VHS Advisory Board
Cooper C. Collins, Founder and Managing Partner
Cooper C. Collins is the Founder and Managing Partner of MagnaSci Ventures, which is a life science focused venture capital fund. He was the Former CEO of Pernix Therapeutic Holdings, Inc. a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the pediatric sector. During his six year career with Pernix, Mr. Collins has worked in every capacity from sales representative to the executive level. Mr. Collins has been responsible for acquiring products and assets, attracting investors and increasing the overall efficiency of the organization. As a sales representative, he improved territory sales by over 300% in the first year and quickly moved into management. While serving as President, Mr. Collins has contributed to the Company’s overall profit increasing over 100% from the year ended December 31, 2007 to the year ended December 31, 2008. Prior to joining Pernix, Mr. Collins was employed by the NFL franchise The New Orleans Saints in their media relations department for three years. He also developed and sold a small internet company while earning a B.A. and a M.B.A. on a football scholarship from Nicholls State University.
Dr. Edison Miyawaki, Assistant Professor, Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Miyawaki is an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and an attending neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in English Literature and from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology at the New England Deaconess Hospital, Massachusetts Mental Health Center and at Harvard’s Longwood Neurological Training Program. He is a former Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. His areas of medical interest include movement disorders and the interface of neurology and psychiatry. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles, book chapters and reviews in professional journals and has written on scientific subjects for general readers in periodicals such as The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar and The Yale Review. His first book, on Sigmund Freud and his use of literature in psychological science, is in preparation.
Dr. Miyawaki holds equity interest in diversified businesses, including his family’s health-care concern in Honolulu, Hawaii, a privately-held business financial corporation, multiple real estate investments in the US and abroad, and in professional sports, including the Cincinnati Bengals, a National Football League franchise. He currently sits or advises on several boards, including Family Health, Inc., The Japanese-American National Museum, The National Council for Harvard Medicine, and The Pembroke Hill School.
Richard D. Rehm, M.D., Former Chairman
Richard Rehm MD, is a member of the original founding group of Spheris (now M*Modal) and the architect of the company strategy. Dr. Rehm served as the CEO of Spheris (then known as Total eMed) until the acquisition by Medicalogic in spring of 2000, and then became Co-CEO of the combined public company which was renamed MedScape. In August of 2001, Dr. Rehm took Total eMed back to the private sector, with financing arranged through Parthenon Capital of Boston. Dr. Rehm continues to serve as Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since the privatization. Prior to Spheris, Dr. Rehm founded an Occupational Medicine company in 1990 named OccuSystems, which was backed by venture capitalists Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe and DLJ's the Sprout Group. He took public through an IPO in 1995, which is now renamed Concentra, this successful company had attained a market cap of over $1billion when taken private by WCAS in 1997. Dr. Rehm's healthcare experience includes Family Practice, Sports Medicine, and Occupational Medicine Practices, Program Director and Associate Professor of Family Practice, 6 years of an award winning, syndicated television program on health matters for ABC, and numerous healthcare publications and presentations. Dr. Rehm, a specialist in Family Practice, hold a BS degree from the University of North Dakota, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas, and conducted his Family Practice Residency training at the University of Minnesota.
Roger T. Briggs, Jr., Senior Advisor
Rabo Securities USA
Prior to joining Rabo Securities USA, Mr. Briggs was Vice-Chairman and Co-Head of Investment banking for Morgan Joseph from 2001 to 2010. From May 2000 until May 2001, Mr. Briggs was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group of ING Barings LLC. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Briggs held several senior management positions at SunTrust Equitable Securities Corporation and its predecessor company, where Mr. Briggs was Head of the Investment Banking Group and a member of the Board of Directors. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Briggs was employed by Bankers Trust Co. in New York as a Managing Director in the Global Corporate Finance Group as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for the United States and Japan. From 1978 to 1989, Mr. Briggs was a Director-Finance and one of the three founding members of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Salomon Brothers Inc in New York. Mr. Briggs received a B.S. from Northwestern University and upon graduation served as a Staff Auditor for Price Waterhouse until 1978.
Health Care Industry Advisory Panel
The "HCI Panel" is set up for assisting VelocityHealth Securities in the review of specific business models components outside the core expertise of the VHS management team. Currently members of the "HCI Panel" include the following executives:
Michael Burcham, Former President & CEO, Narus Health
Dennis Grimaud, Former CEO, DIATHERIX Labs
William J. Hamburg, Former President and CEO, Guardian HomeCare
Rock Morphis, Managing Director, Heritage Group
Robert Watson, Former President, NantHealth
Stryker Warren, Jr., Former President and CEO, Urologix
Jack Wickens, Former President, Health Plans, UnitedHealth Group