Rapid, Safe and Effective Vaccines for Global Health

Michael Artinger, PhD – CEO 

Dr. Artinger is an experienced life science professional, with decades of his career dedicated to creating new, life-saving therapeutics and vaccines. He is EVP and Managing Director of VIC Technology Venture Development, which creates and develops innovative life science companies based on technologies exclusively licensed from top research institutions worldwide. Examples of prior roles include high-impact positions at Sartorius, University of California, Decision Resources, and Genome Therapeutics. Dr. Artinger conducted his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, and received his PhD and BA from the University of California where he was an NSF Undergraduate Research Fellow.

Ray Goodrich, PhD – CSO 

In addition to serving as CSO, Dr. Goodrich is Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, as well as the Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Research Center at Colorado State University. Previously, he was VP of Scientific and Clinical Affairs and Chief Scientific Officer, Blood Bank Technologies, for Terumo BCT, a leading global medical device manufacturer. Dr. Goodrich has worked in medical research for over 29 years during which he has managed research staff and development programs in the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine and pathogen reduction technologies. He has been awarded over 50 patents covering technology in these areas and has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and abstracts. He has also served as the Principal Investigator for grants totaling over $40M from the United States Department of Defense. He earned his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Caltech and a BS in Chemistry from Ohio State University.

Calvin Goforth, PhD – Director

Goforth has extensive experience in start-up company development in founder, investor, board member, and executive roles. In these roles, he has raised tens of $millions in capital, helped bring several high value products from concept to market, and helped bring multiple companies to exit events. He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Early in his career, Dr. Goforth held positions at NASA (where he worked alternate semesters while pursuing his BS) and Rocketdyne, where he worked in the space shuttle main engine performance analysis group. He later received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He then returned to his home state of Arkansas and took a position as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. There, he received the school’s Halliburton Outstanding Researcher Award in Mechanical Engineering for three straight years.