Mr. King has served as our director and President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2010. From April 2009 until May 2010, Mr. King acted as an independent consultant to a number of private and public biotechnology and venture capital companies. From October 2008 to April 2009, Mr. King served as President and General Manager of Tercica, Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Ipsen, SA in 2008, and from February 2008 to October 2008, Mr. King served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Tercica, Inc., and from February 2007 until February 2008, served as Chief Operating Officer of Tercica, Inc. From January 2002 to October 2006, Mr. King served as Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories, a global, broad-based health care company, in 2006. From January 2000 to January 2002, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2009. From April 1992 to January 2000, Mr. King held various marketing positions at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now known as GlaxoSmithKline, a global pharmaceutical company. Mr. King holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Surrey and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School.
Dr. Palmer has served as our director and Chief Medical Officer since she co-founded the company in July 2005. Dr. Palmer has been on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco since 1996 and is currently a Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. Dr. Palmer was Director of UCSF PainCARE-Center for Advanced Research and Education from 2005 to 2009, and was Medical Director of the UCSF Pain Management Center from 1999 to 2005. Dr. Palmer has been a consultant of Omeros Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, since she co-founded that company in 1994. Dr. Palmer holds an M.D. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the Stanford Department of Neuroscience.
Mr. Hamel has served as our Chief Development Officer since September 2006. From 1986 until September 2006, Mr. Hamel served as Product Development Manager, Director Project Management, Executive Director Oral Product Development, and Vice President Oral Products Development at ALZA Corporation. From 1977 until 1985, Mr. Hamel held a number of positions at ALZA Corporation, including Senior Chemist, Research Scientist, and Senior Research Fellow. Mr. Hamel holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Dasu has served as our Chief Engineering Office since September 2007. From December 2005 until September 2007, Mr. Dasu served as Vice President of Medical Device Engineering at Anesiva, a biopharmaceutical company. From March 2002 until December 2005, Mr. Dasu served as Vice President for Manufacturing and Device Development at AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an emerging pain management company, which merged with Corgentech Inc. in December 2005. From January 2000 until March 2002, Mr. Dasu served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Process Development at PowderJect Pharmaceuticals, a vaccine, drug and diagnostics delivery company that was acquired by Chiron Corporation in 2003 and later acquired by Novartis AG, a global healthcare and pharmaceutical company in 2006. Previously, Mr. Dasu served in various capacities in process development at Metrika, Inc., a company focused on the manufacture and marketing of disposable diabetes monitoring products that was acquired by Bayer HealthCare, LLC in 2006 and at Cygnus, Inc., a drug delivery and specialty pharmaceuticals company. Mr. Dasu holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mangalore, India and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Mr. Morris joined as Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Previously, Mr. Morris served as a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President Finance and Global Corporate Development of VIVUS, Inc. from November 2004 to December 2013. At VIVUS Mr. Morris oversaw finance, corporate development, IT, human resources, legal, and investor relations functions. Prior to VIVUS, Mr. Morris was CFO, Senior Vice President Finance, Manufacturing and Administration from September 2001 to November 2004, and was a member of the Office of the President from August 2004 to November 2004 for Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development, acquisition, and marketing of pharmaceutical products. Mr. Morris graduated cum laude with a BS in Business with emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Chico, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Chung joined as Chief Commercial Officer in 2013. Mr. Chung has over 20 years of hospital-focused, global medical device and pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience, most recently as chief commercial officer at Conceptus, Inc. While at Conceptus he oversaw the strategic and day-to-day leadership of a global sales and marketing organization that consisted of 144 people. Prior to Conceptus, Mr. Chung served as president and CEO of Mitralis, an early stage mitral valve repair company. Prior to Mitralis, Mr. Chung held the position of global vice president, commercial operations, heart valve therapy at Edwards Lifesciences/Baxter Healthcare, the culmination of 15 years at the company in various commercial roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to Baxter, Mr. Chung began his career at Pfizer in a sales capacity in both the medical device and pharmaceutical sales arenas, where he received numerous performance-based awards. Mr. Chung holds a B.S. in general engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Mr. King is currently our Vice President, Corporate Development previously he served as our Vice President, Finance from July 2006 to February 2011. From September 2002 to June 2006, Mr. King served as Director, Corporate Planning at ALZA Corporation. From September 1998 to June 2002, Mr. King held a number of positions at Coulter Pharmaceutical/Corixa Corporation, a developer of immunotherapeutics, including Director of Finance. Prior to 1998, Mr. King spent four years in various finance roles at OnCare Inc., an oncology focused healthcare services firm, and at GATX Capital, a provider of leasing and related services to customers operating rail, marine and other targeted assets. Mr. King holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Gaumer has over twenty years of US and European regulatory affairs and quality experience, covering both drug and drug-device product candidates. Prior to joining AcelRx she spent three years at Zosano Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company spun out of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), where she was Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, focused on establishing and leading their regulatory, quality assurance and quality control organizations. Prior to Zosano, Kim held positions of increasing regulatory responsibility at ALZA Corporation, a J&J company, most recently serving as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs. At ALZA, Ms. Gaumer provided regulatory supervision for several development programs through Phase 3b including both NDA and MAA filing experiences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Mr. Evashenk has over 25 years of pharmaceutical and device development experience with a focus on project management and clinical operations. Prior to joining AcelRx, Mark was Director of Clinical Operations at ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Throughout his career he managed 2 NDA filings and helped lead a clinical operations team for 2 additional NDA submissions, all of which resulted in commercial launches. He has managed clinical operations teams for well over 100 phase I studies, including over 10 first in man, and numerous phase II, III and IIIB studies. Mark has managed studies in the US, Canada, Western Europe and Eastern Europe, India and Australia. Mark holds his BS degree in Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis.