Mr. Smith has over 30 years of business and legal experience and is currently
Sr. Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of Cepheid,
a leading developer of integrated systems for genetic assessment.
He was previously Senior Vice President, Business Development, at Applied
Biosystems group of Applera Corporation. In that capacity he directed the
activities of Applied Biosystems in scouting and closing new business
opportunities and investments, potential acquisitions, mergers, and collaborations.
Prior to his post as the head of business development at Applied Biosystems
Group, Mr. Smith was Assistant Secretary of Applera Corporation (1998-2002)
and Vice President of Intellectual Property for Applied Biosystems Group (ABI)
and its predecessor, PE Biosystems Division of Perkin-Elmer (1995-2001), and
Vice President of Intellectual Property for Applied Biosystems, Inc. (1989-1994),
the predecessor of PE Biosystems. During that time, Mr. Smith and his team built
the patent portfolio from a handful of patents and applications to over 400. He was
also responsible for designing an out-licensing strategy for the company, implementing
a highly successful worldwide patent licensing program for PCR thermal cyclers,
PCR reagents, and DNA sequencing.
Prior to his activities with Applied Biosystems, Mr. Smith was a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Wiseman, Jones, and Smith, and the law firm of Boone, Fox, and Jones, and was a member of the technical legal department of Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona; an M.S. in Physics and a C. Phil. in Theoretical Physics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University.