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Board of Directors

Samuel D. Colella

Samuel D. Colella has served as a member and chairman of our board of directors since July 2000. Mr. Colella is a managing director of Versant Ventures, a healthcare venture capital firm he co-founded in 1999, and has been a general partner of Institutional Venture Partners since 1984. Mr. Colella currently serves on the board of directors of Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLXN), a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Colella also is currently a member of the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Colella served on the board of directors of Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX), a molecular diagnostics company, from 2001 to 2014; Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXA), a pharmaceutical company, from 2001 to 2012; Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ), a biopharmaceutical company, from 2003 to 2012; Solta Medical, Inc., a medical aesthetics company, from 1997 to 2007; Symyx Technologies, Inc., a life science company that merged with Accelrys, Inc., from 1997 to 2007; and Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT), a diagnostics company, from 2006 to 2014. Mr. Colella received a B.S. in business and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Chairman of the Board
Christopher Linthwaite

Chris Linthwaite joined Fluidigm in August 2016 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was named Chief Executive Officer in October 2016. Previously, he served as President of the Genetic Sciences Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific and President of the BioProduction Division at Life Technologies. He received an MBA and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Nicolas Barthelemy

Nicolas Barthelemy has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2017. Mr. Barthelemy brings over 25 years of health care industry experience to the Fluidigm Board, having served in multiple senior executive roles in the biopharmaceutical, life science tools, and molecular diagnostics sectors. He previously served as President and CEO of Biotheranostics, a privately held molecular diagnostics company, from 2014 until February 2017. Just prior to that, he served as President of Global Commercial Operations at Life Technologies, a $4 billion life science industry leader that was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2014. Prior to that position, he led the $850 million Cell Systems Division for five years at Life Technologies. Before Life Technologies, Mr. Barthelemy was with Biogen for eight years in operational and commercial roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Manufacturing. He began his career with Merck & Co., Inc. as a Project Engineer in the Vaccine Division. Mr. Barthelemy currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Repligen Corporation and he was on the Board of Essen BioScience, a privately held life science company, until its recent acquisition by Sartorius AG. He received an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an engineering degree from Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris.

Gerhard F. Burbach

Gerhard F. Burbach joined our board of directors in January 2013. From January 2006 to September 2014, Mr. Burbach served as president, chief executive officer, and director of Thoratec Corporation (NASDAQ: THOR), a company that develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary medical devices used for circulatory support. In addition, from 2004 to February 2013, Mr. Burbach served as a member of the board of directors of Digirad Corporation (NASDAQ: DRAD), a company focused on diagnostic imaging products. From April 2005 to January 2006, Mr. Burbach served as president and chief executive officer of Digirad Corporation. From July 2003 to April 2005, he served as president and chief executive officer of Bacchus Vascular, Inc., a developer of catheter-based medical devices. From January 2001 to July 2003, he served as chief executive officer of Philips Nuclear Medicine, a division of Philips Electronics, and, before its acquisition by Philips, worked for four years for ADAC Laboratories, most recently as president. Mr. Burbach also spent six years with the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he was most recently a senior engagement manager in the firm’s healthcare practice.

Laura M. Clague

Laura M. Clague joined our board of directors in October 2018. Ms. Clague has served as Chief Financial Officer of Retrophin, Inc. since November 2014. Ms. Clague has 30 years of experience as a financial executive, and oversees Retrophin’s accounting, finance, IT and facilities functions. Previously, Ms. Clague served as Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego and Ohio operations of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., after its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb and subsequent divestiture to AstraZeneca. Prior to the acquisition, Ms. Clague was the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Amylin for 10 years, when she also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Amylin's collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company. Earlier, Ms. Clague held financial roles at Sony Electronics, Inc., Cubic Corporation and KPMG. Ms. Clague currently serves on the board of directors of LRAD Corporation. Ms. Clague is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Menlo College.

Financial Expert
Bill W. Colston

Bill W. Colston joined the Fluidigm Board of Directors in July 2019. Dr. Colston has served as President of personal health company iCarbonX since March 2019. He joined iCarbonx as Chief Operating Officer in early 2018 and is a member of its board of directors. Previously, he was founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthTell Inc., a company focused on developing next-generation tests that broadly characterize the immune system. He was scientific founder and CEO of QuantaLife Inc., which developed a genetic analysis system that is now marketed internationally. Dr. Colston began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he served in various senior leadership roles over a nearly 20-year career and helped build the first civilian biodefense program in the United States. Dr. Colston is a board member of companies including Rheonix, Purigen Biosystems, and RubrYc Therapeutics. He holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Patrick S. Jones

Patrick S. Jones has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2011. Mr. Jones has been a private investor since March 2001. Mr. Jones currently serves as chairman of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), a fabless semiconductor company. He also serves on the board of directors of Inside Secure SA (PAR: INSD.PA), a company that makes digital security solutions. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Jones served as chairman of Dialogic Inc. (OTC: DLGC), a communications technology company. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Jones served as chairman of Epocrates, Inc., a provider of clinical solutions to healthcare professionals and interactive services to the healthcare industry, which was acquired by athenahealth, Inc. in March 2013. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Jones also served on the board of directors of Openwave Systems Inc., a telecom infrastructure software provider that changed its name to Unwired Planet (NASDAQ: UPIP) in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Jones served on the board of directors of Novell, Inc., an enterprise infrastructure software provider that was sold to Attachmate Corporation in 2011. From June 1998 to March 2001, Mr. Jones was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Gemplus International S.A. (now GEMALTO N.V.), or Gemplus, a provider of solutions empowered by smart cards. Prior to Gemplus, from March 1992 to June 1998, he was vice president, finance, and corporate controller at Intel Corporation, a producer of microchips, computing and communications products. Prior to that, Mr. Jones served as chief financial officer of LSI Corporation (formerly known as LSI Logic), a semiconductor company. Mr. Jones received a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from St. Louis University.

Financial Expert
Carlos Paya

Carlos Paya has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2017. Dr. Paya brings to the Board over 15 years of senior executive experience in the large, mid-cap, and small-cap biopharmaceutical industries, combined with a prolific scientific background and a track record of leading high-impact innovation. Dr. Paya currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Immune Design Corp., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focused on oncology. He previously served as President of Elan Corporation, a pharmaceutical corporation later acquired by Perrigo Company, from 2008 to 2011. Before joining Elan Corporation, Dr. Paya was at Eli Lilly & Company from 2001 to 2008 as Vice President of Lilly Research Laboratories. From 1991 to 2001, Dr. Paya was Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and Pathology and Vice Dean of the Clinical Investigation Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Madrid and underwent postdoctoral training at the Institute Pasteur in Paris.