Bob Ward, a chemical engineer and well-known expert in biomedical polymer science, is Chairman of Emergence Venture Partners LLC, President and CEO of ExThera Medical, and the former President and Chief Executive of DSM Biomedical in Berkeley, California, a biomaterials and medical device company he founded in 1989 (as The Polymer Technology Group). Dr. Ward has nearly 40 years of related experience. He is a frequent contributor to the technical literature and the inventor of many widely-used biomaterials and surface modification technologies. In 2003 he was awarded the Technology Innovation and Development Award from the Society for Biomaterials. In 2004 he was named one of MD&DI's 100 most notable people in the medical device industry. In 2006 he received the Excellence in Surface Science award from The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Bob worked for seven years for Avco Medical Products, and 10 years for Thoratec before founding PTG. He studied Engineering Management and polymer science at Northeastern University, and he has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.