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Executive Assistant Manager

San Diego, California, United States
August 02, 2018

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Marion A. Ferguson

*** ******* ***** ****** *****, CA 92075 858-***-**** EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT


C-level and Board of Directors Executive Assistant with utmost professionalism, integrity, and loyalty. True “right hand” to the executive team to organize complex projects. Skilled at taking initiative and anticipating needs, prioritizing administrative functions, and consistently achieving objectives. Excellent interpersonal skills, detail oriented, and comprehensive follow-through. Initiate an atmosphere of trust, adaptability with infectious positive attitude. Computer skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

REGULUS THERAPEUTICS, San Diego, CA 2016 – Present Leading company in the discovery and development of novel, first-in-class medicines through microRNA science.

Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Provide high level administrative support to include extensive travel and calendaring.

Act as liaison with board communications and arranged quarterly meetings and offsite events. Prepared board and committee packages for distribution.

Developed strong relationships with bankers coordinating roadshows.

Managed contracts and provided assistance to legal counsel and CFO. STEMIMMUNE INC., La Jolla, CA 2015 – 2016

Executive Assistant to Chairman, President and CEO Privately owned company developing a new class of stem cell-based immunotherapies targeting cancers.

Built a fully functioning office for start-up company in new offices generating office policies and procedures.

After two months took responsibility of financial duties when controller was dismissed overseeing employees’ health benefits, payroll and accounts payable. CELLADON, San Diego, CA 2005 - 2015

Publicly held biotechnology company focused on becoming the leader in developing molecular therapies for the treatment of heart failure.

Administrative Manager / Executive Assistant to CEO

Provided full support to CEO, maintaining complex calendars and travel schedules. Highly knowledgeable of company needs going through various phases of clinical trials.

Company announced Initial Public Offering January 2014. Coordinated roadshows with bankers, managed extensive travel and calendars for executive team to include President and CEO.

Prior to IPO, brought on board by Enterprise Partners Venture Capital to support 3 virtual, portfolio Life Science companies, and transitioned to sole support of Celladon.

Served as a Project Manager to gain FDA IND approval by facilitating a team of 5 Executive level Consultants to manage on time tracking of pivotal activities by each core operational group.

Oversaw financial functions (payroll, accounts payable, vendor negotiations) until a VP of Finance and Bookkeeper were hired the following year. In 2015, company failed to reach end-point to their novel approach with cardiovascular gene therapy and calcium dysregulation.

Marion A. Ferguson 858-***-****

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES (formerly INVITROGEN), Carlsbad, CA 2003 - 2005 Global biotechnology tools company with $3.3 billion annual sales, 9,000 employees in 160 countries, and possesses an intellectual property estate of 3,900 patents and exclusive licenses. Executive Assistant to Chief Legal Officer

Assisted the General Counsel and a team of 12 lawyers. Worked with Board of Directors to coordinate quarterly and off-site meetings. Reviewed accounting and legal contracts. AFFINITY2/TEC WORLDWIDE, San Diego, CA 2002 - 2003 International organization of more than 7,000 business owners, company presidents and Chief Executives that meet in small peer groups to share business experiences and help solve problems. Executive Assistant to Chairman

Maintained heavy calendar, coordinated board meetings, and generated board presentations and materials. Arranged extensive travel itineraries with commercial airlines and private chartered jets. Took on personal affairs of the Chairman’s other business interests. WINGCAST, LLC, San Diego, CA 2001 - 2002

Joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm (with a 15% equity stake) Executive Assistant to CEO

Managed CEO’s calendar scheduling meetings for investors and customers internationally and domestically. Coordinated board meetings and arranged business activities on behalf of Directors of the Board. Declared bankruptcy in June 2002. NEUROVIR THERAPEUTICS, INC., San Diego, CA 2000 - 2001 Biopharmaceutical company developing modified HSV for use in cancer therapy. Executive Assistant to CEO

Supported interim CEO, a professor from British Columbia University, whilst company was in due diligence. Worked closely with legal consultants and organized and attended shareholder’s meeting in Vancouver, Canada, prior to sale to MediGene, a German company. THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, La Jolla, CA 1999 - 2000 World's largest independent non-profit biomedical research facility. Executive Assistant

Provided administrative support to Principal Investigator and Head of Chemistry (Dr. Peter Schultz).

Coordinated seminar and postdoctoral candidate appointments; coordinated new hire, terminations, and other personnel/payroll paperwork.

Performed administrative functions associated with the process of manuscript preparation and grant applications.

Prepared budget project projections and assembled necessary documents. TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENTS, San Diego, CA 1998 - 1999

Executive Assistant

GENOMICS INSTITUTE OF THE NOVARTIS RESEARCH FOUNDATION (Supported President) GATEWAY (Supported CFO and newly appointed officers) JENNY CRAIG INTERNATIONAL (Supported VP, Marketing) TITAN CORPORATION (Supported VP, Investor Relations) Marion A. Ferguson 858-***-****

ADVANCED TISSUE SCIENCES, La Jolla, CA 1994 - 1997 Leading tissue engineering company engaged in the development of human-based tissue products for therapeutic applications.

Executive Assistant to Vice President

Supported the Board of Directors for the joint venture between ATS and Smith & Nephew, a developer of advanced medical devices based in London, England.

Provided executive administrative support to the VP of Operations. CYPRESS BIOSCIENCE, INC., San Diego, CA 1997 - 1998 Pharmaceutical developer of innovative drugs targeting disorders of the central nervous system. Executive Assistant to Chairman

Organized appointments and travel itineraries with potential collaborators throughout the US and Europe. Interacted with the business and financial community for investor relations. EARLY CAREER EXPERIENCE

Executive Assistant / Executive Secretary

PACIFIC BIOTECH, INC., San Diego, CA 1992 - 1994

LA JOLLA SUR EXECUTIVE SUITES, San Diego, CA 1989 - 1992 PACIFIC SCENE, INC., San Diego, CA 1989 - 1992

JACKSON AND ASSOCIATES, San Diego, CA 1987 - 1988

SECOND SOLE, INC., San Diego, CA 1986 - 1987

BECH NEALE, INC., London, England - Office Manager 1976 - 1986 EDUCATION


Business Management Diploma, 1976

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