Board of Directors

Mohammad Sayed, President

Mohammed Sayed was born in Afghanistan. His mother died when he was five, and two weeks later he was paralyzed when his house was bombed. His father took him to a hospital and never returned. He lived for seven years in an NGO-operated hospital in the Panshir Valley. Met an American nurse at age 12, Sayed came to the United States and began his new life, attending public schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduating from high school in 2016. He honed his creative skills at NuVu, an innovation high school in Cambridge that emphasizes multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning that enables inventors to take their ideas and see them through to execution.

Desiring to bring his message of hope and empowerment to children with disabilities around the world, Sayed now focuses his creative talents on helping others with spinal cord injuries through the development of adaptive tools (several with provisional patents) and the creation of comic book characters such as Wheelchair Man, to inspire others facing physical challenges. His goal is not only to help rebuild hope and confidence among people with disabilities but also to raise the consciousness of people everywhere to the abilities of those in wheelchairs.

Donald Lombardi

Donald Lombardi is the Chair of the Rim Power board of trustees and has provided critical support to the organization during its start up.  He is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Pediatric Innovation (IPI). In the 10 years since founding IPI, he has led the Institute in organizing a Consortium of leading pediatric institutions to develop medical devices and technologies to meet critical needs in pediatric care.

Don serves as consultant in intellectual property management to healthcare and research organizations and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to starting IPI, Don established the Intellectual Property Office at Boston Children’s Hospital and grew it over 15 years into a multi-million dollar technology transfer organization. Earlier, he founded Chitin Company, Inc. to develop marine biopolymer applications. Before his work in the biomedical industry, Don had an entrepreneurial career in education. After developing innovative science programs at MIT, he founded a nonprofit outdoor education center on a Boston Harbor island that became a leading community resource for curriculum improvement and aided in the desegregation of Boston public schools.

Jonathan Fleming

Jonathan J. Fleming is Treasurer of the board of Rim Power and, along with Don Lombardi, Chairman of the Board, has supported the organization and its CEO since its inception.

He currently serves as the President and CEO of Q-State Biosciences. Since 1999, Mr. Fleming has been the Managing Partner of Oxford Bioscience Partners, an international venture capital firm specializing in life science investments, based in Boston, MA. Mr. Fleming has been in the investment business for more than 31 years, starting and financing growth
companies in the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia. Prior to joining Oxford Bioscience Partners in 1996, he was a Founding General Partner of MVP Ventures in Boston, MA. He began his investment career with TVM Techno Venture Management in Munich, Germany. Mr. Fleming also co-founded Medica Venture Partners, a venture capital investment firm specializing in early stage health care and biotechnology companies in Israel, and the Korea Seoul Life Science Fund, based in Seoul, Korea.

He is also a director of Leerink Partners, a Boston based investment bank specializing in health care companies. In addition, Mr. Fleming has been a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2003, where he
co-teaches a class on business strategy for life science managers. Mr. Fleming holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and
a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Maria Pia Sanchez

Maria Pia is a Nurse Practitioner and an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist.  She worked as an international public health consultant for more than 20 years, covering Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim.  She was serving as a consultant to the Ministry of Health and the National TB Institute in Afghanistan when she first met Mohammad Sayed. He was 10 years old.  Two years later, in 2009, they returned to the United States together and she became his new mother.  She is currently working as the Infection Prevention Coordinator for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

David S. Resnick

David Resnick is the team leader of the Patent group at Nixon Peabody LLP and he works with startup and established companies, as well as major U.S. research institutions, to develop comprehensive patent strategies to protect their intellectual property.

“My practice is focused on strategic portfolio management, patent prosecution, transactional matters and associated client counseling. I manage the patent portfolios of some of the leading U.S. research institutions and domestic and international corporations. I also represent some of the world’s most recognized life sciences corporations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I have extensive experience in the life sciences and have particular experience in the areas of pharmacogenomics, proteomics and disease biomarkers and their application in the evolving field of personalized medicine.”