Massachusetts Innovation Works
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Management Team

Management Team.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein came to the Merrimack Valley after completing his fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Mass from 1991-2012, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine from 1993-2013.

Dr. Goldstein took up a second residence in Israel with his wife and 4 children in 2012. He assumed the position of Residency Director at Sheba Medical Center in 2013 where he has been providing clinical care, teaching residents and conducting retrospective and prospective clinical research. Dr. Goldstein's primary research interest was the development of methods to reduce tumor motion when patients with breast, lung and upper GI tumors receive radiation treatments. Dr. Goldstein's group has presented their findings at numerous scientific meetings and published their initial work in leading radiation oncology publications. Under his leadership, several patents have been submitted by Sheba Medical Center to use their device in patients receiving radiation treatment.

Dr. Goldstein became interested in the use of medical cannabis for control of pain, nausea and appetite improvement in cancer patients soon after moving to Israel, where medical cannabis has been in use for over a dozen years. He found that patients who suffered from cancer were using much lower doses of opiates and were not having as many of the adverse side effects as seen in his patients in Lowell. With the greater acceptance of medical cannabis within the Commonwealth and across the country, Dr. Goldstein realized that research to better understand and quantify the medicinal benefits of Cannabinoids is now possible. He has accepted the position of Vice Chairman of the Cannabis Research Center, Sheba Medical Center, Israel and is working to establish collaboration for medical research between Israel and Massachusetts.

Advisors:

Tom Regan

Tom is President of Mindful Colorado and is responsible for all Operations, including Retail (5 stores) and Wholesale sales, cultivation and extraction operations, and compliance. Tom has spent more than 25 years in product development, supply chain, operations and finance. He has held leadership positions in Fortune 100 global organizations and successful venture-backed start-up companies, including Cisco, Arrowpoint (acquired by Cisco), Altiga (acquired by Cisco) and Shiva (acquired by Intel). He has worked with many small companies helping them grow operations to large scale - both at Cisco and elsewhere. Tom is also a founder of t3 Interactive, a sensor-based software firm, specializing in business communications training. Tom has a BS from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston College. Tom has lived in North Andover for 23 years, was a member of the North Andover Booster Club Board, and served as commissioner of the youth football program for 5 years.

Mark Frechette

Mark has over 30 years of experience in Financial Management, in industries ranging from technology to manufacturing to banking. Mark has been the CFO of Mindful, one of the largest Colorado cannabis companies, for the last three years. His career includes positions at General Electric, State Street Boston and Source Electronics Corp, where he was CFO for 13 years and guided the company through significant growth. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, the General Electric Financial Management program, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Jack Garvin

Jack served 33 years in the Massachusetts State Police, retiring as Detective Lieutenant. Jack specialized in major crime investigations, including over 150 homicides, and further served in the Commanding Officer State Police Certification unit, providing background and licensing investigations. Jack earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Western New England College and is a United States Army Veteran with service in the Republic of Vietnam.

Hooks  Johnston

Currently the CEO of Andover Medical Devices, Hooks has spent over 40 years working with medical technology companies. His past experience includes Smith and Nephew in Andover where he was SVP and the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) in Lowell where he was Chairman of the Steering Committee. Additionally, Hooks has served as Chairman of the Andover, Massachusetts Planning Board and as president of the Board of Trustees of Edgewood Retirement Center. He is a resident of North Andover and is currently serving on the boards of three medical-related start-up and mid-sized companies. Hooks is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Harvard Business School.  

Harry van Duijne

Harry has over 25 years of experience in horticultural operations, most notably as a Master Grower and Team Leader for a world-class, indoor growing facility in the Netherlands. Harry has expertise in climate control systems, integrated pest management and cannabis cultivation.  (Anticipated start date of April 1, 2018)

Saar Shafir

Saar served as a senior civil servant in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, leading initiatives for fostering innovation in the fields of energy and transportation. Saar was part of the founding team and later Managing Director of the “Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative,” a government program that aimed to reduce dependence on oil in the economy. The program designed and built an ecosystem for innovation, including academic R&D funding programs, investment funds for startups and pilot projects, and an accelerator and community building program. Saar has promoted international collaborations with governments and strategic industry partners around the world, and has served on the boards of various governmental technology investment programs and innovation-oriented institutions. Before that, Saar was engaged in the design of national policies, international agreements, and investment promotion in the burgeoning domestic natural gas industry. Saar served as a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force and holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. (Anticipated start date of April 1, 2018)

Dan Leary

Dan is an early-stage company executive, focusing on the intersection of energy, technology, and agriculture. He has founded several energy-related companies, including PowerOwners, Nexamp and PanelClaw. Each of these companies is a market leader in its category. Additionally, Dan led the development of the Osgood Solar project which supplies net metering credits to offset the costs of electricity for the Town of North Andover's municipal accounts. Before joining the private sector, Dan held the rank of Captain in the United States Army and served as a company commander of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), specializing in healthcare infrastructure and construction management. Dan earned his Master of Business Administration at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University.