Greg Mckee

Greg McKee, Chief Executive Officer

Greg McKee brings nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare, investment management and investment banking industries to CONNECT. He was co–Founder of Global Bio Link, a global Specialty Pharma company focused on the commercialization of novel and niche compounds in markets outside the United States. Prior to Global Bio Link, he was Chairman and CEO of Akela Pharma Inc. and its predecessor company, Nventa Biopharmaceuticals. Previously, Greg held roles as Head Corporate Development, Valentis, Inc., and Senior Management roles with Genzyme Corporation in the US and Asia. Greg lived and worked in Japan and in Singapore for nine years and speaks fluent Japanese.

An active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)/World Presidents Organization (WPO), Greg earned a B.A., Economics from the University of Washington, a M.B.A from the Wharton School, and a M.A., International Studies from The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ginny Merrifield, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

As Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships Ginny Merrifield builds relationships with businesses in San Diego that support the innovation economy by investing in CONNECT.

Prior to joining CONNECT, Ginny was the Executive Director & Officer at The Gary and Mary West Foundation, a private family foundation whose mission is to lower the cost of health care and develop greater opportunity, lasting independence, and a path to a better way of life for younger and older Americans alike.

For 24 years Ginny served as Director & Principal at Clark Security Products, the largest national wholesale distributor of mechanical and electronic security hardware; first as Head of Marketing and  then leading operations for the Southern California Region during her tenure. Ginny and her husband successfully sold their business in 2010.

Ginny’s distinguished work in education has been recognized on the state and local level. Ginny is a Founding Trustee of e3 Civic High and Co-Founder and Trustee of Pacific Ridge School and  was recognized as Woman of the Year in 2007 by the California State Senate for her efforts in school reform.

Ginny holds a B.A from Princeton University.

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 Nate Turnbull, Vice President, Public Policy

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Claire E. Bula, Esq., Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

As Director of Marketing & Communications for CONNECT, Claire Bula is responsible for setting CONNECT’s marketing strategy, overseeing their communications and digital presence, promoting CONNECT in the market, and building relationships to further CONNECT’s mission of creating and scaling great companies.

Prior to joining CONNECT Claire consulted on marketing and communications for apps, start-ups, and large technology companies with AuthenticMatters as a Digital Strategist. She also ran the Visionary Awards for LEAD San Diego. Before moving to San Diego, Claire built and ran the marketing department at Electronic Ink, a design-based technology & business consulting firm in Philadelphia. Prior to that Claire held development roles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at Villanova University. Claire also practiced law in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s office for the State of Delaware.

Claire received her J.D. from Villanova University, School of Law and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Claire is a licensed attorney in the states of Delaware and New Jersey.

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Steve Hoey, Senior Director, Springboard Program & Innovation Research

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Shawn Richardson, Senior Director of CONNECTMatch Program

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Petra Stegmann, Ph.D., Director of Signature Events

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