Rob A. Rutenbar, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, LifeX Labs

Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, Ph.D., is a computer scientist/engineer and entrepreneur. He led a research group at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and served as Head of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Rutenbar is now the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, leading the entire billion-dollar research portfolio.

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Evan Facher,Ph.D., M.B.A.

Interim CEO, LifeX Labs

Evan Facher is Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously he worked in Bayer Healthcare’s medical device division as General Manager of its Pittsburgh Interventional business and served as Executive Director of Corporate Development overseeing company strategy and M&A.


Steven E. Reis, MD

Board of Directors, LifeX Labs

Steven E. Reis, MD, is Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, Health Sciences, and Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the founding director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which supports biomedical discovery and the translation of biomedical advances into clinical practice.


Mara McFadden, M.B.A.

VP of Product and Medical Devices

Mara McFadden, MBA, is an industry executive with deep experience in medical devices and consumer technology companies. A mechanical engineer, Mara has developed, commercialized, and driven market growth for giants such as Johnson & Johnson and Philips Healthcare, as well as early-stage companies.


Colleen M. Cassidy, Ph.D.

Director, Biopharmaceutical Active Management Group

Dr. Colleen Cassidy, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and electrophysiologist with expertise in sensory biology, chronic pain, and addiction as well as early stage startup development. Her research provided unprecedented detail about the organization of the peripheral nervous system and is published in top-tier scientific journals. She also works with prominent angel investment groups identifying and evaluating high quality life sciences companies.


Kim Magazine

Director of Operational Excellence

Kim Magazine leads our organization’s culture of excellence.

Her roles include heading the company’s operations. Her expertise comes from running operations at Nextel and at PNA Innovations. In addition, she also leads Human Resources, where she strives to unlock the potential of every team member to achieve unprecedented performance.


Wes Conard

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Wes Conard leads strategic communications and marketing for LifeX. He has held similar positions at Affymetrix as Senior Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, Ion Torrent as Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications and, and Head of Marketing and Communications at 4Catalyzer. His career started as a reporter for Bloomberg and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His expertise is in communicating biotechnology innovations to the marketplace.

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Gunnar Gillespie

Research Analyst

Gunnar Gillespie performs due diligence and interviews companies looking to be incorporated into the LifeX portfolio. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall college, where he majored in Biology.