Who is Dr. Corey Goodman?

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Corey is a scientist, educator, and biotech entrepreneur.  With a B.S. from Stanford and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, he spent 25 years as a biology professor at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, where he co-founded the Wills Neuroscience Institute and was a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  He is currently on the faculty of U.C. San Francisco.  During his academic career, Corey published over 200 scientific papers.  He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Corey is the recipient of many honors including the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Board, the Canada Gairdner Biomedical Award, the March-of-Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal, and just this year, the Trinity College Dublin Dawson Prize in Genetics*.

Corey moved into biotech to apply biomedical discoveries to human health.  He co-founded three biotech companies — Exelixis, Renovis, and Second Genome — and led Renovis as President and CEO from a private to public company until its acquisition by Evotec.  He was then President and founder of Pfizer’s Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center, based on a new R&D model fostering innovative drug discovery.

Today Corey is Managing Partner and co-founder of venBio, a venture capital firm investing in biotech companies with innovative therapeutics for major unmet medical needs.  He is Chair of the Board of six biotech companies, and Board member of two others.

Amongst his many public policy roles, Corey is on the Board of the California Council on Science and Technology, the Pacific Institute, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and is former Chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Life Sciences.  He is an advisor to numerous biomedical foundations.

Corey was born in Chicago.  He and his wife Marcia Barinaga have lived in West Marin since 1993.  Marcia oversees Barinaga Ranch, her farmstead sheep dairy, and produces artisanal sheep cheese in her family’s Basque tradition.  Corey is scientist and entrepreneur by day, and jazz and blues pianist by night.

Corey got involved in the oyster farm debate in April 2007 at the request of County Supervisor Steve Kinsey.  Steve approached Corey, based upon his scientific credentials and history of involvement in science-based public policy issues, and asked him to independently analyze the National Park Service science and come testify at a Board of Supervisors hearing.  At the time, Corey had never met Kevin Lunny, and got involved in reviewing the science at Steve’s request as a public service to Marin County.

For Dr. Corey S. Goodman’s full CV, click here:  Corey Goodman CV 11-30-11

About the awards Dr. Goodman has received

The Dawson Prize 2011

Trinity College Dublin awards the Dawson Price once a year, to one scientist, chosen from around the world. Dr. Corey Goodman won this prestigious award this year for his years of work which led to discoveries about genes that control how the brain forms the connections that make it work.

The Reeve-Irvine Research Medal 2006

The Reeve-Irvine Research Medal recognizes an individual, or individuals, who have made highly meritorious scientific contributions in the area of spinal cord repair, and whose research has stood the test of time and scrutiny. The medal includes a $50,000 cash award generously provided by Joan Irvine Smith and the Athalie R. Clarke Foundation.  Their kindness has made it possible to continue to recognize the work of pioneering investigators whose work has brought us closer to cures for afflictions affecting the spinal cord.  Between 1996 and 2007 seventeen exceptional researchers have received this prestigious award.

 The March-of-Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology 2001

Each year, outstanding scientists are awarded the coveted March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for research that has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects. The Prize has been awarded annually since 1996. The March of Dimes created the Prize as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995.

The March of Dimes Prize is a cash award of $250,000 and a silver medal in the design of the Roosevelt dime, in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes.

Individuals who are awarded the March of Dimes Prize are leaders in the field of developmental biology. Their pioneering research offers hope and opportunity to one day prevent and treat some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases. Five recipients of the March of Dimes Prize to date have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine.

The Wakeman Award 1998 for Research in Neurosciences (w/ Tessier-Lavigne)

Canada Gairdner Biomedical Award 1997

The Foundation’s aim is to honour and reward outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the ultimate goal of contributing through research to the conquest of disease and relief of human suffering. The Foundation invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from every branch of biomedicine.

The Allan T. Waterman Prize 1983

Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Other Awards and Honors:

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2005

Evan Rauch Chair of Neuroscience, U.C.Berkeley 1999-2001

Elected Member, American Philosophical Society 1999

Ameritec Prize for research toward a cure for paralysis 1997

J. Allyn Taylor international Prize in Medicine (w/ Tom Jessell) 1996

Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize (w/ Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Friedrich Bonhoeffer) 1996

Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences 1995

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1993

W. Alden Spencer Award, Columbia University College of P&S 1992

NIH Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award 1992-1999

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 1991

Weizmann Scholarship Foundation Award, 3rd Annual 1990

Endowed Chair (5 yr award), Class of 1933, U.C. Berkeley 1987-1992

NIH MERIT Award, NICHHD 1985-1995

NIH Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award 1985-1992

McKnight Neuroscience Development Award 1985-1987

Demuth Swiss Medical Res Found., 2nd Inter. Award in Neuroscience 1983

Charles Judson Herrick Award 1982

McKnight Scholars Award 1980-1983

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 1980-1982

Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship 1977-1979

NSF Predoctoral Fellowship 1972-1975

Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction, Department Honors 1972

G.D. Searle Foundation Scholarship 1968-1972

Ford Foundation Scholarship 1968


Labrys Biologics snagged the worldwide rights to RN-307, an antibody that binds to calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which was in Rinat’s pipeline when Pfizer bought out the company in 2006. And serial biotech entrepreneur and noted neuroscientist Corey Goodman, a managing director at venBio and chairman of the newly formed developer, says it will travel a well-understood pathway in an attempt to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of an unending series of migraines.

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  1. Great effort amazing will come back here):

  2. Does Corey help other communities with things like this? We’re on San Juan Island and fighting a terrible fight! Help!

    • He thought he would put in a week or two investigating the science and that his participation would end with his testimony in front of the Marin County Board of Supervisors in May of 2007. Five years and five months later, he is still embroiled in it. Why? The man is integrity personified; he wants truth in science to prevail in decisions having to do with science. Please see the video posted today to hear more. You cannot conceive of the number of hours we have all put into this. I have never done anything like this before. Corey will admit he has never encountered a situation like this and I doubt he would be willing to take on another situation like this at this time. Let us hope that we are able to prevail and our efforts here will assist your efforts there. Read absolutely everything, research and verify absolutely everything, chase down all citations and verify what someone says they say is what is actually said, and never give up, never give up, never give up!

  3. That’s Washington State 🙂

  4. Thank you for the thoughtful reply Jane. And best of luck in this! I’m rooting for you!

  5. We in San Diego have the exact same situation where NOAA Long Beach has published findings and policies that contradict each other. They are advocating closing a public beach, but use unsubstantiated conclusions that contradict their findings in a current IHA process and 2 earlier ones. This is not a case of inadvertent passing false findings forward, but inventing their own.
    Question: Has anybody contacted the MMC to show them the facts? Is it possible, or is MMC impenetrable? We all need a contact in the MMC where the learned gentlemen who play with our fates can hear something other than politically connected insiders.

    • Unfortunately, the MMC’s Dr. Tim Regan, rewrote the findings of the scientists who studied DBOC; he contradicted the findings of no harm and put their findings in an appendix, appendix F to be exact. In essence, the MMC appendix’d “F’d” the scientists. We brought this to the attention of the subsequent NAS scientists and warned them not to let the final report be re-written ie: “Don’t let them Appendix F you!”


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