Board of Directors

Bruce W. Kovacs, MD

bruce_kovacsBruce is the founder of Afecta and inventor of several of our core technologies. He has held senior executive management positions at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and University Healthcare Management, Inc., a national healthcare services company. In addition to co-founding GenePrints, a company that pioneered the use of DNA for purposes of human identification and disease diagnosis, he became a nationally recognized expert in human molecular genetics and received board certification in several medical specialties, including Clinical Molecular Genetics and OB/GYN. Dr. Kovacs has authored numerous papers and book chapters and is an inventor on several patents. He has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences focused on molecular genetics, clinical medicine, and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Kovacs received his M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and was a Clinical Professor and Director of the Molecular & Cytogenetics Laboratory at USC for over 20 years.

Alan Lewis, PhD

alan_lewisDr. Lewis has 37 years of experience as an executive in the life science industry. He spent 15 years at the pharmaceutical company Wyeth-Ayerst, where he was Vice President of Research, leading 550 scientists in translational research efforts including areas of diabetes, CNS, cardiovascular, inflammatory, allergy, and bone metabolism diseases. He served as CEO of Signal Pharmaceuticals, a drug development company that he successfully merged with Celgene and became President of Celgene’s research division in San Diego. Dr. Lewis earned his PhD from University of Wales, Cardiff and was a research fellow at University of Guelph, Canada and a research fellow at Yale School of Medicine. He is the author of 120 manuscripts and the editor of 7 books.

Woody Bryan, PhD

bryan_woodyDr. Bryan is currently SVP of Business Development at Lupin Pharmaceuticals. He previously served as VP of Business Development, Licensing at Supernus Pharmaceuticals and VP of Business Development for Shire Laboratories Inc. Dr. Bryan was also Director of Business Development for Pharmaceutics and Clinical Supply Manufacturing for AAI and he began his career with Schering-Plough in Pharmaceutics and Formulation Development. He received his B.S. in Zoology from Clemson University, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991, and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1999.

Hal Lieberman, MHA

Hal has over thirty years of experience in healthcare management, marketing, and consulting in the areas of pharma development, medical services and devices. Previously, he was the CEO of HemaCare Corporation, the only publicly traded, for profit blood services company to be licensed by the FDA and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. Mr. Lieberman was involved in the establishment of the USC Blood Center in Los Angeles and the Shandong Umbilical Cord Blood Center in Jinan, China. The blood management model he created while at HemaCare became the outsourcing standard in the blood banking industry. Mr. Lieberman helped organize and manage the first mobile CT scanning network in New York State. His pharma management experience includes the development of an immune therapy for AIDS and partnerships with Squibb, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. He has served on the board of directors of HemaCare Corporation (Van Nuys, CA), Atopix Pharmaceuticals (Carlsbad, CA), BioDiscovery, Inc. (El Segundo, CA), ALine, Inc. (Rancho Dominguez, CA), and the Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Los Angeles, CA). His speaking engagements include an entrepreneurship program at the Valley Economic Development Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Lieberman has been an advisor to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which awards grants to biomedical research projects that benefit national defense. Mr. Lieberman earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from The George Washington University, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Alan Menter, MD

Dr. Menter is a world-renowned, Board-Certified dermatologist and leader on psoriasis. He founded the International Psoriasis Council in 2004, as well as co-authored a groundbreaking study that identified the first gene involved in the development of psoriasis. Dr. Menter started the psoriasis center at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) and was its medical director from 1979 until 1999. Since 1994, he has been chairman of the Division of Dermatology at BUMC and elected one of the top doctors in the USA (1994–Present). He has been on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UT Southwestern) since arriving in Dallas and has been clinical professor of dermatology there since 1996. Dr. Menter has written over 350 articles, 5 books, and 21 book chapters in peer reviewed medical publications and has an international reputation as a clinician/researcher. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Journal of Clinical Dermatology, and Specialist Medicine-Dermatology.