Board of Directors

Robert Brownell

Mr. Brownell is Managing Director of Emergent Medical Partners. Mr. Brownell has been counseling healthcare technology companies for over 20 years and has a broad range of business development, legal and management experience. Before joining Emergent Medical Partners he was a partner at MedVenture Associates, a medtech venture capital firm. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he was Vice President and General Counsel of TheraSense, Inc., where he was a key member of the company’s management team. He joined TheraSense while it was still a private company after serving as its outside counsel since its initial incorporation. He left TheraSense following its acquisition and integration with Abbott Laboratories. Previously, Mr. Brownell was a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he worked for 12 years following law school. His practice focused on the representation of technology companies from their earliest stages through maturity, with an emphasis on life science companies.

Sharon Stevenson, DVM, PhD

Ms. Stevenson is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Okapi Venture Capital and focuses on Okapi Ventures’ life science investments. Prior to founding Okapi, Ms. Stevenson was the Senior Vice President of Technology and Planning for SkinMedica – a private, venture-backed, commercial stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the dermatology and human appearance markets. Prior to SkinMedica, she was a Principal with Domain Associates, LLC – a venture capital fund specializing in life science investments. In addition to performing due diligence and working closely with portfolio companies while at Domain, she also served as President and CFO of Volcano Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VOLC) and lead the company’s growth from 1 to 14 employees and from the initial design of the first product to the first clinical trials using the device. Prior to launching her entrepreneurial/venture capital career several years ago, Ms. Stevenson was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her clinical training was in veterinary surgery and she is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). She has served on the governing boards of the ACVS and the Orthopedic Research Society and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy. Ms. Stevenson has been awarded a MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management; a PhD in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis; and a Master of Science in Veterinary Pathology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.