Gary Karpf – Founder & CEO

Dr. Gary KarpfDr. Gary Karpf established the Cedar Glen Professional Association, a private group psychiatric practice in Princeton, NJ.  He has been named a “Top Doc” by New Jersey Monthly magazine, and has been active with the research of the human responses to pain as well as the biological responses to energy fields. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (physics and natural science, cum laude), and received his medical degree with honors from Hahnemann Medical College/Drexel University.

James Pachence – President

James PachenceDr. James Pachence is a successful medical products executive with over 25 years experience with the management and development of entrepreneurial life sciences companies. Recently, Dr. Pachence has been President/CEO of Southern Lights Ventures NA, a business and product development group having an emphasis on medical device applications.  Previously, Dr. Pachence was the president/CEO of Virium Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on developing novel oncology drugs.  Virium had two products in Phase II clinical development, as well as a pipeline of earlier stage oncology drugs. The company was sold in April 2008.

Dr. Pachence was Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of MediMatrix, Inc., which formed the basis of Integra LifeSciences, a public company focused on tissue repair.  He was Vice President of R&D while at Integra, through its public offering in 1994.  He was responsible for technology licensing, industrial and academic R&D, and product development and developed medical products for applications in general surgery, cardiovascular repair, neural repair, and cartilage repair.  Five of his projects at Integra led to significant commercial products.  His accomplishments include numerous patents, six commercial product introductions, development of more than 15 pre-clinical assessment programs, and development of eight clinical assessment programs.  His academic achievements include 50 major articles, 5 review articles, 6 book chapters, and over 80 presented papers in the field of biomaterials. He is currently on the board of several medical device companies.  Dr. Pachence holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania (received in 1980, magna cum laude).

Robin Karpf – Medical Director

Dr. Robin KarpfDr. Robin Karpf is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Medical Director of The Lawrenceville School since 1994. She was previously in private practice for general psychiatry and co-owned the Cedar Glen Professional Association. Dr. Karpf received her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Montevallo (with honors) and her M.D. from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in 1981 with Honors in Psychiatry and Community Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency (1981-85) at the Pennsylvania Hospital and the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, receiving special recognition for excellence in Adolescent Psychiatry.

Reid McCarthy – Consulting Chief Financial Officer

Experienced in venture development with a specialty in bank and equity financing, organizational design, financial and HR systems. As CFO of Topaz Pharmaceuticals, led multiple company financing deals and successful transaction with Sanofi. Former Founding General Partner, Atlantic Senior Development LLC; former CFO, Graphco Technologies. MBA International Finance – New York University; BA Political Science – University of New Hampshire.

Robin Dvorak – Marketing Advisor

Robin DvorakMs. Dvorak is a seasoned strategic marketing executive with over 18 years of global marketing experience in Fortune 500 organizations as well as small, private companies across the technology and finance industries. She founded, and currently runs Blue Egg Marketing.  Prior to founding Blue Egg Marketing, Robin led marketing for the the Updata brand: Updata Advisors, a leading investment banking firm serving the information technology industry; and Updata Partners, a growth-stage venture capital firm investing in software and software-enabled services companies.  Robin managed marketing and business development programs for a number of innovative technology start-up companies including Citadon (now, CT Space), eGO Vehicles and Linguateq (acquired by Sonus Networks).  She also worked on teams directing AT&T’s sponsorship of several high-profile events including the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, a USO Tour of Kuwait, U.A.E. and Bahrain and the Doral-Ryder Open golf tournament. Robin earned an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.