Richard Staub

Richard Staub

Richard joined Pappas Capital in 2022 as a Venture Partner. He is currently senior advisor to the Chairman and CEO of IQVIA. In this role, Richard supports IQVIA in several areas including strategic M&A, customer management and governance, leadership development, and business development support. In addition, he is an advisor to the President of IQVIA's Research & Development Solutions (R&D Solutions) global business unit and other IQVIA leaders.

Previously, Richard was President of R&D Solutions at IQVIA. Supported by high-powered information and technology assets, the clinical experts in R&D Solutions leverage comprehensive evidence-driven trial design, accelerate site activation and patient recruitment, and optimize trial execution. Richard also serves as chair of the R&D Solutions Executive Committee. Prior to his role as President of IQVIA's R&D Solutions business unit, Richard was president of Novella Clinical, a specialty clinical research organization acquired by Quintiles in 2013, and the leader of QuintilesIMS’s Global Functional Resourcing business. Richard joined Novella in 2004 and served as president and CEO from 2008-2013. Under his leadership, Novella became a distinctively agile, results oriented CRO in the highly complex and fast-growing areas of specialty pharma and medical technology. Prior to Novella, Richard was senior vice president of global business development for one of the world’s largest CROs. His career in the pharmaceutical industry began at Zeneca Pharmaceuticals in 1989, where he was given increasing responsibilities as a medical and hospital sales representative, cardiovascular portfolio analyst and marketing manager.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS in Economics)

Jason Burke

Jason is an Advisor to Pappas Capital where he is involved in the firm’s assessment of disruptive technologies. He is also a Partner at CREO Inc. where he leads the firm’s Analytics and Data Sciences practice. Previously, he served as System Vice President and founding Chief Analytics Officer for the UNC Health Care System where he was responsible for analytical strategy, R&D, data governance, and consulting services for the $5 billion state-wide health delivery system.

Jason is the author of one of the leading books on business analytics in health and life sciences (Health Analytics: Gaining the Insights to Transform Health Care, Wiley, 2013), and has served as both a founder and advisor to multiple industry and academic think tanks focused on business transformation with emerging technologies, analytics, and data sciences. He has designed and taught new curricula in two of the top US business schools: Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Previously, Jason served as global head of health and life sciences strategy, research and development for SAS, as well as holding strategy and management roles in organizations such as Microsoft, Quintiles, and GlaxoSmithKline.


University of Missouri – Columbia (MA in Cognitive Neuroscience)
Virginia Tech (BS in Psychology, Chemistry)

Tina Wong-Russell

Tina is an Advisor to Pappas Capital and is also a consultant and executive coach to clients in both the public and private sectors. She brings a global perspective from years of working in Europe, Latin and North America, and especially Asia. Her consulting engagements have included strategies and programs in organizational development and talent management initiatives, such as leadership development, performance & talent management, succession planning and learning & development. Tina’s experience spans multiple industries and multinational organizations, with emphasis in life sciences and technology ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. She has also had multi-year consulting engagements with Federal Government Agencies, including Homeland Security and NASA. She is a board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) in Boston and is fluent in Chinese.


Boston University (MBA)
Boston University (BS in Communications)

Thyagi Thyagarajan

Thyagi is a Special Advisor to Pappas Capital. A 38-year veteran of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Thyagi is actively involved as an advisor/mentor to a Singapore-based med-tech start-up and a venture-funded healthcare company in India. He has been an independent non-executive director on boards of global companies such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Varian Medical Systems, and the Murugappa Group of Companies, a leading family-owned conglomerate in South India.

Thyagi’s tenure with GSK included senior executive roles as Marketing Consultant in Spain and Europe, Marketing Director of Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, and Managing Director of GSK India, culminating with his role as Regional Director and Senior Vice President of GSK Asia Pacific. In this capacity, he was a member of the International Management Team of GSK. Thyagi was also chairman of PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America) for Asia from 2005 to 2008, leading the industry’s advocacy with governments in the region. Before his retirement from GSK in 2008, Thyagi served on the Board of International Enterprise (I.E.) Singapore, a statutory board of the Government of Singapore responsible for promoting Singapore’s overseas trade, and as vice-chairman and non-executive director on the board of GlaxoSmithKline Ltd in India, a publicly listed company.

Having worked in both developed and emerging markets, Thyagi has a unique east-west perspective and an in-depth knowledge of Asia and Asian markets, combined with expertise in running significant business operations for a global corporation in Asia. Thyagi is fluent in Hindi and Tamil.


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (MBA)
Indian Institute of Technology (BS in Electrical Engineering)

Victor Shi, PhD

Victor is a Special Advisor to Pappas Capital. He is also chairman of careLYFE and General Partner of venture capital firm Serica Partners. He previously served as CEO of Adicon Clinical Laboratories, a leading independent clinical laboratory in China, and President Asia Pacific of QIAGEN, a NASDAQ- and Frankfurt-listed leading company focused on in vitro diagnostics and life science research tools. Victor held senior positions at Aura Partners, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, Genospectra and Pappas Ventures. He was a faculty member at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine and a cancer research scientist at Merck & Co.

Victor is a Founding Director of BayHelix Group, a global association of Chinese life science business executives, and was elected Chairman from 2018 to 2019. He also serves on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Biotech Advisory Committee.


University of Rochester (PhD)
University of Rochester (MS)
University of Science and Technology of China (BS)

Stanley Lau

Stanley is a Special Advisor to Pappas Capital. He is also CEO of TaiLai Biosciences, a Chinese biotechnology company providing a new generation of biopsy products and services based on its proprietary biomultiomics technology. With over 40 years of business and healthcare experience, Stanley has served in a variety of senior roles in China and internationally with organizations including MSD, Baxter, Schering-Plough, China Biologic Products, Amsino Medical Group. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Gland Pharma and as an independent director of Solasia Pharma K.K.


University of London (BPharm)

Phil Kohn

Phil is an Executive-in-Residence at Pappas Capital. He is also a Founding Partner of Myndful Venture Partners, a consultancy focused on digital strategies for new media and emerging technology companies. Phil founded Candence Translate in 2014, a 500 Startups-backed venture started in Beijing and currently providing top-tier language services to the global business and investment community. His prior experience includes corporate finance and international busines development roles at Scientific Games (NASDAQ: SGMS), a multinational lottery and gaming company, and investment banking as part of Credit Suisse’s media and telecom group. Phil is fluent in Mandarin.


University of Michigan – Ross School of Business (BS in Business Administration)
Tsinghua University, Beijing (Inter-University Program in Mandarin)

Miranda Gottlieb

Miranda is a Venture Partner at Pappas Capital. She is also Vice President of Marketing for Curative, a leading COVID-19 diagnostic and vaccine delivery start-up in the United States. Miranda heads the organization’s product marketing and strategic communications serving over 20 million patients and 7,000 employees in 26 states.

Miranda began her career with the State of Florida’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health focusing on public health communication and prevention. She later attended graduate studies at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing, China. Following graduation, Miranda joined Johnson & Johnson’s enterprise government affairs team where she specialized in Chinese health policy. She then led the Innovation Activation team for Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JLABS @ Shanghai, a start-up incubator with over 40 portfolio companies across the Asia Pacific region.


University of Tennessee (BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies)
Tsinghua University, Beijing (MA in Global Affairs)

Patrick Daly

Patrick joined Pappas Capital in 2019 as an Executive-in-Residence. He is a seasoned global executive with a proven track record of entrepreneurship, building winning cultures and growing companies small and large. He has a unique ability to create, shape and implement strategic agendas, and motivate diverse teams to achieve results beyond what was expected. Prior to joining Pappas Capital, Patrick founded Cohera Medical, Inc. and shepherded it through commercialization while successfully raising multiple rounds of financing, including from KKR. The company was previously named the Pittsburgh Technology Counsel Company of the Year and Patrick was honored as CEO of the Year. He was also a three-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

Patrick is now the Global Vice President and GM for IQVIA MedTech and is developing and growing the burgeoning MedTech practice. He was recently the Chairman of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Accel Board, the division within AdvaMed dedicated to the needs of smaller medical technology manufacturers. He enjoyed a successful tenure on the Executive Board of AdvaMed and has nurtured and developed strong relationships with the Fortune 500 Med Tech CEOs. Earlier in his career, Patrick spent over 15 years at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in a variety of cross-functional and international assignments in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. His work using six-sigma to improve the Key Opinion Leaders experience garnered the J&J Corporate Standards of Leadership Award. He has frequently been invited to speak on entrepreneurship and company development at the MBA programs at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh Heinz School of Business.

Patrick has a passion and commitment to America’s military. Along with his classmates from West Point, he founded and is on the Executive Board of The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which has raised over $32 million in college scholarships for Gold Star children.


United States Military Academy at West Point (BS in Foreign Area Studies)

Karen LeVert

Karen is leading the expansion of the firm’s Specialized Fund Management business with a focus on identifying attractive agricultural technology investment opportunities. She has a proven track record of progressing early-stage technologies from university research labs to commercialization as co-founder and CEO of two innovation labs, Southeast TechInventures, Inc. and Ag TechInventures, LLC. Karen’s business experience encompasses both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with over twenty-five years of successful leadership experience in executive management, start-ups, and technology commercialization. Karen started her career at a Fortune-500 insurance company holding positions of increasing responsibility from programmer to controller to general manager of a 500-person Property & Casualty service center. Before founding the innovation labs, her first entrepreneurial venture was launching a franchise bioremediation company that she later sold. Her next entrepreneurial venture was co-founding a Silicon Valley based software company.

Karen is the recipient of multiple awards including the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Outstanding Service Award, induction into the WRAL TechWire Hall of Fame, and the 2022 Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Demeter Award of Excellence. Along with her professional duties Karen serves as a board member for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Arboretum, AgLaunch, and LCBA Life Insurance Company.


University of Dayton (MBA)
Eastern Michigan University (BBA Information Technology)