Chief Executive Officer
Bob has 32 years of healthcare venture capital investing experience including active involvement with 38 start-up or early stage companies, of which 32 achieved an IPO or successful merger. Prior to his VC activities, Bob started two companies of his own, one of which was a diagnostics lab and the other was a diagnostic product company. Bob also held an academic professorship at the University of Delaware, as well as being the Director of Technology at Becton Dickinson.
Prior to joining Latterell Venture Partners, Bob was a partner at Alliance Technology Ventures where he invested exclusively in healthcare ventures. Before ATV he was the original healthcare partner at the Sprout Group (the venture affiliate of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette), and prior to Sprout he was the President of Merrill Lynch Venture Capital and Merrill Lynch R&D Management Inc. He also has served for many years as the Board Chair at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences at the Claremont Colleges.
Bob holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in chemistry from Purdue University where he was a Smith Kline Fellow, and he received his B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana where he was a James Scholar.
Alan Jacobs, M.D., Ph.D.
President, CTO & Founder
Alan is driven to reduce the margin of human error in the administration of prescription drugs. As such, he has focused on creating “first-in-class” technology that eliminates medication errors in retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities and hospitals. He holds several key patents and is the co-inventor of the IdentRx™ medication verification system. Alan has extensive experience leading international teams in the research and development of therapeutics and medical devices. He began his research and development career at Elan Pharmaceuticals where he designed and managed clinical drug trials, drug development protocols and safety infrastructures for investigating treatments of traumatic brain injury and peri-operative pain management. Dr. Jacobs has also led the clinical development of novel therapeutics at Layton BioScience and Titan Pharmaceuticals before serving as CMO and Vice President of Clinical Research at Stem Cells, Inc., where he led the clinical team developing novel treatments for Batten’s disease.
Alan received a B.S.E.E. from Cornell University and a M.S.E.E from Stanford University. He also holds a Medical Doctorate from the School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the David Mahoney Institute of Neuroscience, University Pennsylvania, where he was a Fellow, in the Medical Scientist Training Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Alan completed an internship in General Surgery and was a resident in Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Chief Business Officer
With over 38 years of experience working in the consumer package goods (CPG) industry, Frank brings considerable expertise in sales, marketing and logistics to his new position as Chief Business Officer at PerceptiMed. He also brings hands-on customer knowledge and relationships across the pharma and retail markets. Previously, Frank was president of Frank Maione Consulting, where he specialized in operations and sales strategy and development, brand reinvention, new product launches, optimizing integration and business pivots. Prior to this, Frank served as president and chief customer officer Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) Consumer Sales and Logistics, USA. While here, Frank built a 500+ sales team, generating $7.5B annually via sales strategies crafted for Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Costco, among others. Frank joined JNJ with its acquisition of Pfizer Consumer Brands in 2007. At the time, Frank was vice president of sales for Pfizer, where he created a customer centric mind shift that elevated consumer sales from a sixth overall industry ranking to number one. In recognition for his efforts, Frank was honored with the President’s Innovation Award (2003) and the President’s Leadership Award (2005). He was also tasked with leading the sales integration of Pfizer into JNJ. Frank began his career at the retail rep level for Warner Lambert in 1976. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from California Coast University.
Chief Financial Officer
Hamutal has over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software and the medical device industries. Hamutal brings a wealth of experience in strategic financial planning and fundraising for companies varying from startups to significant revenues. She was the CFO for Linkage Biosciences, a molecular diagnostic platform, where she developed and implemented the strategy for European expansion including corporate venue, tax planning and financial structures. Prior to this, Hamutal served in various CFO positions at Scene53, BlueSnap, and Orsense. Hamutal began her career at Price Waterhouse Coopers – Israel, where she served as an Audit team leader.
Hamutal is a licensed CPA in Israel and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Technion – The Israel Institute of Technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Major Accounting, Minor Finance) degree from College of Management Academic Studies and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Northwestern and Tel Aviv University.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Terry Cater has been an independent pharmacy and healthcare consultant and a veteran of the pharmacy industry. He has decades of experience in management of pharmacies in large, publicly traded corporations, as well as numerous startups and independent pharmacies. He was a Director of Pharmacy at Safeway and Save Mart. He was also a Vice President at both McKesson Corporation and Cardinal Health. Terry is a registered Pharmacist in the states of California, Nevada and Hawaii. He is a member of the California Pharmacists Associations and the National Community Pharmacists Association. He has served on many advisory boards. Terry has extensive experience in start-up company management.
Terry received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific and his M.B.A. at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Director of Sales for Independent Pharmacies
Mark is a registered Pharmacist in California. For more than 30 years, he has held management positions in community pharmacy and served in both medical and commercial roles within the pharmaceutical industry. His past companies include: Thrifty PayLess, Pfizer, CV Therapeutics, Gilead Sciences, and many more throughout Northern California. Mark is an active member of national and local pharmacy organizations such as: the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, California Pharmacists Association, Peninsula Pharmacists Association and served as President of the San Mateo County Pharmacists Association. He is a Fellow of the California Pharmacists Association and has training in diabetes care, medication therapy management services, immunization services, and contemporary pharmacy compounding.
Mark holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, along with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from the University of California.
Senior Director of Research & Software Development
Ram has 15 years of experience in image processing and machine learning. He has had 8 years of experience in product development with specific emphasis on high throughput intelligent systems. Prior to working at PerceptiMed, Ram has had experience in the area of life sciences and in the semiconductor industry. At Varian Semiconductors, he led many computer vision projects.
Ram holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Senior Director of Customer Service
Jim has years of experience with leadership in building and developing customer-oriented teams and managing programs for technical & customer support, field service, implementation, training and professional services. He has been: a Technical Support Manager at Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a Program Manager for certification and training at Varian Medical Systems, and a Director of Technical Support at Bytemobile, Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Jim has experience in both small and large companies.
Jim holds a B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Rodney S. Markin, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman
Founding Partner, Prarie Ventures
Rodney S. Markin is Chief Technology Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor of Business Development and Professor of Pathology & Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He previously spent 12 years as the Chairman, President and CEO of UNMC Physicians and served as the Interim Dean of the College of Medicine at UNMC. Dr. Markin’s professional and academic research interests have focused on clinical laboratory automation, which include but are not limited to, robotics, information systems, medical utilization management and outcomes optimization.
Dr. Markin received his Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics and physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1977; his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.- biochemistry) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980; his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha) in 1983. Dr. Markin completed his residency in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Markin is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Markin founded LAB-InterLink, a spin-out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center that provided products for hospital-based laboratory automation systems. He served as CEO of the company and provided the early funding to grow the business.
Partner, New Science Ventures
Grace Colón is partner at New Science Ventures, where she focuses on life science investments. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pyranose Biotherapeutics (which she co-founded) and InCarda Therapeutics (CEO). Previously she was founding President of the Industrial Products Division and Senior Vice President at Intrexon Corporation and held several senior leadership roles at Gilead Sciences and Affymetrix. While at Affymetrix, she was also founding Chief Operating Officer of the International Genomics Consortium. Earlier in her career Grace worked at McKinsey & Company, where she served clients in healthcare, high tech, consumer goods and venture capital. She was also an engineer with Merck & Co. in France and in Rahway, NJ.
Dr. Colón received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an NSF Fellow and recipient of NIH training grants. She also holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.
Prior to co-founding PerceptiMed, Jenn handled sales and marketing for Perseid Professional Services, a private consulting firm. She also provided executive financial services, strategic business management consulting and infrastructure creation for both start-up and established high tech companies. Previously Jenn served as the business development officer at Greater Bay Bank, which was a community bank subsidiary of Greater Bay Bancorp (acquired by Wells Fargo 2008). She is credited with closing more than $20 million in annual sales. Prior to that she was vice president and COO for Ulta.com, an on-line initiative for Ulta, Inc. She has also served in various controller positions at Interwise, Inc.; Metromedia Fiber Networks; and Associated Venture Networks. She has also served as an accountant for Arthur Anderson, LLC, and Price Waterhouse, LLC. Jennifer received a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting, cum laude, from the University of Maryland. She additionally holds a certificate in mediation from The University of California at Berkeley. Jenn currently serves on the board of directors for a community non-profit organization.
Partner & Chief Financial Officer, New Science Ventures
Tom Lavin is a co-founder of New Science Ventures and its Chief Financial Officer, responsible for financial, legal and administrative matters. He serves on the Board of Directors for Achronix Semiconductor Corporation, Light Sciences Oncology, and RF Arrays, Inc. and is an observer on the boards of Vorago, Juventas Therapeutics, Therox and Directed Sensing. He formerly served on the Board of Celleration (acquired by Aliqua). Prior to NSV, he was a senior professional in finance and investment banking for over 30 years. Tom has extensive experience in private and public equity and debt transactions, mergers and acquisitions and financial restructurings in the U.S. and abroad. He was head of real estate investment banking at First Boston and Smith Barney and head of commercial mortgage lending at MetLife. Tom holds an A.B. degree in Government from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Managing Director, Easton Capital
Lisa joined Easton Capital in 2010 when she repatriated from Bermuda. Lisa was previously with Celtic Pharma, a Bermuda-based global biotech private equity firm where she was a founding member of the management team. Lisa’s spent the last 7 years acquiring and developing a portfolio of later-stage biotech programs where she was involved with all aspects of the development process and managed Intellectual Property portfolio. Lisa has been involved in all aspects of the investment and development process and also sits on the boards of electroCore, Respiratory Motion, America’s Best Home Healthcare and Shimojani. Prior to her role with Celtic Pharma, Lisa consulted and helped launched a number of Hedge Funds and has held senior positions in the Pharma industry with Bristol Myers Squibb J&J’s McNeil Consumer Products Company and Zeneca’s US pharmaceutical division.
Lisa holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The Wharton School of Business, a BM from The Curtis Institute of Music where she has performed around the world and serves on the executive committee of the Bermuda International Film Festival.
Bob has nearly 30 years of commercial and operational experience, and holding leadership positions in life science and diagnostic companies for more than two decades. He is currently the CEO of Integenx. Prior to that he was Vice President and General Manager of Genomics for Agilent Technologies. Prior to joining Agilent in 2010, he was the Global Head of Clinical Biomarkers and Operations, and Deputy Global Head of Molecular Medicine Labs for Genentech, Inc., a company he joined in 2006. While at Genentech, Bob held increasingly responsible positions including Senior Director, Development Sciences and Director Companion Diagnostics. Prior to Genentech, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Arcturus Bioscience from 2003 to 2006. From 1997 to 2002, Bob held senior leadership positions with Accumetrics and previously held commercial positions with Biosite Diagnostics, Gen-Probe and Abbott Diagnostics.
Bob holds a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for IntegenX.
Partner, Latterell Venture Partners
Jim brings more than 25 years of pharmaceutical research and management experience to LVP. In addition to his duties at LVP, Jim is currently chairman of Oncomed Pharmaceuticals, where he previously served as the founding CEO and helped organize the formation of the company. Jim was formerly President of Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto, CA. where he had responsibility for all bioscience research and development, ranging from genetics and genomics to clinical development of numerous new pharmaceuticals. Previously, Jim served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of R & D for Centocor, where he was responsible for the discovery and early clinical development of antibody and peptide-based therapeutic products. While at Centocor, Jim developed Remicade, the first of the TNF inhibitor biologics, as well as ReoPro, a novel platelet blocking drug used in conjunction with angioplasty.
Prior to Centocor, Jim served as Commanding Officer and Director, US Naval Medical Research and Development Command in Bethesda Maryland. In that role, he was responsible for a wide range of medical research and development activities ranging from transplantation research to infectious diseases. He was responsible for the surveillance, detection and therapy for all Biologic Warfare Agents and Infectious Diseases in the first Gulf War, and was awarded the US Navy Legion of Merit for his service.
Jim holds an M.D. from Loma Linda University, trained in Pediatric Immunology at Duke University and Children’s Hospital in Boston (Harvard), and holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of London, England. Jim has authored or co-authored over 140 publications.
Bob Curry, Ph.D.
Pharm.D., Managing Director, Center for Medication Safety Advancement; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
From teaching hands-on simulations and giving guest lectures to attending national conferences, Kyle Hultgren spreads the word on medication safety well beyond the borders of West Lafayette.
Kyle was working as a pharmacist when a tragedy caused by a serious medication error forced him to evaluate the health care system. Now, as founder and managing director for the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA) at Purdue University, Kyle has dedicated his career to continuing the national conversation on safe medication use practices. His efforts were recognized in 2013, when he received the Indiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists, “Glen Sperandio Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” award.
Kyle currently serves as chairman of the Rx-SafeNet Practice-Based Research Network advisory board for community pharmacy-based medication safety research in Indiana. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Eric Poon, M.D., MPH
Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Eric Poon is vice president and chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the Boston Medical Center. Here Dr. Poon blends his expertise in implementation of electronic health records with his knowledge of analytics and health care operations. His main interests revolve around the use of health information technology to improve the quality of care and patent safety in both ambulatory and hospital settings.
Prior to joining BMC, Dr. Poon served as the CMIO for Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Partners HealthCare. While here he developed and deployed a successful eMAR system for oncology and newborns and the web-based discharge module. His research helped proved the cost-effectiveness of barcode medication verification technology in the pharmacy and at the bedside. Dr. Poon has also served as an assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Poon received a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in general internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.