William J. Rutter, PhD*

Synergenics, LLC

Dr. Rutter is Chief Executive Officer of Synergenics, LLC. Synergenics provides facilities, finance, legal, science and business services to startup companies in the biotechnology industry. He was co-founder of Chiron Corporation and served as the Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. During his tenure at UCSF, Dr. Rutter and his lab made key contributions to the field of genetic engineering. Dr. Rutter is a recipient of the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment for his role in helping to create the biotechnology industry and for his commitment to shaping this industry to serve society. He is a leader in the development of recombinant DNA technology and in gene expression technologies for human vaccines. Dr. Rutter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.