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company, since November 2011; chairman of the board of directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company, since May 2011 and on its board of directors since February 2010; on the board of directors of Grail, Inc., a privately-held company, since January 2016, and as its chairman since August 2017. Dr. Rastetter served on the board of directors of Cerulean Pharma Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company since January 2014, as its lead independent director from April 2014 to June 2016, and as its chairman from June 2016 until July 2017 when Cerulean and Daré Bioscience Inc. completed a reverse merger and he currently serves on the board of the surviving company, Daré Bioscience Inc., a publicly-traded company. In addition, he serves as an advisor to Leerink Partners, a healthcare-focused investment bank, and as an advisor to Illumina Ventures, and on the board of trustees of Caltech. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and patent applications in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry, protein and enzyme engineering, and biotechnology. Dr. Rastetter holds an S.B. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.