Member of the Board of Directors
Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of drug candidates that utilize its PEGylation and advanced polymer conjugate technology platforms, which are designed to improve the benefits of drugs for patients. The Companys product pipeline is comprised of drug candidates across a number of therapeutic areas including oncology, pain, anti-infectives, anti-viral and immunology. Nektars research and development activities involve small molecule drugs, peptides and other potential biologic drug candidates. It creates its drug candidates by using its chemistry platform to modify the chemical structure of drugs using polymer conjugates. Nektars drug candidates are designed to improve the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, half-life, bioavailability, metabolism or distribution of drugs and improve the overall benefits and use of a drug for the patient.
Jennifer Ruddock joined Nektar in 2004 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs leading the company’s initiatives on strategy and corporate affairs. In this role, Ms. Ruddock also oversees and leads investor relations, business development, corporate marketing, corporate and employee communications, and public and government affairs functions. Ms. Ruddock's professional experience spans over 25 years in biotechnology, technology and finance. Prior to joining Nektar, Ms. Ruddock held leadership roles in investor relations, financial communications and corporate marketing at a number of public companies, including Catellus Development Corporation (acquired by ProLogis) and Tumbleweed Communications (acquired by Axway). Prior to that, she worked at Montgomery Securities (acquired by Bank of America), a San Francisco-based investment bank which specialized in high technology and healthcare sectors. Ms. Ruddock began her career in medical device sales at Curtin Matheson Scientific, Inc. (acquired by Fisher Scientific). Ms. Ruddock received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Colgate University in 1991.