About & Past Scholars: Lester Entrepreneurial

About Michael Lester

A native of Pleasanton, Texas, Mike Lester became a Texas Longhorn pharmacist in 1979 when he earned his B.S. in pharmacy. Since then, he has distinguished his career with an entrepreneurial drive to deliver health care with innovation and efficiency.

His career includes 35 years in the multi-site health care services and pharmaceutical life sciences fields. Mike has successfully capitalized and assembled top tier management teams and implemented strategic and tactical business plans throughout his career. As a result, he has created long term value for employees, patients, and shareholders.

picture of Mike Lester

He was founder and CEO of:

  • Accelecare Wound Centers, a comprehensive wound care and disease management company;
  • Radiant Research, a comprehensive clinical research company providing Phase I-IV study conduct and drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry; and
  • ContinueCare Health Systems, a high tech home, and alternate site infusion therapy company.

He founded LifeStance Health, a behavioral health company, and served as a venture partner at Bain Capital
and SV Life Sciences

Mr. Lester serves on The University of Texas College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council; is a member of the Board of Directors of LifeStance Health, Inc., Ventec Life Systems, Inc.; and is a senior advisor to Silversmith Capital Partners. He was formerly a board member and president of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

2018 Scholars

Pharm.D. Candidates

Adam Burkhard

Alex Cantu

Aaron Carabajal-Johnson

Aisha Fowler

Haben Tesfamariam

Ph.D. Candidate

Patricia Pereira Martins

2017 Scholars

Pharm.D. Candidates

Omar Fuentes

James Cong

Meghan Ha

Sarah Nguyen

Ph.D. Candidates

Ashlee Brunaugh

Xiujuan Peng

M.S. Fellow Candidate

Esther Yi

2016 Scholars

Pharm.D. Candidates

Austin Green

Christian Carlson

Program Directors

  • Susan Brown Profile Pic

    Susan K. Brown

    Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations
  • Nathan Pope Profile Pic

    Nathan D. Pope, Pharm.D., BCACP, FACA

    Assistant Dean for Experiential Education
    Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    Director, HEB/UT Community Pharmacy Residency Program
  • Hugh Smyth Profile Pic

    Hugh D. Smyth, Ph.D.

    Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
    Alcon Centennial Professor
  • Janet Walkow Profile Pic

    Janet C. Walkow, Ph.D.

    Clinical Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
    Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer, Drug Dynamics Institute

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Contact Us

Please direct questions to: lesterscholars@austin.utexas.edu