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California Healthcare Institute Adds Executives from Gilead Sciences, Cedars-Sinai and Versant Ventures to Its Board
Date:7/21/2014

La Jolla, Calif. (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

California Healthcare Institute (CHI) announced today the election of three senior executives to serve on its board of directors: James Mazzo, operating partner, Versant Ventures; Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president, academic affairs and dean of the medical faculty, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Jim Meyers, senior vice president, commercial operations, North America, Gilead Sciences. CHI is a nonprofit, public policy research organization, representing leading California academic institutions, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical firms.

“These leaders and their respective organizations exemplify the range and depth of CHI’s membership and all we stand for,” said CHI President and CEO Todd Gillenwater. “The experience and expertise James, Shlomo and Jim bring to bear will further bolster CHI’s work to shape and drive state and federal policies that advance biomedical research, investment and innovation in California.”

Mazzo is the operating partner for Versant Ventures. As Versant’s operating partner, Mazzo’s focus is on patient needs, new technology advancements and investment opportunities in the healthcare field worldwide. Mazzo is also the executive chairman and CEO for AcuFocus. AcuFocus specializes in presbyopia correction and is known for its revolutionary KAMRA inlay. He is also the executive chairman for Neurotech. Neurotech Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company developing sight-saving therapies for retinal diseases. Previously, Mazzo assumed the position of senior vice president, Abbott Laboratories and president, Abbott Medical Optics following the company's February 2009 acquisition by Abbott. Prior to AMO running the ophthalmic division for Abbott, he was chairman and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., a position he assumed following the company's 2002 spin-off from Allergan. Additionally, he serves on the board
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