Dedicated to ensuring the success of the bioscience industry in the state of Connecticut.

The BioCT Leadership and Board of Directors brings industry expertise, advice, and support to the Connecticut bioscience community. This team looks forward to serving as mentors and advisors to our members.

BioCT Leadership

Dawn Hocevar
President & CEO
BioCT

Dawn Hocevar is the President & CEO of BioCT, dedicated to the growth of Connecticut’s bioscience industry. In this role, Dawn focuses on building collaboration with industry, academia and the government. Working closely with key stakeholders across the state, Dawn was a contributing author in the development of the state’s ten-year strategic plan to guide investment in bioscience industry.

Currently, Dawn serves on the Connecticut Economic Advisory committee encouraging the state to include bioscience as an anchor industry with tremendous economic potential. She also serves on the Southern Connecticut State BioPath Advisory Board and is collaborating with the Governors Workforce Development plans for job recovery post COVID. Recently, Dawn joined the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Advisory Board at the University of New Haven.

Dawn is a board member at BioSurplus, an equipment asset management company. In her prior role with the company as Vice President of Business Development, Dawn seeded the company’s expansion into San Francisco and Boston, working closely with Bio Affiliates in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.

In 2017, Dawn was elected as President and Board Chair of Women in Bio (WIB). During her six years with this organization, she held various roles including fundraising and national program chair. She also helped establish the organization’s Boardroom Ready program.

Dawn regularly testifies before state legislative committees; has moderated and contributed to many industry panel discussions. Dawn was honored by the New Haven BIZ Power 50 Class of 2020 and the Power 25 Class of 2021.

Dawn holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from San Jose State University.


Peter Farina, Ph.D.
Co-Chair
Executive in Residence
Canaan Partners

Dr. Peter Farina is an Executive in Residence at Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm located in Westport, CT where he assesses and advises on pharma/biotech/healthcare investments. He is also the managing partner of a consulting firm, Salient Science & Technology, LLC which advises several US and Chinese biotech firms on strategic and technical matters in pharmaceutical R&D. Dr. Farina currently serves as the Co-Chair and Board Member of BioCT;  the Advisory Board of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, member of the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) steering committee; Emory University DRIVE Advisory Board, and was a Founder and CEO of Developing World Cures, a nonprofit company working on neglected diseases.

Dr. Farina retired in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Development at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Ridgefield, CT where he was responsible for North American development of drugs in the therapeutics areas of Immunology/Inflammation, Virology and Cardiovascular Disease. During his tenure as SVP at BI, his interdisciplinary team worked on the development and successful registration of Aptivus®, an HIV protease inhibitor, Viramune XR® for HIV and Atrovent HFA® for COPD and emphysema. Prior to this position he served as Vice President of Research at the Ridgefield Center. He has also held positions as Director of Inflammatory Diseases and Director of Biochemistry over his 28 year career with Boehringer Ingelheim. Prior to joining BI he spent 6 years in the Corporate Research Laboratories and Medical Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation in Tarrytown, NY where he did research and development of immunodiagnostics. Dr. Farina’s research interest has been generally at the interface of chemistry and biology. He has worked over his research career in inflammatory and immunological mechanisms, particularly cytokines and arachidonic acid mediators. In addition, he was engaged in HIV virology research which led to discovery and successful registration of one of the first non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors Viramune ®(nevirapine). He is the author of over fifty publications and patents.

Dr. Farina has a PhD in organic chemistry from SUNY Buffalo and did postdoctoral work in bioorganic chemistry at Pennsylvania State University with Dr. Stephen Benkovic. In May 2014 Dr. Farina was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the UConn School of Pharmacy for his career accomplishments, leadership in pharmaceutical sciences, and contributions to community and education.


Paul Hughes, J.D.
Secretary
Partner, Wiggin and Dana, LLP

Paul Hughes is the Managing Partner, Co-Chair of the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group and former Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. He also practices in the Health Care Department. He is experienced with the representation and operation of both mature and emerging growth companies in a variety of industries, including energy and utilities, information technology, clean technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, health care services, manufacturing, and outsourcing.

Paul regularly represents clients in the areas of debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and corporate governance.

Paul has served as Vice President and General Counsel of a venture capital-backed pediatric health care services company and its pediatric clinical trials network. He was active in all aspects of business development, corporate strategy, and operations and was responsible for all of the companies’ legal affairs, including equity and debt financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, licensing, real estate leasing, and contract negotiations.

Chambers USA lists Paul as one of the leading corporate/M&A lawyers in Connecticut and adds that he offers experience of working with mature and emerging growth companies from a range of sectors, including biotechnology and telecommunications. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in the area of Private Equity Funds.

Paul was awarded his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor at the Connecticut Law Review. Following graduation, he held the position of law clerk to Justice Fleming L. Norcott, Jr. of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Paul is admitted to practice in Connecticut.


Stanley Choy, M.B.A.
Co-Chair & Treasurer
Bioscience Entrepreneur

Stanley Choy has been a finance executive and business leader for over 20 years both in the pharmaceutical and legal industries. A bioscience entrepreneur, he was most recently Vice President, Finance and Administration of Kolltan Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Kolltan in 2009, Mr. Choy was the chief financial officer for a leading Am Law 100 law firm, Edwards Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP. From 2003-2006, Mr. Choy served as financial controller with Shearman & Sterling LLP, managing the firm’s finance and accounting organization, including fiscal and reporting functions. Prior to joining the legal industry, Mr. Choy spent eleven years at Pfizer Inc., and held several senior finance management positions with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including finance director of business planning for the Consumer Health Care Division, finance director of the Asia & Latin America Region for the Animal Health Care Division, and finance director of the U.S. and Asia Region for the Corporate Finance and Treasurer’s Division. Mr. Choy spent four years at Arthur Andersen & Company in the audit and tax practices early in his career. Stan has an M.B.A. from Syracuse University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, NYS Society of CPAs, Law Firm CFO Group, and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Finance and Tax Committee.


BioCT Board of Directors

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP)
UConn

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn. Previously, he was Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Livingston Securities (New York, NY) with investment focus in private and public companies in biotech, medtech and healthcare services. Prior to that, he was the Senior Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Dr. Analoui is actively involved in investment, management and scientific/business development of nanotechnology, drug discovery/development, diagnostic imaging, and global strategies.

While at Pfizer, he was the Site Head for Global Clinical Technology in Groton and New London, a division focusing on emerging technologies for development and validation of biomarkers and diagnostics for drug development. Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Analoui was the Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging Research, Associate Professor of Radiology at Indiana University, and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Comp Engineering at Purdue University. He was also President and CEO of Therametric Technology Inc. He has received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, followed by Post-Doctoral Fellowship at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in NY.

In addition to industry leadership in biomedical and technology fields, he consults and lectures in US, Europe and Asia. He has also served on various scientific, regulatory, and business advisory committees and boards, including NIH, NSF, PhRMA, NASA, and OECD. Dr. Analoui has authored over 130 publications, including journal articles, a book and book chapters and technical reports. Dr. Analoui is currently Adjust Professor at University of Connecticut (Storrs/Farmington, CT), Brown University (Providence, RI), and Northeastern University (Boston, MA). He is also senior member of IEEE, SPIE, and RSNA.

He was Chairman of the Board of VirtualScopics (Nasdaq: VSCP) and currently serves as Chairman of the Board member of Cyclica (Chairman), Connecticut Innovations, and NanoBusiness Commercialization Association.


Robert Bettigole, MPPM
Managing Partner
Elm Street Ventures

Rob is a Managing Partner of Elm Street Ventures, a New Haven based seed and early stage venture capital fund that he founded in 2006, working closely with the Yale Investment Office and with Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research (the tech transfer office). Since inception, ESV has invested in 27 companies, of which 16 have licensed Yale technology.

Rob serves as Chairman of P2 Science and is Elm Street’s observer on the board of Halda Therapeutics. Rob previously served as a board member of AxioMx, SeeClickFix, ShareGrove, and Retail Optimization Inc., and as an observer on the boards of Affomix Corporation, Arvinas, Device42, and Metagenomix. Mr. Bettigole has a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, where he has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and as an Executive Fellow. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and holds several U.S. and foreign patents. Mr. Bettigole served on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute from 2007 to 2017, and serves on the Investment Committee of the College Street Innovation Fund (formerly the YEI Innovation Fund), which is managed by Elm Street Ventures.


John Burkhardt, Ph.D.
Vice President
Global Drug Safety Research and Development
Groton Labs Site Director
Pfizer

John Burkhardt is Vice President, Global Drug Safety Research and Development, Groton Labs Site Director, Pfizer. Prior to rejoining Pfizer, John led AbbVie Preclinical Safety from 2008-2015. His knowledge base covers early drug discovery, late stage development, regulatory review and approval of both small and large molecules. John knows Pfizer well as he worked in Pfizer Drug Safety for 15 years prior to heading Preclinical Safety at AbbVie. While in Pfizer Drug Safety (Groton, Sandwich, and Amboise, France) John helped develop and implement many of the early discovery support platforms, like target safety assessment and discovery pathology support, that are still utilized in Pfizer today.

John earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Residency in Anatomic Pathology at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, West Lafayette, Indiana, May, 1992. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University School of Agriculture, West Lafayette, Indiana, in May 1985 and 1988, respectively.


Cynthia D. Green, PhD, MBA
Managing Director
CT Innovations (CI)

Dr. Green is currently Managing Director at CT Innovations (CI), Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies in CT. Previously, Cyndi led Search and Evaluation in Worldwide Business Development at Pfizer with responsibility for anti-infectives and vaccines, prior to that she was a lead scientist, then business and investor relations/marketing manager at CuraGen. Her technical leadership at Pfizer led to the formation of Pfizer/GSK spin-out, ViiV Healthcare, as well as the acquisitions of an anti-infective franchise from AZ and vaccine portfolios from Baxter and GSK. Cyndi’s expertise spans the spectrum of drug development in preclinical to marketed assets, technologies, diagnostics and research platforms. In addition to support of CI, she also currently mentors and provides consultant expertise for a variety of organizations, including ABCT, eLabNYC, Springboard Enterprises, and Endless Frontier Labs. Cyndi is currently a board member at CaroGen Corporation and a board observer for a variety of CI portfolio companies.

Prior to relocating back to CT, she was on the board of NewYorkBIO for over a decade and was instrumental in helping foster the growth of biotech in the area. Cyndi received a Doctorate in Molecular Biology at SUNY Buffalo, completed postdoctoral work at Yale University and received an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


John G. Houston, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Arvinas

John G. Houston is currently the President & CEO of Arvinas and has over 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech arena. Prior to this appointment, John was CSO and President of Research and Development at Arvinas. Before joining Arvinas, John was Senior Vice President of Specialty Discovery at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he worked for over 18 years in roles of increasing responsibility. He ran all of the disease science biology departments in research such as Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Immuno-Sciences, Fibrotic Diseases, Genetically Defined Diseases, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular and Virology, as well as accountability for the various technology platform organizations such as Applied Biotechnology, Leads Discovery & Optimization, Genomics, Biologics Discovery California (formerly Medarex) and Zymogenetics in Seattle. For many years he was the global Disease Strategy Team co-chair for Neuroscience and the co-chair for the Neuroscience Early Assets development strategy. He was also the site head at the Wallingford, CT facility and a member of the BMS R&D Executive Committee reporting to the Head of Discovery. He also chaired the Target Portfolio Committee with governance accountability in the early research and development phase of the BMS portfolio.

With his teams and his BMS Research colleagues, he progressed over 180 compounds into early development, several of which have advanced into late stage clinical testing and beyond. He was a member of the BMS senior leadership team that achieved 14 NDA’s over a 10 year period.

John was also the principal architect and driver of the ‘Leveraging Technology’ initiative at BMS which oversaw the design and implementation of an industry leading integrated lead discovery and optimization process. This initiative created revolutionary changes in the discovery process at BMS with significant improvements in capacity, speed and cost control resulting in marked increases in research productivity and success rates.

Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Houston worked at Glaxo Welcome Research and Development in the UK, where he served as head of the Lead Discovery Unit.

John completed post-doctoral studies with Professor Julia Douglas at Glasgow University, and obtained his Ph.D. with Professor Brian Catley in Microbial Biochemistry from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


Richard Jacob, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Yale University

Richard Jacob has served as the Associate Vice President for Federal Relations since 1995, in 2011 he was appointed to represent Yale in all State related legislative matters.

He works closely with Yale’s senior leadership, other administrators, and faculty to identify issues of concern as well as opportunities and to coordinate the development of the University’s position on those matters. He also assists in the design of Yale’s plans for implementation of federal mandates.

Mr. Jacob has chaired several committees of the Association of American Universities, including the Steering Committee for the Council on Federal Relations. He is currently a member of the AAU Tax Task Force on Strengthening the University-Government Research partnership. He is also the former chair of the Public Issues Committee for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, an association comprised of 31 highly selective private colleges and universities in the United States. He is a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority Board.

Mr. Jacob was a program analyst and later deputy branch chief in the US Office of Management and Budget from 1984 to 1989. His portfolio included the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other programs. He served as Special Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine from 1989 to 1995.

Richard Jacob earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.


Megan Rosengarten, M.B.A.
President, Surgical Robotics
Medtronic

Megan Rosengarten is a proven leader known for commercializing new insights and opportunities, resulting in sustainable growth and iconic Brands. She rejoined Medtronic in January 2018 as the Vice President and General Manager for Surgical Innovations’ Surgical Robotics business. From 2014-2018 she served as the VP, Global Marketing for Hologic’s Breast and Skeletal Health Division where she served a key role in the company’s turnaround – defining global strategies and executing on opportunities to accelerate growth. Prior to joining Hologic, Megan worked at Covidien from 2008-2014 with her last role being VP, Global Marketing for Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgical Systems, with a primary focus on Robotics. She has broad experience across the medical device and consumer product industries. Prior to joining Covidien, she led marketing efforts for contact lens and consumer healthcare brands at J&J.

Throughout her career, Megan has led several initiatives which have received marketing and leadership awards, including the B2B Award for Sales Enablement from CEB. Under her leadership, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies achieved the highest advertising persuasion and recall scores ever in the first aid category and highest performing ad in Brand history. She is also the recipient of the Silver Award for Best Use of Digital Marketing to Consumers from MM&M. Megan was the 2017 Hologic President’s Circle of Excellence award winner, nominated by the Field Sales organization for excellence in supporting Sales and Customers, as well as a Covidien President’s Award recipient for excellence in innovation and leadership.

Megan earned her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, with concentrations in marketing and international business, and her B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University.


David I. Scheer, M.S.
President
Scheer and Company

David Scheer is President of Scheer & Company, Inc., a firm founded in 1981, with activities in venture capital, corporate strategy, and transactional advisory services focused on the life sciences. Mr. Scheer was involved in the founding and had been a member of the Boards of Directors of ViroPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ, “VPHM”), OraPharma, Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003), and Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (of which he was Chairman, acquired by Pfizer in 2004). His current board relationships include Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (of which he is Chairman, NASDAQ, “ACHN”), Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (of which he is Chairman, NASDAQ, “AEGR”), Tengion, Inc. (of which he is Chairman, OTC BB, “TNGN”) Axerion Therapeutics, Inc. (of which he is Chairman), and Optherion, Inc. (of which he is Chairman).

From 1991 through 1999, he was affiliated with the health care investing team at Oak Investment Partners. Mr. Scheer has also led or played a significant role in a series of transactions involving corporate alliances, licensing arrangements, divestments, acquisitions and mergers in the life sciences. He has served as a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Harvard Malaria Initiative.

He has helped to launch, and served as Chair of the Executive Committee for “The Unfinished Agenda in Infectious Diseases”, an initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health focusing on the neglected diseases. He has also been a member of the Global Advisory Council for AIDS@30, an initiative at Harvard, and an Advisor for the Global Task Force for Expanding Cancer Care and Control in the Developing World, another Harvard-affiliated initiative. He also serves as an advisor to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees, and Vice-Chair for the Long Wharf Theatre, in New Haven, CT.

He is the founding Chair of the Global Health and the Arts series in New Haven, which for the past 5 years has been a collaboration between Long Wharf and Yale. In 2007, he was awarded the Atlas Award for Venture Capital from CURE, of which he also serves as a member of the Board and is on the Executive Committee), and in 2009, he received the Venture CapitalLeadership Award from the Connecticut Venture Group. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for Distinguished Service to Industry, Commerce, and Education.

He received his A.B. cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College, and an M.S. in Cell, Molecular and Development Biology, from Yale University.


Eleanore Seibert, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Eleanore Seibert is Vice President of Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics within the Research and Development organization at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Ridgefield CT. In this role, Eleanore leads a department of 80 scientists who are committed to developing novel therapeutics to advance healthcare for patients in need.

Eleanore joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2004 as a Postdoctoral Associate. She subsequently held additional scientific and project management roles within R&D. Eleanore also served as a leader within the Medical organization at Boehringer Ingelheim in roles spanning project management, process improvement, and clinical trial execution before returning to R&D in 2019.

Eleanore earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2003 and a B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1997. She is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.


Erika Smith, M.B.A.
CEO
ReNetX Bio, Inc.

Erika Smith is the CEO of ReNetX Bio, a clinical stage, venture funded company in New Haven, CT, committed to advancing first-in-class, disease modifying therapy in the central nervous system. Over the past 25 years Erika has held key executive roles at leading life-science including Respironics (Philips Healthcare), Hyperion and IVAX.

She also launched and led the advancement of three separate successful investment funds including the $25M Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, YEI Innovation Fund and the Bio-Life Fund at the Center for Innovative Technology in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.

Erika was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2019 by BioCT and Women of Innovation in 2020 by the Connecticut Technology Council.  She is on the board of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Vice Chair of the Healthcare and Biotechnology Governor’s Workforce Council and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn. She is an invited TedX presenter, taught life-science translational classes at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown and co-authored a playbook for best practices of “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Erika holds a bachelor’s in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.


J. Dormer Stephen, J.D.
Partner
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

Dormer Stephen is Co-Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Business and Finance Practice Group.

Dormer handles venture capital and private equity and debt transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. His practice involves the representation of Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, emerging companies and investment banks in structuring, negotiating and documenting seed through later stage equity and debt investments, mezzanine financings, syndicated credit facilities, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, buyouts, rollup strategies, intellectual property transactions, work-outs and financial restructurings and general corporate matters. Constituent companies are in a broad range of industries including financial services, insurance, life sciences, media, software and telecommunications. He also represents public and private clients in an “outside general counsel” capacity. Roles include counseling on strategic initiatives (such as joint ventures, joint development projects and intellectual property licensing and collaboration), commercial contract matters (such as distribution and supply agreements, license agreements and employment agreements) and other general corporate matters (such as employment and severance matters, equity incentive plans, corporate governance, real estate matters and insurance matters). As a member of the firm’s Opportunity Zones team, Dormer advises clients on various aspects of the Qualified Opportunity Zones program.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Dormer was a Partner in the Corporate Department of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.


Elizabeth Sullivan, M.S.
Executive Director, Quality – Business Planning and Strategic Ventures
Alexion

Elizabeth Sullivan is Executive Director, Quality – Business Planning and Strategic Ventures at Alexion (New Haven, CT). Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with devastating and rare diseases. In her current role, Liz provides business management and operational support to the Global Head of Research and Development. Liz is a member of the R&D Leadership, as well as the Strategy, Portfolio and Project Management Leadership teams. Previous to this role, Liz held positions of increasing responsibility within Alexion, most notably as the program manager for Soliris, the company’s first marketed product. In this role, Liz led the global filings for Soliris in atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

Liz has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry spanning from target identification through marketing authorization. Prior to Alexion, Liz joined Vion Pharmaceuticals (New Haven, CT) where, as a clinical research scientist, she worked to file the company’s first new drug marketing application. Prior to Vion, Liz worked as a research scientist at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (West Haven, CT), where she developed extensive expertise within the oncology therapeutic area and was responsible for delivering two new molecules to the clinic.

Elizabeth received her Masters of Science degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Assumption College (Worcester, MA). A life-long resident of Connecticut, Liz, along with her husband and two children, currently resides in Cheshire.


Eleanor L. Tandler, M.B.A.
CEO
Affinimark

Eleanor Tandler is the former CEO and a founder of NovaTract Surgical, Inc. a venture-backed start-up company founded to develop new, innovative laparoscopic medical devices for surgeons to take minimally invasive surgery to the next level of ease and simplicity. Ms. Tandler is a business executive with proven ability to conceive, develop, lead, problem solve and execute in the healthcare space. She has a track record of motivating and developing high-performing teams. Over 6 years, Ms. Tandler worked to raise approximately $7MM in investment capital and led the company from concept to a product in the marketplace; having developed a proof of concept, fabricated a working prototype, tested in a lab, completed regulatory milestones and brought to market. NovaTract trialed and revised 4 versions of the device in the marketplace, gained acceptance and usage in over 2 dozen hospitals and sold the technology to a private California-based laparoscopic company for broader commercialization worldwide.

Prior to NovaTract, Ms. Tandler was the Director of Venture Development at UConn R&D Corporation where she worked to create new business start-ups based on innovative technologies developed by the faculty and staff at the University of Connecticut. During her tenure at UConn R&D Corporation, she served as interim CEO of New Ortho Polymers, a UConn start-up focused on the development of new orthodontic appliances based on utilizing high performance polymers. Prior to that, she spent five years as a venture capital investor with Radius Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on health and life sciences, based in New York City with approximately $230 million under management. While at Radius, Ms. Tandler focused on investments in the healthcare services, information technology, and medical device sectors. Prior to Radius, Ms. Tandler worked as a healthcare consultant, providing strategic and operational advisory services, primarily to healthcare and life sciences clients. Her experience includes development and implementation of business models for start-up companies and integration strategies for healthcare provider organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

Ms. Tandler received a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a concentration in finance and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Mathematics with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.