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David F. Hale

CEO, Hale BioPharma Ventures LLC

David Hale is CEO of Hale BioPharma Ventures LLC. Hale has more than 30 years of experience leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He has co-founded and led a dozen successful ventures, including Pemix Sleep Inc., Hybritech, Inc., Gensia, Inc., Viagene, Inc. and Biocept, Inc. Hale’s civic involvement includes serving as chairman for Rady Children’s Hospital and Rady Children’s Genomics Institute. Among Hale’s recent accomplishments is his part in helping get the Rady Children’s Genomics Institute up and running.

ALMA MATER: Jacksonville State University

BUCKET LIST: Live in London for a month.

FUN FACT: Grew up in a very small town in Alabama.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Work hard, be persistent, don’t be afraid to take a chance, be looking to the future and always conduct yourself with integrity.”