AZBio Board of Directors

AZBio is Committed to Making Arizona a Top-Ten Life Science State.

Chairwoman:  Kristen Swingle

President & Chief Operating Officer, Critical Path Institute (C-Path)

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"AZBio is the only organization solely focused on providing programs and advocacy to support the bioscience ecosystem in the state of Arizona.  Regardless of a organization's size, area of focus or financial profile, the breadth of programs, events and networking opportunities provided by AZBio is something that every bioscience company, and their supporting partners, can benefit from."

Kevin Parker (Photo by Tavits Photography)

Vice Chairman: Kevin Parker

Vice President, Phoenix Business Operations

Exact Sciences

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Treasurer:  Jeffrey Singleton

 Managing Director, Tax  EY 

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“Building great communities and great businesses start with wise investments.  Arizona’s bioscience industry is built on a foundation of great universities, leading life science institutes and innovative companies that work together to make life better for people in Arizona and around the world.”

Secretary:  Jeff Vallerga

Executive Director, Strategic Alliances

VWR,  part of Avantor

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Immediate Past Chair: Russ Yelton

President, Yelton and Associates

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"The bioscience industry in Arizona continues to grow and thrive due to a continued focus on growing firms in this space by various groups.  AZBio is leading the charge by providing support to life science firms across many areas and ensuring that they have the connections, training and workforce necessary to be successful."

President & CEO:  Joan Koerber-Walker

 Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio)   

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"Arizona is one of the top emerging bioscience states as ranked by BIO and TEConomy  Partners.  AZBio Members work together to make LIFE better for people in Arizona and around the world.  AZBio's role is to help our members to achieve their goals and to make Arizona a top-ten bioscience state." 

Mara G. Aspinall

Founder, Health Catalysts; Co-founder and Managing Director, BlueStone Venture Partners LLC 

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"Arizona - from south to north - is like a hidden diamond in the desert.  The strength of our bioscience economy is only just being recognized by the rest of the country and the world.  We have unique companies and technologies as well as top universities whose stories need to be told more broadly.”

Kiran Avancha, Ph.D., R.Ph, CCRP

Chief Innovation Officer, HonorHealth; Cofounder & CEO, PriZm Therapeutics

HonorHealth   PriZm Therapeutics

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Jennifer K. Barton, Ph.D. 

Director, BIO5 InstituteThe University of Arizona  

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“Arizona’s bioscience institutions are strong individually, and even stronger together. The University of Arizona and the BIO5 Institute are proud to support AZBio, which helps us all reach our full potential.”

James Bates

CEO & Founder

AdviNow Medical, Inc.  

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Peter Bawin

Peter Bawin, MBA

Global VP, Commercial Life Sciences


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Peter Bawin

Tony Caldwell, JD


Snell & Wilmer

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David A. Dexter

General Manager, Joint Ventures, for the Quest Diagnostics Operations in Arizona

President & CEO, Sonora Quest Laboratories, LLC

President & CEO, Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, LLC

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Caron Davis

Vice President of Business Development, City of Hope Phoenix

Vice President of Business Development, Strategic initiatives, TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute)

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Thomas Eisiminger, Jr.

President & CEO

Regenesis Biomedical, Inc.

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Brandy Flores

Senior Manager, Alliance Development - AZ, CA, NV


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Renae Franz


Acacia Consultants   

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Renée Galá

EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

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Shannon Groppenbacher

Director of Healthcare Policy and Advocacy

Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Inc.

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MaryAnn Guerra, MBA

CEO, and founder,   Aesthetics Biomedical   

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"As Arizona works to grow its bioscience industry, AZBio leads the way. My organization and those we support have received benefit from what this organization provides each and every day.  But more importantly, the community benefits through helping support and sustain new and thriving biotech companies."

Jason Jardine

Partner,   Knobbe Martens 

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"Arizona is establishing itself as an up and coming leader in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and other life science industries and AZBio has been an important catalyst to help grow both technologies and companies to make this possible."


Daniel J. Kasprzyk

Co-founder, President & CEO, Symple Surgical   

Co-founder, President & CEO, Poba Medical

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“The challenges building out our bioscience infrastructure in Arizona are offset by the dedicated efforts of AZBio members and the relentless pursuit of life altering solutions in the biosciences. With over 3500+ medical device jobs in the Flagstaff community we are on the right path to compete with Boulder, CO and Minneapolis, MN in the area of workforce preparedness.”

Cathy Langham

President & CEO

Langham Logistics

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Steven Lester, MD

Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Medtech Accelerator
Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic  


Elliott Mufson, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology

Barrow Neurological Institute

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Stephen Munk, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

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Mary O’Reilly, PhD

Vice President, Bioscience Research Programs

Flinn Foundation

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David B. Patience

Senior Director – Head of Business Development and Corporate Development

Accelerate Diagnostics

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Steve Potts, PhD, MBA

Founding CEO

Anticipate Bioscience

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Alex Tessmer (photo by Lindsay Borg)

Alex Tessmer, MBA

Associate Director, Ideation

BD Peripheral Intervention

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Nathan Trembath

General Manager, Phoenix, AZ

Bristol Myers Squibb

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Sandra Watson

President & CEO

Arizona Commerce Authority  

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Kyle Wesley

Kyle Wesley

Senior Engineering Manager | Product Design | Product Development


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Claudia Whitehead

Bioscience Healthcare Program Manager, City of Phoenix

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“The City of Phoenix and its Phoenix Biomedical Campus are proud to be a part of AZBio and the amazing Arizona bio-ecosystem, as we work together to champion the relentless pursuit of delivering life-changing innovations that make a difference in the health of individuals every day.”