The Team

Stephen Manobianco, MBA – Managing Director

Senior-level professional experienced working with public and private companies at the executive level.

Highly analytical decision-maker with extensive experience with domestic and international start-ups, turn-around, and operating companies, along with proven history of increasing productivity and accelerating revenue growth.

Seasoned executive with in-depth understanding of emerging genomic and healthcare related technologies and their commercial applications. International business expertise including North America, Europe, Israel, China and Japan.

Vidal de la Cruz, PhD – Scientific Director

Biopharma scientist and executive with 20+ years’ experience in preclinical discovery research & product development, technology & asset scouting and assessment, management, and business development & licensing with start-up, mid-size and international biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies.

A Ph.D. scientist with scientific achievements that include key discovery research and tools (e.g., inventor of Peptide Phage Display, key technology leading to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Dr. George Smith; first use of recombinant BCG as a vaccine vehicle). Broad scientific expertise including cellular immunotherapies (CAR-T, CAR-CIK), monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy, viral and non-viral gene delivery, small molecule drugs, vaccines, molecular biology and immunology of infectious disease agents (malaria, bacterial, fungal & viral infections), oncology, autoimmune diseases, inflammation and allergy, women’s health, animal health and nutrition, genomics, in vitro and in vivo assays, and animal model development.

Vidal leads our Scientific Due Diligence and Strategy Practice.


Theodore Gerber, MA –Mediation, Negotiation and Executive Coaching Practice Leader

Ted is an organizational development consultant, executive coach, and team facilitator and has been working with a wide variety of organizations since 1989.   He has worked and delivered engagements in the United States, Europe, Africa, Canada and Latin America.

Ted’s unique skills are based on over thirty years of experience as an executive, consultant, trainer, mediator and coach.  This has enabled him to assist executives to be more effective leaders by increasing their ability to negotiate, manage conflict, build strong teams and influence others more effectively.   Ted has coached line and staff executives, facilitated strategic planning sessions and off-site retreats as well as delivered training programs in such areas as negotiations, conflict management, leadership, sales, team alignment, influencing and effective coaching skills.

Ted has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and a B.S Degree in Business Administration and Economics from SUNY Albany and has worked with companies in a broad range of life science, biotech and device industries.


Claudia Li, MS – Marketing Performance and Execution Director

High-performance marketing manager with extensive experience in digital marketing and marketing communication specializing in biotechnology companies. Skilled at managing and operating in a wide range of marketing channels and platforms. Claudia provides clients with strategic and tactical support to create marketing collateral, lead generation programs, email campaigns, social media optimization, search engine marketing, marketing communication, sales support, product management, etc.

Claudia leads our Marketing Execution and Performance Improvement Practice

Cheng-Yu Lee – Sr. Marketing Consultant

Cheng-Yu has over 20 years of experience in marketing communication, including branding and technical development. Having worked with different companies in multiple industries across the world, he was recognized and awarded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Communication for his specialty. His skills include graphic design, web development, strategic/tactical marketing, and more. Cheng-Yu specifically has vast experience working with members in Life Sciences industry.