UCSF to Host FivePrime Therapeutics Executive Tonight

Lewis T. "Rusty" Williams

Lewis T. "Rusty" Williams, MD, PhD, founder and executive chairman of FivePrime Therapeutics Inc., will be the keynote speaker at tonight's (April 19) Scientist to CEO event at UCSF Mission Bay. Hosted by the UCSF Center for BioEntrepreneurship (CBE), Williams will share his experiences in launching new companies, the role of university partnerships and the upcoming relocation of FivePrime's headquarters to the second floor of the J. David Gladstone Institutes building at Mission Bay. Williams' presentation will start at 6 p.m. in the Genentech Hall Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay. The event is free for all UCSF affiliates; $20 for industry professionals. Pre-register here. Williams will draw upon his experiences as an Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UCSF, the experience of co-founding his first company, COR Therapeutics, as well as life as an executive manager with Chiron. Most recently he founded FivePrime Therapeutics in 2002, where he is executive chairman and leads research and development efforts. In addition, Williams will provide insight into the decision to relocate FivePrime to Mission Bay campus, focusing on the combination of world-class science at both the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF with progressive economic policies from San Francisco City Hall. "Dr. Williams has maintained strong ties with UCSF since his days as faculty here, says KT Moortgat, CBE director. "We're delighted to bring him back to campus to share his diverse experiences in bringing research discoveries to the market and to welcome FivePrime Therapeutics to Mission Bay." UCSF's Executive Vice Chancellor Eugene Washington will introduce Williams. Michael Hildreth, Life Sciences Leader at Ernst & Young, LLP, a major accounting firm that supports a large percentage of life science companies, will close with comments about the potential life science sector growth building from university-industry campuses like Mission Bay. The Center for BioEntrepreneurship is dedicated to helping UCSF scientists and clinicians take leadership positions in new or established life science and healthcare companies, and build value from their research results for public and commercial benefit.

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