Bob is a broad-based executive with 30 years of experience and a demonstrated record of achievement in building and growing innovative life science technology businesses. His journey has included stops at multinational corporations, mid-cap growth companies, venture-backed startups, and a new breed of not-for-profit/for-profit hybrid enterprises launched by long-term, impact-oriented investors.
Since 2000, Bob has been a co-founder & CEO of two high profile startups, has helped to raise more than $225 million in capital, has been associated with exits of $2.5 billion in total potential value, and has learned plenty of important “life lessons” along the way.
Bob founded Catalyst Growth Partners in 2009 to advise entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries on the design of bold business models and growth strategies, to facilitate key financings and partnerships, to mentor emerging leaders, and to serve in interim operating roles in startups and early-stage enterprises.
In 2015, Bob joined the Busch School of Business and Economics and co-founded the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship in 2016. He directs the Enterprise Solutions for Inner Cities Project and leads the Summer Business Institute. In 2017, the Ciocca Center launched its unique small business growth acceleration partnership in Washington, D.C. with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. ICIC was founded in 1994 by Michael Porter of Harvard Business School.
Bob is interested in the intersection of faith, creativity and human flourishing, and is exploring the reemergence of spiritual entrepreneurs, their nascent ecosystems, and new academic pathways for amplifying these societal movements.