Victoria Grace is a founding partner of Colle Capital Partners LP, an opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. Previously she was a partner at Wall Street Technology Partners LP, a $125mm mid stage technology fund. Before that she was a Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Private Equity Group. Victoria has extensive experience in originating, structuring and monitoring venture capital transactions.
Victoria has worked with, and made investments in a broad range of companies, including enterprise software, wireless technologies, medical devices, health IT, FinTech, hardware, virtual reality and D2C retail companies. Victoria is especially passionate about companies that have a strong ESG focus. She has evaluated and invested in the companies worldwide. Notable investments that Victoria either led or worked closely with include Apriso (acquired by Dassault Systemes), bitpesa, Bread Finance (acquired by Alliance Data), CargoX, Concourse (acquired by EAB), Coast, Collectiv Food, Doctor.com (acquired by Press Ganey), Dukkantek, EnsoData, Findigs, Frete, Haystacks.AI, Hyliion (NYSE: HYLN), Imagemover, JunoDX, Maven Clinic, MaxBone, MetaStorm (acquired by OpenText), Netki, Numan, NWO.AI, QMerit, Radar, Sensydia, SkopeNow, Swiftmile, Syft (acquired by Indeed) and Vergent Bioscience.
In addition, Victoria co-founded Work It, Mom! LLC, a network site for professional moms with an advertising revenue model. She co-managed the company for five years, until it was merged into another content company in NYC.
Prior to joining Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, Victoria was with a Los Angeles-based venture capital/incubator firm focused in the emerging technology, Internet, and biotech fields. Earlier, she worked in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers in New York, where she participated in M&A advisory assignments and capital raising for commercial banks and finance companies.
Earlier in her career, Victoria did cancer related research at the National Institutes of Health. Her research was published in well-respected science magazines. Victoria was also a research assistant at the Washington University School of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department. There she analyzed statistics and data recorded from activation of the sinus node of the heart.
Victoria received a B.A. in economics and biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, winning both a Florence Moog Academic Science Scholarship and a Mabel Blake Academic Science Scholarship.
Victoria has been serving on the board of Vostok New Ventures, an investment company with presence in Sweden from 2015 to 2021. Vostok New Ventures focuses on European and emerging markets companies with strong network effects. Victoria also sits on the Investment Committee of Teklas Ventures, a corporate venture arm of Teklas, One of the leading auto parts suppliers to the most prominent car manufacturers. Teklas Ventures focuses on European and US companies with strong strategic synergies.
Victoria is an avid supporter of education and involved in the Go Project. She also supports other education-focused organizations. Victoria is also actively involved in Washington University, her alma mater.
Doug Benowitz is a Principal of Colle Capital Partners LP, an opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. He focuses on sourcing and conducting diligence on seed and early stage investment opportunities.
Doug joined Colle from BlackRock where he served as an Investment Strategist. He was recognized with the BlackRock Principles Award for Innovation for his work in developing new predictive portfolio performance modeling and allocation optimization techniques as well as for making significant strides in process automation.
Doug received a B.S.B.A in Finance with a second major in Classical History from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.
Doug holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and taught martial arts in both high school and college. He is also an avid golfer.
Roman joined Colle following his master’s degree at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, where he studied management. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Bocconi University in Milan.
While in Berlin, Roman worked at DLE Group, a German investment manager where he was involved in due diligence, deal sourcing, acquisitions and reporting. In previous roles, he also acquired experience in private equity, consulting and banking.
Roman is a former swimmer and amateur tennis player, as well as an avid skier. He is also a big fan of Pink Floyd and Chelsea Football Club.
Senior Venture Partner
Lone Fønss Schrøder
Lone Fønss Schrøder is CEO of Concordium. With extensive executive experience ranging from large-cap companies in aviation, biotech, retail, automotive, oil & gas, and shipping to banks and capital markets, Fønss Schrøder is also co-founder of the bank-fintech company Cashworks, Vice Chairman of Volvo Cars, and a Director at IKEA. She spent 22 years at A.P. Moller-Maersk — the world’s largest shipping company — serving as Senior Vice President and founding Maersk Procurement and Star Air. In 2005, she was appointed President of Wallenius Lines, a leading provider of global factory-to-dealer transport solutions and terminal facilities for the automotive industry. Fønss Schrøder holds an MSc in Business Administration and Economics from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Law (LLM) from the University of Copenhagen and Blockchain Technologies program from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Brad Jones is a Founding Partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Brad was a general partner with Brentwood Venture Capital, a firm he joined in 1981.
Brad currently focuses on technology opportunities located in Southern California. Brad has managed successful investments in biotechnology, communications, Internet commerce, internet infrastructure, medical devices, semiconductors, software, and wireless. He has served on the board of ten public companies funded by Brentwood and Redpoint, and currently is a board member of Stamps.com and a number of private companies.
Brad received the Los Angeles Venture Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was honored with the Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Brad received an A.B. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, and an A.M. in Physics from Harvard University. Brad also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar, and a J.D. from the Stanford Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Professor William J. Kaiser is founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute (WHI). His background includes sensor development for vehicles at Ford Motor Company and for spacecraft including the the Mars Rover at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Professor Kaiser is a faculty member in and has served as Chair of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department. He led some of the first wireless sensor network system development for defense, environmental, and other applications. His work in Wireless Health is directed to end-to-end product development from fundamental methods, though design, development, clinical trial validation, and regulatory approval processing. Product development is dedicated to advancing care delivery and patient outcomes. Products include wearable diagnostic devices with proven capability and international award recognition in applications from human motion sensing to organ function monitoring. Professor Kaiser is also a co-founder of Sensydia Corporation, a Colle Capital portfolio company.
Dr. Aman Mahajan
Dr. Mahajan (MD PhD MBA) serves as department Chair and Director of Perioperative Services, University of Pittsburgh Physicians/UPMC. Dr. Mahajan also holds the endowed Peter and Eva Safar Professorship at UPMC.
Prior to UPMC appointment, Dr. Mahajan served as the Executive Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and as the Ronald L. Katz Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering. He was also the Executive Director of the UCLA Operative Services and a Co-Director of the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Program.
Joining UCLA in 1994, Dr. Mahajan received his medical specialty training in anesthesiology and cardiac anesthesiology, as well as a PhD in Physiology with a focus in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Mahajan’s main areas of research include understanding mechanisms of sudden cardiac death, determining cardiac structure and function in heart disease, and design of cardiac biosensors. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in his career. As an editorial board member and reviewer of several leading scientific journals he actively contributes towards the research and innovation in the field.
Dr. Mahajan has an avid interest in development of innovative medical technology and is the founder of start-ups in medtech that seek to improve healthcare. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration and teaches “Business of Healthcare” to the MBA students at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dr. Mahajan is recognized internationally for his contributions in anesthesiology and cardiovascular medicine. He serves on the council/board, and executive committees of several national scientific societies. Dr. Mahajan is also a co-founder of Sensydia Corporation, a Colle Capital portfolio company.
Dr. Cheryl Martin
Dr. Cheryl Martin founded her consulting firm, Harwich Partners, to engage public and private sector entities in designing and implementing solutions for complex problems, especially those related to energy, sustainability, urban development and technology adoption. Previously she was a member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum where she was responsible for a range of business and innovation initiatives. Before this, Cheryl had served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). She was also the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed the Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Cheryl was an Executive in Residence at Kleiner Perkins after a career with Rohm and Haas Company in roles ranging from technology development to finance and business management. Cheryl serves as the chair of the Board for Sound Agriculture, an early-stage sustainable agriculture technology company, as well as on the Boards for the Clean Energy Trust (Chicago) and Elemental Excelerator (HI and CA). Cheryl is also on the Board of Queen's Gambit Growth Corporation (GMBT), an ESG-focused SPAC. She received her PhD in organic chemistry from MIT.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Kevin has been with the fund since inception and is responsible for financial reporting and assisting with investor communications. Kevin has 13 years of private equity experience as CFO and over 25 years of financial reporting experience in the financial services industry. His prior CFO engagements, either on a full time or outsourced basis, include Intermediate Capital Group, AlpInvest Partners, Cava Capital, Freedom 3 Capital, Anagenesis Capital, Wall Street Technology Partners, Annex Capital, Equinox Capital, and PJSC-JOSS Real Estate Partners. In addition, Kevin was Controller of Kleinwort Benson Holdings, Inc., Vice President of financial reporting for Credit Suisse First Boston and an auditor for KPMG. Victoria has been working with Kevin for well over a decade while at Kleinwort Benson and Wall Street Technology Partners. Kevin is a graduate of Fordham University with BS in Accounting.
Josh Abramowitz is the co-founder and CEO of the venture-backed consumer finance company Bread, which is backed by Colle, along with Bessemer, Menlo, RRE and others. He has been involved in the startup world in NY for many years, and has a particular interest in the impact of technology on the financial services industry. He was previously on the investment staff of two large hedge funds. Josh holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D from Yale Law School.
Wassim Arabi is a seasoned retail and hospitality executive who most recently served as CEO of Alshaya Group (2007-2019), one of the world’s leading international franchise operators. During his tenure at Alshaya, Mr. Arabi expanded the company’s reach to 19 new markets across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia and Europe and across multiple sectors including fashion and footwear. In addition, he played a key role in developing , growing and diversifying their business portfolio to more than 90 of the worlds most recognized brands, many of which had never entertained the idea of franchising their business. Notable examples include H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Boots and Starbucks among many others.
Wassim has served on the boards of Mabani Real Estate Co. in Kuwait and Shumool Real Estate Co. in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Arabi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.
Betsy is a 3-time CEO and serial entrepreneur & founder of Baja Corporation. She has co-founded enterprise software companies in multiple industries including energy, healthcare and networking. She is an expert at scaling companies through hyper growth and leading them to successful IPO and acquisitions. Her more notable IPOs and sales include the acquisition of Clear Standards by SAP and Ascend Communications ($5.4B in revenue) which was then acquired by Lucent for $23B. At Baja Corporation, Betsy has built 3 early stage funds investing in enterprise, software, healthcare, and energy.
Betsy is a corporate governance expert with an eye for making boards a competitive asset. Her corporate Board experience is vast and covers multiple industries including: Technology, Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Auto, CPG, Manufacturing, and Logistics. As a Corporate Director, she brings an operational perspective which focuses on taking friction out of the consumer experience. She leverages broad contemporary knowledge of digital technology to reduce costs, drive efficiency and productivity using AI machine learning analytics to streamline processes.
Previously, Betsy was the CEO of NCI, a food manufacturer creating Nutraceutical and Functional Food products. NCI created the PowerBar and healthy snacks for Kraft, Nabisco, etc. Betsy was also the CEO of Clear Standards, which developed enterprise level software for monitoring carbon emissions.
A published author, Betsy’s work on Corporate Governance includes her third book Be Board Ready: The Secrets to Landing a Board Seat and Being a Great Director, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NACD, Business Insider, and Forbes.
She currently serves on two public company boards: Wynn Resorts and SL Green Realty. She is also a member on the board of Volvo Cars (private). She is a proud graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Amos is a technology executive with diverse startup experience across engineering, product, investing, and advising. Amos was one of the first engineering hires at Uber, where he built the Marketplace team from the ground up. As the Director of Marketplace, Amos was responsible for Uber’s realtime systems, including the trip experience, the dispatching algorithms, the dynamic pricing engine, and the core logistics of supply management. In addition to his work with Marketplace, Amos developed solutions for scaling distributed systems, data center disaster recovery, payment fraud prevention, promotional rider engagement, and global analytics.
Amos is committed to identifying the next wave of high-caliber companies and helping them achieve rocket ship growth. Amos invests in early-stage startups that have a clear value proposition, a viable scaling strategy, and visionary founders. Amos has backed over a dozen companies alongside notable angels & VCs including Marc Benioff, Jason Calacanis, Eric Ries, Jack Selby, Initialized Capital, Village Global, Social Capital, Google Ventures, and Maveron.
Novo Constare is the COO and co-founder of Syft an online marketplace for providing flexible work for job seekers in the hospitality, light industrial, and facilities management sectors.
Syft, launched in 2015 and has since grown to have over 40,000 workers across the UK, servicing over 2000 clients and was acquired by Indeed in 2019 and has since rebranded to Indeed Flex and launched in the US.
Chris Fernandez is the co-founder and CEO of EnsoData, the company simplifying the process of analyzing the human body to accurately diagnose health conditions. He brings his expertise to design and clinically validate EnsoData’s pioneer technology, Waveform AI. With more than seven years of machine learning and AI research experience, Chris now works at the confluence of applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, distributed and parallelized cloud computing, and multi-Terabyte/Petabyte scale data.
Chris is a passionate leader focused on increasing patient access, improving patient outcomes, enhancing the patient-provider care experience, and advancing the state of knowledge and scientific methods for studying health and disease.
Chris has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. He has also acted as a leading contributor to the open-source
machine-learning platform, NEXT ML.
Sourav Goswami is a seasoned real estate investment professional, with more than 25 years in real estate private equity. He has been instrumental in raising over $2 Billion of equity from institutional investors for global real estate investments over the last decade. Sourav is Managing Director with Buckingham Partners, and previously held Managing Director and Senior Principal positions at Walton Street Capital, where he opened and managed the firm’s India and Singapore offices. As a serial entrepreneur, Sourav has co-founded two venture-backed AI/ML companies, and two hardware startups early in his career. True to his passion and curiosity for learning, Sourav is also an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Schack Institute, where he teaches Global Real Estate Investing. He completed his Bachelor’s in economics from Harvard University and MBA from Columbia Business School, both with honors.
Thomas Healy is the founder and CEO of Hyliion, a provider of electrified powertrain solutions for the commercial transportation industry. A leader in the global fight against climate change, Hyliion delivers solutions that negate carbon emissions without sacrificing performance. Named one of Forbes’s “30 under 30,” Healy took Hyliion public in October of 2020.
Healy founded two start-ups prior to Hyliion and holds five secured automotive device patents. Healy’s passion for racing and motorsports inspired him to pursue dual engineering degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering & public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Karson Humiston is the Founder & CEO of Vangst, the cannabis industry’s leading recruiting platform, which is backed by Colle, along with Lerer Hippeau and others. Karson was featured on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Prior to founding Vangst, Karson founded On Track Adventures, a student travel organization based out of St. Lawrence University, her alma mater. Outside of work, Karson enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis, kitesurfing, triathlons, and recently ran the NYC marathon.
Hannah is the CEO of The EarthShot Prize, a new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. Previously, she served as President of Nike Innovation Labs and has held numerous positions at Nike since 1998, including as Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA. Ms. Hannah is also a member of the board of director of Oatly. Jones served as a member of the board of directors, including serving on the Sustainability Committee, of People Against Dirty from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy and French from the University of Sussex. Ms. Jones has won numerous awards, including the C.K.Prahalad Award of Global Business Sustainability Leadership in 2013 and Fast Company #8 Most Creative People Award in 2010.
Mostafa is the co-founder and CEO of SWVL, a transformational platform providing the masses with a reliable, safe and affordable mass transit option for the daily commute. Previously, Mostafa worked for Rocket Internet and Careem as a market launcher. During his tenure at Careem, he helped roll out services in several cities in Egypt and Pakistan, as well as Istanbul. The inspiration for Swvl came from Mostafa’s childhood in in Cairo where it is a struggle to find transportation that is both reliable and affordable.
Misha is CEO of ZeptoLab, one of top mobile game developers in the world, best known for Cut the Rope series and its star Om Nom. Before ZeptoLab he built a number of businesses in Russia and abroad: a biggest coalition loyalty & payment program in Russia; Zagruzka.com – leading content and b2b telecommunication services provider and others. In early 2000’s Misha founded and lead Reaxion – mobile game developer and publisher for feature phones. He also invests in start ups and is active member of entrepreneurial community.
Peter Ort is co-founder and Managing Member of CurAlea Associates, an award winning firm providing customized software and advisory solutions to wealth and asset managers. He is also a General Partner of Cambium Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focused on advanced computing technologies. Pete serves on the board or advisory board of MapText, Smartleaf, Ample, and Redrock Biometrics. Pete spent the first part of his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and co-head of the Hedge Fund Strategies Group, and also worked in the Private Equity Group and the Investment Banking Division’s Financial Institutions Group in New York and Tokyo. Pete received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from New York University, and is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars. Pete was a Fulbright Scholar at Nagoya University in Japan, and is the Treasurer and a member of the board of the Fulbright Association’s New Jersey Chapter.
Youssef Salem is the CFO of Swvl, first unicorn from the Middle East to list on Nasdaqand first mass transit marketplace to go public globally, via a $1.5bn business combination with Queen’s Gambit. At 29 years old, Youssef will become one of the youngest CFOs of a Nasdaq listed company.
Youssef has 10 years of investment banking experience with Moelis & Company and QInvest. He executed >$85bn of capital raises, financings, and M&A across > 50 transactions.
Youssef was previously an Adjunct Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He has a Bachelor of Science from AUC and is a CFA Charterholder and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He was featured in Forbes Middle East 30 under 30 list.
Ms. Sargent brings over 30 years of International operating management, M&A, business strategy, technology and CEO/Board executive experience with a proven track record of building and and scaling multi-billion dollar businesses at the cutting edge of technology and emerging markets. A visionary leader who has successfully managed enterprise risk in the presence of digital transformation across multiple industries including Automotive/Mobility, Consumer, Energy, Enterprise Infrastructure (Hardware & Software:SaaS), Industrial, Health, and Semiconductors.
Currently Jeannine is an advisor to investment groups Generation Investment Management LLP and Breakthrough Energy Ventures; with a focus on sustainability, the energy transition, and financial inclusion.
Ms. Sargent serves on the board of directors of Synopsys Inc., an electronic design automation company that focuses on silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property and software security and quality, Fortive Corporation, a provider of essential technologies for connected workflow solutions, and Proterra Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit and EV technology, She is a Director of Malta, a pioneer in long-duration energy storage. Ms. Sargent previously served as a member of the board of directors at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. She has also serviced on private company boards: Astrowatt, Kateeva, MC-10, ReVera, SiOnyx, Teravicta, and VUV Analytics.
In her operating career, Ms. Sargent held multiple executive and CEO leadership roles including at Flex Ltd., a leading global design, engineering and manufacturing company, serving as President of Innovation and New Ventures, President of Flex Energy and Managing Director of Lab IX accelerator and corporate venture fund. Prior, she was the founding CEO of Oerlikon Solar based in Switzerland, a producer of capital equipment and cell technologies for solar photovoltaic modules and CEO of Voyan Technology, an embedded systems software provider.
Jeannine’s extensive technology, global operating and board experience has spanned public, private equity, and venture capital portfolio companies. She creates exceptional leadership teams to meet market and customer needs that deliver results to shareholders. The breadth and depth of these experiences enables Jeannine to bring best practices, thoughtful advice, and oversight with actionable recommendations to her engagements.
Jeannine holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University, where she has served as a Trustee since 2017, and has completed executive education programs at Stanford University, MIT Sloan, Carnegie Mellon, and IMD/Harvard University.
Bob is currently the co-founder and managing director of Sternhill Associates, a venture capital and consulting firm located in the Greater Boston area. His background is in technology, marketing, planning, and venture capital, with deep experience in computing, communications, medical and scientific devices, the Internet, and enterprise software, and has been involved in over seventy start-up companies, as either an employee, investor, and/or board member.
He is currently a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, a mentor at Greentown Labs, an “expert” member of MassChallenge, an advisor to the Harvard Medical/BIDMC Health Technology Exploration Center, and serves on the Advisory Boards at SparkCognition and Statum Systems..
Bob joined Compaq Computer Corporation in 1993 as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, responsible for directing all of the Company’s strategic planning and business development activities, including a $400M venture portfolio. Stearns joined Compaq from McKinsey & Company, where he served as a consultant to domestic and international high technology clients. Prior to joining McKinsey, he held senior management positions at a number of technology companies, including Codex, Motorola, and with Management Technologies Inc., which he co-founded. After Compaq, Bob co-founded Sternhill Partners, a Houston-based high tech venture capital firm that he helped manage with two other partners for almost 15 years. While a Managing Partner at Sternhill, Bob served on the boards of pcOrder.com, Boingo Wireless, PentaSafe, RLX Technologies, Surgient Networks, Detto Inc., Kurion, iVita; TimesN Systems, IMSafer, and, Clearcube Technologies.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Brown University, and a Master of Science degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sophie is the founding partner of The SEA Fund, LLC (“SEA Fund”) with a focus on early stage deals in health, environment and education sectors.
Sophie also co-founded Imperative, a company focused on bringing purpose to work environment for millennial generation. Earlier in her career, she worked in media sector at Bloomberg and Metro International.
Sophie received a B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. She studied entrepreneurial finance at UCLA Andersson’s School.
In addition to her professional carrier, Sophie is a significant philanthropist through the Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation, focusing on child rights, education, and fighting trafficking. She also serves on several foundation boards. She is a co-founding board member of Queen Silvia’s World Childhood Foundation and the Chairman of the Stenbeck Stiftelse. Sophie is a co-founder of WISE, women in social and enterprise and she is a true believer in social entrepreneurship.
Dirk van den Boom
Dirk van den Boom is currently the Founder, CEO & President of Juno Diagnostics, Inc., a San Diego-based development stage healthcare company.
Previously Dr. van den Boom served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of publicly traded molecular diagnostics company Sequenom, Inc., prior to that companies acquisition by Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) in September 2016.
During his 18-year tenure at Sequenom, he held positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer; Executive Vice President, Research and Development; Chief Technology Officer; and Senior Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. van den Boom was an important part of the team that developed many groundbreaking technologies including one of the leading genetic analysis platforms of the early 2000’s, the first comprehensive tumor mutation profiling technology, as well as the development and commercialization of the first cell-free DNA based Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Test in the US, which improved the standard of care for pregnant women at an unprecedented speed.
Dr. van den Boom has co-authored more than 95 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and is inventor on more than 90 patents and patent applications. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Hamburg.
Dr. van den Boom serves as a Member of the Board of RedDrop Dx and serves as the Chair of the March of Dimes Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter.
From March 2017 on Dr. van den Boom served as Director of publicly traded molecular diagnostics company CombiMatrix, Inc., until its acquisition by Invitae in November 2017.
Dr. van den Boom is an advisor to multiple start-up companies in the healthcare and consumer space.
Federico is the CEO of Frete.com. Earlier in his career, Federico worked in banking for five years before setting down his own entrepreneurial path. In 2010, he founded Transportar Online, a website where people could list items they needed shipped and transporters would place bids on the shipments. It allowed truckers with extra room in their trailers to take on new shipments along their route. The platform worked with eBay and Mercado Libre, creating a shipping infrastructure for online sellers. In 2013, he sold the business to Sontra, a Brazilian shipping company. But he had another venture brewing in the background. In 2011, a year after starting Transportar Online, he got to work on Frete. Similar in concept to his first idea, Frete is a mobile app that connects independent truckers with shipments from large brands like Kraft Heinz and Anheuser-Busch.
Christopher Wright is Chairman and a co-founder of EMAlternatives LLC in Washington DC and of its former affiliate in China, Yimei Capital Ltd, and is also a director of Merifin Capital Group, a private European investment firm. Until mid-2003 he served as Head of Global Private Equity for Dresdner Kleinwort Capital and was a Group Board Member of Dresdner Kleinwort. He has acted as Chairman of various investment funds prior to and following the latter’s integration with Allianz Private Equity. He joined Kleinwort Benson Limited in London in 1978 and in 1981 co-founded Kleinwort’s first office in California. In 1986 he relocated to New York to manage the Kleinwort Benson Limited portfolio of North American private equity, high-yield and mezzanine investments. He is a co-founding director of ROPER Technologies Inc. (NYSE); and was a director of IDOX PLC (AIM) until 2013 and non-executive Chairman of Maxcess International Corporation until 2014. He has chaired the investment committees of and/or serves on several advisory boards of third party managed LBO and venture capital funds in North America and Europe and has advised several other financial institutions, including Hansa Capital, CdB Webtech, Standard Bank, Artio Global Investors, Surya Capital, GP Investimentos, ILFS India and De Agostini Alternative Investments on their investments in private equity and other alternative assets around the world, including real assets.
Mr. Wright was educated at Oxford University (M.A.) and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (from ACCA). He is Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Andrei currently leads Doctor.com, the first marketing automation platform purpose-built for healthcare. Doctor.com counts more than 200 of the country’s leading hospitals and health systems as our clients as well as thousands of private and group practices. The company prides itself on killing the multi-vendor status quo that’s had healthcare organizations ineffectively daisy-chaining point solutions together for years. For the first time, one platform can deliver intelligent solutions for Provider Directories, Listings Management, Reputation Management, Transparency, and Online Scheduling, all connected to Doctor.com’s partner network which includes Google, Yelp, Bing, Healthgrades, Vitals, and 20+ other leading consumer health destinations. Doctor.com is backed by fantastic investors like Spring Mountain Capital, Colle Capital, and StartUp Health and powered by an amazing team that spans NYC, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, and Argentina.
Prior to Doctor.com, Andrei was a founding team member of KN Dimestore, an advertising research platform acquired by Knowledge Networks (now part of GfK [FWB: GFK]) in 2009, and an early employee of Game Trust, which was acquired by Real Networks (NASDAQ: RNWK) in 2007.
Andrei begin his career focusing on design and product development, creating web-based user experiences for organizations like Accenture, Cisco, Microsoft, The National Education Association, and the US Government.
When he’s not working, he enjoys training in mixed martial arts, traveling, and relaxing with his wife and daughter.