Dr. Jonathan Thomas
Governing Board Chair, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Jonathan Thomas (“JT”) is the Chair of the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a public agency dedicated to advancing stem cell and gene therapy research and developing cures for people in need. As head of the board, JT is responsible for all aspects of CIRM’s $8.5 billion funding program. Before joining CIRM he was a Co-Founding Partner at Saybrook Capital, an investment banking and private equity firm, where he led an early round of financing for Advanced Cell Technology (now Ocata Therapeutics). JT’s legal experience includes clerking for White House Counsel Lloyd Cutler in the last year of the Carter Administration and clerking for the Honorable George Mackinnon of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. JT holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University where he graduated summa cum laude, a J.D. from Yale, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.