Board of Directors
Philippe Goix, PhD MBA
President, CEO, & Director
Dr. Goix brings to Avant 20 years of experience in the Life Sciences tools, Diagnostics and Health Information areas, where he has raised over $140M in debt and equity capital. Most recently, Dr. Goix served as President & CEO of Prism Health Diagnostics, Inc. (PHDX), which he co-founded in late 2015 to establish ongoing wellness monitoring services as a business by delivering biomarker data to primary-care physicians and consumers to empower consumers to make better health decisions. Dr. Goix left PHDX in March of 2017to pursue the opportunity with Avant. Prior to PHDX, Dr. Goix consulted for several healthcare companies from 2013 to 2015. Between 2004 through 2013, Dr. Goix served as President & CEO of Singulex, Inc., a personalized healthcare diagnostics company focused on improving outcomes in the $300B diabetes-cardiovascular space. While at Singulex from 2004-2013, Singulex grew from annual revenues of $0 and 4 employees, to annual revenues of over $60M and over 250 employees. During his tenure, Dr. Goix built a business comprising of three divisions: a laboratory testing division under CLIA, a proprietary pharma services division and an FDA-focused diagnostic development division. From 1997 to 2004, Dr. Goix served as President & CEO of Guava Technologies, Inc. where Dr. Goix successfully commercialized multiple commercial products still in use today. Guava Technologies was acquired by Merck Millipore in 2008.
In academia, Dr. Goix served as a research scientist at Stanford University, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Sandia Research Laboratory and Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in France. Dr. Goix was also a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Dr. Goix received his PhD in Physics from Universite de Rouen in France in 1987, and his MBA in Marketing with a Finance emphasis from University of San Francisco in 1995.
Mr. Stephens is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of Infusion 51a LP, International Infusion Holdings LLC, and International Infusion Advisors LLC. With an emphasis on the global market, he uses key positioning and strategies to identify investment vehicles that meet the Investment Advisor's proprietary investment parameters. He currently serves as the managing partner of International Infusion, a think tank venture capital firm aimed directly at disruptive technologies.
Mr. Stephens co-founded and is a director of the not-for-profit organization Camp Athlete, Inc., which is an organization geared towards students to improve their academic and athletic achievements. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.S. in Psychology.
Mr. Trapp has over 30 years of cross-cultural business experience with both public and privately-owned companies in Asia, the United States and Canada, in a diverse range of industries including hospitality, finance, property, mining, software, biotech and consumer goods. Mr. Trapp’s experience is in operational management, administration, financial management, marketing, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Trapp is the Chief Executive Officer of BMI Capital International LLC, a broker-dealer, a position he has held since June of 2015. Mr. Trapp also serves as General Manager of SeD Development Management LLC, a subsidiary of Singapore eDevelopment Limited, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, a position he has held since September of 2015. In addition, Mr. Trapp presently serves on the Board of Directors of several of the subsidiaries of Singapore eDevelopment Limited, including HWH International, Inc. and Global BioLife Inc. Previously, Mr. Trapp served on the Board of Directors of Amarantus Bioscience Holdings Inc. from February of 2017 until May of 2017 and on the Board of Directors of HotApp International Inc. from December of 2014 until June of 2016. Mr. Trapp served as President and Director at Master of Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of ZH International Holdings Ltd. (formerly Heng Fai Enterprises Limited), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, from August of 2014 to August of 2015 and served as Senior Vice-President with Inter-American Management LLC, a property management subsidiary of ZH International Holdings Ltd, from October of 2013 to August of 2015. Mr. Trapp served as a Director of eBanker USA.com, a subsidiary of ZH International Holdings Ltd, from August of 1998 to August of 2015, and served as GM and Rep Director with Hotel Plaza Miyazaki, a subsidiary of eBanker USA.com from September 2009 to May 2013. Mr. Trapp holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario.