Don is Senior VP for Sales and Strategic Partnerships at Orflo Technologies, a life sciences company developing and marketing powerful yet simple instrumentation to the cell and protein analysis industries.
Before Orflo, Don was Director of the Stem Cell Business Segment at Millipore, a life science leader providing cutting-edge technologies, tools, and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. During that time, he was also Group Head, Detection Services at Merck KGaA, responsible for managing Merck-Millipore's global instrumentation offering.
Previously, Don was Director of Corporate Development at Invitrogen, responsible for leading M&A efforts in the Bioproduction and Stem Cell industries. Prior to Invitrogen, Don was a Kauffman Fellow at Domain Associates where he was responsible for a neuro-oncology focused biopharm investment and an early-stage cardiovascular cell-therapy/device investment. He actively supported Domain's portfolio companies in the areas of fund raising, business development, M&A, strategy and finance and was an observer of several boards.
Prior to Domain, Don logged eight years of operational experience with venture-backed life-science start-ups and has lived through all phases of the start-up process, from seed to IPO. He has taken on various project management roles in drug discovery tools development and was instrumental in developing manufacturing lines for several marketed products for Ilumina and Discovery Partners International. He has been named a co-inventor on a patent for combinatorial chemistry, a MEMS-based biochemical sensor and a patent application for high-throughput SNP detection. Don was also a Cayuga Hedge Fund manager, covering the biotech sector, while completing his MBA.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Don completed his MBA at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, and holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
A member of Class 7, Don served his fellowship under mentors Olav Bergheim and Bob More (KFP Class 2) at Domain Associates in Laguna Niguel, CA.