Co-Founder and Board Chairman - Sam Merchant
Mr. Merchant has over 30 years experience as Co-Chairman of a 3rd Generation Global Family Office. He has extensive success in growing companies globally in multiple industry sectors and verticals including but not limited to information-technology, healthcare, bio-technology, pharmaceutical, R&D, manufacturing, distribution, commercial realestate, banking and finance and other sectors. He has been instrumental in capital market development for 100+ international and domestic companies. In 1996 Mr. Merchant founded Merchants Financial Group, Ltd, an Atlanta firm that underwrites a broad spectrum of financings. He has structured, negotiated, and executed acquisition, sale and joint venture agreements with private and public companies including Fortune 500 companies across multiple continents.
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Research Officer, Cheryl Baker, Ph.D
Dr. Baker received her B.S. summa cum laude, in Chemistry from Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) in 1994. In 1999, she received her Ph.D in Biochemistry from Texas Tech University. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Cancer Biology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. From 2001-2003, she conducted reserach as an Instructor of Surgery at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She holds an Adjunt Professor position at the University of Central Florida Medical School. From 2005-2010, Dr. Baker served as Director of the Cancer Research Institute of MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando (formerly affiliated with Orlando Health). During her time at MD Anderson-Orlando, she established and led a team of master and doctoral students, research scientists, physician-scientists and professors in multi-disciplinary cancer reserach projects. Dr. Baker has conducted cancer related research for over 20 years and is the recipient of research funding from local, state, and government agencies. Dr. Baker has published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and articles.