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USTAR Nominations Announced

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Jon Huntsman, Senate President John Valentine, Speaker of the House Greg Curtis and Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Kendell today announced the nomination of eight members to the newly-formed Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Board today, sending the names to the Utah State Senate for confirmation.

The board was created in the 2006 legislative session by Senate Bill 75 to facilitate cultivating the commercialization of technology founded at Utah's two major research universities, University of Utah and Utah State University. The board's membership and appointing authority is outlined in the bill, which becomes effective July 1.

"USTAR represents the future of Utah's economy and our long-term commitment to capturing our unique competitive advantages as a State," Governor Huntsman said. "This board truly represents the finest professionals available to implement this important initiative."

Governor Huntsman nominated the following people:
Scott Anderson, CEO, Zions Bank
Hunter Jackson, Ph.D., former CEO, NPS Pharmaceuticals
Cathy A. Petti, M.D., Medical Director, ARUP Infectious Diseases Laboratory

President Valentine nominated the following people:
Dan Olsen, Ph.D, Professor, Brigham Young University
Dinesh Patel, Ph.D., Partner, Vspring

Speaker Curtis nominated the following people:
Charlie Precourt, Vice President, Advanced Strategic Programs ATK Launch Systems Group
Jack Sunderlage, President and CEO, Contentwatch

Commissioner Kendell nominated the following person:
Jim Dreyfous, Partner, UV Partners

The bill also appointed the State Treasurer, Ed Alter, as the ninth member of the governing authority. Individual biographies of the nominees are attached to this release.

Office of the Governor: Mike Mower, Governor's Spokesman, 538-1924, 541-1981
Utah State Senate: Ric Cantrell, Assistant to Majority Leadership, 538-1407, 647-8944
House of Representatives: Kate Bradshaw, Majority Public Relations, 538-1936, 550-1373
Office of the Commissioner: Amanda Covington, Director of Communications, 321-7110, 231-9511

USTAR Board nominees:

Scott Anderson
Anderson is president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank. Prior to joining Zions, Anderson spent 17 years with Bank of America in San Francisco, working in many positions including business banking manager and manager of the San Francisco main office. He also spent seven years working in Bank of America's Asia division, headquartered in Tokyo. Active in community affairs, Anderson serves on the Federal Reserve Bank Board in San Francisco as well as dozens of other community group, university and non-profit boards. Anderson received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University in New York. He also received a master's degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jim Dreyfous
Dreyfous co-founded and has been a general partner of the venture capital firm UV Partners since 1986. His earlier career experience was focused in commercial banking, private investments, and small business management. He was an officer of Citicorp and Bankers Trust, and was a principal for a privately held oil and gas production and distribution company. Dreyfous currently serves on the board of a number of portfolio companies and philanthropic boards. He holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College.

Hunter Jackson
Jackson has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board since founding NPS Pharmaceuticals in 1986. He was appointed to the additional position of President in January 1994. Before founding NPS, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Jackson received a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Yale University. He received postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia Medical School.

Dan Olsen, Ph.D.
Olsen has been a leader in researching human-robot interaction. He is a professor of computer sciences at Brigham Young University and has worked as the director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The author of two books and numerous other publications, Olsen is engaged in many professional organizations. He earned a BS and MS in computer science in 1976 and 1978, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He earned his PhD in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.

Dinesh Patel, Ph.D.
Patel is is a founding general partner of vSpring Capital. Prior to vSpring, Patel co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of TheraTech, a biotechnology company, which he took public and eventually sold for $350 million to Watson Pharmaceuticals. Patel was also a Co-Founder and Founding CEO and Chairman of Salus Therapeutics. Patel serves on several non-profit boards, is a former trustee for Utah State University and has won numerous awards. Patel was an active angel investor in more than 20 biotech and technology companies. Patel received his bachelor's degree in Pharmacy at Gujarat University located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. He received a master's degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and his Ph.D. in Physical Pharmacy from the University of Michigan.

Cathy A. Petti, M.D.
Petti is the medical director of the Infectious Disease Laboratory at ARUP. She is an assistant professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and she also directs the Medical Microbiology Fellowship program. Petti received her M.D. from Duke University where she also completed fellowships in medical microbiology and infectious diseases. She is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology. Her research interests include infective endocarditis, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and bone, skin, and soft tissue infections.

Charles J. Precourt
Precourt joined ATK Launch Systems Group in 2005 as Vice President, Advanced Strategic Programs following a distinguished 15-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 23 years active service in the US Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. He was qualified as an astronaut in 1991, and is a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights that flew between the years 1993-1998. In the U. S. Air Force, Precourt completed Pilot Training in 1978 and served as pilot, instructor and flight commander during his career. Precourt received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977, a master of science degree in engineering management from Golden Gate University in 1988, and a master of arts degree in national security affairs and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College in 1990.

Jack Sunderlage
Sunderlage serves as President and CEO of ContentWatch, Inc., a provider of Internet Management software and services. He has held key sales and marketing executive positions with Burroughs, UNISYS, Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer, and Hewlett-Packard. His last assignment was Vice President of Global Accounts, West Region for Compaq, a part of HP. Since 2002, he has been a consultant for the Utah Partnership for Education, Inc. to develop business partnerships for the creation of six new high tech high schools in Utah. Sunderlage currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Utah Information Technology Association where he has been a trustee since 1991. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Economics from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

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