Rancho Santa Fe resident David Perkins elected to La Jolla Institute board

Rancho Santa Fe resident David Perkins is one of three distinguished San Diego business executives recently welcomed to the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology Board of Directors. The La Jolla Institute is a world leader in research to prevent or cure diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases based on harnessing the immense power of the immune system.

Perkins is president & CEO of Pacific Coast Steel, Inc., one of the largest and most successful reinforcing steel contractors in the United States. Also joining the board were: life science executives Gail Naughton, Ph.D., chairman & CEO of Histogen, Inc, a developer of regenerative medicine therapies, and Charles Cashion, co-founder and chief financial officer of Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is working to develop new therapies for liver disease and cancer.

“We are honored to attract these three high-caliber individuals to our board, each of whom brings energy, insight and a track record of stellar accomplishment,” said Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., La Jolla Institute president & chief scientific officer. “They are a perfect complement to our already existing Board of highly respected business and scientific leaders, who support and guide our efforts to find new treatments for some of the world’s most debilitating diseases.”

Perkins said his interest in serving on the Institute’s board reflects his desire to contribute to the community and a lifelong appreciation for science. With several doctors in the family and a physicist father, Perkins originally thought about becoming a physician, initially studying pre-med at UC Berkeley.

“I eventually switched to law, but I’ve always stayed intrigued by medical science,” he said. “The advancements that the Institute is making on diabetes and other diseases can change people’s lives and is very exciting to be part of. I couldn’t think of a more important way to contribute to the community than to support the research activities of the La Jolla Institute.”

As head of Pacific Coast Steel, established in 1992, Perkins leads an organization with more than 1,000 employees in seven states. Prior to joining Pacific Coast, Perkins was managing partner and co-founder of San Diego-based law firm Perkins & Miltner, where he focused on civil, business and construction litigation.

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