Ms. Eastham has been a director since July 2004. She has over 30 years of experience in financial and operations management, primarily in life sciences companies. Ms. Eastham serves as a director for 4 public biotechnology companies, Illumina, Inc., Geron Corporation, Veracyte, Inc. and MorphoSys AG (based in Munich, Germany). Her former directorships include Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Genoptix, Tercica,Trius Therapeutics, SGX, Salmedix, Molecular Probes and Cyntellect. Ms. Eastham’s career includes her service as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Trustee of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She also served as Senior Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of Diversa Corporation. She held similar positions with CombiChem, Inc., a computational chemistry company, and Cytel Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. Ms. Eastham also held several positions, including Vice President, Finance, at Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics.
Ms. Eastham received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Eastham is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2004 Women Who Mean Business Award, the UCSD Athena 2007 Technology Pinnacle Award and the Corporate Directors Forum 2007 Director of the Year Award in Corporate Governance in addition to the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Eastham is the author of award-winning book, Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking (Crosswalk Press October 2011). This book combines her leadership experience with her passion for cooking.