Robert Armstrong, PhD - Director
Rob is the CEO, board member and co-founder of Boston Pharmaceuticals. With over 20 years of experience working in research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry, Rob has been involved in the discovery and clinical development of programs across multiple disease areas. Rob created and led the small molecule R&D organization at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA. He subsequently co-led research at Lilly as Vice President of Global Medicinal Chemistry, was head of the translational medicine group Chorus and was the Vice President of Global Externa R&D. He served on the finance and scientific advisory boards of Lilly BioVentures. Prior to working in the industry, Rob was a tenured Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry a the University of California at Los Angeles. Rob received his BS in Chemistry at the University of California at San Diego, his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Colorado State University and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Rob is an advisor to Gelesis and serves on the board of directors of early stage biotechnology companies Curza, Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Entrega Bio and Artax Biopharma.
Governor Michael O. Leavitt - Director
Michael O. Leavitt is the Founder and Chairman of Leavitt Partners where he advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors. In 1993, Leavitt was elected governor of the State of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first leading the Environmental Protection Agency as Administrator (2003-2005), and then as Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, Leavitt administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and over 67,000 employees. He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction. Leavitt’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, Leavitt recommended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade. Leavitt is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 20,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.” His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. Leavitt is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.
Fraser Bullock - Director
Mr. Bullock is a co-founder of Sorenson Capital and a Managing Director. Mr. Bullock was the President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. He joined the Organizing Committee in May of 1999 and acted as its Chief Operating Officer until his appointment as President and CEO in April 2002. As COO, Mr. Bullock directed Games Operations, and as CFO, he played a key role in balancing the budget of $1.31 billion for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, ultimately generating a $100 million profit. The Salt Lake Games are widely recognized as one of the most successful and best operated in history. Mr. Bullock was an original Partner of Bain Capital from 1984 to 1986. Prior to his experience at Bain Capital, Mr. Bullock was employed by Bain & Company, initially as a consultant and later as a manager. In 1996 Mr. Bullock founded Alpine Consolidated, LLC, a company specializing in effecting business consolidations, and served as a Managing Director until 2002. In this capacity, Mr. Bullock sourced companies for consolidation, raised the requisite money and negotiated terms. Mr. Bullock received a Master of Business Administration and a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University.
James N. Clarke - Chairman
James Clarke is the CEO of Clarke Capital Partners, a Global Growth Equity and Alternatives Firm. In 2001, James founded and led Utah-based CLEARLINK - with over 1,600 full-time employees - until it was acquired in 2011 by Wachovia Private Equity (now Pamlico Capital). James serves as chair or director on the boards of various companies in the US and abroad. He has also served as a trustee and board member of several universities as well as regional and global non-profit organizations. Currently, James is a Trustee at Utah Valley University - the state's largest with over 35,000 students - where he serves as Chairman of the Foundation Board. Clarke Capital portfolio companies have been named as some of the nation's fastest growing organizations and many have been voted repeatedly as their regions' "Best Place to Work”. In 2013, the Utah State Bar named Clarke as the "Technology Pioneer of the Year" and in 2015 BusinessQ Magazine named him as one of their “10 Coolest Entrepreneurs”. In 2016 Clarke was awarded the Woodbury School of Business, “Excellence in Leadership” award and the Boy Scouts of America's NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. The Clarkes allocate substantial resources through the Labore et Honore initiative, building schools in sub-Saharan Africa, a Hospital in Nepal, a developmental center for 120 mentally challenged adults in their community as well as a number of university scholarships to local institutions. James is married to the former Andrea Earl of Holladay, Utah and they are parents to three children. He is an alumnus of BYU, Harvard University and holds a Masters Degree in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford.
Joe is the founder and CEO of Endeavor Capital Group, a Utah-based investment company which focuses on real estate investments, energy technology and health and wellness technologies. He has served as a board member of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for more than 15 years where he has helped support a wide range of philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors at local, national and international levels. Joe played a vital leadership role in other Sorenson companies including serving as president of healthcare company Sorex Medical and led the development of new products for Sorenco Laboratories. Joe graduated from LDS Business College with a degree in accounting.
Ryan Davies - Director
Ryan Davies has had a long and successful career as an entrepreneur, business executive and public servant. Ryan founded and served as CEO for a renewable energy development company that built, owned and operated wind and solar projects throughout the United States. Ryan served as the Vice President of Market Research for one of the largest market research firms in the western United States conducting both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Ryan co-founded and served as Vice President for an environmental commodity firm that created a technology platform to track, monitor and transact water and air pollution credits. Ryan led the merger of his company with one of the largest OTC brokerage firms in the world where he remained as an employee running their environmental commodity desk. Ryan co-created the “Olympic Cleaner & Greener” program for the 2002 Winter Olympics making it the cleanest Olympics in history and was hired by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Committee to help design facets of their environmental program. Ryan co-founded and served as Vice President in a leading e-commerce and inventory management software company where he raised over $46 million in private equity from tier one venture capital firms (Accel Partners, Bain Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts). Ryan helped lead the company through a successful acquisition of $110 million to a New York-based computer hardware company. Ryan was the youngest person ever elected to the Draper City Council (a suburb of Salt Lake City) where he served a four-year term. During his tenure on the City Council, the city was named one of the 100 best-run cities in the country (awarded by CNN). Ryan served on the UGREEN board (appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert), the Oquirrh Institute Board (appointed by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt), the Living Planet Aquarium Board and the board of Contour, Inc. Ryan was named by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 in 2012. Ryan has worked on two U.S. presidential campaigns, three gubernatorial campaigns and two U.S. congressional campaigns. Ryan graduated from Ricks College with a degree in Business Management, where he served as student body president and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in political science, where he served as student body vice president.