About Us

Our Board

Our Board of Directors are built to help guide our vision, bringing extensive experience in clinical drug development with a keen perspective on emerging technologies, next generation analytics and the application of precision medicine. Click to expand.

Vern Davenport

Vern DavenportVern Davenport is Partner at NovaQuest Capital Management and has more than 35 years experience of building and transforming healthcare technology and services companies. He is Investment Committee Member at NovaQuest Private Equity.

Before NovaQuest, Vern was CEO and Board Member at Medfusion. Previously, Vern was Chairman and CEO of Medquist before and after the privatization of the company. He rebranded the company to M*Modal and led the take private process, resulting in the sale to One Equity Partners.

Vern’s experience includes President, Allscripts; CEO, Misys Healthcare; GM & EVP, Kodak Health Group (now Carestream Health) and executive leadership roles at Siemens and Shared Medical Systems. He also was at IBM for 11 years, serving in sales leadership and executive management positions. 

Vern received an MBA and a BSBA in Business from East Carolina University.  He serves on the East Carolina Board of Trustees and the WakeMed Health and Hospitals Boards and has held other board positions.

Nick Dyer

Nick DyerNick Dyer is the CEO of Catalyst Clinical Research, LLC and has more than 21 years experience in healthcare and life sciences.  Previously, Nick was President of Novella Clinical and also served as Chief Commercial Officer.  At Novella, Nick fervently embraced the need for therapeutically-focused CRO solutions interlaced with a flexible, small biotech, customer service model.  Nick also led clinical operations, finance, IT, and sales/marketing functions for Quintiles (IQVIA) and Pharmaceutical Product Development.  Previously, Nick led a finance group for a large UK based hospital following a three-year postgraduate healthcare management program with the UK National Health Service.

Nick received a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Greenwich, London and qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1995.

Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards has over 18 years of investment experience and is a Partner at NovaQuest Capital Management. He is responsible for transaction origination, investment policy, fundraising, and the day-to-day management of NovaQuest Capital Management. In addition, he directs the Private Equity team in acquisitions, divestitures, and oversight of portfolio companies.

Prior to joining NovaQuest, Jeff co-led the Principal Investment Private Equity program at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, leading the efforts in the Healthcare and Industrial sectors across a variety of geographies. In that role, he was responsible for making investment decisions, deal origination, as well as portfolio construction and portfolio management.

Jeff’s previous experience also includes M&A advisory work for Raymond James Capital Markets, focusing on middle-market companies. He also worked for State Street Global Markets (SSGM). His efforts were focused on private equity fund formation, portfolio management, and investment due diligence. Before moving back to the capital markets sector, Jeff worked in finance and administrative roles in the healthcare industry with Carolinas HealthCare Systems and HCA, Inc. He started his career with the middle market investment bank RW Baird.

Jeff received an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MSF from Boston College, and a BA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is also a CAIA Charter Holder.


Jeffrey Kasher, PhD

Jeff Kasher, PhDDr. Jeff Kasher is a pharmaceutical development executive with more than 30 years of experience. He focused on improving clinical outcomes, bringing patients and research sites into the drug development process, and decreasing time to market.  He is a top 20 Innovators Changing the Face of the Clinical Trials Industry and was recognized on The Medicine Maker Power List 2015.

Jeff spent 28 years at Eli Lilly and Company serving in various leadership positions, including VP of Clinical Innovation and Implementation and VP and Chief Operation Officer of the Global Clinical Development Organization. 

Jeff was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine and received a PhD, Pharmacology from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He received a BS in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College. Jeff currently serves as Board Director of Javara Research, an integrated research organization, and is President of Patients Can’t Wait LLC.

Robin Smith Hoke

Ms. Robin Smith Hoke is a seasoned pharmaceutical and healthcare executive with a passion for linking commercial strategies with innovation to drive company growth and transformation. She is results-oriented and thrives on aligning and building productive and engaged management teams.

For the past 6 years, Ms. Hoke served as President and CEO of Leiters, an FDA-registered outsourcing facility under 503B of the DQSA. Under her leadership, Leiters experienced a growth rate exceeding 1200% and a successful sale to a private equity (PE) financial sponsor.

Prior, at Cardinal Health, her roles included Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Strategic Initiatives, Generic Pharmaceuticals, and General Counsel for the pharmaceutical technologies & services business segment. She also held legal roles at Abbott Laboratories and was Partner in the business law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Co., L.P.A.

 Ms. Hoke has served on several private and public boards, including Ricerca Biosciences, a PE-backed, pre-clinical CRO, and Camargo Pharmaceuticals, LLC., a global 505B2 specialty services company. Her public board experience includes Aeterna Zentaris and Oncobiologics. She currently serves on the board of AeroSafe Global, a strategic advisor to Leiters.  She received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude, and her undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University.