General Partners

Venture Partners




Kenneth S. Abramowitz

Kenneth S. Abramowitz is a co-founder and Managing General Partner of NGN Capital. He joined NGN Capital from The Carlyle Group in New York where he was Managing Director from 2001 to 2003, focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the healthcare industry. Beginning July 2003, he transitioned to Senior Advisor at Carlyle in order to devote the time necessary to create a dedicated healthcare fund on behalf of Carlyle. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Abramowitz worked as an Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. where he covered the medical-supply, hospital-management and HMO industries for 23 years, after which he was an EGS Securities Healthcare Fund Manager. He was voted top hospital supply and/or service analyst on the Institutional Investor Magazine "All-America Research Team" during 14 out of 20 years between 1980-2000 and made “The Team” for both healthcare services and medical supplies for 9 years since 1987. Mr. Abramowitz has published several notable studies on healthcare service companies, major medical mergers, and cardiovascular device innovation, among others. He has also published numerous articles in leading journals. Mr. Abramowitz earned a B.A. from Columbia University in 1972 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1976. Mr. Abramowitz currently sits on the Board of Directors of BeneChill, Inc., Valtech Cardio Ltd., Small Bone Innovations, Inc. and Akorn, Inc., and serves as a board observer at OptiScan Biomedical Corp., Cerapedics, Inc., and Spine View, Inc. He previously served as a Director at Sightline Technologies Ltd, acquired by Stryker, Power Medical Interventions, acquired by Covidien, EKOS Corp.,  acquired by BTG and MultiPlan, acquired by BC Partners and Silver Lake, as well as on the boards of MedPointe and ConnectiCare Holdings, Inc.




John R. Costantino

John R. Costantino is a Managing General Partner at NGN Capital with 20 years of private equity experience. He was formerly a Partner of Walden Partners, a merchant/investment banking firm and Walden Capital Partners. Prior to these assignments, Mr. Costantino was a partner in Costantino, Melamede & Greenberg, an investment partnership which specialized in acquiring and managing growth businesses. He was also Senior Executive Vice President & COO and a Director of Conair, a leading personal care company with over $1 billion of revenues. He was also President and a Managing Director of Integrated Resources Acquisition, a leveraged buyout firm. He started his career at Touche Ross, a major accounting firm where he became the firm’s managing tax partner in New York. Mr. Costantino is a trustee of General Electric’s family of mutual funds. He holds a B.S. and J.D. from Fordham University and is also a C.P.A. Mr. Costantino is Chairman of Enzybiotics, Inc. and Senior Advisor to Promosome LLC, two biotechnology start-ups formed prior to NGN Capital. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ACT Biotech, a spin-out from Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Vivaldi Biosciences and as a board observer at Valtech Cardio. He continues to participate and has served on a number of other domestic and international boards.


Peter Johann, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter Johann is a Managing General Partner of NGN Capital. He joined from Boehringer Ingelheim where he was the Division Head of Corporate Development. Dr. Johann has established a worldwide network in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry. His responsibilities at Boehringer Ingelheim included strategic planning, strategic projects, M&A, business development and licensing. He identified and evaluated several licensing, M&A and co-promotion deals. Prior to this Dr. Johann served at F. Hoffmann-La Roche as Global Business Leader where he led global business teams and was responsible for global marketing of oncology products as well as evaluation of pipeline products from internal and external sources. Dr. Johann joined Roche from Boehringer Mannheim where he was Head of Business Development and Marketing Molecular Medicine. Besides marketing activities Dr. Johann was involved in setting up and managing joint venture companies as member of the supervisory board. He was also responsible for licensing activities in this field. Prior to that position he had Marketing, Sales and Business Development responsibilities at Boehringer Mannheim Biochemicals, among others, for collaborations in the field of Biopharmaceuticals. Dr. Johann has additional industry experience in Business Development and Marketing of pharmaceutical products with Kaneka in Japan and with Röhm in Germany in industrial enzymes. Dr. Johann obtained his Ph.D. from the Technical University Munich. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon Pharma, Inc., Vivaldi Biosciences, Inc., Resverlogix Corporation, Noxxon Pharma AG and Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Jerini AG (FWB: J14), acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals, Micromet (Nasdaq: MITI), which was acquired by Amgen and NaniRx Therapeutics and as an observer on the board of Santhera Pharmaceuticals AG and Cerapedics, Inc.


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Noah J. Kroloff

Mr. Kroloff is a Partner of NGN Capital. Noah J. Kroloff has more than 22 years of experience in healthcare, including senior operating roles. Prior to joining NGN Capital, Mr. Kroloff was an executive officer of i-STAT Corporation (Nasdaq: STAT), a medical device company where he served as Vice President for International Sales & Marketing and Corporate Development. He was actively involved in the sale of i-STAT to Abbott Laboratories for approximately $450 million. He also led the creation of a global alliance with Abbott and a $61 million alliance with Hewlett-Packard Medical Products Group, created i-STAT’s international distribution network and led licensing and deal-making activities. Prior to i-STAT, Mr. Kroloff was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. where he advised leading pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies on R&D management, portfolio strategy, and alliance formation. He has also performed significant work for Merck and Rosetta Genomics. Prior to his work in healthcare, he was a senior analyst at Fannie Mae and an associate at Industrial Economics, Inc. Mr. Kroloff received his BA in general science from Brandeis University and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School   where he co-founded and serves as a judge of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.  Mr. Kroloff is a member of the Board of Directors of Valtech Cardio Ltd., and Cerapedics, Inc. and is a member of McKinsey’s alumni advisory council and the Technion NY Metro board.




Alexander Cuomo

Alexander Cuomo, is the Chief Financial Officer of NGN Capital. Mr. Cuomo joined NGN in 2008. Prior to joining NGN, he practiced accounting and tax matters, primarily for high-net worth individuals, family offices, partnerships and corporations.  Mr. Cuomo’s responsibilities at NGN have included financial reporting, tax compliance, audit compliance and audit coordination for both the U.S. and German Funds. Other responsibilities include portfolio company valuations, internal review and analytics, investor relations and general administrative matters.  Alexander completed his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College and his Master of Science in Finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York City. 


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Kenneth J. Gorelick, M.D.

Kenneth J. Gorelick, M.D. has 30 years of experience in the development of drugs, biologics and medical devices in the human health care sector. He is currently a consultant to the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Gorelick has expertise with numerous approvals of BLAs, NDAs and MAAs. He has held the position of Vice President of Global Clinical Research and Development at Dupont Merck Research Laboratories, Inc. a research-driven pharmaceutical company. He was also Vice President of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer at Genelabs, a biotechnology company focused on infectious and autoimmune disease. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for PIN Pharma and chairs the Program Advisory Board for Asahi Kasei Pharma America, and is a Director of Neurotrope Bioscience, among others.  He has a B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College,and received postdoctoral training at St. Louis University and Stanford University, where he was Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine until 2000. Dr. Gorelick is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.


Leon Y. Recanati

Leon Y. Recanati is currently the Chairman and CEO of GlenRock Israel Ltd., a private investment company whose main field of activity is venture capital investments in startup companies engaged in life sciences, biotechnology, medical devices, and in advanced technologies. Until May 2003, and prior to founding GlenRock, he served as Chairman & CEO of IDB Holding Corporation Ltd., Chairman of Clal Industries and Investments Ltd., and Chairman of Azorim Investment Development and Construction Ltd., in addition to several other positions in a variety of operating companies in Israel. Mr. Recanati initiated in 1998 Clal Biotechnologies Ltd. (CBL). Clal Industries invested $100 million in CBL. Clal Biotechnologies is considered the largest biotechnology investment company operating in Israel. Mr. Recanati has a M.B.A. and B.S. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University. Mr. Recanati is actively heading numerous charitable enterprises in Israel.



Colin B. Bier, PhD

Colin B. Bier, PhD is currently the Managing Director of ABA BioResearch, Inc., a bioregulatory consulting firm. He is also currently the Acting Chief Scientific Officer of Enzybiotics, Inc. and a Senior Advisor to TVM Venture Capital. Dr. Bier has had experience in operating, medical, scientific and strategic advisory roles at a variety of pharma/biopharma companies. At present, he is a member of the Boards of Directors of two public companies, Bellus Health and Advitech, Inc., as well as serving on other private company boards. He is on the Board of Directors of Mt. Sinai Hospital (Montreal) and holds an appointment at The Center for Translational Research in cancer at the Jewish General Hospital (Montreal). Dr. Bier earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology at Colorado State University and was the former Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and The Dr. Douglas James Fellow in the Department of Pathology at McGill University.


William J. Gedale

William J. Gedale is a Senior Advisor and co-founder of NGN Capital. He has been in the investment business since 1965. Mr. Gedale joined NGN from Mount Everest Advisors, which he founded in 1996. He has served as an investment advisor to individuals and as a full time consultant to Warburg-Pincus Capital Management, the world's largest venture capital firm, between 1999 and 2001. In this capacity, he initiated the $140 million dollar financing of ZymoGenetics. He also helped arrange the $350 million funding by Sandoz (Novartis) of the Scripps Research Institute and the $40 million funding of the Neuroscience Institute of La Jolla, California (of which he is a trustee). Before founding Mount Everest Advisors he was a Managing Director at John W. Bristol & Co. in 1995. Before this, as of 1989, Mr. Gedale was President & Chief Executive Officer of General American Investors, which he had joined in 1969. He is currently Chairman of Promosone and Vice Chairman of Enzybiotics. He has been a director of Gamco (Gabelli Holding), General American Investors, Allied Clinical Laboratories, U.S. Home Health Care, Unilab Corporation, and BioReliance Corporation. William Gedale holds an M.B.A. from New York University, a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and an A.B. from Syracuse University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PIN Pharma and previously served on the Board of Directors of KIKA Medical Inc., acquired by Merge Healthcare, and BioArray Solutions, acquired by Immucor.