Mr. Owen studied Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and also obtained a degree in Business. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer and a veteran of two tours of duty in Vietnam. Prior to entering the health care industry, Mr. Owen worked as an industrial engineer for Celanese Fibers Corporation and for American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T). He was an early member of management at Hybritech, Inc., and was a founder of The Immune Response Corporation and Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Owen has been an advisor to founding management for several successful life sciences companies, including Gen-Probe and Biosite, among others. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Applied Molecular Systems. Mr. Owen has held various senior marketing and business positions and has served as the principal of Owen & Associates, a Life Sciences consulting firm. He has substantial experience in technology assessments, product development and the marketing of medical products. Mr. Owen initially became affiliated with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) through its “CONNECT” offices. He has also lectured and taught courses on entrepreneurship for UCSD in the Rady School of Management and for the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies. He has also taught entrepreneurial courses for the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
Interviewed by Mark Jones, PhD
At the time of this interview, Owen served as President of Owen & Associates, a healthcare industry consulting firm.