Aaron G.L. Fletcher, Ph.D.,     Director

Dr. Fletcher founded and serves as CEO of Bios Research, a financial services firm that provides public equity research in the healthcare space tailored to institutional firms and large family offices. Bios Research provides fundamental healthcare industry research focused in the biotech and med-tech sub-sectors and through this research Dr. Fletcher has a strong understanding of commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Fletcher holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Colorado State University, and serves as a professor at Dallas Baptist University where he teaches Biochemistry, Bioethics, and Cell Biology. Dr. Fletcher has worked as an independent consultant for the biotech/healthcare equity industry for over 10 years.

Les Kreis,    Director

Mr. Les Kreis is the Principal at Steelhead Capital Management, a private equity firm based in Fort Worth, TX, which invests in early seed opportunities as well as later stage growth companies, with a primary focus on technology, energy, pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods. Mr. Kreis also serves as a Member of the Cowtown Angels investment group and the Portfolio Advisory Board at Texas Women Ventures.

Daniel M. Schmitt,    President & CEO

Mr. Schmitt brings 30 years of successful industry experience in operations management, new product development, and business development, having held senior executive positions in both large pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies, including Fujisawa, Searle / Pharmacia, and Ilex Oncology. During his career, Daniel has led and contributed to the successful development and launch of over 12 pharmaceutical products, and has constructed and executed numerous high value licensing, acquisition, and development deals for biotech and pharmaceutical companies totaling nearly $1 billion in upfront and potential milestone payments.

Mr. Schmitt received his M.B.A and a B.S. in Chemistry and Theoretical Mathematics from West Virginia University, and has held research positions affiliated with the National Foundation for Cancer Research and at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Northwestern University, and as an external expert consultant for the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Mr. Schmitt is also a founding member of Chicago Innovation Mentors.

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