John Crawford


Mr. Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crawford has been a consultant, executive officer and board member for 12 venture-backed and privately-funded technology firms. In 1981, he was the first full-time executive at International Genetic Engineering, Inc. and later was founding president of San Diego-based Corvas International, Inc., shepherding both of the companies through listings on NASDAQ. During his 12-year tenure at Corvas, Mr. Crawford raised over $200 million from equity investors and corporate alliances in his capacity as Chief Financial Officer. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Conforma Therapeutics, Cabrellis Pharmaceuticals and Phenomix Corporation.

Interview – July 8, 2008

Interviewed by Matthew Shindell, Historian, UCSD

At the time of this interview, Mr. Crawford was self-employed as a biotechnology consultant in finance and had recently left his position as Chief Financial Officer of Phenomix Corporation.