L. Robert JohnsonEmeritus, Premier Sponsor

    Bob is the Managing Partner of Founders Capital Partners, a venture capital angel group focused on early-stage technology-based businesses in the central coast region.

    Prior to Founders, Bob was CEO of Angenics, Inc., a biotechnology-based diagnostics company he co-founded in 1981. Before Angenics, Bob was the Managing Partner of the Sprout Capital Group, the venture capital arm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. He was engaged in research, private equity and venture capital investing from 1966 to 1981.

    Bob is currently a director of Seek Thermal, Affinity Biosensors (Lifescale), and Digifit.  He recently retired from the board of West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE).  He was a director of Indigo Systems until its acquisition by FLIR Systems, and a director of Genetic MicroSystems before its acquisition by Affymetrix.  Bob has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies in connection with his venture activities.  He is a former Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and a former Governor of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC).

    Bob earned a BS in physics from MIT in 1963 and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1965.  He is a director of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Center (Granada) and is a Life Member of the MIT Corporation.

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