Brian Sullivan, CEO and Co-Founder
Brian has over 25 years of experience founding and building successful technology companies. He was chairman and CEO of Sterilmed, a medical device company, from 2003 until its sale to Johnson & Johnson for $330 million in 2011. Previously he was cofounder and CEO of Recovery Engineering, a filtration company that he took public and subsequently sold to Proctor and Gamble for $265 million in 1999. He has received five U.S. patents and has three patents pending. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in economics.
Lance Laing, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder
Lance career spans more than 15 years in drug discovery research and technology development. He received his doctorate in biophysics and biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University and completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University Medical School. He has received 17 U.S. patents and has an additional 31 PCT patents pending. His drug discovery research career began at Scriptgen/Anadys Pharmaceuticals (purchased by Novartis), where he worked under Professor Peter Kim, the recently retired president of Merck Research Laboratories. Most recently, Lance served as an executive director for an international drug discovery and development company.
Lance has built a world-class science team that includes drug discovery, cell signaling, high-throughput drug screening, molecular oncology, and human primary cell culture scientists.
Maureen Cronin, Director
Maureen retired in 2017 as Executive Director of Research Informatics at Celgene Corporation, where she had served since 2012. Maureen’s career spans more than 25 years in biotechnology research and development and drug discovery research. She has served at seven biotechnology or molecular diagnostics startups, including service as a senior research executive at two leading oncology precision medicine diagnostics companies. From 2001–2010, she was Vice President of Research at Genomic Health, Inc. and from 2010–2012, she was Vice President of Research and Development at Foundation Medicine, Inc. Her technology research and development career began at Affymetrix (purchased by Thermo Fisher). She currently serves as a director of a privately-held company. She received her doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from University of California, San Diego as a Regents’ Fellow and completed a UCSD post-doctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA Hospital. She has been named an inventor on 17 U.S. and 11 European patents and has authored or coauthored more than 40 peer reviewed publications. Her work at diagnostics and drug development companies gives her unique expertise and experience in developing and delivering precision medicine tests.
David F. Dalvey, Director
Dave has served as a member of Celcuity’s board of directors since February 2014. Dave has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of corporate finance and venture capital, working primarily with growth-oriented technology and life-science businesses. He has over 10 years of corporate finance advisory experience with two national investment banks, completing over 150 individual transactions. He has been the General Partner of Brightstone Venture Capital, a venture capital management company, since September 2000. Brightstone is a 25 year old venture capital management company that has raised and managed ten venture partnerships. Dave received a B.S. in Business/Management Economics from University of Minnesota and an MBA—Business & Finance, from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Richard J. Nigon, Director
Dick is currently Senior Vice President of Cedar Point Capital, LLC., a private company that raises capital for early stage companies, where he has served since 2007. Dick has also been a board member for Tactile Systems Technology since September 2012 and Northern Technologies International Corp. since February 2010, including its non-executive Chairman of the board of directors since November 2012. Dick also serves as a director of several private companies. Mr. Nigon previously served as a board member for Vascular Solutions, Inc. until it was acquired by Teleflex, Incorporated in 2017 and as a board member for Virtual Radiologic Corporation until it was acquired in 2010. From February 2001 until December 2006, Dick was a Director of Equity Corporate Finance for Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, a privately held investment firm, which was acquired in December 2006 by Stifel Nicolaus, a brokerage and investment banking firm. After that acquisition, Dick became a Managing Director of Private Placements of Stifel Nicolaus until May 2007. From February 2000 to February 2001, Mr. Nigon served as the Chief Financial Officer of Dantis, Inc., a web hosting company. Prior to joining Dantis, Mr. Nigon was employed by Ernst & Young LLP from 1970 to 2000, where he served a partner from 1981 to 2000. While at Ernst & Young, Mr. Nigon served as the Director of Ernst & Young’s Twin Cities Entrepreneurial Services Group and was the coordinating partner on several publicly-traded companies in the consumer retailing and manufacturing sectors.