Samira Kaissi

Samira started her career in California with a Ph.D. and postdoc in Molecular Biology (Viral Gene therapy) from USC and UCLA.  Her journey has since spanned three continents and grew into various leadership roles such as national support manager and global marketing manager at Beckman Coulter in the United States; assistant professor and director of research at the American University of Beirut Medical Center; and finally to Ireland where she was a Site Lead at Becton Dickenson-Gencell and director of BD’s Research Center Ireland.  Recently she held multiple CEO roles at medical device startups such as Cala Medical (developing a novel blood purification cartridge for sepsis) and Capri Medical (developing an implantable neurostimulation device for migraines).  She also works with Enterprise Ireland as a commercial lead to support potential spinouts from Irish universities. Samira continues her foray into the exciting world of medtech and biotech entrepreneurship by joining the team at Lightstone Ventures as an EIR in 2022, where she hopes to play a role in transforming innovative ideas into health improving and life saving products.

Caroline Gaynor

Caroline joined Lightstone Ventures in 2017 and evaluates new investment opportunities in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors out of the firm’s Dublin office.

Caroline has over 10 years’ operational experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Caroline spent 9 years at Bayer Healthcare, most recently serving on the board of senior management of Bayer Ltd. Ireland as head of market access, pricing and reimbursement. During her time in pharma she held a number of operational roles, predominantly focused on oncology, such as product management, strategic marketing, business development and regulatory affairs. Prior to Lightstone, and following completion of her BioInnovate fellowship in 2013, she co-led R&D on a device targeting Acute Pancreatitis and was subsequently involved in early pre-clinical, strategic clinical and commercial development at Vetex Medical..

She currently serves as a director on the board of Catamaran Bio Ltd., Parvalis Therapeutics and ProVerum.  She is an observer to the board of Carrick Therapeutics, Cerevance, and FIRE-1. She also previously served on the board of ALX Oncology. She is a member of the BioInnovate Ireland Board of advisors.