Heidi Kay is the founder and CEO of Jericho Sciences, LLC. She holds a strong patent portfolio in therapeutics and has extensive experience in disease models. From 1998 to 2006, she worked in cancer therapeutics and public health as a faculty member at the University of South Florida, in collaboration with the Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL). Dr. Kay is the lead inventor for novel molecules identified to inhibit signaling targets that limit tumor growth and metastasis in mouse models.
Her independent research focus turned to curative antiviral therapeutics. This work has been supported through NIH small business funding since 2010, following the founding of Jericho Sciences in 2009. Both antiviral therapeutics and diagnostic assays are actively under development, with continuing IP protection.
Dr. Kay earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1999 under the Distinguished Professor, Dr. Brian Stevens (USF). With over 30 years of research and biotechnology experience since working as an undergraduate in cancer research, Dr. Kay is committed and determined to improve therapeutic management of HIV infection for the millions of individuals globally affected.
Esther Alegria is Senior Executive Biopharmaceutical Advisor at Catalyst Excel & Advance (EA) lending her R&D thru Commercialization expertizes of over 28-year experience to establish and start-up pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to becoming a Senior Executive Advisor she was the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Manufacturing at Biogen where she was responsible for the company’s successful manufacturing operations in Denmark, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These facilities cover world-class biopharmaceutical large-scale drug substance, medical devices assembly, finished goods and small molecule manufacturing operations. Prior to her role as SVP, Esther was the Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager of Biogen Idec’s Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina site, and moved to Hillerød, Denmark to lead the start-up of a second large scale facility, bringing it to commercial manufacturing licensure.
Business NC Magazine selected Esther in 2009 as Woman Extraordinaire of the Year for being an influential leader within her company and for her impact on its economic success and forward-thinking strategies. Esther holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii and an Executive Business Management certification from Harvard Business School.
Mark Zorko is a CPA and on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee for Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL). He previously chaired Nom/Gov, Audit and the Strategic Advisory Committees of Perma Pipe Int’l Holdings (NASDAQ: PPIH) in addition to several private company Boards.
He has been a CFO and CIO for manufacturing, business service, health care and high-tech firms. His background includes over 20 years of Board experience. He has also been the interim CEO of Well Services Ltd.
Mark served on the Audit Committee for Opportunity International and the Board of Directors for St. Alexius Medical Center in Chicago. Mark began his career at Arthur Andersen and Honeywell in the U.S. and Europe. He received his MBA in IT from the University of Minnesota and his BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University.