2631 Hanover St
Palo Alto CA 94304

Management Team | Board of Directors


Corey S. Goodman, Ph.D., Chairman

Corey S. Goodman, Ph.D., serves as Chairman of the Oligasis Board of Directors. Corey Goodman is a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. He received his B.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at U.C. San Diego. He spent 25 years as Professor of Biology at Stanford University and Evan Rauch Chair of Neurobiology at Berkeley (Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology), where he was Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Head of the Neurobiology Division, and co-founder and Director of the Wills Neuroscience Institute. He published over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Goodman is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society, and recipient of many honors including the Alan T. Waterman Award, Canada Gairdner Biomedical Award, March-of-Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, Reeve-Irvine Research Medal, and Dawson Prize in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Goodman moved into biotechnology to help apply biomedical discoveries to human health. He co-founded seven biotechnology companies (the first being Exelixis), and led one of them (Renovis) as President and CEO from a private to public company until its acquisition. He was recruited as President and founder of Pfizer’s Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center and a member of Pfizer’s executive leadership team.

Today Dr. Goodman is a Managing Partner of venBio Partners LLC, a strategic venture capital firm investing in innovative therapeutics for major unmet medical needs, based on a model of strategic investment. Dr. Goodman is Chair of the Board of Second Genome, Oligasis, Ossianix, Solstice Biologics, Heart Metabolics, and Alexo Therapeutics. He is a member of the Board of Mirna. He founded and chaired Labrys Biologics until its acquisition by Teva.

Amongst his many public policy roles, Dr. Goodman is Chair of the California Council on Science and Technology (advising the Governor and State Legislature), a member of the board of the Pacific Institute, former Chair of the National Research Council's (NAS) Board on Life Sciences (advising the Federal Government), and past President of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He advises numerous biomedical foundations, and is a member of the editorial board of Neuron.