ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, November 13, 2023 – BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI), a leading organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the BioHealth industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric S. Edwards, Co-founder and CEO of Phlow Corporation, to its Board of Directors. In addition, Donna J. Edmonds, CEO of BRAINBox Solutions, Inc., has been appointed as the new Vice Chair of the Board.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Dr. Eric S. Edwards to our Board of Directors and to appoint Donna J. Edmonds as our new Vice Chair,” said Richard Bendis, BHI President and CEO. “Dr. Edwards' remarkable achievements in pharmaceutical innovation and his dedication to improving healthcare delivery are perfectly aligned with our mission at BHI. Similarly, Donna's extensive experience and proven leadership in the healthcare sector will be invaluable as we continue to drive forward our vision. Their appointments signify BHI's continued journey towards fostering a robust and dynamic BioHealth ecosystem in our region.”
Dr. Eric S. Edwards, currently the Co-founder and CEO of Phlow Corporation, brings a wealth of experience and innovation to BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI). With a remarkable career spanning pharmaceuticals and healthcare, Dr. Edwards is at the forefront of securing the supply chain for critical essential medicines in America. His visionary leadership extends beyond Phlow, as he co-founded Kaléo, Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to novel treatments for chronic and acute-care diseases.
Dr. Edwards’ remarkable inventions, including the lifesaving AUVI-Q epinephrine auto-injector and the Naloxone 10mg Auto-injector (R.O.C.S. - Rapid Opioid Countermeasure System), underscore his commitment to transforming healthcare. With over 240 patents and substantial experience helping numerous life science start-ups and entrepreneurs translate their science and ideas into successful FDA-approved products, Dr. Edwards is poised to make a substantial impact as a BHI Board of Directors member.
“I am thrilled to join the BHI Board of Directors alongside extraordinary industry leaders working to strengthen our regional biohealth ecosystem, support innovation, and translate promising ideas and products into successful entrepreneurial ventures,” said Dr. Eric S. Edwards.
Donna J. Edmonds, an esteemed healthcare professional with over 30 years of diverse experience, brings a profound understanding of the industry to BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI). Beginning her career as a critical care nurse, Donna transitioned into senior management roles within hospitals, physician group practices, and multi-national companies. Her contributions during her 8+ years at Baxter, where she held senior executive positions in business development, sales, and marketing, have significantly impacted patient care and healthcare cost reduction.
Donna’s leadership extends to the diagnostic industry, where she played pivotal roles in two company exits and earned recognition as a leader in Cardiovascular Diagnostics. Moreover, her entrepreneurial spirit led to the formation of Virginia Life Sciences Investments, Inc., where she led the Series A investment in ImmunArray and later in -licensed technology from Johns Hopkins and UCLA, leading to the subsequent spinout of BrainBox Solutions. The company has contributed to groundbreaking advancements in mild Traumatic Brain Injury, commonly referred to as concussions, and neurological disease diagnosis and monitoring. Donna J. Edmonds’ remarkable journey makes her an invaluable asset as the newly appointed Vice Chair of the BHI Board of Directors.
“Having been a member of this board for some time, and watching the enormous positive impact, bringing the region to 3rd in the nation in both company expansions and investments.” said Donna J. Edmonds.
About BioHealth Innovation, Inc.
BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) is a public-private nonprofit organization focused on accelerating BioHealth (therapeutic, diagnostic, MedTech, and health IT) commercialization in the BioHealth Capital Region (Maryland, DC, and Virginia). For more information: www.BioHealthInnovation.org
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