Meet our Advisory Board
William (Bill) Brinkerhoff, MS, MBA
Mr. William (Bill) Brinkerhoff, MS, MBA, served as the President of AlphaCore Pharma LLC until his retirement in 2013. Bill co-founded Cerenis Therapeutics in 2005 and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 2011. He was Vice President of Business Development for Esperion Therapeutics Inc. where he successfully negotiated multiple large potential partnering agreements prior to Esperion's acquisition by Pfizer. Before joining Esperion, Bill was Director of Business Development at Sankyo Co., a Tokyo-based pharmaceutical company. While at Sankyo, he was a member of the Senior Negotiating Team that formed the Sankyo/ Parke-Davis joint venture. Bill has over 20 years of commercial and management experience in the pharmaceutical industry and serves on the board of ONL Therapeutics. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
David Canter, MB CHB
Dr. David Canter is the Executive Director of the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to leading the NCRC, David was Director of the Healthcare Research Initiative at the William Davidson Institute, a non-profit research and educational institute at the University of Michigan. David led the Pfizer pharmaceutical research operation in Ann Arbor as Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development after spending nearly 25 years in pharmaceutical research and leadership at Pfizer. He has served on the boards of many local and regional organizations, from the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Committee to the University Musical Society, and is well connected to the region's business and academic community. A native of England, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. David received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and his medical degree from the Liverpool University Medical School.
Scott Merz, PhD
Dr. Scott Merz is co-founder and CEO of MC3 Inc., a medical device consultancy based in Ann Arbor, MI. Scott initially founded MC3 Inc. in 1990 to commercialize a blood pump he had developed while working as a graduate student in the lab of university surgeon Dr. Robert Bartlett. Realizing the potential of the invention, Scott decided to go beyond his master's degree to pursue his PhD, developing a thesis on the automatic control of heart-lung machines. Together they formed a company called Michigan Critical Care Consultants—MC3—to receive SBIR funding and further commercialize their technology, which they later sold to Medtronic. Decades later he continues to be a serial entrepreneur, helping take six companies from various stages of development through the FDA to the marketplace. In addition, he has negotiated several licensing and strategic partnerships in the cardiovascular space for MC3 Inc. Scott received his B.S. in Electric and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Robert Pasick, PhD
Dr. Robert Pasick is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential. Since earning his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University in 1975, Rob has provided leadership development services through teaching, coaching, speaking and writing. He is the President and Founder of Leaders Connect, a leadership development and networking program for executives and entrepreneurs. Included in his past clients are: Ford, Chrysler, Pfizer, Thomson-Reuters, Terumo, Grupo-Antolin, and the University of Michigan. He also is a Adjunct Faculty at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He has made many public appearances on radio and TV. In addition to “Oprah," he has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” NPR and CNN. He often can be heard on radio in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Rob’s clients range from Fortune 500 executives from all over the world, to men and women starting their first businesses or stepping into their first professional careers. Two of his clients won entrepreneur of the year awards in Michigan. His areas of specialty include healthcare, automotive, life science, medical device, higher education, and financial services companies.