Hong I. Wan, Ph.D. is president, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tallac Therapeutics. Previously as chief scientific officer and a member of the founding management at ALX Oncology, she led the team to advance ALX148, a best-in-class myeloid checkpoint inhibitor, for multiple tumor indications. Prior to ALX Oncology, Dr. Wan held various leadership positions at Pfizer and Wyeth Research, where she was responsible for the early development and translational medicine strategy and execution across various therapeutic areas. Dr. Wan started her career at Renovis where she led discovery programs in neuroinflammation.
Dr. Pons currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ALX Oncology. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and site head of Rinat (Pfizer), where he was responsible for portfolio delivery from idea to clinical development. He implemented the vision of a company unit following biology across therapeutic areas while generating advanced antibody technologies and turned Rinat into the center of cancer immunology for Pfizer. Dr. Pons is an inventor of fremanezumab, which was approved by the FDA in 2018, as well as two other antibodies in late-stage clinical development and has advanced nine additional antibodies into human trials in multiple therapeutic areas. As Senior Vice President of R&D, he was a member of Pfizer’s World R&D Leadership Team. Before Pfizer, Dr. Pons created and led Rinat’s protein engineering group and was a scientist at Chiron.
Stephanie joined the Lightstone Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures finance team in 2018. Stephanie also serves as the Controller at Morgenthaler Ventures, MPE Partners, and Canvas Ventures. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she focused on multi-national corporate tax provisions as well as corporate, partnership, and high net worth individual tax planning and compliance.
Travis joined the Lightstone Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures finance team in 2018. Travis is responsible for all aspects of accounting, tax, reporting, and compliance for LSV and ATV. Travis also serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Morgenthaler Ventures, MPE Partners, and Canvas Ventures. Travis began his career in PwC’s San Jose office where he spent five years in their Private Company Services group.
Dr. Molineaux is the co-founder, President and CEO of Calithera Biosciences, a start-up company that commenced operations in June of 2010. Prior to starting Calithera, Dr. Molineaux was a co-founder of Proteolix and served as the CSO for two years before becoming President and CEO of the company. Proteolix was acquired by Onyx Pharmaceuticals in November 2009. Prior to joining Proteolix, Dr. Molineaux was Vice President of Biology at Rigel Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2003. Before that, she was Vice President of Biology at Praelux, and from 1994 through 1999, Dr. Molineaux served as Vice President of Drug Development at Praecis Pharmaceuticals. From 1989 until 1994 she was a scientist in the immunology group at Merck, in Rahway, NJ.
Hanson is a Partner of LSV. He assists the LSV medical device team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio company management. He has served in this role since November 2013.
Hanson is also a Managing Partner at The Foundry, LLC, a medical device company incubator and a preferred partner to LSV. Since its inception in 1998, Hanson has led The Foundry in all of its activities. These include the invention, identification and development of new technologies, the formation, financing, and staffing of over twenty new companies, and ongoing support of these new ventures as a board member. Success stories include Evalve (acquired by Abbott), Concentric (acquired by Stryker), Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), Twelve (acquired by Medtronic). At ForSight Labs, an Ophthalmology-focused incubator started by Hanson, Eugene de Juan, MD, and K. Angela Macfarlane, successes include Transcend Medical (acquired by Alcon), Forsight Newco 2 (acquired by QLT), Forsight Vision 4 (acquired by Genentech/Roche), and Forsight Vision 5 (acquired by Allergan).
Prior to The Foundry, Hanson was Vice President of Research and Development at Heartport, Inc., which had a successful IPO in 1996. From 1993-1998, he built and led a 62-person team at Heartport developing a wide variety of novel devices and procedures for minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In 1992-1993, Hanson co-founded and served as Managing Director of Bavaria Medizin Technologie, GmbH in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. In 1991, Hanson co-founded and served as President of Cardiovascular Therapeutic Technologies (acquired by Eli Lilly). From 1985-1990, Hanson worked at Devices for Vascular Intervention (acquired by Eli Lilly) in various engineering, clinical research and marketing capacities. Before joining DVI, Hanson worked in engineering roles at Oximetrix and General Dynamics.
Hanson is a named inventor on over 370 issued US patents. Hanson is a Director of FIRE1, Contego, Reprieve Cardiovascular, Half Moon Medical, Tangible Science, Apreo Health, and Mavericks Endo.
Mark is an Operating Partner of LSV. He assists the LSV medical device team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio company management. He has served in this role since November 2013.
Mark is a co-founder of the Foundry, LLC. The Foundry is the premier medical device company incubator and a preferred partner to LSV. Since its inception in 1998, The Foundry has founded and financed over twenty new medical device companies. Success stories include Twelve (acquired by Medtronic), Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), eValve (acquired by Abbott), and Concentric (acquired by Stryker). Mark joined The Foundry at its inception in 1998. In addition to spearheading the research and invention process on new clinical opportunities, Mark led the early stage effort in The Foundry’s new companies until the company’s CEO and Senior Staff was hired.
Prior to joining The Foundry, Mark served in a founding role as consulting Director of Research and Development for Ventrica, Inc. Previously, Mark was a senior member of the Research & Development team at Medtronic Micro Interventional Systems. Mark joined MIS as one of the initial members of the company’s engineering team and remained there through the acquisition by Medtronic.
Previously, Mark held engineering positions with Devices for Vascular Engineering, Cordis Corporation and the USCI Division of C.R. Bard.
Mark has spent over thirty years in the design, testing and manufacture of medical devices. He is a co-inventor on over 250 issued and pending U.S. patents.
Mark serves as Chairman of the Board for Allay Therapeutics (formerly Foundry Therapeutics 1), is a Director for FIRE1, and Half Moon Medical and is a board observer for Nuvaira and Shoulder Innovations.
Stacy is an Operating Partner of LSV and assists the LSV medical device team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio company management. She joined the LSV team in March 2016.
Since 2013, Stacy has also focused her work on engaging as a Professional Director, serving as an Independent Director and Committee Member for both public and venture-backed private companies across the healthcare ecosystem. Stacy currently serves as a non-executive Independent Director and member of the Compensation and Management Committee for Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), Sonova Holding AG (VTX: SOON), and LivaNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVN). Stacy also serves as Chairwoman of the Board for both CALA Health and Contego, an Independent Director for Vesper Medical, as well as a Director for the Fogarty Institute, a non-profit educational innovator. Past Director appointments include PreCARDIA Inc, (exited to Abiomed), Claret Inc, (exited to Boston Scientific), Spirox, (exited to Entellus/Abbott) FIRE 1, (Covidien/Medtronic Investment), CVI (exited to Covidien/Medtronic) and Solace Therapeutics.
An accomplished executive leader, Stacy has over 25 years in sales, marketing and operational leadership roles building innovative technology portfolios, demonstrated clinical outcomes, exceptional management teams and world-class company cultures. She has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Business and is a frequent speaker on healthcare, innovation leadership and corporate culture.
Prior to Independent Director work, Stacy served as the President of Covidien’s $1.7B Vascular Therapies business. Stacy joined Covidien following its $2.6B acquisition of ev3 Inc., a medical technology start-up that Stacy co-created in 2000 with ev3’s founding team. Over the course of her career, Stacy has been involved in the launch of over 20 medtech technologies, more than 10 substantive M&A transactions, and under her operating leadership, a reputation of achieving world class customer and employee
Stacy’s earlier work in medtech included sales and marketing leadership roles with SCIMED/Boston Scientific and sales and product management roles with American Hospital Supply/Baxter.
Hank Plain is a Special Partner of Lightstone Ventures. He also serves as a General Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, which he joined in 2007 after more than 25 years in the pharma and medical device industry.
Mr. Plain began his career in 1980 with Eli Lilly. He left Lilly to become CEO of Perclose, where he led the company through a successful IPO and acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 1999. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded eight medical device companies along with the team at The Foundry medical device incubator.
Mr. Plain serves on the boards of Earlens, Nuvaira, Moximed and Setpoint. He previously served on the boards of nine companies that were acquired – Claret Medical, Miramar Labs, Twelve Medical, Ardian, Access Closure, Acclarent, Cabochon, EPI and TransVascular.
Mr. Plain is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation in Monterey, CA and the Future Citizens Foundation/First Tee of Monterey County.
Mike is a General Partner and Team Leader of Lightstone Ventures (LSV) and focuses on investments in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors. He is based in the firm’s Menlo Park, CA office, where he also serves as a General Partner at Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV). His representative investments include Allay Therapeutics, Altura Medical (acquired by Lombard), Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), Cala Health, EndoGastric Solutions, Gynesonics, MediSix Therapeutics, MicroVention (acquired by Terumo), Nuvaira, Plexxikon (acquired by Daiichi Sankyo), PowerVision (acquired by Alcon), Second Genome, Shoulder Innovations, Tallac Therapeutics, and Willow.
Featured on the Forbes Midas List of top technology and life science investors, Mike is a recognized thought leader in the industry and a frequent speaker at healthcare conferences. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. In addition, Mike has been heavily involved with several programs at Stanford University including the Stanford Biodesign Program and, more recently, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education (Spectrum). Lastly, Mike served as a Director on the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Board of Directors and remains active in helping to shape policy affecting both innovation and healthcare.
Earlier in his career, Mike served as a Director of Business Development for Inhale Therapeutic Systems (now Nektar Therapeutics, NASDAQ: NKTR), a venture-backed pulmonary drug delivery company that went public in 1994. At Inhale, Mike led partnering activities with a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Mike also was a Principal at The Wilkerson Group, a leading management consulting firm focused exclusively on healthcare. At The Wilkerson Group, Mike helped establish the firm’s offices in London and San Francisco.
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