Bob has been a corporate transactions specialist and investor since 1978, with a focus on strategic M&A transactions. Bob and Matt Mackowski partnered together in 1991 to form THP’s predecessor focused on investing in private healthcare companies. During his career, he has served on numerous company boards and completed over 200 M&A and financing transactions. In addition to Akoya Biosciences, Bob has represented THP on the boards of Kinetikos Medical (acquired by Integra), AcroMetrix (acquired by Life Technologies), Agena Bioscience, Aurora Discovery (acquired by NEXUS Biosystems), Applied Precision (acquired by GE), Dynex, LDR Spine (NASDAQ:LDRH), Estech (acquired by AtriCure), RareCyte, Sage Labs (acquired by Horizon Discovery) and Vidacare (acquired by Teleflex). He is currently an observer on the boards of Magstim and Precision NanoSystems. Prior to joining with Mr. Mackowski, Bob worked with Merrill Lynch & Co. as an officer in their San Francisco corporate finance office, where he managed financings and acquisitions for Fortune 500 and selected high growth companies. Bob received a BA from Duke University and an MBA from New York University.
Tom has served on the Akoya Board of Directors since the inception of Akoya Biosciences. Tom spent 24 years on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine where he remains the Colleen and Robert Haas Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, former Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Over the past two decades he has worked extensively in the healthcare and medical device sectors and is a co-founder of Rigel Pharmaceuticals. In addition to Akoya, Tom has represented THP on the boards AngioScore (acquired by Spectranetics), Aquaro, Confirma (acquired by Merge), LDR Spine (NASDAQ:LDRH), PneumRx (acquired by BTG Plc), Freedom Innovations (acquired by Health Evolution Partners) and Magstim. He was an observer on the boards of Estech (acquired by AtriCure) and Vidacare (acquired by Teleflex). Tom received a BA from Stanford University and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.
Matt joined the Akoya Biosciences Board of Directors in 2017. Matt brings over 25 years’ experience as a founder and executive manager in the life sciences space including the current Chairman and founder of Asuragen, Mirna Therapeutics and Ambion, which was acquired in 2006 by Applied Biosystems, now Thermo Fisher Scientific. In addition to Akoya, he sits on the boards of PhyloTech/Second Genome, The Breakthrough Institute and Revive and Restore. Matt was an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin where he is a member of a number of advisory boards. Dr. Winkler received his Bachelors of Science in genetics and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley.