Ward Peterson, PhD, Chairman & CEO, is co-founder of Symberix. He brings 20 years of experience in discovery and development of new chemical and biological entities from early drug discovery to late-stage clinical trials. Dr. Peterson held scientific and executive positions at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Inspire Pharmaceutics from 1998 to 2011, and since then has provided executive consulting services to various life-science organizations including Croma Pharma as CSO, GrayBug Vision as Senior VP, Liquidia, Neurotech, Ono Pharma, and Hatteras Venture Partners. While serving on the Executive Team at Inspire, Dr. Peterson participated in fundraising substantial equity capital prior to the acquisition of the company by Merck & Co. in 2011. He earned his BA in Physics from Pomona College and PhD in Biophysics from University of California, Berkeley. He is a co-inventor He is a co-inventor on 15 issued patents.