DAVID P. PERRY is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ventro, a
leading builder and operator of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce
companies, where he is responsible for the overall corporate strategy of
the company. Mr. Perry co-founded Chemdex Corporation in September 1997
to address the inefficiencies in the buying and selling of scientific
supplies. Mr. Perry recognized the Web's potential as an enabler to
bring buyers and suppliers together in an online marketplace that
ultimately led to the formation of Ventro Corporation in February 2000.
Prior to Ventro, Mr. Perry co-founded Virogen, a Boston biotechnology
company, while a student at Harvard Business School. As CEO of Virogen,
he managed all business and financial aspects of the company.
Previously, he held a variety of management positions at Exxon and was
responsible for the performance and maintenance of a $200 million oil
refinery business. Mr. Perry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School
and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a quick overview and history of Ventro to
set the stage for readers?
Mr. Perry: Ventro is about a two-and-a-half-year old company. But during