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Our Team
  • founders
  • board & advisors
  • management

Our Team

founders

Dr. Daniel Anderson

MIT Associate Professor, David H. Koch Inst. for Integrative Cancer Research

Dan received his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of California at Davis. At MIT, he pioneered the use of robotic methods for the development of smart biomaterials for use in medical devices, cell therapy and drug delivery. In particular, the advanced drug delivery systems he has developed provide new methods for nanoparticulate and microparticulate drug delivery, non-viral gene therapy, siRNA delivery, and vaccines.

Dan currently is the senior scientific advisor for the Living Proof discovery group as well as senior advisor on the company's intellectual property strategy.

Jon Flint

Chairman and Co-Founder, Living Proof
Co-founder and General Partner, Polaris Partners

Jon originated Living Proof's vision of assembling a team of medical and biotech scientists to develop advanced technology for consumer hair products. Jon served as CEO of Living Proof from November 2010 through December 2011. He is also the co-founder and a managing general partner of Polaris Partners, a $3 billion venture capital fund with offices in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. Jon's current board seats include Athletes' Performance and JibJab Media.

Dr. Robert Langer

Co-founder and Board Member, Living Proof
MIT Institute Professor

Dr. Bob Langer is one of only 13 MIT Institute Professors and the pioneer of tissue engineering and drug delivery through the skin without needles.  His research has led to treatments for over 10 million patients.  With his name attached to over 800 patents and thousands of articles, Bob is the most cited engineer in history.  In addition to over 210 awards, Bob holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever elected into all three National Academies (science, engineering and medicine). He has been named one of the 18 most important people in science or medicine and one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future.  Bob is a co-founder, Chief Scientific Advisor and idea generator for the scientific discovery at Living Proof.

Dr. Amir Nashat

Partner, Polaris Partners

Amir has been investing in technology breakthroughs at Polaris since 2002. During this time, he has helped start companies in areas ranging from bioactive devices to stem cells to consumer devices to energy. As the startup CEO of Living Proof (then named Andora), Amir led much of our early technological innovation and creation. Prior to joining Polaris, Amir did basic research on advanced composite materials and bioactive micro-machines at UC Berkeley, and polymers and neural stem cells at MIT.

Mitch DeRosa

Stylist and Owner, Mitchell John Salon

A hairstylist and color expert for over 25 years, Mitch trained alongside the top hairstylists in North America and Europe before launching his own salon, Mitchell John Salon in 1989, located in Boston's Financial District. Over the years, Mitch has worked with such magazines as Italian Vogue, German Elle, and Harper's Bazaar as well as with models and celebrities, including Gisele Bundchen, Natalia Vodianova and Daria Werbowy. Mitch is actively involved in all areas of Living Proof's business including technology screening and product evaluation across our hair programs.

Ward Stegerhoek

Editorial and Runway Stylist

Ward began his career as a teenager styling hair in some the most progressive salons in Amsterdam. Trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, he quickly realized that his interest was in styling for editorial and runway and made his way to Paris. Since then, he has worked around the world for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Numero, Elle, Marie Claire and Allure. He has also been the creative stylist on the runway shows for Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Donna Karan; he's also worked with some of the world's top photographers and celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. Ward spent seven years as art director and product developer for Bumble & Bumble. Today, Ward is working on new product development at Living Proof.

board

Dr. Daniel B. Dubin

Vice Chairman, Leerink Swann; Founder, MEDACorp

Dr. Daniel Dubin has served as an advisor to life sciences companies and investors for the past 16 years. Prior to working at Leerink Swann, he served as Chariman of MetaWorks, instructor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and member of the Clinical Executive Committee at the Bringham and Women’s Hospital. Dan also founded MEDACorp, a provider of insights on the commercial potentials of biotherapeutics and medical devices to institutional investors and life science companies. He is a board-certified dermatologist and has published over 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications.

Jon Flint

Chairman and Co-Founder, Living Proof
Co-founder and General Partner, Polaris Partners

Jon originated Living Proof's vision of assembling a team of medical and biotech scientists to develop advanced technology for consumer hair products. Jon served as CEO of Living Proof from November 2010 through December 2011. He is also the co-founder and a managing general partner of Polaris Partners, a $3 billion venture capital fund with offices in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. Jon's current board seats include Athletes' Performance and JibJab Media.

Peter Barton Hutt, Esq.

Board Member, Living Proof
Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling

Peter has had his hands in almost every major food and drug law passed in the last 35 years. He served as chief counsel for the FDA and long term outside counsel of the Personal Care Products Council, the Grocery Manufacturers of America and the Council for Responsible Nutrition. In recent years, he has become deeply involved in the biotech field and helps Living Proof understand regulatory issues.

Dr. Robert Langer

Co-founder and Board Member, Living Proof
MIT Institute Professor

Dr. Bob Langer is one of only 13 MIT Institute Professors and the pioneer of tissue engineering and drug delivery through the skin without needles.  His research has led to treatments for over 10 million patients.  With his name attached to over 800 patents and thousands of articles, Bob is the most cited engineer in history.  In addition to over 210 awards, Bob holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever elected into all three National Academies (science, engineering and medicine). He has been named one of the 18 most important people in science or medicine and one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future.  Bob is a co-founder, Chief Scientific Advisor and idea generator for the scientific discovery at Living Proof.

Grace Ray

Chief Executive Officer

Grace has over 17 years of experience building successful brands and launching profitable and innovative product lines. Prior to joining Living Proof, Grace was the VP of Global Marketing at Smashbox Cosmetics, which was acquired by Estee Lauder. At Smashbox, she played an instrumental role in building the brand to become one of the fastest growing prestige cosmetic brands in the world, overseeing all aspects of new product strategy, brand development, marketing, merchandising and public relations. Prior to Smashbox, Grace gained substantial marketing experience with L’Oreal and Nestle where she led brand management and innovation of several global brands. Grace holds an MBA from Harvard and an engineering degree from University of Michigan.

advisors

Dr. Rox Anderson

Director, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rox Anderson graduated from MIT and received his MD degree from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program.  Rox’s  research led to the development of many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in medicine to treat birthmarks, macular degeneration, cancer, acne and hair removal.  Rox led the team that developed the technology behind the revolutionary Fraxel® laser system which smoothes wrinkles and lessens the effects of sun damage.  Rox has been awarded over 60 national and international patents, and has co-authored over 250 scientific books and papers.

Dr. David Puerta

Advisor, Hair Discovery

David received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego where he focused on the design, synthesis and evaluation of small molecule inhibitors of metalloproteins. His work led to the discovery and development of a new class of metalloprotein inhibitors and changed the way researchers look at the design of such compounds. During his four year tenure, David's research led to over a dozen publications and two US patent applications. As an advisor to our haircare program, he's been at the forefront of how our technology works with the physiology of hair.

management

Grace Ray

Chief Executive Officer

Grace has over 17 years of experience building successful brands and launching profitable and innovative product lines. Prior to joining Living Proof, Grace was the VP of Global Marketing at Smashbox Cosmetics, which was acquired by Estee Lauder. At Smashbox, she played an instrumental role in building the brand to become one of the fastest growing prestige cosmetic brands in the world, overseeing all aspects of new product strategy, brand development, marketing, merchandising and public relations. Prior to Smashbox, Grace gained substantial marketing experience with L’Oreal and Nestle where she led brand management and innovation of several global brands. Grace holds an MBA from Harvard and an engineering degree from University of Michigan.

Michelle Brett

Vice President of Retail Sales

Michelle brings over 15 years of experience in driving sales growth and launching brands in the retail sector. Prior to joining Living Proof, Michelle launched and built several successful independent beauty brands including Jonathan Product, Caudalie and L'Occitane, managing various aspects of sales including brick & mortar, electronic retailing, wholesale and b2b. Today, Michelle oversees the planning and execution of Living Proof's global sales and education strategy.

Anne-Marie Kline

Vice President of Marketing

Anne-Marie has over 20 years driving complex cross-channel marketing campaigns for brands across CPG, automotive, travel, insurance, technology, sports, music and retail. A respected industry thought leader, she’s been named one of Business Insider’s “Most Creative Women in Advertising.” Prior to joining Living Proof, she spent 10 years at Digitas where she built the Social Content practice and award-winning BrandLIVE, DigitasLBi’s proprietary real-time marketing platform and approach, which drives relevance and value for brands every day. Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Anne-Marie was the Director of Brand Communications at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group. Before that she was at Wolf Associates, where she developed premiere sports marketing programs for Fortune 500 brands. Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College.

Jay Morris

Vice President/GM, Salon Channel

Jay has over 20 year experience in the professional beauty industry and has held senior level positions with American Crew, Creative Nail Design, Alterna and GKhair. In addition he owned a successful professional beauty distributorship in Arkansas and Texas, as well as owning 2 salons in Dallas, Texas. He has received several industry awards and achievements, including being honored as an industry “Young Gun” by American Salon Magazine for outstanding growth and commitment to the professional beauty industry, appointed to “President’s Advisory Board” L’Anza Research Int’l, Board Member “Executive Planning Team” for Creative Nail Design, and Principal and Board Member for Alterna Holdings, Inc.

Jon Shore

Chief Financial Officer

Jon brings 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and strategic management to Living Proof. He has experience in both the high tech and biotech industries in raising venture equity and has led efforts to secure several debt facilities at prior organizations. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Rhytec, a medical device manufacturer. Prior to this position, he also held senior finance and operations positions at several start-up organizations. Jon began his career in public accounting at Deloitte and Touche and is a CPA. At Living Proof, he is responsible for all of the financial, administrative, and logistical operations.

Eric Spengler

Chief Commercialization Officer and SVP of R&D.

Eric Spengler joined Living Proof in September, 2007. Eric is a seasoned consumer product development expert with over 27 years of research and development experience. Prior to joining Living Proof, Eric was Sr. Director OTC Health Care Development at Combe Incorporated where he led technical new product development for Combe's skin care, feminine care, oral care, denture care and men's grooming businesses. Before joining Combe, he held the position of Sr. Director of Hair Color Product Development for Clairol and VP R&D for Clairol's professional salon division - Matrix Essentials. Prior to Clairol, Eric gained substantial development experience with Procter & Gamble where he led the development of several global skin care new product introductions for Olay and Clearasil.