Mr. Robert Edward Patterson is an experienced and highly regarded venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles, Mr. Patterson served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, completing extensive training in nuclear physics as pertaining to pressurized water thermal neutron reactors, propulsion engineering, nuclear weapons, strategic submarine operations and military intelligence. Mr. Patterson attended the Stanford University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1972. He was the Inaugural Fellow of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Mr. Patterson was a corporate lawyer with a 35-year tenure at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, specialized in high technology venture investing and international business of all types. Mr. Patterson’s long and illustrious career includes serving as an initial board member of numerous biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations, including Sequenom (NASDAQ), Synzyme Technologies LLC, Procyte Corporation (NASDAQ), Medical Research Inc., MARC Analysis Research Corporation and InPro Biotechnology Inc. Mr. Patterson was a founding partner of Peninsula Ventures, and President of its predecessor U.S. venture fund, Thompson Clive Inc., investing in biotechnology companies and other businesses. Current board directorships include, among others, Proxio Inc., SynZyme Technogies LLC and Sumida Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange-Tier One).
Ruggero Gramatica graduated in Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has extensive experience in startups having successfully contributed to the growth and expansion of several companies in the technology arena worldwide. He brings strategic leadership and operational expertise and remains academically involved in the field of Applied Mathematics. He was born in 1965.
Member of the Executive Committee
Prof. Michael Alan Keller is Stanford University’s Librarian. Prof. Michael Alan Keller earned a bachelor of arts in biology and music from Hamilton College and master degrees from the New York State University in musicology and library science. He is Stanford University’s librarian, director of Academic Information Resources, founder and publisher of High Wire Press, publisher of Stanford University Press and has led libraries at Cornell, Berkeley and Yale. Michael Keller was a leader in exploiting the Internet and the World Wide Web as a free communication place for exchange of information using mass digitisation, generating new services, creating innovative publishing environments, and identifying new potential for research. Michael Keller’s board service includes Research Data and Information of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Hamilton College, Long Now Foundation, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and National Institute for Informatics of Japan. Michael Keller is an a.b.d. in musicology from New York State University. He was senior lecturer in musicology at Cornell and at Stanford. He is a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources, advisor and consultant to numerous colleges, universities, foundations, scientific and scholarly societies, for the city of Ferrara, Italy, Newsweek magazine, the National Library of China, the National Digital Library of Bahrain, the British Library, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He was a founder and then president of the Digital Library Federation. Michael Keller is a Siemens Stiftung 2008 Lecturer, Distinguished Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also elected in 2010 to be a lifetime fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Michael Keller is a US citizen. He was born in 1945.
Mr. Vincenzo Romano has been elected as Board Member as representative of the Common Shareholders for a one-year term. Mr. Vincenzo Romano holds a degree in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena and is active since 10 years as International Tax and Operations Consultant at MC Consulting (Suisse) Sagl (prior Sam). He has received the habilitation as administrator of companies and he is inscribed in the Registry of Trustee and Accountants in Canton Ticino.