New Orlean BioInnovation Center

Our Team

Our diverse team of life science experts in technology, business, research, and law develops programs to help launch and grow tomorrow’s leading bio and healthcare companies.

 

Aaron Miscenich

President
Aaron MiscenichAaron Miscenich has served as President of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center since 2004. This life science business incubator is focused on the local commercialization of university technologies. Companies handle a variety of technologies ranging from medical devices and therapeutic drugs to green technologies.

Miscenich joined the BioInnovation Center after 10 years in the capital industry and worked with a variety of products ranging from equity investments and mezzanine debt to senior debt financing. Miscenich also served as Adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship at Tulane University.

From 2011 to 2015 Miscenich served as interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, a research collaborative pursing NCI-designated institution.

Miscenich is currently the Chairperson of LouisianaBIO and serves on the board of the Association of University Research Parks.

Miscenich holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of New Mexico and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.


David Bode

Commercialization Fellow
David recently completed his MBA at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. While at Tulane, David participated in the Idea Village-sponsored Ideacorps, where he and a team of fellow students worked with a New Orleans-based business, E Tax Credit Exchange. In addition to his entrepreneurial interests, David is an actively performing musician in New Orleans, appearing in music clubs and festivals with the One Love Brass Band, the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Doombalya, Barilicious, and his own projects. David graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola University New Orleans. He then earned a Master of Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. David has lived abroad in Beijing, China and Castries, Saint Lucia. He is happy to be back in his hometown of New Orleans helping start-ups grow into strong, viable businesses.


Leigh Cosolito

Commercialization Fellow
Leigh CosolitoLeigh recently received her Master of Management degree from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Tulane in mathematics and cellular and molecular biology. Leigh started with the BioInnovation Center as a commercialization intern and has since transitioned to a full-time position with the organization.


Sarah DeCristofaro

Marketing and Communications Manager
Sarah DeCristofaroSarah manages the Center’s communications, grant-writing efforts, and Commercialization events program. She also assists client startups with various marketing, public relations, and fundraising projects. Sarah has experience in policy advocacy and communications at several non-profits in DC and New Orleans, including the American Red Cross and St. Bernard Project. She received her B.A. from Tulane and an M.A. from American University. She has also spent time living abroad in Italy and Egypt. For PR, event, or marketing questions, please get in touch at sdecristofaro@neworleansbio.com.


Enrique Goldin

BioFund Analyst
Enrique GoldinAs an analyst for the BioFund, Enrique works closely with the Managing Director in the underwriting and monitoring of seed investments. He also participates in grant-writing and cash-flow reporting and analysis. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans.


Jaime Guillory

Chief Financial Officer
Jaime GuilloryJaime is the Chief Financial Officer of NOBIC. She has been in the accounting field for over 10 years, with a special interest in non-profit and construction accounting. Prior to joining NOBIC, she worked for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. Jaime holds an MBA from the University of New Orleans College of Business and a BS in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is working on a CPA certification, and her community service activities include serving as Student Development Chair (2011-2012) and President-elect (2012-2014) for the New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA). She also serves as Membership Chair for the newly revitalized New Orleans Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).


Kris Khalil

Managing Director, New Orleans BioFund
Kris KhalilKristopher, a New Orleans native, is responsible for the management and implementation of the New Orleans BioFund (NOBF). Kris has professional experience working for both multi-national and community-based financial institutions and has underwritten over $9B in commercial transactions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Tulane from with concentrations in entrepreneurship and accounting. Kris is very active in the local community and enjoys being a part of the rebirth of the city of New Orleans.


Shafin Khan

Director of Technology Commercialization
Shafin KhanAs Director of Technology Commercialization, Shafin Khan oversees the commercialization program and its consulting team of life science experts, providing technical assistance and programming aimed at growing the life sciences industry and knowledge-based economy in the region. Shafin earned his J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans and gained his B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. Additionally, he has four years of life science research experience, performing research at the LSU Health Sciences Center.


Michael Landry

Commercialization Intern
Michael is a second-year M.B.A. candidate at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. After receiving a B.A. in philosophy and economics from Syracuse University, he earned a J.D. from Tulane Law School. He obtained his law license in New York, but his love of New Orleans kept him at a New Orleans Social Security Disability law firm for several years. In 2015, Michael’s interests in finance and entrepreneurship pulled him back to school. He is thrilled to be contributing to the growth of startups at NOBIC. Michael lives uptown with his wife, Maria, and son, Benjamin.


Ryan Meck

Director of Advancement
Ryan MeckRyan Meck serves as Director of Advancement for the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. He joined NOBIC in 2016 to establish the Office of Advancement. Ryan has 16 years of higher education fundraising experience, including nine years at Tulane University where he worked closely with the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in corporate and foundation relations. He also worked in Tulane’s Office of Gift Planning focusing on deferred gifts and other complex giving procedures. Prior to Tulane, he worked in New York City for the University of Oxford’s North American development office, and served as a consultant to the New York office of the Lebanese American University located in Beirut, Lebanon. He served for two years in the Peace Corps in the far western region of Nepal and worked in Washington, DC for the U.S. Information Agency.


Jesse Ramsay

Facilities Manager
Jesse is a Stationary Engineer, licensed by the City Of New Orleans since 2000. He completed a 2 year course for Stationary Engineering at New Orleans Regional Technical School and worked 1 year as an apprentice at Le Méridien Hotel. He has been an engineer at Ochsner Westbank, Oschner Main Campus, East Jefferson General Hospital and Place St. Charles. He has worked as a fitter at Avondale and Textron Marine Systems. Jesse has his OSHA 511 certification and is the first person in New Orleans to be certified to check backflow prevention systems without being a master plumber. Jesse teaches voice and saxophone at Guitar Center, and he enjoys playing occasional gigs and doing studio work as well as writing music.


Nicole Renke

Commercialization Intern
Nicole RenkeNicole is a California native who recently graduated from Tulane University with a double major in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Psychology. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Psychological Science at Tulane and will graduate in May 2017. Nicole has conducted research projects in auditory information processing, primate behavior, and ecological surveying. She is passionate about scientific innovation and is thrilled to have an opportunity to work with life science startups as a commercialization intern.


Dr. Korak Sarkar

Clinician-in-Residence
Dr. Korak SarkarDr. Sarkar completed his undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University where he obtained degrees in applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, and neurosciences. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. He completed a Neurology Residency at the University of California at Davis, in Sacramento. This was followed by the completion of a Brain Injury and Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is double boarded in Neurology and Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation. He joined the Ochsner Neurosciences Institute in 2015 and is also a Clinical Instructor at the Tulane School of Medicine and adjunct professor in the Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering. He recently joined the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New Orleans VA Medical Center. His research on traumatic brain injury has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Founder’s Award in Translational Research. He currently serves as a board member for the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA).


Ann Marshall Tilton

Marketing and Research Associate, New Orleans BioFund
Ann Marshall TiltonAnn Marshall is a 2nd-year M.B.A. candidate at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. After receiving her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia, Ann Marshall worked for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation before her desire to learn more about finance, data analytics, and entrepreneurship brought her to Tulane. Ann Marshall loves New Orleans with a passion and is making it her mission to support local start ups and to help diversify the economy in any way she can.


David Tulman

Commercialization Intern
David is a third year PhD candidate in the Bioinnovation Program at Tulane University. After receiving a B.S from The Ohio State University, David was a clinical trials manager for the Department of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition to focusing current research on microscopy for cancer diagnostics, David is also interested in working with start ups to commercialize technology.


Amir Vardi

Associate, New Orleans BioFund
Amir VardiAmir is a current junior at Tulane University. He serves as founder and president of Tulane Venture Capital, a student organization creating a network of students, faculty, and alumni interested in the industry. Amir has also served as an associate at Capital Innovators, a top-ten ranked startup accelerator in St. Louis, MO. Amir is an aspiring venture capitalist striving to help grow the entrepreneurial community in New Orleans.