A Dedicated Team with Depth and Experience in Life Science Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Joe Victor serves on the Board of Directors at Rarecyte and has been a Venture Partner with 5AM Ventures since 2016. Prior to his joining 5AM Ventures, Mr. Victor served as CEO of Startide Sciences, a 5AM Ventures portfolio company chartered to identify and develop innovative technologies in the Life Sciences research tools markets. Prior to Startide, Mr. Victor served as CEO of DVS Sciences (acquired by Fluidigm Inc.), and Applied Precision Inc (acquired by GE Healthcare). He currently serves as Executive Chairman on the boards of Biodesy and Purigen Biosystems as well as on the Boards of RareCyte, Precision Nanosystems, and Glencoe Software. Mr. Victor also serves as an advisory board member to the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science and the UC Davis Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation. Mr. Victor has also held various executive management and technical positions in the high technology, aviation, and energy markets. Mr. Victor holds an MBA from UCLA and MS and BS degrees in engineering from the University of Washington.
Chief Technology Officer
Ron brings a wealth of corporate leadership and technical experience to RareCyte. Prior to founding RareCyte, he was a founder and CEO at Applied Precision, Inc. (API). API initially specialized in semi-conductors. The company eventually spun off this division and began creating innovative imaging solutions for life sciences. Ron was instrumental in launching the popular DeltaVision line of microscopes, including the DeltaVision Elite and DeltaVision OMX, one of the first super-resolution imaging systems on the market. The company was sold to GE Life Sciences in 2011. His professional experience spans decades and he holds several patents.
Frank Witney, Ph.D.
Frank, who joined Ampersand as an Operating Partner in 2016, serves as Chairman of Gyros Protein Technologies. Frank most recently served as CEO of Affymetrix, a leading provider of genomics and cell biology products that was sold in 2016 for $1.3 billion. Previously, Frank was CEO of Dionex, a leading provider of analytical instrumentation that was sold in 2011 for $2.1 billion. He also held senior executive positions at Perkin Elmer, Packard Bioscience and Bio-Rad Laboratories. Frank holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Indiana University.
Founder and Managing Partner
Prior to founding 5AM in 2002, Andy was a Principal at Bay City Capital where he was involved with companies such as Cubist, PTC Therapeutics, Symyx and Syrrx. Previously, Andy was Vice President of Business Development at Digital Gene Technologies and a Vice President in the life science investment banking group of Montgomery Securities. At 5AM, he has led the firm’s investments in and served on the Boards of Biodesy, Bird Rock Bio, Cleave, DVS (acquired by Fluidigm), Escient, Flexion (NASDAQ: FLXN), Ikaria (acquired by Mallinckrodt and spun-out Bellerophon (NASDAQ: BLPH), Ilypsa (acquired by Amgen), Miikana (acquired by EntreMed), Novome, Panomics (acquired by Affymetrix), Pear Therapeutics, Precision NanoSystems, Purigen, Synosia (acquired by Biotie), TMRW, and Viveve (NASDAQ: VIVE). Andy also serves on the Boards of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences, Davidson College and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Andy received a B.S. with Honors in Genetics & Ethics from Davidson College and was a member of its 1992 Final Four soccer team. Andy is based in 5AM’s San Francisco, CA office.
David Kabakoff, PhD
A chemist by training, the companies that David has led as President, CEO or Chairman have produced billions of dollars in returns for investors and employees. He currently serves on the Boards of HealthQuest portfolio companies Lineagen, Castle Biosciences (CSTL) and Biotheranostics (in addition to RareCyte). As an operator, David’s successes include leading the development of some of the diagnostic industry’s most iconic products like the first yes/no color changing pregnancy test, the PSA test for prostate cancer and the rapid strep throat test, plus numerous cancer diagnostics. He served in senior executive positions at Hybritech, was EVP of Dura Pharmaceuticals, CEO of Spiros Development Corp., Corvas International and co-founder/CEO of Salmedix. Each of the products he developed succeeded because it made a large impact on the medical management of patients. He has served as Chairman of Trius Therapeutics (acquired by Cubist), Chairman of Cebix Inc., Chairman of Amplimmune, Inc. (acquired by AstraZeneca), and as a Director of InterMune, Inc. (acquired by Roche), and Allylix, Inc. (acquired by Evolva). David earned his BA in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and then his PhD from Yale University. He lives with his wife and enjoys fine wine, travel and skiing.