To execute the SDAC, a substantial team has been assembled.


Event Staff

The Brink SBDC

Mysty Rusk, The Brink SBDC

Noemi Pena, The Brink SBDC

University of San Diego

Fund Administrator

Signal Rock Capital

Will Fowler

Fund Managers

Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan is a business owner, consultant, and investor with over 20 years’ experience working in the high growth life sciences industry. As a seasoned marketing strategist, she led product management, managed corporate branding, and developed sales and marketing programs at Life Technologies (Thermo) and directed marketing initiatives at an entrepreneurial start up. Through her business, Goldfish Consulting, Amy assists companies at all stages with strategy, execution, and commercialization. She currently serves as chair of the communications committee for the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and co-fund manager for the San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC). Amy earned her BS in biochemistry from UC Davis and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Benton Moore

Benton Moore is CEO of Sea Dragon Capital, a fund for early-stage investments.  His most recent clean tech startup was acquired by private equity firm Oaktree Capital.  Benton brings to the team the perspectives of entrepreneur, attorney, and investor and the passion for scaling startups in diverse industries.

Benton earned his JD and MBA (New Venture Management) from University of San Diego as well as specialties in International Law from Trinity College, Dublin and Strategic Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In an adventurous change-making career of over $100M in deals, Benton’s proudest accomplishment is coaching his daughter’s undefeated soccer team.

Jad Duncan

Originally a stock broker and investment banker, Jad spent 10 years at General Atomics managing government contracts and purchasing. In 2000, he co-founded a software engineering government contracting business, growing the company to over 50 employees and $15M in annual revenue in under seven years. In 2008, Jad co-founded Goldfish Consulting having completed his web design certification at UCSD. Jad has a BA in mathematical economics from UC Berkeley, an MBA from San Diego State University, and is a graduate of the UC San Diego Digital Arts Center (DAC).

He loves spending time with his family, races cars and teaches racing with the Porsche Club, travels and has started doing triathlons with his son. 

Jason Scharf

Jason over the past 15+ years has specialized in driving strategy and innovation across biopharma, medtech, and diagnostics companies. At Illumina, he leads the delivery of the commercial strategic and operating plans and the pursuit of new growth opportunities. Prior to Illumina, Jason was responsible for strategy, business development, and market intelligence at Becton Dickinson, Amgen, CareDx, and other life sciences companies. In addition to his role as as a co-fund manager of the San Diego Angel Conference, he is an investor with Tech Coast Angels and a mentor with the NexCubed Digital Health Accelerator.

Michael Kimball

When you work in tech, you want an attorney who gets tech.

For the past 20+ years, Mike Kimball worked on deals and legal issues for companies of all sizes—from start-ups to multi-nationals. Mike is well versed in the tech space, from software, med-tech and “big data” to social media and IoT. Before that, Mike was a senior member of the Yahoo! legal team, negotiating many of the company’s technology deals and partner alliances. He’s been the chief legal counsel for start-ups like Krux Digital (acquired by Salesforce), an attorney at Commerce One (back in the day), and have supported multi-national transactions with the likes of Eurostar, Red Bull, Major League Baseball, NASDAQ, Goldman Sachs, Liveramp, AppNexus, Amazon and NASCAR. He also managed a specialty gas and chemical plant supplying gases and chemicals to the wafer fab industry in Silicon Valley.

Before all that, Mike was a naval officer on the nuclear attack submarine USS William H. Bates (SSN-680) where they conducted oceanographic research and training missions, and then a staff instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype & Training Unit in Idaho Falls, ID. Outside of work, he flies, skies, cycles, restores an Alfa Romeo and dines with his wife Dawn, their three grown children and yellow labs, Ollie & Maggie.

Sumner Webster

Sumner Webster was born and raised outside Boston, Massachusetts.  He attended Harvard University where he played football and earned a B.A in Economics.  Before earning his MBA from Johns Hopkins University Sumner worked in consulting, venture capital and startups. Today Sumner is the CEO of Iron Forge Development, one of the nation’s premier software development firms.

Brian Engleman

Brian is a strategic, entrepreneurial minded, business development leader with 20 years of Silicon Valley experience. He works in advanced technologies and consult with organizations globally, helping them understand where their technology can best be applied. He has broad industry experience, including high tech, enterprise software, energy and environmental sectors. Engleman helps others understand design thinking and strategy to envision what’s possible, and is passionate about innovation and seeks to work with others making positive impacts.

Richard Lin

Richard Lin is the founder of Explora BioLabs. He pioneered the concept of vivarium-as-a-service (trademarked by Explora) in 2004, when he recognized that early stage biotech companies can accelerate their preclinical research by using high quality third party on-demand labs that come with equipment, essential staff and regulatory support. After growing the company organically to 7 facilities in San Diego and the Bay Area, Richard successfully navigated the acquisition of Explora by a private equity search fund in mid-2018. 

Richard is passionate about community building. He currently serves as the chairman of LaunchBio, and leads the Biocom CRO committee. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Southern California Biotech Center, a training program based in Miramar College. Prior to founding Explora, Richard served in various senior research positions in several early stage biotech companies. Richard studied cancer biology and received a PhD from UC Berkeley.



Sebastian Lucier

Due Diligence Support

University Growth Fund