CEO / Co-Founder
David J. Duff is an accomplished medical communications professional with 25+ years of experience in the Biologics and Pharmaceutical Industries. David has held diverse positions of increasing responsibility. Specific experience in Neurology, Psychiatry, Oncology and immunologic aspects of Biologics. David has worked for large pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca and Novartis, 2 small startup companies and a mid-size pharmaceutical company. David has also worked as a self-employed consultant to the pharmaceutical industry.
Tom Despres’ background includes deep experience in electronics and electro-mechanical manufacturing in Telecommunications, Networking and Data Storage. He has led global teams in Operations, Supply Chain and Manufacturing for more than 25 years. Building on his Operations tenure, he also has VP experience in Global Account Management for accounts totaling close to five-hundred million dollars at the second largest Contract Manufacturing company in the world. He’s been an entrepreneur, a leadership trainer and an author.
Leveraging his ten year stint in Latin America and his passion for cross-cultural learning, Despres authored a book entitled “The Cultural Connection: An Expatriate in Latin America” to serve as a cultural guide for leaders working across borders between US and Latin America.
Hesham Mahrous is a Data-Scientist with 7+ years of experience in descriptive and predictive analytics, and digital signal processing. Hesham founded Gauss Insights, a data science consulting company, which provides data analytics services for consumer products and goods retailers such as Spinneys Dubai and Safeway. He also worked as a senior Data-Scientist for Samsung Electronics R&D at which he developed a highly manageable and scalable data analytics platform for Samsung Pay. Hesham has also experience as a research and development Engineer and holds 2 patents in the field of machine learning and text mining. While working at SAP as a Research Engineer, he developed a state of art record linkage system which is highly robust to noisy and imprecise data. Hesham holds two MSc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering the latest one from the University of British Colombia where he developed the state of art compression algorithm for biological data such as EEG and MRI Images.
Arthur F. Morelli
Mr. Morelli is a pharmaceutical industry professional with 30+ years of leadership experience at companies such as DuPont Merck Pharma, Elan Biopharmaceuticals, Cardinal Health, Solstice Neurosciences, Inc., Covidien/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Morelli is a co-founder of Solstice Neurosciences, Inc., a venture backed start-up located in South San Francisco for which Art spearheaded the initial capital raise of million. Art is currently leading a million raise for an oncology company in Ohio.
Art currently serves as a Managing Director of Provident Partners, LLC a Connecticut based Corporate Business Development Advisory firm with interests in healthcare and energy businesses, and Art is also a member of the Ohio State University Drug Development Institute Advisory Board.
Chuck Frizelle has spent a career building, innovating, and commercializing new ventures in software, services, and hardware. President of Project Sparx and a stealth start-up, Chuck is working as a consultant providing expertise in business planning, business development, and market development and in wearables, consumer tech, and fitness/health/wellness tech. He has spearheaded successful new ventures including Coros Wearables smart cycling helmets, Xbox Live new media, Xbox fitness, Jawbone corporate wellness, Plantronics gaming, and various game franchises and online services. He has served as President, GM, Business Unit Leader, Executive Producer, and Director. He received his engineering degree at Northwestern University and MBA at University of California, Berkeley, and served as a U.S. Navy pilot.
Mr. Park is a Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP), with additional (CHP) certifications at the highest level in Portfolio Analytics & Risk Management. He also attended the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (Leadership &amp;amp; Management) and has served in executive leadership positions for over 20 years. Mr. Park has closed several acquisitions and multimillion dollar lines of credit from hedge funds; as well as negotiated and / or closed many mergers, strategic partnerships, license and/or sponsored research agreements and joint ventures. As an experienced practitioner of business strategy, he has read, studied and applied numerous books and countless articles relating to business strategy (According to the Wall Street Journal, the most sought after executive skill set is strategic thinking).