Who We Are


  • Staff
  • Board of Directors
  • Council of Advisors
  • MaryAnn Guerra

    MaryAnn Guerra

    Ms. Guerra  is Chairman of the Board, and co-founder of BioAccel.  She is known for creating novel programs to accelerate the…

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  • Lucia Howard

    Lucia Howard


    Since 1995, Lucia Fakonas Howard has served as President of her own firm, Fakonas Howard, Ltd., providing services in multiple facets of real estate…

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  • Kari Yatkowski

    Kari Yatkowski


    Kari Yatkowski’s career features more than twenty years as a strategic leader with a unique, dual perspective of the corporate arena combined…

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  • Romi Dhillon

    Romi Dhillon

    Romi Dhillon serves as Senior Advisor to the Board and BioAccel. Dhillon serves as point person to provide support and assistance to the portfolio…

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  • Nikki Corday


    Nikki is acting Chief Operating Officer, and in that capacity oversees BioAccel Programs, Sponsorships and Operations infrastructure.

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  • Enrico Picozza

    Enrico Picozza

    Council Chairman

    (Boston, MA) Enrico Picozza is a pioneer in the life sciences with a history of recognizing and developing new technologies that change markets. He is…

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  • Sergio Gazic

    Sergio Gazic

    Over the past three years, Gazic has focused on supporting the growth of Arizona’s bioscience and health care sector through a new position…

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  • Ron King

    Ron King

    Ph.D., MBA

    Dr. King is Chief Science and Business Officer as well as co-founder of BioAccel. Dr. King brings more than 23 years of experience in health…

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  • Stephen Gately

    Stephen Gately

    DR. STEPHEN GATELY obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute…

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  • MaryAnn Guerra

    MaryAnn Guerra

    (Phoenix, AZ) MaryAnn Guerra is currently the Chairman of the Board and co-founder of BioAccel. Ms. Guerra brings more than 25 years of experience in…

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  • Randal Schulhauser

    Randal Schulhauser

    (Phoenix, AZ) Randal Schulhauser is the Senior Manager of Technology & Business Development at Medtronic. Randal holds four patents with another…

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  • Tom Star

    Tom Star

    (Tempe, AZ) Tom Star is the president of MDI (Molded Devices Inc.) Injection Molding. Tom spent the last 15 years working in Silicon Valley in sales…

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  • John Linehan

    John Linehan

    (Chicago, IL) John H. Linehan, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, and a Consulting Professor of Bioengineering…

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  • Paul Begovac Ph.D.

    Paul Begovac Ph.D.

    (Flagstaff, AZ) Paul C. Begovac, Ph.D. is currently a Business Technology Leader at W. L. Gore & Assoc., Inc. He was trained in biomedical…

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  • Janet Spear

    Janet Spear

    Ms. Janet Spear has served as Plant Manager, Celgene Phoenix, since 2007 (when the site was purchased by Abraxis Bioscience and subsequently sold to…

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  • Nate Mortenson

    Nate Mortenson

    (Phoenix, AZ) Nate Mortenson is a Principal at Tallwave Capital Phoenix, Arizona. Nate Oversees sourcing, diligence, governance and the day-to-day…

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  • Mark Slater Ph.D.

    Mark Slater Ph.D.

    (Phoenix, AZ) Mark Slater, Ph.D. has served as Vice President for Research at Honor Health and Chief Executive for the Honor Health Research Institute…

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  • Matthew  Grumbling

    Matthew Grumbling

    Matt concentrates his practice in patent strategy, drafting, procurement, portfolio management, and opinions (patentability, validity, and freedom-to-…

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  • Chris Smurthwaite

    Chris Smurthwaite

    Corporate Strategy & Business Development Consultant – Trinnovate Ventures

    (Phoenix, AZ) Chris Smurthwaite leads all Operations, Corporate Strategy and Business Development efforts for Trinnovate Ventures.  Chris joined…

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