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Our Team

  • Steve Gailar, Managing Partner
  • Andrew Mercke, Principal

    Steve Gailar Steve Gailar is a Managing Partner of Kentucky Seed Capital Fund.

    Mr. Gailar has spent the last 30 years as a manager of, and investor in, various life sciences businesses. Most recently serving as President and CEO of business accelerator MetaCyte Business Lab, LLC for eight years.

    During fourteen years at Eli Lilly and Company he held various management positions in finance, sales and marketing, as well as establishing the initial Pharmaceutical Strategic Planning component for the company which determined future competencies, investments and acquisitions.

    Mr. Gailar spent three years in the San Francisco Bay Area in senior management positions of emerging biotechnology companies including his role as President and CEO of Marlstone Corporation, a rational drug design firm. For thirteen years Steve was a Managing Director of Senmed Medical Ventures, a private evergreen venture capital firm making investments in university spin-outs and mid-to-late stage private life science companies.

    He has been Founder/CEO of seven biomedical startups and has raised more than $50 million in venture capital financing. The public market capitalization of his investments exceeds $1 billion.

    Mr. Gailar holds a BA from Indiana University and an MSIA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Business.

    Andrew Mercke Andrew Mercke is a Principal at the Kentucky Seed Capital Fund.

    Mr. Mercke was originally hired as an Associate, taking care of tasks such as bookkeeping, creating presentations, and fulfilling the reporting requirements of the fund. Over the years, Mr. Mercke has increased his role as he has developed financial projections, written business plans and financing term sheets, and modeled very complicated financings. In addition, Mr. Mercke has taken on additional responsibilities in managing the fund by attending board meetings and other important interactions with our limited partners and potential investors in portfolio companies.

    Previously Mr. Mercke worked as a Research Associate for Capital Innovations, Inc., a registered broker dealer specializing in private placements for venture capital and private equity firms.

    Mr. Mercke holds a BS in Economics with a Finance Minor from the University of Louisville, and will be completing his MBA from the University of Louisville in May 2014.