Stephen T. Isaacs has served as Aduro Biotech’s Chairman, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Prior to Aduro, Mr. Isaacs founded biomedical products company Cerus Corporation in 1991 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until 2004. Prior to Cerus, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of biotechnology companies HRI Associates and HRI Research. He held a non-teaching faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley from 1978 to 1986. Mr. Isaacs has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is an inventor on over 40 issued patents. Mr. Isaacs has spent considerable time in Africa for nonprofit activities. With his family, he founded “A Better Education” (ABE) Club, which provides educational opportunities, microfinance training, and healthcare for remote villagers in Kenya. With UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, he founded the Alliance for Global Health and Science, which undertakes capacity building at universities and medical schools in Uganda and Zimbabwe. He also established the Aduro-sponsored Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative (IVRI) at UC Berkeley to promote immunological research for cancer and infectious diseases. Mr. Isaacs holds a B.A. in biochemistry from UC Berkeley, where he also pursued graduate studies in organic chemistry.
Gail J. Maderis is President & CEO of Antiva Biosciences, Inc. a venture-backed biopharmaceutical company pioneering antiviral therapies against HPV. From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Maderis led BayBio, the industry organization representing and supporting Northern California’s life science community. She previously served as CEO of Five Prime Therapeutics and held senior executive positions at Genzyme Corporation, including founder and president of Genzyme Molecular Oncology (GZMO). Ms. Maderis also practiced management and strategy consulting with Bain & Co. She currently serves on the board of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals (NBY), a publicly-traded ophthalmology company. She received a BS in business from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Laurene (“Laurie”) Wu McClain received her undergraduate and law degrees from Cal Berkeley and a graduate degree from Columbia University. She was a member of Prytanean and Mortar Board at Berkeley. Her family has very strong connections to Cal with her husband Charles having served as Vice-Chair of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the law school, and their son Chris receiving both his B.A. and M.B.A. from Cal. Laurie has practiced law for over thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a published author, previously taught college history courses, served on non-profit boards, and was a Fulbright fellow. Her family’s commitment to Cal has led to support for the School of Public Health, the Music Department, undergraduate students, and the Women’s Faculty Club. Laurie has also extended support to UCSF.
Laura B. Perloff has worked in the movement and wellness industries for 44 years. In 1984 Ms. Perloff co-founded Fitness Break, a SF Financial District fitness center. At the present time, she trains clients privately in Pilates and functional movement. In 2005, Ms. Perloff and her husband, Gregg Perloff, gave the seed money to pilot a music therapy program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO). In 2008, the Jared Kurtin Music Therapy Program was created. In 2017, the Perloff’s started the Gregg and Laura Perloff Endowment in support of music therapy at UCSF BCHO. The Perloffs are active supporters of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and the Capital Campaign for Hearst Greek Theater. Ms. Perloff and her husband are Builders of Berkeley.
Catherine L. Unger worked as a Public Affairs Consultant in the political, corporate and non-profit arena for over 40 years. She represented municipal and corporate entities as well as Governors, U.S. Senators and local elected officials. A native and current resident of Los Angeles, she received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. She is the current Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is the former President of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and former Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Women’s Political Committee. She is married to Leonard Unger (UC Berkeley School of Law ’70), and they have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Weijie Yun is the founder and managing partner of Tyche Partners, a venture capital firm focusing on investments in transformational hard tech companies. As a serial entrepreneur himself, he invests in visionary founders with breakthrough technologies to build world class companies, such as Crossbar, Desktop Metal, Formlabs, Motiv and Qumulo. Prior to Tyche Partners, he was the co-founder and CEO of Telegent Systems, AIP Networks and SiTek, and was a recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst and Young. His campus affiliations include the founding board member of M.E.T. and a Friend of Haas School of Business. Weijie and his wife, Haifang, have four Berkeley degrees between them, all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is a Builder of Berkeley.