Simon Chin, MBA, President, CEO and Founder, has more than twenty-five years of U.S. and international management experience in general administration, sales and marketing, technology development, and manufacturing within the biotechnology and semiconductor industries. He is the co-inventor of Iris’s patented predictive medicine platform. Prior to Iris, Mr. Chin was the CEO and Founder of DNA Laboratories where he developed key DNA chip technologies; he also held management positions at DuPont and other leading companies.
Mr. Chin currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has been an advisory board member of Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center since its inception in 2005 and is a mentor in The California Program for Entrepreneurship, which is an initiative of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Mr. Chin has also served on the board of directors of various organizations including BACUS/SPIE, the semiconductor photomask industry organization, and the Saratoga Rotary Club. He was also a Finance Commissioner in the City of Saratoga, and served on the board of directors of the YMCA of Silicon Valley ($70 million budget) for six years.
Mr. Chin has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an Alumni Scholar.
Ronald Mark Gemberling, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, has been in the clinical practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as surgery of the hand since 1981. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery (1979), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (1982) and has earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (1994, Recertification 2003). He also serves as an Independent Medical Evaluator (IME) and is a lecturer for the American Cancer Society. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stanford University; Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University; and Past President of the San Jose Surgical Society, which serves as an educational and collegial forum for many of the academic and community surgeons of Silicon Valley.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bacteriology and medical school studies at UCLA, he received his general surgery training at the UCLA-VA Affiliated Hospitals where he finished as Chief Resident in 1978. He spent one year as a clinical research Burn Fellow at the LA County-USC Medical Center Burn Unit before entering his training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan and Chief Residency at the University of Louisville. Professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, California Medical Association, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Santa Clara County Medical Association, Sierra-Sacramento Valley Medical Society, San Jose Surgical Society and Rotaplast International.
James LeBlanc, MBA, Vice President, Operations, has more than 30 years of U.S. and international management experience in manufacturing, quality assurance, materials and supply chain control, regulatory compliance, technology transfer, global distribution, and process engineering. He has expertise in launching new products and transferring subcontracts and core skill centers to enable rapid mobilization of mission critical hardware. Prior to Iris, Mr. LeBlanc held various senior management positions in companies such as Packeteer, Inc. a leader in LAN/ ISP Bandwidth Management Systems, and Northrop Grumman Missions Systems, the premier supplier of Airborne Reconnaissance Systems and Strategic Signal Processing Systems, where he received several achievement awards for his leadership roles in zero defect and zero incident programs, as well as Six Sigma, ISO 9000 and CMMI level 3 initiatives.
Mr. LeBlanc has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University.
Ralph Sinibaldi, Ph.D., Vice President, Product Development, has worked in molecular biology research and development for more than 30 years. He is an innovator in the areas of genomics, gene expression, DNA microarrays and drug discovery. Ralph has more than 23 years of experience in biotechnology management. He has been involved in both startups and large global life science companies. These companies include Sandoz (Novartis), QIAGEN/Operon, AgraQuest and Genospectra (Panomics). He was awarded the Sandoz Presidential Award for innovative research and has published over 45 scientific articles and abstracts on original research and received 3 patents. Ralph’s experiences encompass research, product development, marketing management as well as business development and teaching. He was directly involved in the development of over 30 products at Sandoz and Operon. Ralph has completed business management training at UC Berkeley and has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Illinois. He received postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois Medical Center and at the University of Chicago. He was the recipient of a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund postdoctoral fellowship. Ralph continues his interest in science education by developing and offering courses in biology and biotechnology as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Lake Tahoe College in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Grace Osborne, MBA, Vice President, Business Development - has more than fifteen years of experience in business development, management recruiting, marketing, and human resources. Grace is responsible for developing partnerships with major customers and acquiring grants from various foundations and government organizations. Grace was previously the founder and President of GCO Recruiters, a highly profitable company, which had major clients including fortune 50 companies and many others in the software and telecommunications industries. She was also a top recruiter with Management Recruiters, the largest management-recruiting firm in the United States. Ms. Osborne has a BA in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the California State University at Hayward.
Scott M. Wheelwright, Ph.D., Director, Operations, founded Strategic Manufacturing Worlwide, and was previously Vice President of BioProcessing at Genitope Corporation, a cancer immunotherapy company in Redwood City, California. Prior employment held during his twenty years in industry includes positions at DURECT, Calydon, Scios, Chiron and Abbott Laboratories. His responsibilities have included numerous manufacturing and development projects related to cell culture, fermentation, protein purification and assay development; the cGMP manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, recombinant proteins and viruses for therapeutic, vaccine and diagnostic use; and quality assurance, quality control, environmental health and safety, project management and facilities operations.
Dr. Wheelwright obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah. He performed post-doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Wheelwright is the author of a book on protein purification and has published many papers on process design and manufacturing for biotechnology.
Wilhelm Schaser, Director, Education, manages the team that develops the Iris website and educational programs. He has more than thirty years of experience in public education. His experience spans all grade levels, all student abilities and several disciplines. He has received local, state and national recognition for his innovative teaching and program development and his students have received honors and recognition at the state, national and international level for their scientific work. Mr. Schaser has extensive international education experience having developed, coordinated and led student exchanges to schools in Russia, China and England. Mr. Schaser has a BA degree from Humboldt State University and a Physical Therapy credential from the University of California, San Francisco.