Who We Are

Heidi Kay is the Founder and CEO of Jericho Sciences, LLC. She holds a strong patent portfolio and has nearly 30 years’ experience in cancer and antiviral research. She was formerly a faculty member at the University of South Florida in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and in Global Health where she collaborated with researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Research Center as a lead inventor for small molecule inhibitors of STAT3 Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription. Dr. Kay’s current focus is toward “curative” strategies for HIV-1 infection, including strategies for long term remission and reductions of persistent sources of virus production.

Dr. Kay earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1999 at the University of South Florida (Tampa) under the Distinguished Professor, Dr. Brian Stevens.

Esther Alegria is a BioPharma strategic leader, with over 30 years’ experience in pharmaceutical company research, development and commercialization. Esther was previously the Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager of Biogen Idec’s Research Triangle Park, North Carolina site, then moved to Hillerød, Denmark as the Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing to lead the start-up of a second large scale facility, bringing it to commercial manufacturing licensure. She is currently the CIO of APIE Therapeutics, Inc. and a Board Member for Steris and for Avid Bioservices.

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 is on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee for Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL). He previously chaired Nominating/Governance, Audit and the Strategic Advisory Committees of Perma Pipe International 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 on 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.

Deanna Kulpa received her doctoral degree in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kulpa’s postdoctoral studies were directed by Dr. Kathleen Collins, focusing on mechanisms of immune system evasion by HIV, and then by Dr. Rafick Sékaly, focusing on development of in vitro and ex vivo assays to study HIV latency. Currently, Dr. Kulpa is an Associate Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and  at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology .

Dr. Kulpa’s research focuses on defining the mechanisms that promote virus persistence for people living with HIV under the current standard treatment of care. Her goal is to identify and evaluate clinical therapeutic strategies toward reducing or eliminating HIV. Dr. Kulpa is a member of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Virology.

Shane Cortesi is a registered Patent Attorney who advises inventors and entrepreneurs on protecting and licensing their inventions and other intellectual property. A 2005 graduate of The George Washington University Law School, Shane also holds a Master’s in Biotechnology from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Miami University. 

Wright, Cortesi & Gilbreath was established in January 2023 to combine support across intellectual property, patent law, general litigation, employment, corporate, trust and estate matters. Previously, Shane operated Cortesi Law for 12 years, following his large firm experience in New York. He has subsequently filed and been granted over 100 patent and trademark applications on behalf of small, medium-size and large companies. Shane also provides counsel for securing agreements, forming business entities and advising on legal matters.