Rodney Lappe, Ph.D., has had a distinguished career as a biopharmaceutical scientist and executive. Most recently, Dr. Lappe served as executive chairman of the board of directors for Mirati Therapeutics, a role he had served as June 2016 (after becoming a member of the board in June 2012 and chairman of the board in July 2013). During this time, Dr. Lappe also served as the senior vice president of Tavistock Life Sciences, a private investment firm. Previously, Dr. Lappe was group senior vice president, Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development and chief scientific officer for CovX in San Diego. Dr. Lappe has also served as vice president for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at Pharmacia where he was also site leader for Pharmacia in St. Louis. Prior to joining Pharmacia, he held positions with Wyeth, Rorer Central Research, CIBA Geigy and Searle Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Lappe received his B.A. from Blackburn College and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Indiana University.