The Mario Family:
Dr. Ernest Mario: After working as a pharmacist and researcher, Ernest served at a number of drug companies before being named CEO of Glaxo in 1990. During his tenure, Glaxo brought five major new products to market and saw sales and profits increase by 15% annually. Later, Ernest transformed the drug delivery company Alza from a technology boutique into a fully integrated, research-based pharmaceutical company, which was then sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2001. Most recently, he served as Chairman and CEO of Reliant Pharmaceuticals. In 2007, he was awarded the Remington Medal, pharmacy’s highest honor.
Gregory G. Mario: President and CEO of TAXIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. After receiving his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Gregory spent 12 years in life sciences as a sales, marketing, business development, and licensing and acquisition professional.
Alan Wurtzel: Former CEO/Chairman of the Board of Circuit City, where he led the company to become one of the nation’s largest retailers of brand-name consumer electronics and major appliances, as well as personal computers and music software. Alan was responsible for the company's growth from a two store business to a multi-billion chain until his leaving in 1994. Circuit City was profiled as one of 11 companies in the best selling business book "Good to Great" written by Jim Collins. Since then, Alan has been an active investor, providing capital and mentoring to many businesses.
Steve Williamson: Senior Vice President and General Manager of the GYN Surgical Products Division of Hologic Inc. (HOLX), responsible for managing that line of business. Steve previously worked for Novacept (acquired by Cytyc in 2004) in various sales and marketing roles within their surgical products segment. Prior experience includes various sales and marketing roles at companies such as C.R. Bard, Inc. and Imagyn Technologies.
Larry Lewin: Founded The Lewin Group and was its President and CEO through 1999. Larry currently acts as an Executive Consultant assisting organizations in strategic decision-making, program improvement and executive coaching. In his nearly forty years experience, he has directed a wide range of projects in health policy and finance, academic medicine, public and private health insurance, technology and market assessment of medical devices and pharmaceutical products, strategic visioning and planning, and health systems management and governance. A substantial portion of Larry’s work focused on the consequences of shortfalls in our current system of financing health care.
Samuel A. Greco: A seasoned healthcare executive with over 35 years of experience in the provider, service and IT sector of healthcare as a hospital and integrated network CEO, CFO and COO. Samuel has operated in organizations ranging from 200 beds to multi-facility networks with over 2,000 beds. As Sr. Vice President of Financial Operations for Columbia/HCA, he was responsible for the financial operations of the $35+ billion company, which at the time had over 300 hospitals and 125 surgery centers. Samuel was instrumental in establishing the supply chain management departments (today HealthTrust Group Purchasing Group) at Columbia/HCA, building that to the industry standard. He co-founded Healthcare Partners Investments in 2004, a physician owned integrated network in Oklahoma City. Currently, Samuel is the Chief Executive Officer of CareView Communications, Inc. His time and experience in the healthcare industry has helped CareView gain insight to products that would benefit its customers as well as provide access to those in decision making positions.
Seavest Venture Capital: The venture capital arm of Seavest Inc., which has a 30-year history of investing in the healthcare space. Seavest is represented by Nick Segal.