Team

MedStartr is fortunate to have attracted a group of like-minded healthcare entrepreneurs and people passionate about innovation and catalyzing change.

 Our Team

Alex Fair, MS
Alex Fair, MSCo-Founder and CEO
While working on his Ph.D. in Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Alex took a break to found his first health tech startup. That first company was bought by a company that had just gone public and he has never looked back, starting new companies and running them ever since. He still wants to cure cancer and fix healthcare, but now he does so by enabling hundreds of new companies to get to market faster and more reliably. He has also served as adviser or mentor to scores of startups, corporations, accelerators, and governments; designed the NYC HealthTech Pilot program; and developed H2NYC, the world’s largest Health Innovation meetup group that has helped hundreds of new ideas in healthcare get found and funded faster and was the genesis of MedStartr.
Jonathan Fair, MSManging Director
Most recently, as Executive Vice President of Douglaston Development from 2005-18, Jonathan oversaw the development, construction, management and disposition of over $2 billion worth of market rate rental, hospitality, mixed use and condominium developments locally and nationally. Before joining Douglaston Development, Jonathan was Senior Vice President of Development of Forest City Ratner, responsible for the development of the approximately 4,500 planned residential units associated with the Barclays Stadium complex in Brooklyn.  Prior to that position, he was the Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and an Officer of the New York City Industrial Development Agency for 8 years.  All totaled Jonathan had executive responsibility over $20 billion worth of projects.  With his deep connections to investors and municipal economic development programs, Jon Fair has been an invaluable asset to the Fund and MedStartr Portfolio companies connecting the best startups and MedStartr teams to investors and communities that are interested in getting involved in healthcare innovation. 

Robert DeLeonardisManging Director at Medstartr Venture Partners
Robert brings with him relationships across a wide range of businesses and a skill set of leadership, growth, strategy, restructure, deal-making and initiative to improve portfolio companies performances and identify new investments in the Medstartr family of funds.  Prior to Medstartr, Robert and his partners structured the mergers, and acquisition of their companies to one of the largest real estate companies in the US. As private investor, Robert has actively engaged and participated in the turnaround of several early stage investments and subsequent successful exits. Robert’s addition to Medstartr Ventures has helped expand the platform and deal flow with the goal of finding, funding, and accelerating best in class startup companies and identify new investments to create additional value in our Medstartr venture fund and to find the best solutions in healthcare. 
Theresa Merrill, MS
Theresa Merrill, MSCo-Founder and Clinical Review Officer
Theresa Merrill joins the team bringing an MBA in Chemical Pharmaceutical Studies from FDU, a combined Zoology/Psychology degree from Rutgers, and 25 years of combined pharmaceutical, biotechnology, Clinical Review Officer and academic experience. Her therapeutic focus has been Immunology, Oncology and Neurology, but she has worked in multiple other therapeutic areas, holding Director level posts at several companies. Theresa’s passions are Public Heath, mHealth, and advancing therapies for the treatment of incurable diseases around the world. She takes a particular interest in rural America and Africa and is passionate about doing what can be done to fight disease due to extreme poverty. Her 2 kids, 2 rescue dogs, and 5 rescue cats keep her occupied when she is not out trying to save the world.
Mike Pence
Mike PenceCo-Founder and CTO
Mike originally Joined Alex’s team at FairCareMD not long after he left Kickstarter’s initial development team. He was the lead developer at Kickstarter initially and went on to develop the highly successful Artist-focused music marketplace TuneCore. In 2010 he then joined Alex in his FairCareMD venture, building out the MVP and 100 iterations as the two tried to hack price transparency for healthcare (still a work in progress.) A developer who understands business needs and performs miracles regularly, Mike is a Ruby on Rails Guru level programmer that speaks publicly on the topic and has contributed significantly to the open source community. After the JOBS act passed in 2012 Mike started building out our new crowdfunding platform, reinvented for healthcare. He also utilized the code base to help out dozens of other platforms get going through his consulting company, gaining vast experience in the space and helping many new ideas get found and funded faster. Now that title II of the Jobs act is a reality and platforms like Angel.co are doing equity crowdfunding without issue, Mike is building out our next version and it should be great!