Board of Directors

University Directors:

Dr. Erik Hewlett, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Chair, Board of Directors, UVA Licensing and Ventures Group
University of Virginia

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept of Biomedical Science
Associate Provost for Health Sciences
Founding Executive Director
Carilion Research Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Research

Morris W. Foster
VBHRC Board Treasurer
Vice President for Research
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

Deborah Crawford, PhD
Vice President for Research
Office of the Provost
George Mason University

William J. Wasilenko, Ph.D.
Board Secretary
Associate Dean for Research
Eastern Virginia Medical School

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

David X. Cifu, M.D.
Board Chairman
Herman J. Flax, M.D. Professor
Department of PM&R
Executive Director, Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
National Director for PM&R Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Health Care System Providers:

Howard P. Kern, President & CEO
Sentara Healthcare

Commonwealth of Virginia:

Todd Haymore
Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Commonwealth of Virginia

Dan Gundersen
Interim President & CEO / Chief Operating Officer
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Private Equity/Venture Capital Director:

Thomas D. Roberts, III
Harbert Venture Partners

Life Science Company Director:

Jason Walsh
Vice President
Mediatech, Inc. A Division of Corning

Virginia Biosciences Industry:

Jeff Gallagher
Virginia Biotechnology Association

Project Management and Oversight Panel

Science and Clinical:

Stanley A. Hefta, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech

Dr. Ali Andalibi
Associate Dean of Research
George Mason University

Dr. Jerry L. Nadler, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Gerard Eldering
Innovate Tech Ventures

Dr. James P. Bennett, Jr. M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richard P. Shannon, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Lousie Nerancy Professor of Health Science Policy
University of Virginia Health System

Venture Capital Firms:

Scott Meza
Shareholder and Attorney at Law
Greenberg Trauig

Life Science Companies:

Rony Thomas
President & CEO
LifeNet Health, Inc.

James C. Powers
Chairman and CEO
Hemoshear, LLC

Jeff Conroy
Embody, LLC

CEO bio

Mike Grisham

Mr. Grisham has served as Founder, Managing Member and CEO of GPB Scientific LLC since 2002. He has over 21 years of experience in the biosciences building diagnostic and healthcare companies. Mr. Grisham founded and served as CEO of Celective DX (acquired by On-Q-ity); Verinata Health Inc. (acquired by Illumina).; and Paradigm Health Corporation (acquired by Alere). Grisham holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.