About Us

Investment Committee

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Kevin manages the $46 million Connecticut BioScience Facilities Fund, which invests in the build-out of wet laboratory space. He has led CI’s investments in Affinimark Technologies, Cara Therapeutics, Discover Video, HistoRx (sold to Genoptix), Intelligent Clearing Network (ICN), Oil Purification Systems, Oxford Performance Materials, Precipio Diagnostics and Solais Lighting (sold to PowerSecure), and was on the board of Standing Stone, Inc. when it was sold to Alere, Inc. in May 2011.

Before joining CI, Kevin was director of the Office of Bioscience at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he led the organization’s efforts in bioscience business recruitment, client interaction, bioscience-related public policy strategy and day-to-day operations. While at DECD, Kevin also served as director of business recruitment in DECD’s Business Recruitment and Industry Clusters Division, negotiating relocation incentive packages for high-priority corporate development projects, including Pfizer’s clinical facility in New Haven and DST Output’s facility in South Windsor.

image3Peter Hicks – Webster Bank

Mr. Peter Hicks has been Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of Commercial Banking at Webster Bank, National Association since August 12, 2014. Mr. Hicks serves as Manager of the Emerging Growth and Technology Group for Webster Bank. Mr. Hicks joined Webster in 2003 as a relationship manager in business banking and took over its emerging growth and technology segment in 2007. Mr. Hicks has more than twenty years of banking experience as well as serving as Vice President of Operations and Finance for a Bridgeport, CT based manufacturing company for six years. He previously served as treasurer for Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis (CCCC) and the Foote School Association. Mr. Hicks served as chairman of Crossroads Venture Group (CVG); Connecticut Technology Council; and Connecticut United for Research Excellence (C.U.R.E.). He serves on the Board of Crossroads Venture Group; Connecticut Technology Council; and Connecticut United for Research Excellence (C.U.R.E.).

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Andrew Zehner – University of Connecticut

Andrew Zehner serves as Associate Vice President, Technology Commercialization and Industry Relations, in the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR). He also serves in the Office of the General Counsel as Counsel for business transactions. Andrew has twenty years of experience providing strategic and business counsel to a wide variety of industries, including life sciences, health care, telecommunications, and information technology. Andrew was most recently Senior Corporate Counsel in the Legal Division of Pfizer Inc., supporting all aspects of pharmaceutical R&D in the U.S. and United Kingdom. He led the negotiations on many research, development and commercialization transactions. Prior to that, he served as counsel for Paradigm4, People’s Choice TV and HSS, Inc., all fast-growing Connecticut technology companies.

Fund Managers

image5Joe DeMartino 

For the past 8 years Joe DeMartino has been an angel investor and has been active as a mentor, advisor and board member at several early stage companies. Joe is the past President and currently Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum in Connecticut and an investor with Launchpad Ventures, LearnLaunch. Earlier in his career Joe held senior management positions in sales, service, product management and development at Cullinet, Eastman Software, Kronos and at several other small and mid-size software companies. He has led software businesses in both growth and turnaround scenarios using a collaborative style aimed at coaching and mentoring teams to deliver high quality results to stakeholders. Joe’s specialty is advising and mentoring start up and growth-oriented companies that have fast-paced, entrepreneurial cultures. His main areas of focus are helping entrepreneurs deal with issues involving strategy development, funding, deal structure, team building and leadership development.

image4Mary Anne Rooke

Mary Anne has over 30 years of experience in leadership, management consulting, strategic planning, accounting, finance, risk & health management, business operations and start-up ventures. She has expertise across many industries including service, manufacturing, life science, transportation, distribution and retail that she gained while working at Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), Quantum Corp., Syntex, Crowley Maritime, Inc., Vasocor Corp., Morgan Equipment Co., M. D. Oppenheim and TJX Companies and several startup ventures. She is past Chairman, former President and Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF) based in Connecticut. She has served on several boards and commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Connecticut including Chairman and Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF) and the State Board of Directors for Crossroads Venture Group (CVG). She serves as a mentor with Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), UConn’s Innovation Quest (iQuest), ASTIA and the Pipeline Fellowship. She recently served as the Executive Director of UConn’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) located on 3 campuses.