Meet the Magnify Advisory Board
CEO, MedTech Innovator
Paul Grand is CEO of MedTech Innovator, the medtech industry’s global competition and accelerator, with a mission to accelerate the development of transformative innovations that benefit patients and deliver improved value to the health care system. Prior to MedTech Innovator, Grand was Managing Director at RCT Ventures, an early-stage life science investor since 2005.
Associate of Osage University Partners
Anurag joined Osage University Partners in 2017 as an Associate and focuses on life science investments. Prior to joining Osage, Anurag was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group where he worked with healthcare and private equity companies to advise them on corporate growth strategy, business development, portfolio management, and M&A projects.
Leader at W.L. Gore & Associates
Linda Elkins’ career spans 17 years, in which she’s served in multiple roles at W.L. Gore & Associates. In the Sunnyvale, CA based Medical Products Division, Linda led new product development teams from ideation to commercial launch; drove technical resourcing for manufacturing engineering; and owns 2 patents, including work on endovascular repair of aneurysms approximate to side branch vessels.
Professor of Chemistry, UCLA
Michael E. Jung is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received a B.A. from Rice University working with Richard Turner on polyolefinic cyclization to diterpenes of the kaurene type. As an NSF Predoctoral Fellow, he worked under the direction of Gilbert Stork at Columbia University, receiving his PhD.
Principle with Morpheus Ventures
Howard is a Principal with Morpheus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Los Angeles that focuses on early stage technology investments. He currently serves on the Board of Champion Technology Company as well as a Board Observer at Bridg. Howard was previously with Mission Ventures, a leading Southern California early stage venture capital firm.
COO, Experien Group
Jessica is Chief Operating Officer at Experien Group and is charged with expanding the firm’s business development activities and directing strategic growth initiatives. She works closely with the founders and executive team on thoughtful expansion and management responsibilities such as planning, hiring, business operations and performs due diligence.
VP of Investments, Johnson & Johnson
Renee is Vice President of Investments at the Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, and is based at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in California. Renee supports the investments for JNJ’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics businesses and is a passionate supporter of medical innovation. Formerly, Renee was a Managing Director at Baird in Palo Alto, CA overseeing the medical device investment banking practice.
Associate Director, California NanoSystems Institute
Leonard H. Rome, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He served as the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine from 1997 to 2012. His laboratory research at UCLA centers on a novel cellular organelle called a “vault” which he and a former postdoc, Dr. Nancy Kedersha, discovered in 1986.
Principle, Ulmer Ventures
Kwame Ulmer is a Venture Partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health and the Principal at Ulmer Ventures. Kwame brings nearly twenty years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and private sector, and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies. Kwame spent 12 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Managing Partner, Embark Ventures
Yipeng Zhao co-founded and works as a Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. He brings a wealth of financial expertise and global experience managing frontier tech start-up portfolios. A credit to his global strategy, Yipeng actively facilitated private equity investments in both China and the US while working at ZMXY Global Investment, Inc. as their Executive Vice President.