With a proven track record of experience in healthcare diagnostics and oncology, the Vigilant Biosciences® leadership team is committed to transforming early cancer detection and improving outcomes.

Stuart Heap

Chief Executive Officer

While his history with Vigilant Biosciences originally dates back to 2013 as an early consultant to the Company, Mr. Heap officially re-joined Vigilant in December of 2016 first as a Board member and then expanding his involvement to assume the role of CEO in summer of 2017 to lead the Company’s transition from a development organization to a successful commercial enterprise.  Mr. Heap has held a number of senior management positions, over a 45-year career, both in the eye care industry as President of CIBA Vision’s global contact lense business, President of Bausch and Lomb’s global contact lens and lens care business, and in the surgical product industry as CEO of Regent Medical, a leading manufacturer of surgeon gloves.  Additionally, he previously served as a Board member for Cholestech, a point-of-care diagnostic company for measuring cholesterol and related lipids, that was later acquired by Inverness (now Alere).

Michael Donovan Ph.D., M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Michael Donovan Ph.D., M.D. serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Vigilant Biosciences. Dr. Donovan is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and pediatric pathology with extensive experience in designing and implementing clinical studies. He has spearheaded the utilization of multiplex tissue and fluid-based assays and coupled mathematical applications to produce clinically relevant diagnostic/predictive/prognostic outcome models for a variety of tumor types and disease states. Along with his clinical duties, Dr. Donovan also serves as a Professor of Experimental Pathology and Director of the Biorepository and Pathology core at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York City, New York.

In addition to an academic career at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Donovan has over 20 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry, serving in various senior management roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Incyte Pharmaceuticals. He most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of MetaStat, Inc. and Chief Medical Officer of Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. where he served as laboratory director and was responsible for the implementation and execution of several clinical trials.

Dr. Donovan graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in zoology, a M.S. in endocrinology and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology with post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D.

Scientific Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D. serves as the Scientific Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Vigilant Biosciences. Her innovative clinical research on selective salivary biomarkers for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma serves as the foundation for Vigilant Biosciences’ product line.

Dr. Franzmann’s work has been funded by foundations as well as state and federal agencies with the resulting research published in numerous, well-respected, and peer-reviewed journals. In addition to her clinical research activities, Dr. Franzmann is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology specializing in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Franzmann has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor that reflects fellow physicians considering her to be one of the most skilled in her field and most qualified for reviewing complex medical conditions. Dr. Franzmann received her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Sally Bowden

Vice President - Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, and Operations

Sally Bowden leads Vigilant Biosciences in the regulatory, operations and quality endeavors, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the quality and regulatory fields of medical devices, companion diagnostics, education and health care systems. She also serves as the General Manager for OncAlert Labs, Vigilant’s CLIA lab.

She has served in executive positions as Vice President of Quality Systems and Process Improvement at Ventana Medical Systems and as Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Compliance at Roche Diagnostics Corporation. She has served as an Associate Professor for Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology where she developed the Quality Management Curriculum within the Mechanical Engineering Technology department. Sally is a graduate of Purdue University School of Engineering and has also achieved her MBA. Sally founded Samco & Associates, Inc. in 2009 to provide consulting for companies interested in developing quality systems that meet FDA and global requirements and re-engineer them for efficient, effective compliance in the medical device field for all classes. In addition, Sally has helped to pioneer the Companion Diagnostic process in collaboration with pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms while building strong relationships with the applicable regulatory agencies.

Robert T. Hamilton, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Robert T. Hamilton serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and VP of Administration. Mr. Hamilton is a former Big-Four CPA with 20+ years of public company and venture-backed private portfolio company experience having worked with companies in e-commerce, health and fitness, technology and retail/wholesale industries.

Prior to Vigilant Biosciences, Mr. Hamilton served as CFO of Bridgevine, Inc., a privately held and venture-backed e-commerce solution. Prior to that, he was the CFO of eDiets, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ- DIET), a leading provider of online weight loss solutions. Mr. Hamilton began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP in Boston. Progressing to audit manager, he serviced multinational SEC and non-public clients in the high technology, manufacturing, retail/wholesale distribution, and hospitality industries. Mr. Hamilton is a Certified Public Accountant and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College.