Our Team


Managing Director





Pete Jobse

Managing Director

Pete is a Managing Director of Inova Strategic Investments and the Inova Personalized Health Accelerator. He is responsible for leading Inova's innovation investing and development for companies that are transforming Inova and global health services.

Pete has been a corporate officer for publicly traded high technology companies, founder of a venture funded startup company and CEO of a non-profit innovation investment and consulting company. Prior to joining Inova Strategic Investments, Pete served as the CEO of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) where he created CIT's seed stage venture funds, a portfolio of three funds containing over 135 companies, CIT's research commercialization fund, a portfolio of 90 research investments and MACH37, the first cyber security accelerator.

Prior to CIT, he was Senior Vice President of ArcSight during company formation and product development. In 2008, ArcSight completed a successful initial public offering and was sold to Hewlett Packard for $1.5 billion. Prior to ArcSight, Pete was COO of Condor Technology Solutions (CNDR), a web and e-business solutions provider acquired by CACI. Pete began his career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he worked for 20 years. His last position at EDS was Vice President and General Manager, responsible for large-scale integration, software development, and outsourcing services for government clients. Pete has 36 years of experience in the technology industry with experience in all aspects of business operations, including market assessment, strategic planning, product development, sales, merger and acquisition, and operational delivery.

Mr. Jobse is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Thomas


Mike is a Director of Inova Personalized Health Accelerator. He is responsible for identifying and investing in all IPHA companies and expediting their achievement of value creating milestones.

As a healthcare technology CEO, Mike raised $125 million in capital and drove shareholder returns that ranged from 4x to 80x, including one IPO and one acquisition. Mike was most recently the founder and CEO of Appian Medical, a digital health firm that served the sleep apnea market. Previously, Mike was CEO of iSonea Ltd (ASX:ISN), a publicly traded global, mobile health app developer and medical device manufacturer in the respiratory disease market, where he increased the company’s market capitalization from $4MM to $250MM.

Earlier in his career, Mike was President and CEO of Sleep Solutions, a VC-­backed medical device manufacturer, EVP of Sales and Marketing for National Sleep Technologies (NST, acquired by GE Medical), and Vice President of Sales at Patient InfoSystems (NASDAQ: PATI). Mike began his career in sales and marketing at Merck and GlaxoWellcome.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Circadiance LLC, a specialty CPAP mask manufacturer and is a former board member of AdvaMed, the global medical device association.

Mike graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Microbiology.

Rick Gordon


Rick is a Director of Inova Personalized Health Accelerator. He is responsible for identifying and investing in all IPHA companies and expediting their achievement of value creating milestones.

Rick is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience in providing organizations with strategic growth direction. Prior to joining Inova, Rick served as founding managing partner of MACH37, a market centric cybersecurity accelerator supported by a community of hundreds of industry leaders who contributed to company development. During his tenure at Mach37, Rick led investments in 46 disruptive technology companies.

Prior to this role, Rick served as Vice President of Product Management at KEYW Corporation, COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Inc., Managing Director at The Civitas Group,  CEO of Tovaris, and a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. Rick served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

He received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his BS in Engineering with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy.

On September 4, 2017,  Hooks K. Johnston, III passed away.  Hooks’ role as co-founder of ISI and IPHA enabled the creation, approval and establishment of both entities. As co-managing director for ISI and IPHA, his work with Inova and the community helped these new entities seamlessly enter the community of strategic venture and private equity investing. We are grateful for his friendship, the opportunity to work together and the great memories that we retain of our time together.