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Gary Pace, Ph.D., J.D.

CEO

Dr. Gary Pace has over 30 years of experience in the life science field, with 20 years of legal and corporate experience and 12 years in biotech research for large and small companies. He is a registered patent attorney with a record of over 40 issued US patents. Since 2001, Dr. Pace has helped many early and development stage companies in the life sciences with their strategic, intellectual property, and transactional activities. He has held executive management positions in several companies, including Novartis Corporation, Gentris Corporation, Quill Medical, Inc., and BASF Corporation. Dr. Pace has a J.D. degree from the School of Law at North Carolina Central University, and his Ph.D. is from North Carolina State University.

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Scott McGinnis

VP of Sales

Scott McGinnis leads worldwide sales activities, including distributorships. He has 25 years of sales experience across leading companies in the life science industry, including Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Essen BioScience, and Sartorius, and expertise in building and leading teams selling instruments in the microscopy, flow cytometry, and bio-analytical fields. He joined Cell Microsystems from Sarcos Robotics, where he was Vice President of Sales through the company’s 2021 SPAC acquisition. Mr. McGinnis earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Holy Cross.

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David Holmes

VP of Product Development

Dr. David Holmes boasts an illustrious career spanning over two decades, commercializing complex biomedical instrumentation for the life sciences. As the Vice President of Product Development at Cell Microsystems Inc., he leads the company's product development activities. Dr. Holmes has held senior technical roles within industry and academia, including positions at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, Singular Genomics Systems Inc., and Sphere Fluidic Ltd. Notably, as the Head of Physics and Engineering at Sphere Fluidic Ltd., he led the design, development, and launch of the company's cell screening platform. At 1859 Inc., he held dual roles as Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Discovery Platform, further enriching his experience in product development. Dr. Holmes not only brings a wealth of experience to Cell Microsystems but also possesses a strong academic foundation, holding a B.Eng. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, a B.Sc. in Neurosciences, and a Ph.D. in Bioelectronics, all earned from the University of Glasgow.

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Jessica Hartman, Ph.D.

Sr. Director of Product Applications

Dr. Jessica Hartman has a Ph.D. in Molecular Cancer Biology from Duke University. As Senior Director of Product Applications at Cell Microsystems, she brings over 15 years of distinguished research and development expertise across diverse fields, encompassing oncology, stem cell biology, toxicology, and regenerative medicine. With a proven track record in both academic and industry environments, Dr. Hartman is dedicated to pioneering advancements in cellular and molecular workflows, particularly focusing on integrating product applications across Cell Microsystems’ portfolio of novel automated instruments.

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Steven Gebhart, Ph.D.

Director of Engineering

Dr. Steven Gebhart has over 10 years of research and development experience in medical and life science product development, with an emphasis in optical imaging, spectroscopy, and interferometry. He most recently served as Manager of Product Development and Manufacturing at Oncoscope, Inc., where he served as principal investigator on multiple NIH and NSF Phase I, II, and IIB SBIR grant awards. Dr. Gebhart has a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he completed his doctoral work in the biomedical optics laboratory of Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Ph.D. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in biomedical engineering.

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Lisa Birkby

Director of Marketing

Lisa Birkby is a driven marketing professional with degrees in marketing, business management, and accounting. Mrs. Birkby has 15 years’ experience working with scientists to help convert complicated scientific messages into engaging content. Her desire is to help promote products that increase efficiency in the lab, leading to faster discoveries in research that will help improve the human condition.

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Gary Pace

CEO at Cell Microsystems

Dr. Pace has been CEO at Cell Microsystems since 2014 and led the reboot of the Company to focus on product applications and automated instrumentation. He has over 30 years of experience in the life science field, with 20 years of legal and corporate experience and 12 years in biotech research for large and small companies. Dr. Pace is a registered patent attorney with a record of over 40 issued US patents. Since 2001 he has helped many early and development stage companies in the life sciences with their strategic, intellectual property, and transactional activities. Dr. Pace has held executive management positions in several companies, including Novartis Corporation, Gentris Corporation, Quill Medical, Inc., and BASF Corporation. Dr. Pace holds a J.D. degree from the School of Law at North Carolina Central University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

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Deval A Lashkari

Senior Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners

Dr. Lashkari, a co-founder of THP, has worked in the life sciences area developing and commercializing novel technologies for over 25 years. He gained experience as an entrepreneur and through senior management positions in a number of life science companies. He was a founding Research Director at Synteni, which was acquired by Incyte Genomics, where he became Director of Product Development. He also worked with Operon Technologies (acquired by Qiagen), leading product development and commercial strategies. Deval has represented THP on the boards of AcroMetrix (acquired by Life Technologies), Agena Bioscience (acquired by Mesa Laboratories), Akoya Biosciences (NASDAQ:AKYA), Althea Technologies (acquired by Ajinomoto), Applied Precision (acquired by GE), Argonaut Manufacturing Services, Aurora Discovery (acquired by NEXUS Biosystems), Asuragen (acquired by Bio-Techne), Cell Microsystems, Community Bio, Dynex, NEXUS Biosystems (acquired by Brooks Automation), Nimble Therapeutics, Precision NanoSystems (acquired by Danaher), RareCyte, Sage Labs (acquired by Horizon Discovery), and SwitchGear Genomics (acquired by Active Motif). He has been an observer on the boards of Dharmacon (acquired by Fisher Scientific) and Carterra. Dr. Lashkari received a BA with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University and currently serves on the Stanford Medical School Alumni Board of Governors.

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Rob J Capone

Venture Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners

Before joining THP, Rob worked as a Partner at Trinity Life Sciences, a consultancy focused on evidence-based clinical and commercial development strategy across therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical technology sectors. Rob worked as a strategy consultant for a total of 10 years, partnering with emerging biotechnology & medical technology companies as well as large, global organizations to inform key decisions on clinical development, launch strategy, market development, brand lifecycle strategy, and promotional campaign development. Prior to working as a strategy consultant, Rob worked at Telegraph Hill Partners for four years as an Associate, working on market analysis, transaction execution, and portfolio company initiatives. Rob worked as an Associate at Telegraph Hill Partners, an analyst at Seven Hill Partners, a boutique investment banking firm focused on life sciences and technology verticals. Rob represents THP on the boards of Cell Microsystems and Emerging Therapy Solutions. Rob holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.​

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Brett Williams

President and CEO at Verogen Corporation

Brett is the President and CEO at Verogen Corporation, a sequencing company advancing next-generation sequencing to help unlock the true potential of forensic genomics. He is a scientist by training, earning his Master of Science is Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology from Queensland University of Technology and an MBA from the Warwick Business School. He worked at Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Life Tech, Thermo, and as CEO at private equity-run portfolio companies.

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Alexander C. Herzick

Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners

Before joining THP in 2009, Alex worked in Business Development in the Oncology/Multiple Sclerosis Group at Genzyme Corporation. At Genzyme, he structured licensing and M&A transactions in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals space. He also worked as a Portfolio Manager at BlueMountain Capital Management and as an Analyst in Investment Banking at Bank of America Securities. In 2021, he moved to North Carolina from San Francisco to open THP’s Research Triangle office. He has represented THP on the boards of Argonaut Manufacturing Services, Carterra, Cell Microsystems, Community Bio, Dynex Technologies and Teknova (NASDAQ:TKNO). He was a board observer at Agena Bioscience (acquired by Mesa Laboratories).Alex holds an MBA with honors from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Duke University.