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Joel Martin, Ph.D.

In his role as Managing Director and Chief Business Officer, Dr. Martin oversees all aspects of business and technology development, translation research, management information systems and information technology and assists with the implementation of new strategic initiatives.

Dr. Martin began his career as assistant professor of radiology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he developed novel digital image processing techniques still used today and invented the first device for MRI imaging of the prostate. He started a series of innovative biotech companies as an entrepreneur and was a venture capitalist at three firms, where he led successful investments in neuroscience and oncology. Most recently, Dr. Martin was the President and CEO of Dauntless Pharmaceuticals, a company that developed novel intranasal and injectable formulations of octreotide for acromegaly.

Dr. Martin earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCSD and holds MBA and B.S. Chem. Honors degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a member of the advisory board of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan and is a former advisory board member of the Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at UM, the Rady School of Management at UCSD, and the Department of Chemistry at UCSD.