Dr. Grais has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. since January 2008 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. since June 2012. Prior to her employment by Ocera, Dr. Grais served as a Managing Member at InterWest Partners, a venture capital firm from May 2005 until February 2011. From July 1998 to July 2003, Dr. Grais was a founder and executive vice president of SGX Pharmaceuticals Inc., a drug discovery company focusing on new treatments for cancer. Prior to that, she was a corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practiced in such areas as venture financings, public offerings and strategic partnerships. Before practicing law, Dr. Grais worked as an assistant clinical professor of Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Grais received a B.A. from Yale University, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa, an M.D. from Yale Medical School and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Arca Biopharma, Inc.
Dr. Rousseau has served as Chief Medical and Development Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. since July 2013. He joined Ocera (formerly Tranzyme) as Chief Medical Officer in October 2011. From 2003 to 2010, he worked at Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) where he had most recently served as Therapeutic Area Head, Hepatic Diseases, and initially as Vice President, Clinical Development. During this time, when he also was head of Gilead's Durham, North Carolina facility, Dr. Rousseau oversaw the clinical development for several drugs which ultimately received global marketing approval. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Rousseau was Chief Medical Officer of Triangle Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Gilead in 2003. He began his pharmaceutical industry career in 1993 at Wellcome Lab, followed by two years with Glaxo Wellcome (NYSE: GSK) from 1995-1997 serving as Medical Advisor. Dr. Rousseau holds a Doctorate of Medicine and a Degree of Epidemiology and Nosocomial Infections from the University of Paris 7, Paris, France. He also holds a Degree of Statistics from the University of Paris 6, Paris, France.
Prior to joining Ocera, Dr. Aggarwal was a life sciences venture capital investor primarily focused on biopharmaceutical companies. He served as a managing director of Investor Growth Capital, Inc., a venture capital firm, and as a partner of Panorama Capital, a venture capital firm. Prior to that, he was an investor with JPMorgan Partners, LLC, KBL Healthcare Ventures and Wasserstein Perella & Co. Dr. Aggarwal served on the board of directors for several biotechnology and medical device companies including Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Auspex Pharmaceuticals, FlowCardia, Hyperion Therapeutics, NextWave Pharmaceuticals and Piramed. Dr. Aggarwal received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, and his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.