Mr. Blickenstaff currently serves as Chair of our board of directors following his transition from the Executive Chair role in March 2020. Prior to serving as Executive Chair, Mr. Blickenstaff served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from September 2007 to March 2019. He has been a member of our board of directors since September 2007. Prior to joining us, Mr. Blickenstaff served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Biosite Incorporated, a provider of medical diagnostic products, from 1988 until its acquisition by Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. in June 2007. Mr. Blickenstaff previously served as a director of Medivation, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 2005 to 2016, until its acquisition by Pfizer, and as a director of DexCom, Inc. (Nasdaq: DXCM), a provider of continuous glucose monitoring systems, from June 2001 to September 2007. Mr. Blickenstaff serves as a director and member of the compensation and audit committees of Nuvation Bio Inc. (NYSE: NUVB), an oncology biopharmaceutical therapy company. Mr. Blickenstaff was formerly a certified public accountant and has more than 20 years of experience overseeing the preparation of financial statements. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University, Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago.
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.
Dr. McGroddy-Goetz has served on our board of directors since June 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience leading global teams across business development, strategy, research and development, and product management. She has commercialized pioneering technologies spanning from microelectronics through cloud, advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, hardware, software, and middleware with an emphasis on healthcare and life sciences applications. From October 2018 through June 2021, Dr. McGroddy-Goetz served as the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Medidata Solutions, a Dassault Systemès Company, where she also concurrently held other strategy, alliances and marketing executive roles. Previously, she held various leadership positions at IBM beginning in 1992, and most recently was Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, IBM Watson Health. Dr. McGroddy-Goetz received a B.S. in Physics from SUNY Binghamton and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Cornell University.
Ms. Robertson has served on our board of directors since January 2019. Ms. Robertson is a founder and Managing Director at Versant Ventures where she has specialized in investing in the areas of medical devices and diagnostics since 1999. In addition, through Longridge Business Advisors, she has provided business advisory services and board services since April 2017. Prior to Versant, she served as Senior Vice President at Chiron Diagnostics, a division of Chiron Corporation, where she had responsibility for the critical care business unit in addition to leading the division’s business development efforts. Prior to joining Chiron, Ms. Robertson was a co-founder and Vice President at Egis, a consumer products company, and held senior management positions in operations and finance at Lifescan, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Ms. Robertson served as a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), where she was an investor in the life sciences group, from July 1997 to October 1999. Ms. Robertson was also previously an entrepreneur in residence for IVP in the life sciences group. Ms. Robertson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Mr. Sheridan has served on our board of directors since June 2019 and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Sheridan served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since April 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sheridan served as Chief Operating Officer of Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a provider of security equipment and systems, from March 2012 to February 2013. Mr. Sheridan served as Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Operations for Volcano Corporation, a medical technology company, from November 2004 to March 2010. From May 2002 to May 2004, Mr. Sheridan served as Executive Vice President of Operations at CardioNet, Inc., a medical technology company, now operating as BioTelemetry, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAT). From March 1998 to May 2002, he served as Vice President of Operations at Digirad Corporation, a medical imaging company. Mr. Sheridan serves as a director of Acutus Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIB), an arrhythmia management company. Mr. Sheridan holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of West Florida and an MBA from Boston University.
Mr. Twomey has served on our board of directors since July 2013. Mr. Twomey has served as a director and chair of the audit committee of Bionano Genomics (Nasdaq: BNGO), a life sciences genome analysis instrumentation company since July 2018. From March 1990 until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Twomey held various positions with Biosite, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From 1981 to 1990, Mr. Twomey worked for Ernst & Young LLP, where he served as an Audit Manager. Mr. Twomey also served as a director and chair of the audit committee of Senomyx, Inc., a flavor technology company, from March 2006 until its sale to Firmenich SA in November 2018. He also served as a director and chair of the audit committee of Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from July 2006 until it was acquired by Mallinckrodt plc in March 2014. Mr. Twomey holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.