Experience. Expertise. Relationships.


Our team of world-renowned physicians, innovators, tech investors and venture capital market managers bring decades of experience developing and commercializing new transformational healthcare innovations.


J Burner Crew

J. Burner Crew
Managing Director 

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Rem Harris

Rem Harris
Managing Partner

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Aaron Kelley

Aaron E. Kelley, CFA, CAIA
Managing Partner

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Raymond R. Rackley, MD, BME
Consulting Managing Partner

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Frank A. Papay, MD, BME, F.A.C.S., FAAP
Consulting Managing Partner

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Marc S. Penn, PhD (BME), MD
Consulting Managing Partner

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Bill Leonard

William J. Leonard

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Gayle Pekkola

Gayle Pekkola

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Jacqueline Di Dillo

Jacqueline Di Cillo
Operations Manager

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Marc S. Byrnes

Marc Byrnes, Chair

  • Chairman Emeritus & former Chairman & CEO, Oswald Companies (ranked among the largest US insurance brokers)
  • Inducted into the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame, 2016
  • Board Member: Cuyahoga County’s Economic Commission Council, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, University School. Past Board Chair of United Way of Greater Cleveland & Cleveland Leadership Center
  • Board Advisor: Nirvana Analytics, Proformex, Tailwind Technologies, Inc., US Bank.
  • BA, Williams College

Toby Cosgrove, MD

Toby Cosgrove, MD

  • Former President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Executive Advisor
  • Recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinical Award, Innovator of the Year Award and Lerner Humanitarian Award
  • Board Member of Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame
  • Named Cleveland Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland and Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year
  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Carmen Fonseca

Carmen M. Fonseca, MD

  • 21 years Vascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Institute Cleveland Clinic
  • Residency and Fellowship Training, Cleveland Clinic: Lipid Research, Cardiology and Interventional Vascular Medicine
  • MD, Ponce Medical School, PR; BA, Washington University, St. Louis


    Pauline Funchain, MD

    • Director of the Melanoma Oncology Program, co-Director of the Comprehensive Melanoma Program, and Director of the Genomics Program at the Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic
    • MD, Ohio State College of Medicine; BA, Pomona College

    Ira Kaplan

    Ira Kaplan

    • Executive Chairman, Executive Committee Member & former ​Managing Partner, Benesch ​L​aw ​F​irm
    • J.D., The George Washington University Law School; BA, University of Rochester

      Stephen McHale

      Stephen McHale

      • Founder & CEO, Unify Labs (nonprofit tech innovation center with mission of powering inclusive prosperity)
      • Former CEO and Chairman, Explorys (an IBM Co.); Everstream; US Connect
      • Board Chair, RxRevu; Board Member: Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Centers for Families and Children, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, JumpStart, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
      • BA, Bowling Green State University


      William Seelbach

      • Senior Advisor, The Riverside Company, (country’s largest PE firm in middle market companies)
      • Former president and CEO of OAI, former president of Brush Engineered Materials, Co-founder and CEO Inverness Partners, founding president of Cleveland Tomorrow
      • Board Member: Fund for Our Economic Future, JumpStart, Playhouse Square Foundation, Team NEO, University Circle, Inc., University School, and several private companies
      • MBA, Stanford GSB; BS, Yale University


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