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Jan P. Barker:  Brings experience in venture capital investing and fundraising, board of director participation, company growth and exits, leadership, management and a broad coalition of business skills from her 25-year career in healthcare.  Ms. Barker was a partner with MedVenture Associates, a venture fund investing in healthcare for six years.  Prior to that she was a founder and managing member of The Crucible Group, LLC, a venture development organization.  In both partnerships she participated in private equity-related investments in the device, systems and information technology segments of healthcare. Her capabilities include sourcing deals, analyzing potential, and assisting entrepreneurial ventures in obtaining seed and additional capital rounds, business plan development, strategic planning insight, operations assistance, recruitment of key personnel and Board of Director participation.  She has a broad combination of complementary skills in the healthcare entrepreneurial environment. Her diverse experience has included C level management in multiple organizations.

Bob Bellano: Founder & Managing Director of cFour, which conducts domestic and international senior-level executive search assignments in the manufacturing, enterprise software, financial services, engineering services, semiconductor, and networking products industries; He successfully completed over 40 Board of Director, 200 CEO assignments plus numerous Vice President assignments; Previously, he worked with Stanton Chase International; Held senior-level management positions in sales, marketing, technical service, and human resources for leading chemicals and technology-oriented organizations, such as Occidental Chemical/Petroleum.  He received MS in Industrial Economics from London School of Economics and BS in Economics from Lafayette College. View Website
Devon Blaine: Founded the Blaine Group in 1975.  Formerly an actress, model, and stunt driver, she is experienced in all facets of the communications industry.  Besides designing communications campaigns that help businesses maximize success, she has long been active in numerous entrepreneurial organizations, such as LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) thus earning a reputation as "the entrepreneur's entrepreneur."  She incorporates knowledge gained from venture-building into the philosophy of The Blaine Group, which has an award-winning track record in serving the needs of emerging companies and major corporations.  Blaine Group has had oversight of the implementation of consumer, trade, and financial public relations campaigns; investor relations; and, advertising efforts, as well as marketing strategy, based on conducting market research, for a diverse range of companies and organizations.  She also has created and managed special events, fundraisers, and community relations projects.  Devon is a frequent speaker on communications topics including branding, marketing, and public relations. View Website
Jim Butz: 30+ years of experience with bringing technology based products to market; he spent 18 years at Bell Labs, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He had broad responsibilities in strategy and planning, product management and sales and customer service. His Enterprise Messaging Business Unit strategy was used in Lucent Technologies’ first major acquisition after spinning off from AT&T.  More recently, he is a founder and principal at Resonnect, a six year old San Diego business consultancy, where he helps business owners and executives architect growth strategies and execution plans, negotiate strategic alliances and distribution agreements, and develop operations.  Has been actively involved in various organization and company advisory boards. View Website
Ross A. Epstein: Partner with Tech Law Group San Diego Office; Focusing on general corporate transactional services to businesses with emphasis on development of intellectual property assets, corporate governance, trademark prosecution and enforcement, licensing, drafting and negotiating agreements and international transactions and structure.  He has a unique affinity for the entrepreneurial client due to his hands-on experience in business as a founder, President and CEO of BCH Communications in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which he developed into a multi-million dollar telecommunications/internet business and also filled the in-house counsel role.  He received ABD in History from Princeton University and JD with honors from Boston University School of Law. View Website

William H. Fairchild:  With over 35 years of experience with business start ups and early stage companies, he’s made over 50 angel investments.  An investor and Venture Partner of California Capital Partners, Co-founder and a Managing Director of InLab Ventures,  an investor and advisor to Leading Ventures, Board of Directors of Isis Solutions, a founding member of the Southern California Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and a co-founder of the Tech Coast initiative. Mr. Fairchild is a serial entrepreneur (Realm Internet, US Community Savings Bank, Entrepreneur-In-Lab), and has advised an array of companies in financial services, information technology, healthcare and consumer goods and has extensive experience in both private and public companies specializing in resource allocation, deal structuring and financial analysis.

Donald Jacobs: A seasoned business development advisor and consultant to founders and senior executives of start-up, early-stage, and rapid-growth businesses.  Donald has over 30 years of experience in the areas of operations, finance, marketing, and strategy in the banking and technology sectors.  He has been President of three growth-stage companies in the banking, medical device, and consulting industries.  His expertise in the development of strategies and tactics for start-up and early-stage tech-based companies has resulted in successful market launches and investments.  He has been a founder of two innovation centers and the co-creator of a proprietary facilitated workshop series for founders and executives of early-stage technology ventures.
Fred Lawrence: BSEE. 30+ years of experience with tech-based businesses; began his career with the pre-divestiture AT&T, working in both local and long distance operations for 12 years, then joined United Telecommunications (now called Sprint) where he worked in executive operations. His manufacturing experience began as President of ADC Telecommunications’ Transmission Group, and later included CEO of Comstream and Chairman/CEO of Adaptive Broadband. Since retiring from Adaptive Broadband in 2001, Fred has been active with venture capital and instructing at San Diego State University.  Also serves on Boards of Directors in both public and private companies.
Susan Love, MD: A pioneer and entrepreneur in women’s health; Founder and Medical Director of Windy Hill Medical, a breast cancer prevention company; Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; She is known worldwide as one of the founding mothers of the breast cancer advocacy movement and sits on the Boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Y-ME and the Young Survival Coalition. She started the first all-women Breast Center in Boston, then went on to develop the model for multidisciplinary breast care at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. After inventing the intraductal catheter at UCLA she recognized that she could develop it further in the for-profit arena and started Pro-Duct Health Inc (later acquired by Cytyc Corporation).  She was appointed by President Clinton to the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Mark Mansfield, BA,  MBA. 25+ years entrepreneurial and investment banking focus in addition to all aspects of operations and work out experience.  Also expertise in designing and leading specialized workshops for Fortune 100 executive management teams in Asia, Europe and throughout North America in the area of strategy formulation and business war gaming. ROTC Navy–Royal Military College of Canada and Harvard Business School. Read More

Bruno Maruzzo:  Mr. Maruzzo has over 20 years experience working with small-medium size technology companies, both as a venture capital investor, as well as a member of senior management, with experience in Canada, the US, and Europe.  He possesses a diverse background in a variety of technologies, coupled with broad management skills required to grow and manage early stage companies.  His academic background incorporates electrical and biomedical engineering and business finance, he holds MBA, MASc, and BASc degrees from the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

Gary M. Nath: Managing Partner and founder of The Nath Law Group; Co-chairs the firm’s Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Department.  He is a patent attorney and legal advisor to a wide array of clients including major US, European and Asian multinational corporations, universities, research institutions, small businesses, start-up companies, sole inventors, and entrepreneurs.  He has advanced scientific training in chemistry, biology, and physics that enables him to guide clients in all aspects of IP law, including patent and trademark litigation, with a particular emphasis on the strategic development and management of a client’s patent and trademark portfolio.  He received BS in Biology and Chemistry from Rider University; attended Temple University undertaking PhD studies in Biochemistry; received JD from American University, Washington College of Law. View Website
Richard M. Rose, Dr. Rose is an experienced healthcare executive with broad experience in biotechnology and healthcare. Dr. Rose was a Managing Director of MPM Capital, and in this capacity was responsible for biotechnology advisory and investment activities on the West coast of the U.S. and in Japan. He has served as President and CEO of StemCells, Inc. (NASDAQ:Stem), and has been a founder of SRS Capital, LLC, and HealthCapWest, Inc. He has served on a number of corporate Boards including Biofem, Inc. Modex Therapeutiques ( Lausanne, Switzerland), StemCells, Inc., and the American Thoracic Society. He is a graduate (magna cum laude) of Yale College and the Harvard Medical School where he was Associate Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital, a major Boston teaching hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is Board certified in Internal Medicine and the sub-specialties of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is the author of over 75 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of a book on biotechnology for non-scientists. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at UCSD School of Medicine, and a NASD broker-dealer securities license. Read More

Shohei Sakazaki : BA, NIF Ventures (Palo Alto, CA) - 6 years; President & CEO, Trans-it (Tokyo) - 3 years; Portfolio Manager, NIF Management (Singapore) - 3 years; International Investment Banking, Daiwa Securities (Tokyo) -1 year; Nippon Investment & Finance (Tokyo) - 5 years. Among his liquidated investments, 8 have gone public and 4 have been successful M&A’s. He also has international investment banking experience with Daiwa Securities. He has experience of 14 years in venture capital investing and four years in international business consulting practice. Read More

Glenn Sharpe: A veteran investment/corporate finance professional with more than 35 years of domestic and international experience.  He has spent the last 28 years executing transactions for Citigroup, Inc.  For the last 10 years, Sharpe led the Citigroup Community Development private equity-investing unit.  In the role of senior investment officer, he oversaw investment in both non-real estate and real estate private equity funds. Glenn is a recognized authority on investing in Small Business Investment Companies and in investing in private equity to meet CRA goals.  He was also an investment officer for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Portfolio.  In this capacity, Sharpe managed two of the largest relationships of Citigroup.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Sharpe managed money and worked as an investment banker.  He is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Graduate of the Wharton Business School with a concentration in Finance.
Stan Sung: Stan is Founder Managing Director of GENRICH Family Office, a managing office of generational wealth for multiple families.  Stan also has held CFO positions with companies in manufacturing, distribution, and television media production.  As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Stan specializes in strategies on tax reduction, asset protection, and legacy extension.  He has extensive experience in qualified and non-qualified retirement alternatives, asset optimization plans, estate and charitable planning, and risk management programs.  He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a degree in Business. Stan has had an active involvement with many organizations that serve the community such as APEX Youth Olympics and Mentoring Program, Union Rescue Mission, STOP Cancer, Asian Pacific Women's Center, and a number of other organizations through GENRICH.
Wataru Takenouchi: MBA, President of Tacna Corporation, a trans national investment and management consulting. 20 years executive experience in world-wide petroleum products trading.  Extensive international experience.  Serves on Boards of Directors; responsible for international ventures and financial matters. Unique and solid business networks in Japan.
Cynthia Trevino: BA, MBA, 25+years executive experience executive experience including marketing, and product management at AT&T, Copper Mountain Networks, and early-stage technology companies. 20 years corporate line and staff positions, AT&T; 3 years start-up broadband service providers and manufacturers; 5 years marketing consulting to start-up, small and mid-sized firms. President, non-profit SD Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, helping startups prepare for seed financing. View Website
George Winston: More than 30 years of executive experience in the medical products industry, with Abbott Laboratories and Hospira Worldwide, both major medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.  This tenure includes 20 years of experience in marketing and sales management, supporting the launch of new critical care devices and pharmaceutical product lines and the deployment of sales forces.  More recently, for over two years, he has been associated with the Keiretsu Forum, the country’s largest angel investing network. This involvement includes working with entrepreneurs, focusing on entrepreneur coaching, development and fundraising strategies. His educational background includes degrees in Aeronautical Technology, Engineering, and Aviation.
 

 

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