Along with serving on Riecken’s board, Jim is the chairman of two biomedical companies, Corcept Therapeutics and NuGEN Technologies. For three decades he has been a chief executive or director of biotechnology companies including Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Amira Medical, Syntex, Neurex, and LifeScan. Previously he served as the director of the Stepping Stone Foundation, the director of the Insight Prison Project at San Quentin and of the American Diabetes Associate Research Foundation. Today he also serves as of the director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
“During the decade 2000-2010, Allen Andersson, an ex-Peace Corps volunteer, built more than 60 libraries in Honduras and Guatemala. Today they are known as Riecken Community Libraries; each one is an ongoing partnership with local volunteers. When Allen began inviting others to join his efforts, I contributed and joined Riecken’s Board of Directors. Visits to these efficient but modern (internet access) libraries reminded me that real change happens locally, and at a young age.”