Josh Baltzell, Chairman, Venture Partner at Sightline Partners
Mr. Baltzell is a Venture Partner at SightLine Partners, and also serves as a Venture Partner at Split Rock Partners, LLC. He has been with Split Rock Partners since 2004 and with SightLine since 2014. Mr. Baltzell has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to his tenure in the venture capital industry, Mr. Baltzell held roles as an investment banker at Piper Jaffray Companies from 2000 to 2002, where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions in the medical device sector, as well as various marketing and business development positions with SCIMED and Boston Scientific. Mr. Baltzell currently serves on the boards of Colorescience, EBR Systems, Inc., Entellus Medical (NASDAQ: ENTL), DFINE, Inc., and RF Surgical Systems, Inc. Mr. Baltzell holds a B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
David Hood, Chairman, Audit Committee
Mr. Hood currently serves on the board of directors of Fathom Realty where he has served since May 2019 and as a board member of Rise Against Hunger where he has served since January 2015. Previously, Mr. Hood was a partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, where he served as an audit partner from July 2005 to July 2015 and prior to that he was an audit senior manager from July 2000 to June 2005. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, LLP, Mr. Hood was the vice president of finance at QuintilesIMS (now IQVIA) from July 1993 to July 2000. Mr. Hood was a board member, audit committee chair, treasurer and served on the executive committee at Guilford College from October 2007 to October 2018. Mr. Hood received a B.S. in accounting from Guilford College and is licensed as a C.P.A. in the State of North Carolina.
Adam Gridley, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer – Histogenics
Mr. Gridley has more than 20 years of experience in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Before joining Histogenics, Mr. Gridley served in several senior roles of increasing responsibility at Merz, a privately-held specialty healthcare company focused on the development and commercialization of products for aesthetics, dermatology and neurosciences, where he was most recently Senior Vice President of Technical Operations. During his time at Merz, he served as the global site head responsible for a variety of functions, including R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Operations, Finance and IT. Previously, Mr. Gridley was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for BioForm Medical, Inc. a publicly-traded company that was acquired by Merz in 2010. His responsibilities included all business development, investor relations, strategic planning, and R&D functions, and he was part of the leadership team who led the Company’s IPO and subsequent acquisition by Merz. Mr. Gridley has held several key strategic leadership roles in the orthopedics space during his career including Director of Business Development and Investor Relations at Gliatech Inc. Mr. Gridley holds a B.S. and a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
Susan Washer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation
Ms. Washer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AGTC, where she has served in such capacity since March 2002 and as a member of its board of directors since November 2003. Ms. Washer was also AGTC’s Chief Operating Officer from October 2001 to March 2002. From June 1994 to October 2001, Ms. Washer led two entrepreneurial firms including serving as President and CEO of Scenic Productions and as the Founding Executive Director and then Business Advisor for the North Florida Technology Innovation Center, a public-private organization financing and providing services to entrepreneurial companies licensing STEM based technology from Florida universities. Ms. Washer currently serves on the board of directors of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine. Previously, Ms. Washer served as chairman of the BioFlorida board and the Southeast BIO board and continues her involvement with both organizations as a member of their respective boards.
From October 1983 to June 1994, Ms. Washer served in various research and pharmaceutical management positions with Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly and Company. Ms. Washer received a B.S. in biochemistry from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida.