Mark Benedyk, PhD, President and CEO, Manager

Dr. Benedyk has over 20 years of experience as a business development executive and consultant to life science companies. He previously headed The Pfizer Incubator (TPI) in La Jolla, CA where he held board positions with TPI and its portfolio companies, reviewed investment opportunities for the Incubator, and oversaw the TPI operations team. Before that, he held executive positions in Business Development and Intellectual Property at Ascenta Therapeutics, Optimer Pharmaceuticals (now Merck (NYSE: MRK)), Aurora Biosciences (now Vertex (NASDAQ: VRTX)) and Elan Pharmaceuticals (now Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO)). In addition, Dr. Benedyk founded and managed Rila Partners LLC, a life sciences strategy and business development advisory firm serving specialty care biotechnology companies. He currently serves on the board of Canada’s Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator and is a Strategic Advisor to KemPharm (NASDAQ: KMPH). His transaction experience totals more than $800 MM and he has been involved in capital raises of $150+ MM in past financings. Dr. Benedyk received a PhD in Developmental Genetics from The Rockefeller University, where he was a Lucille P. Markey Graduate Fellow. He received his BS in Microbiology and Botany from the University of Michigan.


Mike Maloney, MD, Manager

Dr. Maloney is Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, he is also Division Chief of the URMC Orthopaedics’ University Sports Medicine program, where his clinical practice includes reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, and arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, and elbow for patients of all age groups. A consulting orthopedic surgeon for several internationally-recognized professional sports organizations, Dr. Maloney has authored numerous medical journal articles on topics such as the biomechanics of the injured and uninjured knee, shoulder injuries and techniques for repair and experimental gene therapy for cartilage repair. Dr. Maloney earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at URMC Orthopaedics and the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.


Seth Zeidman, MD, Manager

Dr. Seth M. Zeidman is a board-certified neurological surgeon in private practice at the Rochester Brain & Spine Neurosurgery and Pain Management clinic in Rochester, New York where he is President and Founder of the practice.   He is the former director of Complex Spinal Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital.  Prior to relocating to Rochester in 1999, he served in the US Army as director of Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Prior to entering into military service ,  Dr. Zeidman served as an Assistant Chief of Service of Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. A globally-recognized expert in spinal surgery, Dr. Zeidman attended Duke University both as an undergraduate, where he graduated with honors from Trinity College, and for medical school.    His MD was awarded from Duke University School of Medicine where he was given Special Recognition for excellence in Internal Medicine and Pathology.  Dr. Zeidman completed his internship in General Surgery and a neurosurgical residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to completing a fellowship in Neurosurgical Research with an emphasis on brain and spinal tumors at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland.  He also completed a clinical spinal surgery fellowship.