January 23, 2015 10:00 ET

OCTANe Elects David Perry as New Chairman of the Board

Partner at K&L Gates Will Lead OCTANe's Mission to Help Grow Technology Ecosystem in Orange County

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 23, 2015) - OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to enabling innovative technology companies and creating jobs in Orange County by connecting people and ideas with resources and capital, today announced the appointment of David Perry as non-executive chairman of the board.

As chairman of the board, Mr. Perry will help guide OCTANe's vision to provide business leaders with a forum to make a lasting impact on the future of technology, life science, and sports technology industries in Orange County.

"David was one of the original supporters of OCTANe and we are extremely honored and delighted to have David as our chairman," said Matthew Jenusaitis, president and CEO of OCTANe. "His depth of experience in representing startup ventures in the technology and biotechnology sectors makes David the perfect leader for our organization in 2015. David is truly committed to the mission of our organization and will support our continued focus on building technology companies and creating new jobs in Orange County."

David Perry replaces James McCluney, who served as chairman in 2014. OCTANe thanks Mr. McCluney for his outstanding leadership in 2014. Mr. McCluney intends to remain active with OCTANe as an Executive Committee Board Member.

David is the administrative partner for the K&L Gates Orange County office and serves on the Firmwide Management Committee. K&L Gates LLP comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. He represents individuals and companies involved in a wide array of business and corporate securities transactions, with a focus on complex financial and technology commercialization arrangements.

Mr. Perry is also involved with organizations supporting the University of California, Irvine, where he is a member of its Chief Executive Roundtable as well as its School of Biological Sciences Dean's Leadership Council and its Office of Research External Advisory Board. He is a board member of the Kidney Cancer Association, the world's first international survivor and patient led charity (with members in more than 100 countries) dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers. Mr. Perry serves on the board of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach that each summer presents one of the nation's oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows as well as the Pageant of the Masters.

About OCTANe
OCTANe enables innovative technology companies and creates jobs in Orange County by connecting people and ideas with resources and capital to fuel technology growth in Orange County. Its members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 800 companies via the LaunchPad™ SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad™ companies have received more than $420 million in investment and equity exits. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the Orange County region are OCTANe members. For more information, visit

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