Prior to founding Bryn Pharma, Mr. Hartman was a Partner, Co-Chief Operating Ofﬁcer, Chief Compliance Ofﬁcer and General Counsel of a large middle market private equity ﬁrm. Mr. Hartman had various roles including participating as a voting member on all investment committees, responsible for all legal aspects of the private equity ﬁrm and its portfolio companies, responsible for all ﬁrm and portfolio company corporate governance.
Mr. Hartman headed a team of investment professionals responsible for the negotiations of all investment activities from initial investment through investment realization and was responsible for creating complex legal, ﬁnancial and tax structuring for all of investment activities. Steven was responsible for all domestic and foreign compliance matters for the ﬁrm and its afﬁliates.
Steven earned a BS from UC Berkeley and JD/MBA from UCLA.
Marc Rapaport is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2016-2019), currently Chair of the Nominating Committee, and serves on, among others, the Executive Committee, Executive Personnel and Investment Committees. Marc has been active in the hospital’s Sports Spectacular since its inception in 1986 and a member of the Board of Governors for more than 25 years.
After practicing law in Los Angeles, he began his investment banking career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1983, where he served in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President and Co-Director of Domestic Capital Markets. In 1990, Marc cofounded the Capital Markets Division of Jefferies and Company, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President. He was also a director of the Board of Directors of Jefferies and Company, Inc. and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee until 1994.
From 1995 until 1998, Marc was Chairman of the Los Angeles Galaxy and lead investor of L.A. Soccer Partners, LP, the operating group of the Galaxy; he was also one of the founders of Major League Soccer, LLC.
Since 2007, Marc has been the lead investor and Board member of Doctor Evidence, LLC, a specialty software services company operating in the healthcare space.
From 2013 until 2019, Marc was a Principal at Thorofare Capital, LLC an SEC registered investment advisor (RIA) that provides senior commercial mortgage debt to borrowers from of a series of captive Investor raised Funds.
Marc received his juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.
With a reputation built on transforming businesses, creative innovation, and driving people culture, Lisa’s storied career has taken her from banking to Barbie, movies to music, Transformers to tech. While getting her Masters Degree in International Finance at Thunderbird, Lisa took a marketing class and became passionate about what drives consumers, switching her focus and leading her to become, at that time, the youngest marketing manager at Mattel, overseeing the Barbie brand internationally.
Parlaying her global marketing expertise, Lisa moved first to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, launching Titanic release to #1, then to 20th Century Fox Film as EVP of the global partnerships team, where her accolades included leading The Simpsons Movie's acclaimed marketing campaign, which won Ad Age's Creativity Award and Promotion of the Decade for its transformation of 7-Eleven locations around the country into Simpsons-branded Kwik-E-Marts. After nearly a decade at Fox, Lisa combined her background in toys and entertainment to help Hasbro bring its stable of intellectual properties to film and television with the launch of Hasbro Studios.
When Yahoo came calling, Lisa joined the leadership team as SVP of Platforms and Partnerships. Among many firsts, Lisa launched Live 365, a first-of-its-kind live streaming partnership with Live Nation that delivered live daily concerts from the year's most popular artists to Yahoo users throughout the world. That collaboration's success inspired Live Nation to tap Lisa to lead Strategic Partnerships for the CEO which then transitioned into their first CMO, Live Nation Concerts role.
For the past year, Lisa has been consulting for Microsoft Stores, AllBright, Illumination Animation, the Metrograph and Exploding Kittens on marketing as well as brand partnerships.
Mrs. Grell represents Tom Gores on the Bryn Pharma Board of Directors. As a senior-level executive at TGFO, Mrs. Grell provides leadership throughout the organization. Mrs. Grell is head of Human Resources and is a member of the TGFO Operating Committee and Estate Management Team.
Mrs. Grell is also Executive Director of the Tom Gores Family Foundation. TGFF focuses on charitable giving and philanthropic endeavors on both a regional and national level, including the Gores Family Allergy Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Anne C. Whitaker
Ms. Whitaker brings more than 30 years of extensive leadership and commercialization experience in pharmaceuticals, consumer products and medical devices to Bryn’s board. She has held senior-level executive leadership roles at Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Bausch Health, and multiple CEO roles for private and public development stage companies. Most recently, Ms. Whitaker served as CEO of Aerami Therapeutics before taking on the Chair of the Board position in November 2020
Ms. Whitaker currently serves as a healthcare-focused advisor for private equity firms and as an independent director on the board of three public companies including Faron Pharmaceuticals (FARN:LSE), Caladrius (CLBS:NASDAQ), and Mallinckrodt. She also serves on the board of Curio Digital Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held women’s health focused digital therapeutics company and the Board of Trustees for the University of North Alabama. Prior to joining Aerami, Ms. Whitaker served in multiple C-suite roles for emerging biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Prior to these roles, Ms. Whitaker served as the North America Pharmaceutical Region Head and President for Sanofi from 2011 to 2014, and as Senior Vice President from 2008 to 2011 at GlaxoSmithKline, where she ran their Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Urology business in the US. From 1992 to 2008, Ms. Whitaker held several commercial roles at GSK and a senior level global role as the Senior Vice President, Head of the Organizational and Leadership Development Center of Excellence based in London.
David Dworaczyk, PhD
Dr. Dworaczyk has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, molecular diagnostic, medical device and CRO industry where he has held senior level positions in R&D, Global Operations, Business Development (L&A/M&A), Clinical Development, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Commercial Operations and healthcare analytics. Prior to joining Bryn Pharma, he directed the Life and Health Sciences Strategic Development effort at Oracle. He has also served as COO for Comprehensive Clinical Development, Sr. Vice President, General Manager & COO at Generation Health/MetaDiagnostic, a start-up focused on molecular diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine, was COO for The Moffitt Cancer Center/M2Gen (for-profit subsidiary) and Sr. VP at Quintiles.
Dr. Dworaczyk's experience is broad and he has had global responsibilities including leading operational functions across multiple business units, genomics/biomarkers, translational research, patient targeted drug development, gene based trial matching, translational research, precision/personalized medicine, healthcare analytics/informatics, population health as well as the integration and effective use of Real World Data/Evidence and “Big/Complex” data.
David earned a B.S and M.S in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in Leadership and Administration from the University of Delaware.
Prior to founding Bryn Pharma, Mrs. Lobel was a Vice President at IDEAL Fastener Corporation. When she began working at IDEAL, the firm was a North American manufacturer facing significant transformation challenges due to offshoring of production by the company’s customer base. Under her direct leadership, the firm initiated and grew to three company owned facilities in China and opened three sales and marketing offices to serve the offshore manufacturing capacity. During this process, Mrs. Lobel spent a full year negotiating and implementing a joint venture with a Chinese Manufacturer, a task with significant cross cultural and operational challenges. Mrs. Lobel’s experience at IDEAL has given her significant experience operating within unstructured entrepreneurial environments and in relentlessly pursuing solutions in a proactive fashion.
Michelle is extremely active in community leadership. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Allergy Fund, an organization dedicated to funding food allergy research focused on the underlying causes of food allergies and improved treatments for people with food allergies. Additionally, she volunteers at her children's various schools.
Michelle earned a B.A. in Economics from New York University.