Job title: Chief Operating Officer
Gary has over 30 years of diverse entrepreneurial, management, start-up and legal experience building businesses around technology innovation and intellectual property creation. Today, Gary overseas investments in a number of life science portfolio companies. On occasion, he assumes executive positions at companies, and is currently serving as President of Phytecs, a biotechnology company researching and developing endocannabinoid system interventions, and as managing member of Biotech Institute, an innovation company that has built a robust, global intellectual property portfolio including cannabis cultivars with targeted efficacy and enhanced safety profiles, new analytic methods, and novel plant propagation technologies. Early in his career, in addition to political consulting and legislative affairs work in Washington, DC, Gary practiced law in a national law firm’s corporate finance group, representing issuers, investors and lenders in a broad range of corporate and securities transactions. He later practiced law at a boutique health care law firm, specializing in business development opportunities and regulatory compliance matters for individuals and entities working in highly-regulated healthcare industries. Once Gary left the formal practice of law, he served in multiple executive roles at a technology company that developed and provided business information services and project management solutions. In addition, he launched an innovative market research platform that provided actionable data intelligence used by movie studios, production companies, and marketing firms. Gary received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned his JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received American Jurisprudence Awards in Commercial Law and Legal Writing, was Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal, and was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. Gary is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellowship program.