Business Advisory Board
Rod Ferguson, PhD
Chair of The Advisory Board
Venture capital veteran and former Genentech BD
Dr. Ferguson is a co-founder of Panorama Capital, a venture capital firm which spun off from JPMorgan Partners (JPMP) in July 2006, where he focuses primarily on life sciences investments. He joined JPMP as a Managing Director in their life sciences venture practice in 2001. From 1999 to 2001, Dr. Ferguson was a partner at InterWest Partners, a venture capital firm, where he focused on life sciences investments. Prior to InterWest, he held a variety of management positions over an 11-year career at Genentech, Inc., most recently as Senior Director of Business and Corporate Development responsible for worldwide licensing transactions for both technology and pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Genentech, Inc. in 1988, Dr. Ferguson was an associate with the law firm McCutchen, Doyle, Brown, & Enersen (currently known as Bingham McCutchen llp).
Dr. Ferguson received a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, a PhD in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University.
Dr. Ferguson serves on the technology advisory board of The Economist, a variety of advisory boards in the life sciences industry, and two non-profit boards. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of several private life science companies.