Robert Palay is a founder of Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. and has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. Previously Mr. Palay served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of each of our predecessors from their founding until 2008. He also co-founded NimbleGen Systems, Inc., a molecular biology tools company, and served as its Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2007 and as its Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Palay has served as a manager of the general partner or manager of each of the various Tactics II entities, which are private investment vehicles, since their inception. He received a A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.