Board of Directors
Dan Dearen has over 30 years experience in senior management roles with emerging growth companies in medical devices, life sciences and technology. Dan is currently co founder and chief operating and financial officer of Axonics Modulation Technologies, developer of the first rechargeable Sacral Neuromodulation (r-SNM™) system for the treatment of overactive bladder. He was previously COO & CFO of Vessix Vascular, a medical device company treating resistant hypertension that was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in November 2012. Dan has played a key role in building several venture capital financed companies and has expertise in building teams, raising capital, structuring license agreements and mergers and acquisitions. He started his career as a CPA in the healthcare group at Ernst & Young in Dallas, Texas. Dan earned his MBA from Boston College and his BBA from Southern Methodist University.
Pete Morgan – President and CFO; Pete received his BA in Business
Economics from UC Santa Barbara and has 20+ Years executive level
finance and operations experience in branded hard-goods and apparel
companies including: Rip Curl, Quiksilver/Mervin Manufacturing and others.
Presently COO of Arctic Foam.
Stephen Mayfield is director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology,
and Food and Fuel for the 21st Century organized research unit at UC San
Diego. His research focuses on the molecular genetics of green algae, and on
the production of high value recombinant proteins and bio-products using
algae as a production platform. Steve received BS degrees in Biochemistry
and Plant Biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and a
PhD in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley. Following a post-doctoral
fellowship at the University of Geneva Switzerland he returned to California
as an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute where he
remained for 22 years becoming the Associate Dean of Biology before joining
UC San Diego in 2009. In addition to running his research group and university research centers, Steve also founded Rincon Pharmaceutical in 2005, Sapphire Energy in 2007, and Triton Health and Nutrition in 2012.