K. Michael Forrest
K. Michael Forrest is Founder and Chairman of Apex Bioventures, LLC, a private investment and consulting company focusing on emerging companies in the healthcare industry. Mr. Forrest has over 40 years of biotech and large pharma experience in top management, strategic planning, M&A, business development, marketing and sales in US and international markets. Mr. Forrest has served as CEO and as a Board Director at four US Biopharma companies. He has extensive contacts in the financial community, and is experienced in fund raising with Wall Street bankers, hedge funds, institutional investors and venture capitalists. From 2005-2009, Mr. Forrest was Co-Founder, President and COO of Apex Bioventures Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation that raised $69M in an Amex IPO. The company’s management team was comprised of highly experienced healthcare industry CEOs, strategic planners, and prominent scientists who examined over 300 US healthcare companies as potential acquisition targets using highly rigorous selection criteria. From 1991-2004, Mr. Forrest was President and CEO of US biotech companies encompassing the areas of gene discovery, gene activation, gene therapy, genomics, and specialty biopharmaceuticals. He raised over $97 million from US and European institutions through a secondary offering, seven self directed PIPES, and several out-licensing agreements and 3 acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Forrest occupied various senior management and marketing positions with Pfizer and Lederle, where he was VP of worldwide Strategic Planning, VP Lederle Laboratories with responsibility the company’s $495M branded and generic businesses in the US, and VP Lederle International where he was instrumental in growing the Company’s European and Japanese businesses from $230M to approximately $1B in sales over a period of just under seven years. Mr. Forrest holds B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University with concentrations in International Marketing, Economics, and Finance. His past military awards include: The Air Medal, 5th Oak Leaf Cluster, and US Army, Vietnam.