Robert J. Palay Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Palay is one of our founders and has served as Chairman of the Board and as Chief Executive Officer since 2007. Mr. Palay previously served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of each of our predecessors from their founding until 2008. He also co-founded NimbleGen Systems, Inc., a molecular biology tools company, and served as its chairman of the board from 1999 to 2007 and as its chief executive officer from 1999 to 2000. Since their inception, Mr. Palay has served as a manager of the general partner or manager of each of the various Tactics II entities, which are private investment vehicles and are among our principal shareholders. He received a A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. We selected Mr. Palay to serve on our board of directors due to his in-depth understanding of our business and operating experience with business startups.
Thomas M. Palay, Ph.D. Vice Chairman of the Board and President
Dr. Palay is one of our founders and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board and as President since 2007. Dr. Palay previously served as vice chairman of the board and president of each of our predecessors from their founding until 2008. He also co-founded NimbleGen Systems, Inc. and served as its vice chairman of the board, vice president and chief operating officer from 1999 to 2007. Since their inception, Dr. Palay has served as a manager of the general partner or manager of each of the Tactics II entities. Dr. Palay joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1980. He retired as the Foley & Lardner–Bascom Professor of Law in 2010. Dr. Palay received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Tufts University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. We selected Dr. Palay to serve on our board of directors due to his in-depth understanding of our business, operating experience with business startups and experience in academia.
Emile F. Nuwaysir, Ph.D. Vice President of Research and Development, Manufacturing and Quality Systems and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Nuwaysir has served as our Vice President of Research and Development, Manufacturing and Quality Systems and as the Chief Operating Officer since 2008. He is a founder and has served as director of Invenra, a Wisconsin-based early stage company developing technology for biopharmaceutical discovery, since its inception in 2011. He previously served as senior vice president of program management at Roche NimbleGen from 2007 to 2008. Prior to this, he was vice president of business development at NimbleGen Systems, Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and held various scientific and managerial roles at NimbleGen Systems, Inc. from 2000 to 2003, including molecular research and development group leader and senior manager of technical and client services. Prior to NimbleGen Systems, Inc., he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences within the National Institutes of Health, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a research position at EI DuPont de Nemours Stine-Haskell Laboratory. He earned his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology with a focus in Oncology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.
Chris Parker Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Parker has served as our Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development and our Chief Commercial Officer since 2008. He previously served as chief commercial officer of Stem Cell Products, Inc. from 2007 to 2009 and as vice president of Affymetrix, Inc. from 1998 to 2007, where he managed sales and marketing for the global pharmaceutical business unit. He also served on the drug discovery services team at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Inc. and conducted research in molecular and cellular biology in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over a decade. He received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Nicholas J. Seay, JD Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Seay has served as our Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since 2007. Representing WARF from 1985 to 2005, Mr. Seay successfully established its human embryonic stem cell intellectual property portfolio. Mr. Seay has served on the board of directors of Epic Systems Corporation since 1983 and BellBrook Laboratories LLC since 2001. Prior to joining our company, from 1989 to 2005, he advised biotechnology companies and worked on significant technologies at Quarles and Brady LLP, specializing in intellectual property law. Mr. Seay earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
David S. Snyder Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Snyder has served as our Executive Vice President and our Chief Financial Officer since 2008. He has served as director of Invenra since 2012. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Ottawa University since 2012. He previously served as senior vice president of finance, site vice president and chief financial officer of Roche NimbleGen from 2007 to 2008. From 2006 to 2007, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of NimbleGen Systems, Inc. Mr. Snyder served as chief financial officer of The Cobalt Group, Inc., a publicly-traded internet software company, from 2000 to 2001, and of Strategic Hotel Capital, LLC, a real estate company, from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Snyder received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Ottawa University and an MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a George Fisher Baker Scholar.