David G. Eller is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, where he oversees the strategic vision of the private biotechnology company whose focus is on spearheading breakthroughs in regenerative medicine using autologous adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells for regenerative therapy.
In over three decades, Eller has been at the helm of both privately and publicly held companies in the areas of biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and bioscience research and development, as well as petroleum and natural gas exploration and production. During this period, he has served as President of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company-Europe, a subsidiary of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“the DuPont Company”); Chief Executive Officer and President of Virbac Corporation; Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Granada Biosciences, Inc.; and Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of American National Petroleum Company and Coquina Oil Corporation.
In addition, he served as a two-term Chairman of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, as well as simultaneously holding the position of Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System for a period. During his tenure, he established the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, located in the Texas Medical Center, and a number of additional bioscience programs, including establishing procedures for intellectual property commercialization.
Eller’s current and previous board leadership with medical, science and financial entities is widespread, including the Boards of Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, Baylor College of Medicine, DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company – Europe, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, Rice University Energy & Environmental Systems Institute, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Chamber of Commerce, Allied Bancshares and First Interstate Bank, among others.
His career accomplishments have been recognized through numerous accolades. He received the Medallion of Entrepreneurship, Beta Gamma Sigma National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Enterprise Award for work in the biotechnology and life sciences fields, and the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International. In 2015, he was honored by Virtuousi of Houston as a Top Entrepreneur for his work in founding and leading Celltex.
In 2016, Eller received the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The honor has only been awarded to 250 of Texas A&M’s 400,000 former students since its creation in 1962. Presented by the university, this award recognizes former students who have achieved excellence in their chosen profession and provided meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and local communities alike.
Other honors include having a major research building on the Texas A&M University campus named in his honor – the David G. Eller Oceanography and Meteorology Building and he is the first in the history of The Texas A&M University System to receive the title of Chairman Emeritus.
Eller is a graduate of Texas A&M University, the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and the Stanford Business School Corporate Governance Program.
He served eight years as an officer on active duty and reserves in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers, as Commanding Officer, 541st Combat Engineer Company, 11th Engineer Group, 7th Army, Corps of Engineers – Schwetzingen, Germany.