AZBio Board of Directors

AZBio is Committed to Making Arizona a Top Tier Bioscience State 

Chairwoman:  Kristen Swingle

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."

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."

Treasurer:  Jeffrey Singleton

 Executive Director,  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

Biotechnology Program Director, VWR  

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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-tier bioscience state." 

Matthew Anderson MD

Matthew Anderson, MD 

Innovation Lead, Banner Health; Division Medical Director

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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 Operating Officer, HonorHealth Research Institute  

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Joel E. Barthelemy

Chief Executive Officer, GlobalMed 

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Allison Barnett

Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Novartis

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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.”

Peter Bawin

Peter Bawin, MBA

Executive Vice President Cord Blood Operations

CBR, A California Cryobank Company

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Jeff Buel

Director Government Affairs at Johnson & Johnson 

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Fredrick “Rick” M. Buss, MPA, CSTM, ICMA-CM

Director Economic Development,  City of Peoria

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Shelby Fletcher

Government Affairs Director, Pfizer, Inc.  

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Theresa W. Fossum, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., DACVS

Vice President of Research and Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Veterinary Surgery,

 Midwestern University  

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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.”

Renae Moomjian

Principal, Acacia Consultants   

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Brian Mower

Chief Financial Officer, Regenesis Biomedical   

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Elliott Mufson, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology, Barrow Neurological Institute

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William F. Mulholland, II

Partner, Snell & Wilmer   

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Stephen Munk, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

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Galen Perry

Vice President, Marketing and Communications 

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) an affiliate of City of Hope

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Elizabeth Sheppard, MBA, HT (ASCP)

Senior Director, Market Access, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc./ Roche Tissue Diagnostics 

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Stephanie Simpson

Director, State Government Relations,  Sanofi US

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Alex Tessmer (photo by Lindsay Borg)

Alex Tessmer, MBA

Senior Manager, Ideation at BD Peripheral Intervention

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Sandra Watson

Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Commerce Authority  

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Kyle Wesley

Kyle Wesley

Global Device Test Applications Engineering Manager,  Medtronic    

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Claudia Whitehead

Economic Development Program Manager, City of Phoenix

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