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NCBiotech Board of Directors

Board members share their global finance, executive, life sciences and academic experience to guide our activities. Better yet, they volunteer their time. Find out who these leaders are.

*Denotes executive committee member

Dr. Rebecca Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement
Director of Wake Downtown
Wake Downtown

Mr. Peyton Anderson, M.B.A.
Founder and CEO
Powered Research

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Atala, M.D.
Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Mr. John L. Atkins III, FAIA*
Chairman and CEO
O'Brien Atkins Associates, PA

Dr. Michelle Berrey, M.D.*
President of R&D
Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Mr. Santo (Sandy) Costa*
Board Chair
Former President and CEO
Smith Anderson Law

Dr. Jeffrey A. Cox
North Carolina College System

Mr. Jim Datin
President and CEO
BioAgilytix Labs Inc.

Mr. Douglas Edgeton*
Assistant Secretary
President and CEO
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Mr. Neal Fowler
Pathalys Pharma

Ms. Meredith Friga*
Board Vice Chair and Treasurer 
Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Ms. Kelly Fuller
Strategic Advisor to the NC Chamber President 
CEO, NC Chamber Foundation

Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D.
Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition 
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mr. Michelle Grainger
Executive Director
North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

Mr. William (Bill) Hawkins III
Lead Director
Immucor, Inc.

Dr. Undi Hoffler, Ph.D.
Director, Research Compliance & Technology Transfer
North Carolina Central University

Dr. Daniel (Dan) Janies, Ph.D.
Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Shaylah Nunn Jones, JD
Principal, Government & Public Affairs 
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, LP

Ms. Karen LeVert*
Venture Partner
Pappas Capital, LLC

Dr. Jennifer Lodge, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Duke University

Ms. Michelle Logan
Vice President
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Steven Lommel*
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor 
Associate Dean for Research
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Director of NC Agricultural Research Service
North Carolina State University

Mr. Merrill Mason*
Smith Anderson Law

Ms. Sheila Mikhail
Founder and CEO
Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc

Mr. Adam Monroe
President & COO

Mr. Art Pappas*
Managing Partner
Pappas Ventures
Pappas Capital LLC

Ms. Joy Parr Drach*
President and CEO
Advanced Animal Diagnostics Inc.

Dr. Sharon Paynter
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Economic & Community Engagement 
East Carolina University

Mr. John Rabby*
Former President, RE LLC 
AgBiome Board Member

Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders
Secretary, Department of Commerce
State of North Carolina

Mr. Mike Tanner
Former Director
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate

Mr. Ben Teague
Vice President of Strategic Development
Biltmore Farms

Mr. Steve Troxler
Commissioner, Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Svc.
State of North Carolina

Dr. Bhaskar Venepalli, Ph.D., MBA, FRSC
President and CEO

Dr. Aswani K. Volety
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Dr. Thomas Walker, Jr.
Wayne Community College

Mr. Brad Wilson
Wilson Strategic Consulting, LLC

Dr. Ben Yerxa, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Opus Genetics


Board Staff:

Mr. John McTyeire
Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein L.L.P.

Ms. Paltine Braxton
Senior Executive Assistant to Doug Edgeton
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

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