Bill Rastetter, Ph.D.


Bill Rastetter, Ph.D.


Bill serves as an Advisor to Illumina Ventures. Bill focuses on making and growing investments in biotechnology. He served on the board of Illumina Inc. for 17 years including 10 years as chairman and now represents Illumina Inc. as an outside director of their majority owned subsidiary GRAIL. Bill also serves as chairman for two San Diego companies: Neurocrine Biosciences; and Fate Therapeutics. He is the lead outside director for Cerulean, and on the board of directors of Regulus. Bill is an advisor to Leerink Partners, a healthcare focused investment bank; additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Caltech. Bill was a founder and the chairman of Receptos that sold to Celgene in August 2015.

Bill led the “merger of equals” that formed Biogen Idec in 2003, and retired as executive chairman at the end of 2005. Bill joined Idec Pharmaceuticals at its founding in 1986 and grew it to a multi-billion-dollar market valuation company, while serving as chairman and CEO. While at Idec, Bill was a co-inventor of Rituxan® that became the first monoclonal antibody approved by the U.S. FDA for cancer, and one of the world’s most valuable cancer therapies. Prior to Idec, he served in various capacities at Genentech.

Previously, Bill held various faculty positions at MIT, won the award for “Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry” at Harvard, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

Bill earned his S.B. in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard.