Jean-Pierre Laurent, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Director
Jean-Pierre Laurent has extensive experience in applied biochemisty. He is co-founder of Rasiris, a research stage drug development company formed in 2003 and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. As a Principal at Pacific Horizon Ventures, Dr. Laurent is involved in both the evaluation and post-investment follow-up of the firm's biotechnology investments. Dr. Laurent earned a B.S. in biology from Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille and a Ph.D. in Population Biology & Ecosystems at Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc. He first came to the U.S. to learn applied biochemistry in infectious diseases, which he practiced for seven years in both protozoan and prokaryotic systems.
Donald J. Elmer, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Elmer is the managing general partner of Pacific Horizon Ventures. He is currently a board member of ViaCyte, Inc. He has extensive prior board experience and has successful operational experience over a twelve-year period in early-stage technology companies, including Cascadia Technology Corporation-a medical electronics company-and Cygnet Systems Corporation-a software developer. Mr. Elmer received his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.