Robert W. “Bob” Duggan is a native Californian, born and raised. He attended University of California, Santa Barbara for four years and studied with the class of 1966. Bob Duggan majored in economics. After studying at Santa Barbara, he also studied business management at UCLA from 1966 until 1968.
Mr. Duggan is the founder and principal of a venture capital and securities investment, Robert W. Duggan & Associates, located in Palo Alto. He has participated as an adviser, investor, or director of numerous small and large businesses with an emphasis on computer technologies, medical products, consumer retail goods, and outdoor media communication industries. Three of his venture capital companies have eventually become publicly traded securities on either the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. In addition, two additional ventures have been sold to Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Duggan is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer and of Pharmacyclics, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Pharmacyclics since September 2007. Before that he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Computer Motion, Inc. from 1990 to 2003. While serving on the Board at Computer Motion, he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Computer Motion and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. merged in 2003, and beginning at that time Mr. Duggan became a member of the Board of Directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., listed on the NASDAQ as ISRG. Bob Duggan only recently resigned from the ISRG board.
Bob Duggan was a recipient of the French Republic Legion of Honor, which was awarded by former French President Jacques Chirac in June of 2000. He has also received a United States Congressman’s Medal of Merit in 1985 from Texas Congressman and former presidential candidate, Ron Paul, M.D. Bob Duggan has also served as a director at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Trish Duggan, have contributed to the College of Engineering, the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Program, and also the world class Religious Studies Department. Bob Duggan has been a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation since 1989. The Duggans are members of UCSB’s Lancaster Society.