Who We Are

Leadership

  • Staff
  • 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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  • Sergio Gazic

    Sergio Gazic

    CEO

    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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  • Lucia Howard

    Lucia Howard

    Member

    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

    Member

    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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  • Todd Davis

    Todd Davis

    Honorary Board Member

    As the Chairman and CEO of LifeLock, Inc., and industry leader in protective identity theft protection, Mr. Davis has committed the last five years to…

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  • Sergio Gazic

    Sergio Gazic

    CEO

    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, Ph.D., MBA

    Chief Science and Business Officer

    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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  • Nikki Corday

    Operations Manager

    Nikki Corday oversees all operational facets of BioAccel, providing high-level administrative support.

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  • Michael Robinson

    Program Manager

    Michael is a program manager for BioAccel, performing due diligence on investment opportunities and connecting BioAccel's portfolio companies with…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Vishu Jhaveri

    Vishu Jhaveri

    (Phoenix, AZ) Dr. Vishu Jhaveri, M.D., M.S.A. of Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ is a Senior Vice President of Health Services and Chief Medical…

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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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  • Christine Furstoss

    Christine Furstoss

    (Niskayuna, NY) Christine Furstoss is the Vice President and Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies at GE, based at…

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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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  • 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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  • Eric  Miller

    Eric Miller

    Council

    (Phoenix, AZ) Eric Miller is a co-founder and co-owner at PADT, Inc.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California,…

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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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