James Brown Joins MD Cress & Associates as Partner


CONTACT: Elijah May | 512-522-0225 elijah@mdcress.com

Austin, TX – September 1, 2012 – MD Cress & Associates, an international healthcare advisory firm is pleased to announce the addition of James Earl Brown, III to the partner team.

“We are excited about Jim working with our team,” said Michael Cress, Chairman and CEO of MD Cress & Associates. “He not only has strong experience in the capital markets but also has led several companies from start-up to acquisition as the CEO.”

Jim brings expertise and a successful track record in private equity and venture capital, as well as experience as a CEO and as a director in several private companies. He serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Office of Technology Commercialization at The University of Texas at Austin. Jim was a General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners, where he identified and led several successful investments, including MarketXT (acquired by E-Trade) and Watchfire (acquired by IBM). He was very active with other Polaris portfolio companies as well, including Avici Systems, Exchange.com (acquired by Amazon), and Akamai Technologies. During Brown’s tenure, Polaris grew from over $85 million to over $3 billion under management.

Brown holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was President of the student body; a JD from New York University, where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review, a Root-Tilden Scholar, and an International Fellow; and a BS in Engineering and Political Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a varsity athlete, and where for four years he made Dean’s List.