THE BOARD

Mary U. Musacchia
Mary U. MusacchiaChair, Board of Directors and Executive-in-Residence
Mary Musacchia serves as a Chairman of the Board and an Executive in Residence for First Flight Venture Center, Inc. as well as having her own law practice. She has devoted more than 25 years to building and managing corporate organizations, including SAS Institute where her assignments included Counsel to the CEO, Director of Global Government Affairs and General Counsel. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to corporate governance and board management. Mary also served as a Sr. VP for International Business Development at ACS, Inc. Government Solutions Group.  Board service has been a part of Mary’s career, having served Chair of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED); Information Technology Association of America’s Software Division and was the first chair of its China Committee; Leadership Triangle; Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology and Science; North Carolina Virtual Public Schools; University Of NC School Of Law’s Journal of Law and Technology (NC JOLT); NC Bar Association Board of Governors and more. Her commitment to economic development includes having served as a co-chair of the Global Competitiveness Task Force of Governor Jim Hunt’s Vision 2030 and was on the first and several years of grant reviews for the NC Green Fund. She has served on 2 private early stage company boards and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.  In 2013 Mary was recognized by the NC Women’s Forum for her years of service on public boards and commissions and is the recipient of the 2001 Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award.
Larry Wilson
Larry WilsonTreasurer, Board Member
Larry T. Wilson served as President & CEO of Coastal Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1974 until his retirement in 2012. Active in the credit union movement since 1972, Wilson was a member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Credit Union League from 1974 to 2002, serving as its chairman from 1980 to 1984. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation appointed Wilson to serve on an Advisory Committee to create a National Secondary Market for Home Improvement Loans from 1980 to1982. In 1991, NAFCU recognized his credit union as the Credit Union of the Year. He was appointed to the Federal Reserve Thrift Advisory Council for the 1995-96 term. From 2002-2011, Wilson served as the NAFCU Region III Director. Wilson served on the Credit Union Direct Lending Corporation Board of Directors from 2004-2012. Wilson has served as a CUNA national director, and on various CUNA committees. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the North Carolina Credit Union League. He joined the CUNA Mutual Board of Directors in May 1986. He served as chairman of the board from 1997 to 1999 and has also held the offices of vice chairman, treasurer and secretary. In July of 2012, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University in 1972.
Norris Tolson
Norris TolsonBoard Member
With over 30 years leadership experience in private and public sectors, Norris Tolson has a keen knowledge of business and economic development.  Before joining Williams Mullen, Norris spent 7 years as the CEO of the NC Biotech Center, where he was instrumental in the incredible growth and success of the life sciences industries in NC. Prior, Norris served in 3 NC cabinet positions: Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Department of Transportation and Department of Commerce, as well as serving in the NC General Assembly. Norris spent 28 years in key leadership positions for DuPont where he ran the Agrichemicals Marketing Division and was Sr. VP of DuPont’s electronics business division. His breadth of experience in the public and private sectors includes responsibilities for strategic planning for growth in the public and private sector, ranging from multi-billion dollar science driven companies to assisting science based startups seeking focused assistance in incubator environments.  Serving on many boards in NC – NC State Universities Board of Trustees finishing his service as the Vice Chair, the NC Community College Board, the NC Economic Development Board, NC Science, Technology and Innovation Board and the Bio-Fuels Center Board, Norris is NC native from Pinetops and received his undergraduate degree from NC State University. 
Fred D. Hutchison
Fred D. HutchisonBoard Member
Fred works with a variety of companies, from startups and university spinouts to publicly held companies, in a wide range of industries but with particular emphasis on the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare services, software and advanced materials industries. Fred’s practice is focused on corporate, venture capital, securities and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly counsels clients not only on their legal needs, but also on the business issues involved in starting and growing companies. Prior to founding Hutchison in 1996, Fred was a partner at Petree Stockton & Robinson (now Kilpatrick Stockton) and Moore & Van Allen. Fred spent five years practicing in the municipal finance, securities, banking and bank regulatory areas with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.
Kenneth R. Tindall, Ph.D.
Kenneth R. Tindall, Ph.D.Secretary, Board Member
Ken Tindall is responsible for the Biotechnology Center’s Science and Business Development efforts, which include the Business and Technology Development, Science and Technology Development, Education and Training and Centers of Innovation programs as well as Library and Information Services.  These programs currently administer 17 grants or loans and since 2000 have provided more than $35 million in support of North Carolina research, educational activities and biotechnology businesses. From 2000 – 2007, he also served as the president of the Biotechnology Center-sponsored North Carolina Genomics and Bioinformatics Consortium. Ken previously held positions at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Yale University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in genetics through the University of Tennessee at the Oak Ridge National Lab. Since 1994, he has been an adjunct professor in the Toxicology Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ken speaks widely on innovation, technology commercialization and the role of public-private partnerships in growing life science clusters.
Jean Davis
Jean DavisBoard Member
Jean Davis is president and CEO of MCNC, a technology non-profit that builds, owns and operates a leading-edge broadband infrastructure for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit health care and other community institutions. Davis is also currently a member of the NC Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation. Prior to joining MCNC, Davis was COO and Executive Director of Business, Industry and Trade at the NC Department of Commerce, a partner at Empire Properties and the co-founder/owner of Serentec, Inc., a regulatory compliance firm sold to Lloyds Registry UK in 2003. Davis also held progressive international positions at IBM, Computer Digest Magazine and McGraw Hill. Davis is a 2005 Eisenhower Fellow and 2009 Henry Toll Fellow. She received her undergraduate honors degree in Political Science and Business Administration at New England College in Arundel, England and her Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.
Peter Ginsberg
Peter GinsbergBoard Member
Peter Ginsberg is Vice President of Business Development at BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc (BDSI). His focus is on partnering BDSI’s products outside the US and acquiring promising drug candidates to expand the company’s pain and addiction drug portfolio. Prior to BDSI, he led business development for United Therapeutics, a former resident of First Flight Venture Center. Ginsberg also served as VP of Business & Technology Development for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, where his group financed and advised emerging life science companies. He also consulted to a range of healthcare companies on BD transactions and strategic opportunities.

Previously, Ginsberg headed business development and strategic planning for SurModics, a publicly traded leader in the field of drug delivery. He also spent 15 years in the healthcare investment industry, during which time he was named a Wall Street Journal All-Star as Piper Jaffray’s lead biotechnology analyst.

Ginsberg acts as a reviewer for both the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the CFA Institute. He earned an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Board Member
Cat Lineberry is Principal and Co-Founder of Sunrise Therapeutics, LLC, a firm that provides consulting services on corporate development and strategic business issues as well as on clinical and regulatory issues in drug development. Cat has more than 30 years of cross-functional pharmaceutical experience in basic and clinical research, as well as experience in business development and marketing. She was formerly the Co-Founder and President of Lineberry Research Associates (LRA), a privately held CRO and strategic consulting firm that provided drug development services to the pharmaceutical industry. LRA received numerous awards in the business and scientific community for its sustained growth and success over more than a decade. It was also widely recognized for its focus on corporate culture and commitment to community service. The company was acquired in 2006 after which Cat served as Vice President, Strategic Affairs.
Prior to founding LRA, Cat spent 14 years at Burroughs Wellcome Co. (now GlaxoSmithKline), holding positions in clinical research, product management, managed care and corporate affairs. Actively involved in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology community, Cat has been an advisor to several firms in the RTP area and served on the Board of Gentris Corporation, a pharmacogenomics company.
In addition, Cat has maintained her focus on community service; she is the past Board Chair of the local area Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and continues to serve on the Board. She has also been involved with various strategic committees and/or volunteering roles for a an array of different organizations, including the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, The Nature Conservancy, various animal rescue organizations and reading programs for disadvantaged children. Cat has previous work experience in behavioral and neurological toxicology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and academic training in pharmacy administration. She graduated with highest honors with a B.A. in psychology and is Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.