Barry Selick, PhD is Vice Chancellor for Business Development, Innovation and Partnerships of UCSF Innovation Ventures, where he oversees proof-of-concept studies of promising UCSF life science inventions – which encompass drug molecules, device prototypes, digital health applications, and more – to gather evidence on which inventions are most likely to help patients as new therapies, diagnostics or software.
Dr. Selick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Catalyst Biosciences (CBIO) and Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD) after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from June 2002 to April 2017, at which time he became a Vice Chancellor at UCSF. From June 2002 to July 2007, he was a Venture Partner of Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm.
From January 1999 to April 2002, Dr. Selick was Chief Executive Officer of Camitro Corporation, a biotechnology company as well as founder and Chairman of Camitro UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Camitro Corporation. Prior to Camitro, Dr. Selick was at Affymax Research Institute, most recently as Vice President of Research, where he directed activities in combinatorial chemistry-based drug discovery and technology development.
Dr. Selick was a successful scientist and one of the earliest employees of Protein Design Labs, where he co-invented the technology underlying the creation of fully humanized antibody therapeutics and applied that technology to PDL’s first product, Zenapax, which was developed and commercialized by Roche for the prevention of kidney transplant rejection. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellow and an American Cancer Society Senior Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.