William J. Rutter
Dr. Rutter is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Synergenics LLC, which provides strategic science and business advice to concept-stage biotechnology startup companies. Dr. Rutter also serves as Chairman Emeritus of Chiron, the company he co-founded in 1981. As Chairman of the Board and the executive committee from Chiron's inception until 1999, Dr. Rutter was involved directly in management of virtually all activities of the company, especially in operations. He had direct responsibilities of Research and Development, Vaccines, Diagnostics, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Legal; he negotiated all major deals. Dr. Rutter also serves on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has published more than 380 scientific articles and holds more than 20 patents and patent applications. Dr. Rutter served as director of the Hormone Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) from 1983 to 1989 and chairman of the university's department of biochemistry and biophysics from 1979 to 1982. During his tenure at UCSF, Dr. Rutter and his lab made key contributions to the emerging discipline of biotechnology, including work on the development of recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering.