Mr. Allen has served as our Lead Independent Director since March 2019 and on our board of directors since July 2007. He previously served as the Chair of our board of directors from August 2007 to January 2013 and from January 2016 to February 2019. Mr. Allen is directly engaged in the diabetes community through his personal involvement with JDRF, a nonprofit diabetes research organization, and the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Mr. Allen served as a member of the International Board of Directors of JDRF from July 2008 to June 2014, and as its Chair from July 2012 to June 2014. Mr. Allen has more than 50 years of experience in the health care industry and was previously the President of DIMA Ventures, Inc., a private investment firm providing seed capital and board-level support for start-up companies in the healthcare field. He was a co-founder and Vice President of Caremark, Inc., a home infusion therapy company later acquired by Baxter International. He was also a co-founder and director of Pyxis Corporation, later acquired by Cardinal Health, Inc. Mr. Allen received a B.S. (cum laude) in Industrial Administration from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he served on the faculty as a Lecturer in Strategic Management for 13 years.
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