OFFICERS AND FOUNDERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ross is a global supply chain and operations leader with more than 30 years of experience in the medical device, biopharmaceutical, electronic, semi-conductor, LED and industrial segments. Including Vice President Operations at Heilux, LLC and other various managerial positions at Boston Scientific; Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. and Arctic Cat/ Textron. Ross also was in business development for Honeywell Electronic Materials, a Vice President of Business Development for Precision Diversified Industries and a Sr. Consultant for Andersen Consulting. Ross is also a business advisor for several early stage startups. Ross earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Luther College, a Mini MBA in Industrial Engineering at St. Thomas University and a Executive Supply Chain Management certification from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ross has been certified in Lean Six Sigma, GMP/ISO and Project Management methodology.
Dr. JAMES DUTTON, PhD
VICE CHAIR - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James Dutton PhD leads a research team at the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dutton was born near Southampton in the UK and earned a BSc and PhD in Microbiology at the Cardiff University, Wales. After postdoctoral training at the University of Idaho he returned to the UK and conducted developmental biology research for ten years at the University of Bath. In 2007 he came to the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute where his research group investigates the use of cell reprogramming technology to study and treat diseases that have no current treatments. Dr Dutton also directs the Core Facility for Stem Cell Reprogramming and Translation and the iPSC Automation Facility. He lives with his family in Hudson, Wi.
Sharon Roberg-PereZ, PHD
GENERAL COUNSEL, SECRETARY - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sherry Roberg-Perez, PhD, is an attorney, who represents biotechnology and medical device clients in intellectual property disputes. She is a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP, where she has practiced since earning her JD in 2005. Prior to her legal career, she earned a PhD in Biology from M.I.T., conducted post-doctoral work at Caltech, and worked for two startup companies. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.
TREASURER - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EVP & Chief Financial Officer at SkyWater Technology Foundry
BOARD OF ADVISORS
jEFFREY N. gIBBS
Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.
President & CEO of Biotheranostics, Inc.
dR. sUSAN KEIRSTEAD, phd
University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute - Faculty and Administrator
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP)
Dr. cALEB kENNEDY, phd
Director of Bioinformatics, United Health Group
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Minnesota House of Representatives (former) (1999 – 2015)
Prof. tIMOTHY D. o'bRIEN, DVm,PHD
University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute - Faculty
Division Head, Comparative Pathology, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
VP, Life Sciences and Medical Sales Recruitment at MEDSEARCH Recruiting Services
Sr. Commercial Operations Leader, GE Healthcare Life Sciences
Founder & Principal, Beta Wave Consulting, LLC.
pATRICK wALSH, MS
Researcher, University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute