AZBio Welcomes 2012 Board of Directors

2012 Leadership Team supports AZBio in  providing access to the key resources, connections, and information that support AZBio Members’ ability to Connect, Collaborate, Innovate and Succeed thus supporting the growth of a thriving economic ecosystem for Arizona’s Bioscience Industry.

Arizona – January 30, 2012

AZBio, The Arizona BioIndustry Association, today announced its 2012 leadership team and key programs for Arizona’s centennial year.

“Our community is honored to have the support of these committed leaders” shared Glen Galster, co-founder of Algae Biosciences Incorporated and AZBio Board Chairman.  “They represent leading companies and institutions from across our state and across our industry. Together we will continue to support Arizona bioscience industry growth and the companies and organizations that are making it happen.”

The Arizona bioscience industry covers a broad spectrum from leading research institutions, to innovative companies, best in class research universities, and the companies that support them.

Across the state, new technologies are being developed, are being delivered, and gaining national recognition in the fields of agriculture, green energy, and healthcare . Supporting these companies as they continue to gain momentum is AZBio’s role.

From convening the community at educational events on a regional basis, recognizing excellence with  statewide technology expositions and awards as well as  serving as an information resource partner for legislators, the media, partner organizations and economic developers, AZBio is the nexus that connects this growing sector.

“In 2012, AZBio will continue its support of Arizona’s bioscience industry growth with visits to leaders in Washington, D.C. in April, the 2012 AZBio Expo in May, partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority to present the Arizona bioindustry to the world in the Arizona Pavilion at the BIO International  Convention in Boston in June, shine a spotlight on Arizona’s leading companies, researchers, and educators in September, and recognize our state’s Legislative Trailblazers in December.  In between,  we will be spreading the word and  keeping our community in the loop with the latest news and information about what’s hot in the Arizona Biosciences,” shared Joan Koerber-Walker, AZBio president and CEO. “These activities create opportunity for companies from across the state to get connected, to create partnerships, and to move forward faster.  Arizona’s bioscience industry is more than just science.  It’s about cures for our healthcare challenges, increasing food production to address the world hunger crisis, and finding new clean energy sources from bio-based materials. These lead to new industries, high paying jobs, and a better tomorrow not just here in Arizona, but across the world.”


The 2012 AZBio Board of Directors

Chair:  Glen Galster
Algae Biosciences Incorporated

Treasurer:  Phil Howard
Assurance & Advisory Business Services Senior Manager
Ernst & Young  Bio Sketch
Secretary:  Halina Janus
Halina Janus and Associates Bio Sketch
Nominating and Governance:  Michael Mobley, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, M.J. Mobley Consulting, LLC    
COO, eHealth Nexus  BioSketch
President & CEO:  Joan Koerber-Walker, MBA
Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio) Bio Sketch
 Robert T. Bosserman, J.D.
 Founder, Chairman and CEO
 Medelis, Inc.    Bio Sketch
Lee Cheatham, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University   Bio Sketch
Joseph “Jay” Ennesser
Vice President, Smarter and Innovation Alliances, Senior Location Executive – IBM Phoenix
IBM Bio Sketch
Greg Garcia, Esq.
Member of the Board of Directors
Invoy Technologies, LLC
William Gartner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Provista Life Sciences, LLC  Bio Sketch
Jim Harris, MBA
Vice President, Business Development
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)  Bio Sketch
Laura Huenneke, Ph.D.
Vice President  of Research
Northern Arizona University   Bio Sketch
Don Isaacs
Vice President of Communications
SynCardia Systems, Inc.   Bio Sketch
Mario Martinez, II
360 Vantage  Bio Sketch
Robert E. Kennedy
Managing Partner
MatchPoint Associates, LLC
Margo Lunsford, J.D., MBA
Director of Business Technology
Calimmune, Inc.
 Jon McGarity
President & Chief Executive Officer
EthiX Associates Bio Sketch
Phillip C. Miller, B.A., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Technology & Applied Research
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana). Bio Sketch
Randal Schulhauser
Sr. Manager of Technology & Business Development
Medtronic Tempe Campus   Bio Sketch
Joan Rankin Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix  Bio Sketch
Virginia Rybski
 CEO and President
Regenesis BioMedical, Inc.   Bio Sketch
Janet Spear
Phoenix Plant Manager
Celgene Corporation Bio Sketch
Sandra Watson
 Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Commerce Authority    Bio Sketch
Russ Yelton
President & Chief Executive Officer
Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technology    Bio Sketch

About AZBio:

AZBio is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 6 trade association promoting the growth of Arizona bioscience companies.  The Association is comprised of Member organizations in business, research and education, economic development, government, and other professions involved in the biosciences.  As the unified voice of the bioscience industry in Arizona, AZBio strives to make Arizona a place where bioscience organizations can grow and succeed.

We accomplish this by…

  • creating a forum for the bioscience community to join together to engage, connect and collaborate.
  • educating policy makers and the public about the benefits of our industry to the community.
  • advancing the economic interests of individual organizations as well as the sector as a whole.

As the state affiliate in Arizona of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the preeminent national association for biotechnology companies, and of AdvaMed, the largest association representing manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products and medical information systems, AZBio has access to information, contacts, resources, cost saving programs, and access to a global bioscience community to which we can connect Member companies.

Learn More About AZBio and Arizona’s BioIndustry at

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