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Jerry Iwata

Mr. Iwata has over 18 years experience in structuring and underwriting debt financing to private and public companies.   While at Comerica, he has been involved in financing as little as $250,000 to a Series A pre-revenue company, and up to $100 million in a bank debt syndication to a public company to fund acquisitions.  He joined Comerica Bank in 2001 through Comerica’s acquisition of Imperial Bank.  Mr. Iwata had been part of Imperial Bank’s emerging growth division which was focused primarily on debt financing to venture backed companies.  He currently heads the bank’s life science practice in Northern California responsible for lending to venture and public life science companies as well as managing the relationship with life science venture firms in Northern California.  Prior to joining Comerica Bank, he spent 10 years at Union Bank where he was a Vice President and Relationship Manager.  While at Union Bank, Mr. Iwata was involved in providing growth financing to local and foreign owned companies in various industries.

He holds a B.A in Economics from San Francisco State and M.B.A from San Diego State University.