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Power Moves: Capsulomics nabs ex-Delfi Diagnostics CFO

In addition, Innovation Works builds out its member business development team and BOPA announces new board leadership.

Capsulomics CFO Bill Stevens.

(Courtesy photo)

Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region. Got a new hire, gig or promotion? Email us: baltimore@technical.ly.


Baltimore-based Capsulomics recently hired Bill Stevens as its new chief financial officer. Stevens came to the position with decades of experience as the CFO of life sciences companies like Delfi Diagnostics, which he cofounded, and Personal Genome Diagnostics.  His new employer, which specializes in using DNA to detect cancer in the esophagus, is hoping to use his expertise to grow as they get closer to both FDA breakthrough device-designation and commercialization of the company’s prognostic tissue test.

“Bill brings the rare combination of a seasoned and proven financial and strategic leader with a patient-focused passion for growing life science startups,” said Capsulomics CEO and cofounder Daniel Lunz said in a statement. “His deep understanding of this industry will be a vital asset as we enter our next phase of growth.”

Stevens served as Delfi Diagnostics’ CFO when the company raised $100 million in funding to develop a blood test for early detection of cancer. Before then, he helped lead PGDx’s strategic partnership with China-based laboratory services company KingMed Diagnostics and thus put PGDx’s cancer tests on a global stage. When it comes to leading  life science companies in the cancer field, Stevens’ pedigree speaks for itself.

Innovation Works grows team by four

Social enterprise resource network Innovation Works has added four roles to its member business development team. The following four individuals are tasked with supporting the network’s social entrepreneurs and helping affiliated businesses grow:

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  • Kelsey Jones, manager of enterprise development: programs
  • Lamontre Randall, neighborhood strategy Manager
  • John Springer, Mentor Network Manager
  • Dan Stokes, Manager of Enterprise Development: Pipeline

New Innovation Works employees include (clockwise from top left) Kelsey Jones, Lamontre Randall, Dan Stokes and John Springer. (Courtesy photos)

“The success of the social entrepreneurs IW supports enables us to continue to grow,”  Innovation Works’ president and CEO Jay Nwachu said in a statement. “The addition of these four talented professionals will enable us to mentor and support more social entrepreneurs who are working to enrich their Baltimore communities.”

BOPA announces new board leadership

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) has elected SeKON Enterprise Inc.‘s communications director Brian Lyles as its new board president. Lyles has been a board member since 2017, helping guide the nonprofit in its mission of advocating for artists and producing art festivals in the city.

The BOPA board also elected Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Heidi Daniel as its vice chair. Lyle succeeds three-term board president Anana Kambon while Daniel takes over Guppy Management Services owner Michael Shecter‘s old position. This change in leadership marks a new era for BOPA as spring starts and the country begins relaxing COVID restrictions.

Current BOPA president Brian Lyles (left), former board president Anana Kambon and board member Franklin N. McNeil Jr. together in 2019. (Via BOPA’s Facebook page)


Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-
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