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Our Team

We are a group of research, commercialization, brand, and marketing experts dedicated to launching advanced technologies out of research labs and into the marketplace.

Michael Crowley, JD

Michael Crowley, JD

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO

Founder Michael Crowley is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, M&A professional and investment banker with strong personal track-record in business and start-up funding. He is an avid researcher, educator and seasoned speaker.

Erin C. Crowley Ellis

Erin C. Crowley Ellis

Co-Founder and Chief Engineering Officer

Erin Crowley brings deep quality management experience to all ATVentureCenter startup businesses. She has solved many systemic production and quality problems in manufacturing, including at Toyota.

Dr. Michael Heke, PhD

Dr. Michael Heke, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Michael Heke has over 20 years experience in stem cell research. He is currently Special Assistant to the President of Stanford University and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biology specializing in the study of stem cells.

Dr. Ian Wilson, MD

Dr. Ian Wilson, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ian Wilson is the founder of the first practice in the Rochester region dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (from claudication to critical limb ischemia) and venous disease.

Dr. Eric T. Brown, PhD

Dr. Eric T. Brown, PhD

Chief Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Eric T. Brown is a biomedical engineering researcher and entrepreneur focused on veterinary testing and clinical applications to accelerate the Sanatela Matrix’s path-to-market.

Kaleigh Gregory, PharmD

Kaleigh Gregory, PharmD

Pharmacist

Dr. Kaleigh Gregory is a licensed clinical pharmacist with direct patient care experience in blood and marrow transplant and oral chemotherapies. She also has experience with investigational drugs.

Dr. Ajay Kashi, BDS, DDS, PhD

Dr. Ajay Kashi, BDS, DDS, PhD

Biomedical, Dental

Dr. Ajay Kashi, BDS, DDS, PhD is a passionate researcher and inventor who holds several patents in the area of biomedical engineering and medical devices. He works in a busy dental practice and has published extensively.

Tom Conley

Tom Conley

Technical Director

 Tom Conley is a lab technician with broad experience in biomedical research. As senior technician for Dr. Omar Aljitawi at the University of Rochester he helped develop the Matrix into the remarkable product it is today.

Frank Razavi, MBA, MSc

Frank Razavi, MBA, MSc

Director - Licensing

Frank Razavi has over 18 years experience in corporate, university, and startup settings, managing large technology projects,  technology investment commercialization/licensing, and new venture creation.

Stephen Morse

Stephen Morse

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephen Morse is a serial entrepreneur, foreign correspondent, dot-com founder and global marketing professional who served as Director of Communications for Xerox Services, a $2.2 billion company.

Michael Higgins, MBA

Michael Higgins, MBA

Director - Operations & Government Outreach

Michael Higgins, MBA, MSF is a distinguished veteran and senior executive with over 23 years of experience leading diverse teams and solving challenging cross-organizational problems.

Todd Zyra, MBA

Todd Zyra, MBA

Investor, Advisor

Todd has guided business transformations and achieved sustainable success in a broad range of markets including medical devices, professional services, telecommunications, manufacturing and logistics.

Christopher Kingston

Christopher Kingston

Sales

Sales and Sales Management Executive with extensive experience in early and late stage clinical development. Project management and sales experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3b clinical development.

Dr. Kurt Kreiter

Dr. Kurt Kreiter

Advisor

Former Sr. Director Global Medical, Biogen. Academic and industry experience designing, conducting, analyzing and publishing clinical trials. Experience building medical affairs capabilities in start-up as well as in established teams.

Dr. Omar Aljitawi, MBBS

Dr. Omar Aljitawi, MBBS

Matrix Co-Inventor

Dr. Omar Aljitawi is a practicing oncologist and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochester’s Department of Medicine. He is an authority on human hematopoietic stem cells. 

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“While our researchers have made some incredible discoveries, the real miracles will only happen once cancer patients start getting healed,” says Sanatela and ATVentureCenter co-founder Erin Crowley. “We are moving as fast as we can to get the product into the hands of doctors.”

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