Gillian Isabelle, PhD

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

  • 15+ years experience working at the intersection of science and business, leading multidisciplinary teams and advancing early-stage technologies towards commercialization.
  • Five years at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as Founding Director of the Broad’s Business Development Office, leading negotiations that resulted in over $75 million in industry funding.
  • Held various positions in startup formation with PureTech Ventures in Boston, and in R&D and business development at Corning, Inc.
  • Worked in biomaterials laboratory researching drug delivery/tissue targeting technologies used widely today in the biotechnology industry.
  • SB and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jill Tobacco, MPH, RD

Chief Marketing Officer

  • 20+ years experience leading varying aspects of integrated brand and product marketing initiatives for-profit and non-profit organizations, on both the agency and client sides, including Nestle Waters, The Coca-Cola Company, The American Cancer Society, Weber Shandwick global agency, and DentaQuest.
  • Expertise in nutrition and health communications and consumer product marketing developing and executing strategic multi-channel business (B2B) and consumer (B2C) programs, including metrics linked to business performance.
  • Worked as a clinical dietitian and public health nutritionist at hospitals, community-based organizations and state government institutions.
  • BS in Nutritional Science from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; MPH in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Beth Lisman, Esq.

Legal Counsel

  • 25+ years experience as a legal executive for a vast array of industries including software development, bio-tech, life sciences, online and digital media and B2B publishing, serving as a legal and business partner for diversified management teams as well as their professional advisors and strategic partners.
  • Founder of a private legal practice representing clients ranging from independent entrepreneurs, private-equity portfolio companies and multi-national corporations in all aspects of legal affairs.
  • Worked in several legal and executive positions including Reed Elsevier Inc., and the law firm of Nutter, McClennan and Fish.
  • JD summa cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, and BA magna cum laude from Boston College.


Jason Walsh

Financial Advisor

  • 20+ years as senior finance and business development executive. Significant experience in start-up life science companies, emerging biotechnology firms, and large pharmaceutical companies.
  • Co-founder of two life science ventures, Provenance Biopharmaceuticals Corp. and Wisdom Biosciences Corp.
  • Founder and Managing Partner at Great Brook Biotech, a boutique life sciences consulting firm providing finance, operations, and strategy consulting to early stage life science companies.
  • MBA from Babson College, and BS in Management from the University of Massachusetts.