James W. Young, Ph.D.
Since April 2009, James W. Young, Ph.D. has been non-executive Chairman of our board of directors. From 2000 until April 2009 Dr Young served as Executive Chairman. Dr. Young was the Chief Executive Officer of Sunesis from May 2000 until November 2003. In April 2006, Dr. Young joined 5AM Ventures, a venture capital firm, as a venture partner. Prior to joining Sunesis, Dr. Young served as Vice President for Research; Senior Vice President, Research and Development; and Group Vice President at ALZA Corporation from 1995 to 2000. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Young served as Senior Vice President for Business Development and as President of the Pharmaceuticals Division of Affymax, N.V. From 1987 to 1992, he served as Senior Vice President for Business Development and as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Pharmaceuticals Division at Sepracor Inc. Dr. Young holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University.
Chairman of the Board