SAN FRANCISCO, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Burrill & Company, a San Francisco based global leader in the life sciences with principal activities in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Merchant Banking and Media, is pleased to announce the following staff promotions:
Tiba Aynechi to Director, Merchant Banking
Garrett Vygantas, Director, Venture Capital
Neel Patel to Senior Associate, Merchant Banking
Tiba Aynechi joined Burrill Merchant Banking in 2006 following an internship in the Venture Group. Previously, Tiba was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, developing computational models for drug discovery. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Group in Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.
Garrett Vygantas - Before joining Burrill in 2006, Garrett was with Genentech's Market Planning Group where he focused on the commercialization and launch of Lucentis for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Vygantas completed his Transitional Residency at the University of Pennsylvania and holds M.D. and MBA degrees from Georgetown University. He is a co-founder and interim CEO of NewBridge Pharmaceuticals and serves on its Board of Directors. He is a Board Observer of Nora Therapeutics, Proventys, Ikano Therapeutics, ProteoGenix, and NanoVasc.
Neel Patel has broad advisory experience across life sciences coupled with functional experience in post-merger integration, turnaround management, operations and strategic planning. Neel was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney where he focused on strategy and operations consulting. He also worked in business development at Roche Diagnostics. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
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