Board of Directors

J. Stark Thompson, PhD

J. Stark Thompson, PhD

Non-Executive Chairman

Dr. Thompson has nearly five decades of corporate leadership and business management experience, dating back to when he joined the DuPont Company in 1967 where he spent more than 20 years. From 1988 until 2000, Dr. Thompson served as President, CEO and board member of Life Technologies, Inc. (LTI; NASDAQ: LTEK). Dr. Thompson has served on and led various boards of directors, including for companies such as Gene Logic, Inc. and Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX). Dr. Thompson received his BS degree from Muskingum University, and his MSc and PhD in Physiological Chemistry from Ohio State University.
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Doug Doerfler

Doug Doerfler

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Doerfler has more than 35 years of experience in the discovery, development, commercialization and international financing of biotechnology products and companies. He was a founder of MaxCyte in July 1998. Previously, Mr. Doerfler was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Immunicon Corporation, a cell-based therapy and diagnostics company. He also held various executive positions with Life Technologies, Inc. that included leading its global businesses, mergers and acquisitions and its IPO. Mr. Doerfler plays an active role as a life sciences industry advocate, serving as Chair Emeritus of the Maryland Tech Council and on the Executive Committees of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Mr. Doerfler received his BS in finance from the University of Baltimore School of Business, and holds a certificate in Industrial Relations.
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Ron Holtz

Ron Holtz

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Holtz serves as MaxCyte’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), having joined the Company in 2005. Previously, he has been CFO of both public and private companies and has raised more than $100 million in debt and equity capital. He also had previous experience with Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Advisory Services Group. He earned an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland, a BS in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Will Brooke

Will Brooke

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Brooke is Executive Vice President and a director of Harbert Management Corporation (HMC), which he co-founded in 1993. With approximately $4 billion under management, HMC sponsors and co-invests in alternative asset strategies worldwide. Mr. Brooke organized and led one of HMC’s investment strategies, Harbert Venture Partners, for over a decade. He has been advising and investing in early-stage and growth companies for more than 20 years, and served on the boards of numerous pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies such as e.g., Aldagen Corporation, Atherotech, Inc. and Emageon Corporation. Mr. Brooke has also served as HMC’s General Counsel, its Chief Operating Officer, and as Chairman of its Real Estate Services subsidiary. Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Brooke practiced law for a decade. Mr. Brooke holds a JD and a BS, both from the University of Alabama.
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Stan Erck

Stan Erck

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Erck is President and CEO, and director of Novavax Corporation. His 35 years of management experience in the healthcare and biotechnology industry include positions at Baxter International, Procept, Integrated Genetics and Iomai. In addition to successfully negotiating major alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and bringing products into clinical trials, he has managed the process of developing companies from private funding through to IPO. Mr. Erck received his BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Art Mandell

Art Mandell

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mandell is a senior executive in the healthcare industry with more than 30 years of experience running companies, executing large corporate and business development deals in both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, and developing and commercializing a number of products. Mr. Mandell served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Prestwick, Mr. Mandell was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Cellective Therapeutics, Inc., which was acquired by Astra Zeneca/MedImmune under his leadership. Before Cellective, Mr. Mandell served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and director of Stemron Corporation, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Mr. Mandell began his healthcare career at Syntex Pharmaceutical Corporation.
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John Johnston

John Johnston

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Johnston is currently a Non-Executive Director of Flowgroup plc, Action Hotels plc and Midatech Pharma plc. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. through 2016 until the successful sale of the company on January 30, 2017. In 2003, Mr. Johnston founded Revera Asset Management, where he oversaw an investment trust, a unit trust and a hedge fund, which he ran until 2007. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Johnston was Head of Small Companies at Scottish Amicable, before spending a year at Ivory and Sime. He joined Legg Mason Investors for three years as director of Small Companies Technology and Venture Capital Trusts, from 2000 to 2003, having previously spent two years as Head of Small Companies with Murray Johnstone. Mr. Johnston began his investment career at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
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