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Stephen Watkins, Vice President, AON Risk Services

Stephen Watkins is a Vice President of AON Risk Services. Mr. Watkins covers a variety of industries, but has a particular focus on asset management firms and financial institutions. Mr. Watkins is currently a chairman for Ondax, Inc., a board member at Digital Performance, Inc., Prolacta Biosciences, HydraDX and a board observer at SupplyFrame and Chimeros.

Prior to AON, Mr. Watkins was a founding partner of Arcturus Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focused on Southern California companies. Mr. Watkins had extensive experience in financing and operating technology companies. In 1999, he co-founded The Start Group, a technology accelerator dedicated to the development of start-up companies in Southern California. The company established networks between large service providers to technology companies, investors and institutions, such as the California Institute for Technology.

In 1998, Mr. Watkins worked for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the launch of their first commercial product, Agenerase?, for patients with HIV infection. In this role he established a technical field marketing force and marketing product management. Before Vertex, Mr. Watkins worked for Amgen Inc., the nation's largest biotechnology company, in a variety of capacities in the Sales & Marketing and Executive Departments.

Early in his career, Mr. Watkins served as legislative assistant to Congressman David Dreier, covering domestic policy issues, including HCFA and NIH policy. Mr. Watkins earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley.