Meet Our Experts

Abel Baerga-Ortiz, PHD

Program Director
Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust

Ajay Houde, PHD, MBA

Co-founder and CEO
TGen Tech

Albert Di Rienzo, PHD

President & Chief Innovation Officer
Radicle Innovation

Alice Shade, MHA

President
Four A Ventures

Amarilys Silva, PharmD

Executive Director
Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI)

Amit Patel, PHD

Partner
Medical Marketing Economics

Amy Hanlon

Owner
Blue Meta Design

Amy Hester, PhD, RN, BC

Chairwoman and CEO
HD Nursing, LLC

Andres Calle, MSC

CEO
Applivio

Andrew Strickland

Co-Founder
Code and Trust/Event.Gives/Teamphoria/Epi Health

Angela Sutterer, PHD

CEO
Burke Therapeutics, LLC

Angus McLachlan, PHD

CEO
Liberate Medical

Anirban Roy, PHD

Distinguished Scientist
Medtronic

Arlene Morris

CEO
Willow Advisors LLC

Austen Hayes, MS

Co-founder, CEO
Recovr, Inc.

Awilda Rosa-Morales, EdD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor / Academic Programs Director
Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM) - Gurabo Campus

Baldassare Pipitone, D.O.

Managing Member
FortesMed Consulting

Becky Foster, MPH

Principal
Foster Health Care Consulting

Ben Banahan, PHD

Founder & Director
Oxford Marketing Research

Bob Skunda

Independent Consultant
Innovation Centers and Technology Parks

Brian Holzer, MD, MBA

CEO
Lacuna Health

Bruce Bunnell, PHD

Chair
UNT Health Sciences Center

Buddy Lyons, MBA

CEO
Entac Medical Inc.

Cain McClary, MD

Principal
KdT Ventures

Carlos Aldarondo, JD

US Reg. Patent Attorney
Aldarondo & López-Bras

Caroline Moluf, MHA

Administrator, MUSC Health Solutions
MUSC

Charles Christ, PHD

President
C2 Consulting

Charles Wallace

CEO
Automate America

Charley Miller

Founder & CEO
Unitonomy

Cheryl Witt, PHD

Assistant Professor
University of Louisville

Chris Posey, JD

General Counsel
Brighter Healthcare Solutions

Chris Tihansky

CEO
EndoShape

Chris West, MBA

Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer
ConveyMD

Christopher Powe, PHD

President/Founding Partner
Global Training Institute

Cindy Adkins

Vice President, Customer Service
Cardinal Health

Cody Reynolds, PHD

Technology Transfer Manager
Prisma Health

Cole Johnson, MBA, PHD

Vice President
P33

Courtney Webster, MS

Founder, Operator Nymbly.work

Cynthia Leaphart, MD, MBA, FACS

MD
DMC

Dan Castillo, MHA

Vice Dean for Health Sciences and Chief Operating Officer
Tulane University School of Medicine

Dan Cohen

President
Accelerated Ventures

Dave Taylor

Managing Director
Mankind Venture Group (MvG)

David Cull, MD, MBA

Vice President Academic & Clinical Integration, Associate Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education
Prisma Health

David Fragale, MBA

Executive in Residence
WVU

David Hasler

Founder & President
Breakthrough Solutions Consulting

David Kennedy, BSME

VP Product Management
Lifelines Neuro

David Lefer, PHD

Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence and Professor of Pharmacology
LSU Health New Orleans

David Nicholas

CEO
ESL

David Willbrand, BA, JD

Partner
Thompson Hine

Deacon Stone, MFA

Manager: The Center for Innovation; Coordinator: STEM Education & Maker Programs
Marshall University, CO: Robert C. Byrd Institute

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP

Director
Frazier Polypharmacy Program

Derek Willis

Investment Manager
South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)

Dickson Wambua, PHD

Co-Founder, Cloudsyte LLC

Doug Ladd, MBA

EIR
Northern Kentucky University

Doug Owens, MS

Chief Information Officer
Signature Healthcare LLC

Doug Paul, PharmD PhD

Partner
MME

Dov Rosenberg, MBA

COO
enosix

Edgard Resto-Rodriguez, PHD

Executive Director (MCC)
Materials Characterization Center (MCC), Inc

Elias Caro, MSC, MBA

President
Biocomx

Ellen Brune

CEO
Boston Mountain Biotech

Emily Alva

Corporate Board Member
Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Emily Geiger Draugelis, MBA

CEO and Founder
Vitamin Collective

Emily Warr, MSN, RN

Director of Operations, Center for Telehealth
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Esther Alegria, PHD

Executive Adviser
Catalyst EA

Gary Keller, MS, CLP

CEO
Xomix

Gaylord VanGuilder, MBA

Managing Director
BlueCreek Pharmaceuticals

Gilles Tapolsky, PHD, MBA

Consultant
Consultant

Gladys Colon, MBA

Manager
American Red Cross

Greg Langdon

Founder
Langdon Industries

Guy Peduto

Director
INNOVA Commercialization Group

Harold Chappelear, LLD

Principal
InternaSource

Hershel Fancher, PE, MBA

President
Inventio, Inc.

Holly Meadows, JD

Attorney
Walding

Isabella Sledge, MD, MPH

VP Research
Tides Medical

J. Steven Blake, DO, M.Sc., FACOI

President and CEO
Blake Gastroenterology Associates, LLC

Jacqueline Wood, RN, MSN, MBA

Client Strategist Manager
PwC

James Kindley, MS, MBA

Adjunct Professor - Marketing
College of Charleston

James Phelan

Managing Director
Founder Institute

Jason Smith, MD, PhD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer
UofL Health

Jeanette Weiland, MBA

Vice President, Bio Innovation & Special Projects
NOLABA

Jeff Amerine, MS

Founder & Managing Director
Startup Junkie Consulting

Jeff Cummins, MBA

President / CEO
vCardio Inc

Jeni Houser, MS

Founder & Managing Director
Jenergy and Ei District

Jennifer Dahne, PHD

Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina

Jerry Chang

Managing Partner, President, Managing Partner/COO
Vigilant BioServices, 42Bio LLC, Samaritan Biologics

Jesse Goodwin, PHD

Chief Innovation Officer
Medical University of South Carolina

Jim Nelson, MHA, MS

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
West Virginia University Hospitals, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Jim Stefansic, PHD, MBA

Director of Corporate Development
Cumberland Emerging Technologies

Joe Huber, MBA

COO
EternaTear

Joe Wyse, PHD

President
Wyse Innovations LLC

John DesJardins, PHD

CTO
Aravis BioTech, LLC

Jorge Serrano

Consultant
Cotiviti

Jose W Rodriguez Zayas, PHD

Strategic Business Development Consultant
Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI)

Joseph Lovett

Managing Director
Louisiana Funds I & II

Josh Nickols, PHD

CEO
Enhale Medical

Josh Wymer, RN, MSN

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
Large Academic Hospital System

Joshua Gunn, PHD

Chief Scientific Officer
Ethos Research & Development

Judy Sheppard

President/CEO
PSA.INC

Justin Metcalf, MSE

Director of Engineering
MED Institute Inc.

Justin Renfrow

Contracts Director
MED Institute

Karen Handmaker, MPP

Principal
4sight Health

Kathryn Becker

Principal
Translational Science Solutions

Kaushik Dave, RPh, PhD, MBA

Partner
Ohmkara Consulting

Kevin Clark, MSE

CEO
NOWDiagnostics

Kevin Pollard

Entrepreneur
C-Suite Services

Kevin Sidow

Serial Entrepreneur, Board Member
Life Science Startups

Kimberly Peters

Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Tulane University Medical School

Kris Khalil

Investment Analyst
New Orleans BioInnovation Center

Kyle Ritchie, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Larry Horn, MBA

Executive Director
Amplify Louisville

Lauren Cascio

Co-Founder & COO
Abartys Health

Lauren Eskew, MS

Owner, Co-founder
Bella VMS, LLC

Lawrence Boyd, PHD, MEM


Bioventus

Lawrence Olanoff, MD, PHD

Special Advisor
Medical University of SC

Lee Hyman

Director of Network and Medical Cost
JenCare Senior Medical Center

Lillian Pintado, Au.D., M.Sc., CCC-A

Professor - Doctor of Audiology
Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM)

Lilliana Ríos-Matos, SLP.D.

Assistant Professor
Universidad Ana G. Méndez

Lisa Morici, PHD

Associate Professor
Tulane University

Liza Curcio-Rudy

Investment Analyst
New Orleans BioInnovation Center

Louise Epstein, MBA

LARTA Principal Advisor, Founding Director, Innovation Center, UT Austin, Founder
Ecosystem Partner

Lucas Huntimer, PHD

Senior Advisor - External Innovation
Elanco

Luis Cortes, MD, MBA

Managing Director
Biocoast Capital

Lynn Cooper, BFA

President
BFW, Inc.

Madison Hartung

CEO
EI Consulting

Mara Neal

Director of Marketing & Engagement
Cook Biotech

Marc Filerman

Program CEO
German Accelerator Life Sciences

Mark Daniels, PHD

Chief Technology Officer
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Mark Slaughter, MD

Professor and Chairperson
University of Louisville

Martin Jernigan, RPh, MS, PhD

Vice President US Marketing
Akebia Therapeutics

Mary S. Rodriguez-Rabassa, PsyD MSc

Professor and Researcher
Ponce Health Sciences University

Mary Tapolsky, PhD

Assistant Director
University of Louisville, College of Business

Matt Harbaugh, JD, MBA

Managing Director
Mountain State Capital

Matthew Dietz, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgeon
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Merrill Boyce, PHD, IMBA

Chief Executive in Residence and Global Business Coordinator
Coastal Carolina University

Michael Dunham, MD

Director, Pediatric ENT
LSU Health New Orleans

Michael Green

Managing Director
Mountain State Capital

Michael Roberts, PHD

Dean of Science
Coastal Carolina University

Mike Fisher

Managing Director
Kirchner Group

Mohan Chukkapalli, MS

Senior Director, Life Sciences Consulting
SmartAnalyst Inc.

Nancy Gray, PHD

President
BioVentures, LLC

Narendra Vyavahare, PHD

Chief Scientific Officer
TGen Tech LLC

Natalie Thurston, RN, MBA, CPHQ

Consultant
Thurston Consulting

Nathan Dolloff, PHD

Founder
Leukogene Therapeutics Inc

Nathan Sundheimer, MBA

Program Manager, Health & Lead,
US Healthcare Partnerships

Plug and Play Tech Center

Neha Tiwari, PhD

Associate Director
PTC Therapuetics

Neil Kane, MBA

Entrepreneur
Michigan State University

Nelson Le, MD, MBA

Associate Vice President, Product Strategy, Digital Health & Analytics
Humana

Nick Pashos, PHD

Founder & CEO
BioAesthetics

Nicole Teasdale

Founder & Principal
Advocacy Blueprints

Paul Asper, MBA

Vice President of Commercialization
Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences

Paul Gunnoe

CEO
Gunnoe Investment Group, LP

Paula Bates, PHD

Professor of Medicine & Co-Director of KYNETIC
University of Louisville

Paula Estrada de Martin, PHD, JD

Patent Attorney
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C.

Paulo Fontes, MD

Chief Medical Officer
LyGenesis

Perry Molinoff, MD

Principle
Molinoff Consulting Group, LLC

R. Edwin Spitzmiller, DO

Medical Director
Mednax

Ralph Henry, PHD

Executive Vice President, Biopharmaceutics
InterveXion Therapeutics

Raymond Hage, MBA

CEO
Hapten Sciences, Inc.

Rebecca Rice

Director of Operations
Louisville Healthcare CEO Council

Rebecca Todd, BS, MS, MA

Innovation Specialist
ASBTDC

Rich Pennock

President
Technology Resource Group

Richard Marchase, PHD

Managing Director
Kirchner Group

Richard Sullivan

CEO
CIBOR

Rick D’Augustine, MBA

Principal
D'Augustine Consulting

Rick Rummel, BS

President
Advanced Medical Technologies, LLC

Rick Webb, PHD

Director
Grit Studios

Robert Browning

Account Manager
Intellectual Property Insurance Services

Robert Doss, PHD

Owner
The Courtland Group

Robert Ryan, PHD

CEO
Innova Therapeutics

Roberto Roitz, MBA, MiF

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Ventures
Humana

Roberto Torres, DHA

Director Clinical Research Office
Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc

Rohan Walvekar, MD

Professor & Director of Clinical Research
LSU Health New Orleans

Ryan Culhane, MBA

Government Program Manager
GE Healthcare

Sawan Hurst

CEO
Phi Life Sciences

Scott Pancoast, MBA

CEO & Founder
Zylo Therapeutics

Scott Rotruck, MBA

Member; Senior Account Executive
Orion Strategies

Stephen Carrithers, PhD

Executive VP, Co-founder & Director of R&D
Sequela, Inc & Lagrange Scientific

Steve Abell, BA

Vice President, Strategic Innovations and Investments
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Steve Johnson

Interim Executive Director, SCLaunch
South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)

Susan Olson, PHD

Chief Operating Officer
EdjAnalytics

Thomas Smith, PhD

Professor of Practice
University of Arkansas

Todd Barrett, RPh

Chief Executive Officer
T1 Telehealth

Todd Smith, BA

Founder &President
OdessaConnect formerly myFamilyChannel

Tom Wilson

Founder/CEO
Hyper63, LLC

Trivia Frazier, PHD, MBA

President & CEO
Obatala Sciences

Ty Sumner Adams, IDSA

Managing Director
A:KDesign, LLC

Ugo DeBlasi, BSME

Consultant

Vas Abramov, MS

President
Occam Design

Walter Chambliss, PHD

Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
University of Mississippi

Wayne Colin, DMD, MD

Founder/Chairman
ENT Surgeon & Founder OR Link

Whitney Nash, PhD, APRN, NP

AVP & Assoc Dean of Practice
University of Louisville

Wilbur Milhous, PHD

Lecturer in Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Clemson University

William English, MD

Physician
Peripheral Vascular Associates

Windsor Sherrill, PHD, MBA, MHA

AVP Health Research, Professor
Clemson University