Dr. Massih Tayebi is Founding Partner and Chairman of the Bridgewest Group. Massih and his brother and Co-founder Masood, create novel businesses with leading-edge processes and technology. Inspired by deep tech, Massih incorporates AI with semiconductor tech and software platforms to enable disruptive new solutions. His vision for creating a better tomorrow drives much of the ideation and innovation success. Massih and his brother have received numerous awards including: the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Electronics Association High Technology Industry Recognition for Telecommunications, the San Diego Venture Capital Success Story, and the Coastline Foundation's Visionary of the Year. Massih earned his M.S., Ph.D. and post-doctoral while in the United Kingdom.
Massih actively supports several philanthropic causes. The Massih & Haleh Tayebi Annual Scholarship fund educates children around the world. He donates to causes benefiting underprivileged children and local and international cultural centers.
Dr. Masood Tayebi is a Founding Partner and CEO of the Bridgewest Group. With his expertise in international business strategy and global operations, Masood is instrumental in leading start-up firms in Biotech and Hitech through market development to outsized success.
Masood's passion for developing sound strategy and agile operations fuels the success of portfolio companies. Prior to Bridgewest Group, Masood and his brother founded Wireless Facilities, Inc., which helped to enhance the lives of billions of people in over 60 countries through pioneering advancements in wireless connectivity infrastructure.
Masood is active in several philanthropic activities. Together with his wife Surinder, the couple founded the Lotus Children Foundation. Additionally, they support local first responders, education, housing, and service member families. Masood enjoys advising and teaching entrepreneurs through one-on-one sessions, as well as volunteering for speaking engagements at various conferences and events.
Masood and his brother received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Electronics Association High Technology Industry Recognition Award for Telecommunications, the Venture Capital Success Story Award by the San Diego Venture Group, and the Visionary of the Year Award by the Coastline Foundation.
Masood earned his M.S. in Electronics Engineering and Ph.D. in mobile radio propagation while in the United Kingdom.
Adam Gickling is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Bridgewest Group. Adam oversees all aspects of corporate finance and operational strategy. Additionally, he is an active contributor to the operational success of the Bridgewest Group's portfolio of companies. Through his business acumen and servant leadership style, he fuels a strong multi-talented organizational structure. With great resourcefulness and a can-do employee outlook, his operational teams (finance, accounting, legal, tax, human resource) empower entrepreneurs to do what they do best - transform a great idea into a powerful solution.
Adam joined Bridgewest in 2000 and has served as an operating CFO for several of the Group's private equity portfolio companies. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the portfolio companies through his extensive first-hand operational M&A and capital raising experience. Adam received his BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
Chandima Mendis is the Head of Bridgewest Group's Fixed Income Portfolio Management business and Capital Markets, focusing on bonds, commodities and currencies. Chandima is responsible for Treasury management and liquidity activities of the Group, as well as coordinating capital market and M&A activities with investment banks and investors. He actively works with the CEOs and business leaders of Bridgewest Group's portfolio companies to strategize and guide them in their growth and capital market activities.
Chandima has over 20 years of experience in institutional portfolio management. He previously worked for several international asset managers, including AXA Investment Managers and Fortis. Prior, Chandima worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He graduated with a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Chelsea Wild, Director of Human Resources at Bridgewest Group, has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience. She oversees all aspects of HR including strategic planning, performance management, staffing, federal and state law compliance, employee benefits, employee engagement, payroll, training and development, and management coaching. Chelsea uses her strong HR background and a blend of experiences to affect positive change in the organization, and to develop an HR team with the right infrastructure to effectively support rapid business growth.
Chelsea has managed HR in small to mid-size companies, spanning various industries including medical device manufacturing, aerospace, and hospitality. Chelsea earned her BS in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix.
Evan Wilson is a Senior Asset Manager at Bridgewest Group. Evan oversees the group's diverse real estate portfolio which includes commercial office, life science and residential properties. With thorough market research and data analysis, plus highly-honed revenue forecasting and expense management skills, Evan maximizes capital deployments while maintaining cash flow. Evan fosters strong relationships with portfolio companies, property managers, leasing agents, brokers, investors and colleagues alike by being knowledgeable, helpful and accurate. His guiding principles, which he instills in his team, emboldens them to achieve positive outcomes and desired investment returns.
Prior to joining Bridgewest Group, Evan oversaw his own commercial real estate brokerage responsible for sourcing investment opportunities in several markets across the country. Evan received his BS in Business from Chapman University.
Jim Edwards is General Counsel of Bridgewest Group. During his more than forty-year legal career, he has held executive and senior legal positions at Cubic Corporation, Kratos Defense, Wireless Facilities, Qualcomm, Wireless Knowledge, Vapotronics, General Atomics and Logicon, Inc.
Jim brings a "business first" approach to the practice of law. He views the legal department as part of the business team. This approach allows for cooperation in achieving a successful outcome in a timely manner. Jim and his legal staff are an integral part of business operations and are valued for their legal advice as well as their business insights. He believes that a sign of success in this integration of the legal team is when the business team routinely invites "their lawyer" into early aspects of the business planning because they value the involvement and not because it is a mandate of the company.
Jim is a graduate of the University of San Diego, School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, and of Colorado State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, cum laude.
John (JR) Robson is the General Manager of Bridgewest Ventures in New Zealand. He oversees operations in New Zealand including debt finance, property, software, and deep technology incubation. JR is also responsible for the deep tech investment program for Bridgewest Ventures in New Zealand.
JR is a finance and investment professional with over 25 years of investment experience across global equity, bond, and treasury/cash management and he has been intimately involved in the start-up community in New Zealand since 2008 through a number of early stage software companies as an executive and non-executive director. JR regularly writes and speaks about technology in a number of forums and is an avid futurist.
JR's areas of expertise are: Economics, Risk & Compliance, Technology Strategy, Risk Management, Financial Governance, Board Governance, Business Management, Investment Strategy, Financial Analysis, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Debt and Equity structuring.
As Finance Manager, Meera Mulchandani leads the finance team at the Bridgewest Group. She overseas financial planning & analysis, corporate strategy, tax & risk management, budgeting, and forecasting functions for the portfolio companies of Bridgewest Group. With a can-do attitude, a penchant to acquire knowledge, and a focus on streamlining processes, she enables companies to respond to diverse and challenging business environments with agility. Stemming from her democratic leadership style, drive towards efficiency, and ability to resolve complex problems, she has a proven track record for steering organizations through accelerated growth.
Prior to joining Bridgewest, Meera had extensive experience in real estate financing, equity and credit markets, and domestic and international investing. Meera is a Chartered Accountant from India and a CFA Charterholder.
Melanie Boudet Hearn spearheads lending practices, as CEO for Bridgewest Finance New Zealand. Her focus centers on New Zealand, where she assists companies in securing funding for medium to large asset backed loans.
Melanie is passionate about her journey towards continuous learning. She enjoys working with others in developing new solutions, especially in high performance environments. Her adept problem-solving skills, business acumen, finance and legal expertise help founder CEOs thrive.
Prior to joining the Bridgewest Group, Melanie worked as a bank restructuring specialist in the UK and New Zealand. There, she managed a portfolio of large, distressed bank customers covering the UK, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and New Zealand for which she won the award for Best UK Private Business Turnaround. Melanie was previously an accountant with Deloitte in their tax and consulting teams. Melanie is a Chartered Accountant and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of NZ.
Rees Ward is Executive Vice President and New Zealand COO at Bridgewest New Zealand. Rees leads the administrative and operational functions and plays an integral role in advancing New Zealand portfolio companies, the technology incubator and the real estate portfolio. His diverse experience in legal, commercial and public sector backgrounds, combined with his genuine passion for New Zealand and positivity, stands him in good stead to inspire and support key initiatives, executives, entrepreneurs, stakeholders and entities. Be kind, be present and persist, are core to the way Rees lives his life and encourages team spirit. He enjoys leading by example, connecting people, and facilitating the ongoing growth of teams, entrepreneurs and businesses to being as successful as possible.
Rees joined Bridgewest in 2017 and has worked to grow Bridgewest Group's activities, investments and operations across New Zealand. Previously, Rees was the founding Director of the Wellington ICT Graduate School and New Zealand's Deputy Consul General to Western USA based in Los Angeles. Rees gained his Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (B.C.A. specializing in Management, Marketing & Japanese) degrees from Victoria University of Wellington.
Saum Vahdat is Managing Partner of Bridgewest Ventures (BV) and CEO of Bridgewest Ventures New Zealand (BVNZ), where he leads investment strategies and incubation programs, including BVNZ's partnership initiative with the Government of New Zealand. As a champion of creative entrepreneurial thinking, Saum enables innovative idea development and new enterprise creation by leveraging strategic business resources and fostering investment in burgeoning deep tech segments. His vision to progress future technologies for the betterment of social, environmental and economic growth, has led to several disruptive new ventures.
With hands-on oversight and pragmatic management methodologies, Saum guides portfolio companies through the common challenges faced by young businesses, to accelerate and improve commercialization timelines. Utilizing a core team culture that capitalizes on development platforms and expertise ecosystems within BV and BVNZ, entrepreneurs, CEOs and partners actively share best practices and business relationships, resulting in heightened product impact and economic success.
Previously, Saum worked with Johnson & Johnson's venture capital platform, assisting with commercialization strategy formation and market research. Prior to J&J, Saum led financial analysis and business development for a global real estate investment firm. Saum graduated from Cornell University with an MBA focused on Finance and is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Selima Abdulla is Controller of the Bridgewest Group. Selima manages the accounting department and oversees all financial reporting for the majority of portfolio companies. As a KPMG alumni with over two decades of audit and tax experience in public accounting, Selima ensures that financial records are US GAAP/IFRS compliant with procedures in place to ensure consistent financial reporting, while maintaining strong segregation of duties to safeguard assets. Most importantly, Selima promotes and instills in her team the Bridgewest Group culture of maintaining high ethical values and integrity when working with portfolio managers, investors, customers, and partners.
Selima joined the Bridgewest Group in November 2018. She has broad accounting expertise across various industries including real estate, construction, aerospace, bio-technology, manufacturing and nonprofit. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She maintains an active CPA license.
Andrew Sims is the CEO and a Co-founder of SuiteFiles. In 2012, Andrew and his co-founder wanted to help small and medium businesses, that didn't have the resources of skilled IT departments, to leverage enterprise workflow systems simply and affordably. As cloud services were just burgeoning, they formed SuiteFiles, an early SaaS document management platform. Since then, Andrew has grown SuiteFiles, adding employees, new services and new customers.
Andrew combines enthusiasm with a strategic outlook to grow the company. He leverages his cloud consulting skills to ensure he and his team are meeting customer needs, and delivering quality and value.
Andrew started his career in the forestry industry before transitioning into senior management roles within global IT companies. He brings a professional and pragmatic approach to his business, stemming from the variety of industries in which he has worked. Andrew has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Canterbury and his MBA is from Massey University.
Andy Lin is President and Chief Executive Officer at Provoke Solutions. Andy provides strategic direction and oversees all aspects of Provoke's business. Through his focus on driving compelling go-to-market offerings and developing leadership capabilities with his team, Andy instills client-centricity and accountability. With a strong technical background, Andy deeply understands what clients desire: delightful experiences that are at the intersection of technology, business strategy, and creative design. Andy's ability to balance tactics and strategy has led to his track record of driving hyper-growth for technology and management consulting businesses, breaking through revenue plateaus to reach new inflection points.
Andy joined Provoke in 2021. Prior to Provoke, Andy was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at another services firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he helped the CEO develop and pivot to a new go-to-market. This resulted in a 38% CAGR between 2017 and 2020. He brings an abundance of expertise and experience through his nearly 30 years of serving in nearly every consulting position in the industry, starting his career as a software engineer with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and span of control. Andy received his BA in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
As President, Zhan "Benjamin" Zhang drives the development of Chaoyang, focusing on growth opportunities by simplifying and enhancing power delivery and audio UI for complex and feature rich electronics through proven innovations. Working towards his vision to integrate power systems onto semiconductor chips, in the pursuit of smaller size and higher efficiency, plus smart audio for enhanced user experience, Benjamin leads a talented, like-minded team at Chaoyang.
Benjamin comes to Chaoyang from ABB Group, a publicly listed company, operating in 100 countries. At ABB, Benjamin was the Asia Pacific Business Leader for its Power Conversion BU. He is credited with developing and executing the business' long term strategy in Asia for sustainable growth, with the main product portfolio on AC-DC and DC-DC power solutions serving telecom, datacom and industrial customers. In his various operating roles, Benjamin always made sure to learn the technology and the market, in addition to having a good grasp of the industrial trend for correct decision-making and business success. His experience with power electronics and international companies makes him invaluable to Chaoyang, combining both a global sales perspective as well a unique China/APAC perspective.
Benjamin graduated from Zhejiang University with both a Bachelor and Master's degree in Power System Automation and Power Electronics. Additionally, in 2012 he graduated with an MBA from Fudan University & BI (Norwegian) Business School.
Benny Malek is President, CEO and a Co-founder of Wavious. Wavious is an agnostic chiplet platform that provides Silicon in Package (SiP) solutions that are extremely power and performance efficient, serving application specific market solutions from edge/core to cloud. The semiconductor industry is undergoing a paradigm shift. The chiplet concept is gaining momentum as the deep learning revolution accelerates and lower technology migration challenges continue to persist. The strength of the Wavious vision, plus an innovative team with a proven track, are the driving forces positioning Wavious as the market leader that is solving the challenges associated with the shift in the semiconductor market to chiplets.
Benny has co-founded multiple successful ventures, including Rapid Bridge, a partnership with Bridgewest Group, which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011. Benny has more than 37 years of experience and accumulated knowledge in the semiconductor industry. Prior to Wavious, Benny served as VP of Technology at Qualcomm.
Debby Murphy is Founder and President of OpsCentral, an intelligent data aggregation and visualization platform that improves incident outcomes by providing first responders with the right information at the right time. Two decades in the digital space with expertise in custom software delivery and operations, combined with her work history at Fire & Emergency New Zealand, drove Debby to launch OpsCentral. Born out of another Bridgewest Group portfolio company, OpsCentral embodies the tech savvy and heart of Provoke Solutions for creating services that empower our heroes to save lives.
Previously, Debby was a member of the Executive Team at Provoke Solutions. As the Senior Vice President of Product & Strategic Solutions, she was responsible for product ideation, commercialization of intellectual property and new business incubation. Her latest achievement resulting in the inception of OpsCentral.
Throughout Debby's many accomplishments, her ability to creatively distil clarity from clutter drives her effectiveness at strategy development and execution. Debby has an honors degree from the University of Cape Town, which underpins her passion for research and design. Coupled with her innate customer centricity, she is adept at transforming market opportunities into purpose-driven product visions. Debby's energetic and authentic leadership style is well suited to a start-up environment. Her ability to motivate and empower staff fosters the mindset required for successful product development.
Haijun Dong is CEO of Bioduro-Sundia, a leading contract research, development, and manufacturing organization (CRDMO) that provides biopharmaceutical partners with fully integrated services to support drug discovery, development, and manufacturing for both drug substance and drug product.
Previously, Haijun was CEO for over 5 years at PharmaBlock Sciences, Inc., a public company listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The positions he held before that, includes among others, Senior Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Connecticut; Senior Principal Scientist at Roche in New Jersey; Head of DMPK and Drug Safety at Roche China R & D in Shanghai; Chief Operating Officer at Eli Lilly China R & D Center in Shanghai.
Haijun received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his MBA from China Europre International Business School in Shanghai.
Ian Wisenberg is CEO of BioCina. Ian has been an integral leader charting innovation and growth across several Bridgewest Group biotech companies. As CEO for BioCina, he leads a highly accomplished team, recognized for its strong history as a multi-product biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO).
Ian's philosophy "never do tomorrow what you can do today," has fueled his entrepreneurial successes. Prior to taking the helm at BioCina, Ian was founder and Chief Business Officer of BioArdis, a preclinical biopharmaceutical development company of the Bridgewest Group. He transitioned to this new role from Chief Financial Officer at BioDuro after the Bridgewest Group sale to Advent International in 2019.
Previously, Ian ran a very successful consulting practice, BioGlobal Consulting Group, which had an extensive client list of biotech and pharma companies in the USA and abroad. His career spans over three decades in international business with an emphasis in finance, capital formation and business development. Ian is from Cape Town, South Africa, and attended the University of Cape Town.
Dr. Jay Short is Co-founder of BioAtla and Co-inventor of the BioAtla's patented Conditionally Active Biologics (CAB) platform. He also cofounded Diversa Corporation (now BASF), a pioneering developer of enzymes, antibodies and biologically active compounds, and served in multiple roles including CEO, President and CTO from 1994 to 2005. He led Diversa's public offering, raising over $200 million, which was the largest biotechnology IPO at that time. Prior to Diversa, Jay served as President of Stratacyte, an antibody engineering company and subsidiary of Stratagene (now Agilent), which together with Scripps Clinic was the first to clone and screen human antibody libraries in E. coli. Jay received his B.A in Chemistry with Honors from Taylor University. At Case Western Reserve University he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry with additional studies in Macromolecular Science. He is the author of more than 100 publications and is the inventor of over 500 issued patents.
Kedar Muley is the Chief Business Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of BioArdis, a biotech company founded by Bridgewest Group with a vision to significantly improve cancer patient lives with best-in-class oncology therapies. BioArdis's portfolio of therapies include multiple drug products targeting functions that are critical to tumor survival and persistence, and a deep pipeline of cell therapies that empower patient immune systems to target and eradicate solid tumors with highly specific homing and binding capabilities. In his role, Kedar is focused on building BioArdis and advancing its therapies into clinical trials towards ultimately delivering safe and efficacious therapies to cancer patients.
Kedar is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of biopharma, investment banking and strategic advisory experience. He spent eleven years with J.P. Morgan where he advised companies on corporate strategy, portfolio assessment and partnering, financing alternatives and mergers and acquisitions. Kedar executed nearly twenty biopharma transactions totaling over $200 billion in value throughout his tenure. Most recently, Kedar independently advised biotechnology companies on corporate development, strategy and financial planning. Kedar holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Physics from The University of Chicago.
Matt Hayter is Co-founder and CEO of the cloud-based SaaS platform, Projectworks. Matt's primary role is a mix of the day-to-day management of Projectworks, and driving the company's strategy and aggressive growth plans. In 2020 Matt helped grow the company's annual recurring revenue by 10x and break into multiple new markets.
On any given day you'll find Matt joining sales calls, working with customers, writing marketing copy, designing new product features, and when he's lucky, on the tools cutting code. His primary skills involve bridging the gap between business and technology, holding a degree in business but working for many years as a developer, and a solution architect. Matt's leadership approach is simple; hire great people who share the same vision, and then get out of their way.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with Information Systems and eCommerce from Victoria University of Wellington.
Omid Tahernia is CEO of Endura Technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in leading global high technology organizations and businesses providing systems and semiconductor solutions - both in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to Endura, Omid was CEO and Director of Ikanos Communications (NASDAQ: IKAN) which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2015.
Previously, Omid served as President and CEO of Tilera Corporation, as well as Vice President and General Manager of a newly created DSP Division of Xilinx. Prior, Omid spent 21 years at Motorola in both the equipment and semiconductor segments. He held a variety of positions at Motorola including running a nearly $1 billion wireless chipset business in the company's semiconductor unit, as Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Division. Omid holds thirteen U.S. patents, a B.S.E.E. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and an M.S.E.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Themos Pentakalos is the CEO of Hyperio.ai. Themos cofounded Hyperio together with Bridgewest Group to address the rising desire for lead generation, across portfolio companies as well as for all other technology companies that are rapidly growing. In the last 8 years, Themos has held multiple C-Suite positions with B2B software companies. In that time, he has been directly involved in 15 M&A transactions and has helped multiple software companies achieve significant organic and acquisition-based growth through the implementation of best practices.
Themos has worked in Technology for 30 years across several industries, including consumer electronics, financial services, healthcare, automotive, entertainment, and public utilities. He has held management positions in multiple Fortune 500 companies and has also served as a Board advisor for multiple software companies.
Thomas Clyma is Co-founder and CEO of TheTestMart. Thomas has over 20 years of experience in information technology with extensive knowledge of large scale ERP and CRM deployments and the challenges inherent in such complex deployments. He understands the challenges that software presents to an organization with a dynamic testing regime. Thomas uses the detailed knowledge of software testing to design and refine the offering for TheTestMart, and to create a business focused on helping SaaS ERP customers navigate the world of continuous release management.
Thomas has held a number of senior positions across several large software integrators such as Fujitsu, Datacom and DXC Technology, prior to co-founding TheTestMart.
Behrooz Abdi is an entrepreneur in the high-tech industry. In the last decade he has invested, or has served as an officer or board member, for a number of private and public companies, several of which have been acquired, creating billions of dollars of cumulative value for investors. Behrooz was most recently General Manager of the Micro Electro Mechanical Systems ("MEMS") Sensor Business Group of TDK Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of InvenSense, Inc., which was acquired by TDK for $1.3 billion in 2017. Prior, Behrooz was Chief Executive Officer and President of network processor company RMI Corporation and Executive Vice President of the company's acquirer, NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a semiconductor company. Behrooz was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies at Qualcomm Incorporated. He worked at Motorola Inc. for 18 years, where his last role was Vice President and General Manager in charge of the mobile radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits product line. Behrooz holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University - Bozeman and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bill Strauss has over 35 years of experience in starting, operating, and growing many successful private and public companies. As the Co-founder and CEO of ProFlowers.com/Provide Commerce (NASDAQ:PRVD), Bill's vision revolutionized and helped reshape the future of the online flower industry. His leadership and business model greatly reduced and eliminated many typical costs factored into traditional retail business models, resulting in a much better quality product at a lower cost to consumers. Prior, Bill was a member of senior management at Intuit where he built the infrastructure that supported the growth from $50 million to $750 million in annual revenues in less than 5 years. Bill also served as the Vice President of Operations for Hanover Direct in the early 90's, where thanks to his excellent leadership the company saw growth from $250 million to $1 billion in annual revenues in just over a three-year period. Bill served as a board member for ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) from 2011-2017 where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He was also CEO for Shoedazzle.com. Bill holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Syracuse University.
Cyrus Mirsaidi brings both practical and strategic senior management experience for young start-ups to fortune 100 companies, with a proven track record in Biotech. As an Operating Partner for Bridgewest Group, Cyrus provides a wealth of industry knowledge and leadership insight, guiding CEOs of Bridgewest Group portfolio companies in complex business matters. In addition, Cyrus currently serves as a Board Advisor for BioDuro-Sundia, after serving as President and CEO for the company for over 5 years. He held several senior level management positions in his ten-year career at Nichols Institute Diagnostics (a division of Quest Diagnostics). As general manager and executive director at Ontogen, a small molecule discovery company, he managed operations of a subsidiary focused on high throughput synthesis and purification of novel chemical compounds. Cyrus served as Vice President at AltheaDx, a spin-out from Althea Technologies, a San Diego biologics GMP manufacturing company, and most recently served as CEO and founder of Molecular Response, LLC, a CRO focused on translational oncology.
Farzad Ghassemi has over 30 years of leadership experience with a proven track record encompassing pioneering roles in technology development and commercialization, operations, business development, and executive management. He has been instrumental in the formation and success of many startups, public companies, and high-profile entrepreneurial partnership with an in-depth knowledge and experience in key critical areas that determine and drive success in rapidly evolving business environments with focus on competitive landscape, technology, regulatory, business planning, capitalization, and execution.
Most recently, Farzad was the Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Technology Associates (GTA), a high-end technology consulting firm which was recently acquired by Kelly Services. Prior to founding GTA in 2006, he served as the President of Wireless Network Services at WFI, a global telecom outsourcing firm, where he was responsible for the company's WNS Business Unit with annual revenue of $290 MM.
Farzad received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA in Management from Strayer University. He has served on the Board of several Human Rights Organizations around the world.
Saeed Khorami serves as Operating Partner in multiple portfolio companies for the Bridgewest Group. He is responsible for driving the growth strategy in close collaboration with the management teams. Before re-joining Bridgewest Group, Saeed was the CEO of Skyriver Communications, a Bridgewest Group portfolio company, where he led the company's growth strategy until its successful exit in 2018, through its innovative and pioneering ventures in 5G millimeter wave (mmW) broadband communications. Previously, Saeed was a member of the investment team in Bridgewest Group focusing on emerging wireless and semiconductor technologies. Prior, he was a leading member of the broadband wireless group at Wireless Facilities, Inc., a global leader in telecommunications services. Saeed has over 20 years of experience operating technology companies and has served on the Boards of multiple companies in various technology sectors including wireless communications, semiconductor and software. He holds Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.