David Myles, Ph.D. ’80 bridges the worlds of academia and business: After completing his Ph.D. at Yale and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he became an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He subsequently turned to private industry, first with Chiron Corporation, later as executive director of Kosan Biosciences and cofounder and chief operating officer of Epiphany Biosciences. Myles is now executive vice president of drug development for San Francisco-based Olema Pharmaceuticals, focusing on the treatment of breast cancer. Although he sees himself “more as an entrepreneur than as a pure scientist,” he has at least 80 peer-reviewed papers and 17 issued patents to his credit, with more in process. Myles, who lives in Berkeley with his three children, first learned about Webb during a field trip to the Alf Museum in the sixth grade. He says Webb’s emphasis on independent thinking and personal integrity has served him well throughout his career. This is Myles’ third term on the board and he is pleased to see some of the long-term plans that originated in his earlier terms come to fruition. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be asked to serve again,” he says.
Join the conversation. The Spring/Summer issue of WEBB Magazine is in the mail and on its way to you. In it we explore Webb’s new innovative curriculum—an educational experience being talked about across the country. From the newly invigorated core curriculum that includes The American Idea and Evolutionary Biology, to the ONLY AT WEBB series of Honors and Advanced Studies courses featuring Advanced Studies in Biotechnology and Honors Ethics & Modern Global Affairs—the Webb program is engaging students in field study and independent research work like never before.
The Webb Schools is pleased to offer a live stream for both the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies on June 2, 2018. The events are available below, and will be concurrently streaming on Webb's Facebook page as well as the schools' Livestream.com page.