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Jay B Lichter

Jay B. Lichter, PH.D.

Managing Partner

Jay B. Lichter, Ph.D. is an experienced biotechnology and pharmaceutical business executive and investor with 25 years of experience in management, scientific research, and business development. Throughout his career, Dr. Lichter has applied his exceptional combination of business acumen and deep technical knowledge to creating commercially successful biotech companies and identifying the commercial potential of scientific discoveries at their earliest stages. Dr. Lichter was an Avalon entrepreneur for four portfolio companies in Avalon V, Avalon VI and Avalon VII. Prior to his work with Avalon, Dr. Lichter got his PhD from the University of Illinois and did postdoctoral research at…

Tighe M Reardon

Tighe M. Reardon, CPA

Chief Financial Officer & Managing Partner

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Sanford J Madigan

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Sergio G Duron

Sergio G. Duron, PH.D.

Managing Partner

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Kevin J Kinsella

Kevin J. Kinsella

Founding Partner - Emeritus

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Jason Roland

Jason Roland, Ph.D. joined the Accelerator in 2015 and brings over 10 years of experience leading medicinal chemistry and drug discovery programs. While at the Accelerator, Dr. Roland was involved with the creation of Nerio Therapeutics and Anexigen, where he currently serves as the Director of Chemistry and Drug Discovery. In addition, Dr. Roland was the Director of Chemistry at Calporta Therapeutics (acquired by Merck) and a part of the chemistry team at Sitari Pharmaceuticals (acquired by GSK). Previously, he served as a Principal Investigator at the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr) where he led a series medicinal chemistry…

Jennifer Arthur

Jennifer Arthur

VP, Finance

Jennifer Arthur joined the Accelerator at its inception in 2013. Ms. Arthur has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, including more than 15 years in leadership roles in the life science industry ranging from private start-ups to public commercial organizations. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Ms. Arthur was the Sr. Director of Accounting/Controller for Cadence Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Mallinkrodt Pharmaceuticals). Ms. Arthur received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from UCLA. She is an avid golfer and runner.

Abby Beers

Abby Beers

Sr. Financial Analyst

Abby Beers joined the Accelerator in 2014 and serves as Senior Financial Analyst, supporting all portfolio companies housed under the Accelerator’s management. She received an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Fernando Camejo

Fernando Camejo

Sr. Accounting Manager

Fernando Camejo joined the Accelerator in 2019 and serves as Senior Accounting Manager overseeing the accounting operations. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Mr. Camejo was Lead Accountant at Beckton Dickinson, Senior Accountant at Novartis, and Accounting Manager at Astra Zeneca. He graduated from California State University San Marcos with a B.S. in Accounting. Mr. Camejo is based in the San Diego, CA office.

Stephen Elmendorf

Stephen Elmendorf

Fund Controller

Stephen Elmendorf joined the Accelerator in 2015 and serves as the Fund Controller. Mr. Elmendorf had previously held several positions at DJO in various accounting and information systems areas of focus. He received a B.S. from the University of Southern California and is a California Certified Public Accountant.

Curtis Robak

Curtis Robak

Director, Information Technology

Curtis Robak serves as Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Mr. Robak was Manager of Information Technology for COI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Director, Information Technology in 2017. Mr. Robak worked for L3Harris, a government contractor for the Department of Defense, prior to joining COI Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Robak received a Bachelor’s Degree in IS from Charter Oak State College.

Christy Sayers

Christy Sayers

Executive Assistant/HR Liaison

Christy Sayers joined the Accelerator in February 2016 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO’s of all Avalon BioVentures companies, the CFO, and several senior level executives. Ms. Sayers also assists the finance department with payroll, accounts receivables, and other needed tasks within finance. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Ms. Sayers served as Administrative Assistant at Avalon Ventures for four years. Ms. Sayers holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Lauri Sutor

Lauri Sutor

Sr. Accounting Specialist

Lauri Sutor joined the Accelerator in 2015 and serves as Sr. Accounting Specialist. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration. Lauri has strong experience in similar positions with pharmaceutical and technology companies such as Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Sony Ericsson, and Intuit. Outside of the office, she is raising three teenagers, enjoys spending time with her family, and has a keen interest in nutrition and fitness. Ms. Sutor is based in the San Diego, CA office and handles all day-to-day Accounts Payable operations.

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