Developing Stem Cell Solutions

The Isthmus Foundation (TIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming stem cell discoveries into cures for unmet medical needs. Through our alliances we bridge the gap between academic and scientific research and the development and delivery of more effective patient therapies. Our advocacy and passion leverage regional and global resources, partnerships, and funds to advance promising stem cell science for human health.

Stem cells are powerful because of their versatility. The ability to differentiate into other cell types, to repair and modify injured and diseased tissue and be manufactured and delivered as clinical products holds the promise for developing new treatments and cures for a wide range of conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease & neurological

Board Of Directors

Ross Dunbar | Executive Director and Chair
Operations, Supply-chain, Business Development & Management

James Dutton, PhD | Vice Chair

Biology and Research

Asst. Prof at University of Minnesota, Stem Cell Institute

Sharon Roberg-Perez, PhD | General Counsel, Secretary
Partner Robins, Kaplin, LLP
Biology and Legal

Steve Wold | Treasurer
Retired Executive VP & CFO; Skywater Technology
Accountancy and Finance

Board Advisors

Name Entity Discipline
Stacy Eichenlaub, MBA Owner/ Founder of Kinetica Consulting, LLC


Jeffrey N. Gibbs Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. (Washington, D.C.)

FDA & Regulatory

Gary L. Graham Vice President Operations at Aria CV Operations
Don Hardison President & CEO of Biotheranostics  (CA) Management
Caleb Kennedy, PhD Senior Director, Healthcare, at Somalogic Bio Statistics
Susan Keirstead, PhD University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute Faculty and Administrator. Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) (MN) Cell Biology
R. Don Keysser, PhD DBA, CM&AA, Managing Partner, Hanover, Ltd. (MN)


Ann Lenczewski Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (MN) (Minnesota House Representative (former) (1999-2015) Government Relations
Dan Mans Co-Founder, Executive Partner at Voyageur Medical Management, Clinical and Regulatory

Prof. Timothy D. O’Brien

DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute Faculty, Division Head, Comparative Pathology, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM) (MN) Cell Biology
Charlotte Pendleton VP Lifescience  and Medical Sales – MEDSEARCH  (NY)

Sales & Marketing

Laura Sullivan Sr. Commercial Operations Leader, GE Healthcare Life Sciences (MA) Reimbursement

Tom Tack

Founder & Principal, Beta Wave Consulting, LLC (MN) Sales & Marketing

Pete Thomas, MBA

Former Medtronic Business Unit Director

Supply Chain & Commercial

Tim Tripp, MBA

Director of Cell and Gene Therapy Operation at Be The match Biotherapies


Patrick Walsh, MS CEO Anatomic Inc,  UMN Stem Cell Start Up, (MN) Research/Start up