Michael Dershem, aka Dersh, is a seasoned business development entrepreneur who has assisted multiple ventures and attracted millions of dollars of capital. Outstanding track record in strategic business planning and development, capital and financial sourcing, multi-disciplinary problem solving, and technology development. Strong technology-transfer background from government and university research to private sector commercialization. Michael began his ‘serial entrepreneur’ career over twenty years ago. His first foray was as co-owner of RX Returns, which grew to become the largest pharmaceutical returns company in the nation. He later helped form a niche banking company, which became one of the fastest growing private companies in New Jersey. Serving as founding CEO of Pharmasset, an Emory University start-up company, successfully raised over $25 million in private equity funding and executed a $30 million research and development agreement with DuPont. The company has subsequently gone public and was acquired by Gilead Sciences for $11 Billion. Michael graduated with a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and holds an MBA as well.
John Parker has an extensive and diverse professional career financing, advising, counselling and managing growth companies in a variety of leadership capacities. Currently, John is the co-founder, President and a Director of Keystone NAP, LLC, an advanced data center and managed services provider located in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. John is also the co-managing partner of GenCounsel, LLC, a professional services firm through which he also established a sizeable practice as strategic advisor and attorney to many growth-oriented technology, SaaS and cloud computing firms. Prior to starting GenCounsel, John (i) served in a variety of executive positions with Airclic Inc., including President, CFO and General Counsel. (ii) was a senior business attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP where he led many strategic business transactions, mergers/acquisitions and public and private securities’ offerings, and (iii) was a lending officer for predecessor banks of Wells Fargo and Comerica. John graduated from Villanova University School of Law and Dickinson College (economics) where he also co-captained the intercollegiate football and baseball teams.