Richard Austin is a pharmaceutical industry veteran of 24 years. He has been a medicinal chemist (12 years), analytical chemistry manager (6 years), and R&D operations manager (6 years). Currently, Richard is CEO of Reglagene, a TLA company that he co-founded with UA Professor Laurence Hurley and Dr. Vijay Gokhale. Richard is a member of Desert Angels, a union of accredited investors that provides seed funding to southwest regional companies, many emanating from technologies developed at the University of Arizona. He serves as board treasurer for Amistad y Salud, a not-for-profit organization that operates a free health clinic in Tucson. After post-doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, Richard was a medicinal chemist for GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, NC. He moved to Tucson in 1997 to work for Sanofi. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Drexel University.