Gene Burleson


Gene has been a First Wave Tech Director since January 2011. He served as Chairman (1989-1997) and CEO and President (1990-1997) of GranCare, Inc., which, under his management, grew from under $10 million in revenue to become one of the nation’s largest publicly traded long-term healthcare providers with revenues in excess of $1 billion.

Following the merger of GranCare’s pharmacy operations with Vitalink Pharmacy Services, he served as CEO and a Director of Vitalink a provider of pharmacy services to skilled nursing facilities. Both GranCare and Vitalink were NYSE-listed companies. In addition, Mr. Burleson is involved with several private companies including; DTS America, Inc. a provider of integrated documentation services to surgeons and hospitals through multimedia technology; Marina Medical, Inc. a provider of medical billing and accounts receivable management services to hospital based physicians; `He has an extensive and successful track record of consolidation within the healthcare industry.

In 2006, along with other established life science executives, Mr. Burleson joined MediSync, a consolidator of complementary, high-value, niche contract research organizations, site management organizations and related businesses. Mr. Burleson currently serves on the Board of Directors of SunLink Health Systems (AMEX:SSY), a provider of acute healthcare services and Vyteris, Inc. a company engaged in the development of electronically controlled transdermal drug delivery systems.

Previously he served as Chairman and CEO of Pet DRx Corporation a provider of primary and specialty healthcare for companion animals, as Chairman of Mariner Post-Acute Network, Alterra Healthcare Corporation, and as a Director of Deckers Outdoor Corporation and Prospect Medical Holdings (AMEX:PZZ), among others.