Brian Neel, Chief Operating Officer
Brian joined TriLink with over fifteen years of experience as a leader in the life sciences and diagnostics industries. He has significant experience in a wide array of manufacturing operations in life sciences and worked in chemistry and molecular biology-based operations with Life Technologies (acquired by Thermo Fisher) for over thirteen years. Brian has a passion for continuous improvement in operations management and has held key site leadership roles in organic chemistry, bioproduction, and enzyme purification technologies across organizations within 3 different states, including Synthetic Genomics and GenMark. He received a B.A. in Microbiology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Michael Houston, Chief Scientific Officer
Mike brings over ten years of experience as a leader in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to TriLink. Mike worked as VP of Therapeutic Development and later as CSO at PhaseRx, where he developed mRNA-based therapeutics. Mike served as Vice President of Chemistry and Formulations for Marina Biotech, where he led a team in the development of siRNA-based therapies and LNP-based delivery systems. He has significant experience in peptide-based therapeutics, as demonstrated in his role as VP of Preclinical Chemistry and CMC at Ascent Therapeutics. Mike also served as Senior Director of Chemistry and Formulations at Nastech Pharmaceutics. He received a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry and a B.Sc. with honors in chemistry from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Jeremy Horton, VP of Manufacturing Operations
Jeremy joined TriLink with over twenty-three years of experience in leadership roles within Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, R&D, Program Management, Customer Alliance, Facilities, EHS, and Engineering across Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Semiconductor, and Aerospace Industries. His pharmaceutical experience ranges from early phase I/II manufacturing to commercial launch and lifecycle management of commercial drug products. He is a Master Black Belt and Lean Six Sigma Expert who is a proven change agent. Jeremy received a master’s degree in Chemistry and MBA from San Diego State University and has earned the following certifications: ASQ Pharmaceutical cGMP, ASQ Six-Sigma Black Belt (SSBB), APICS Certified Production & Inventory Management (CPIM), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), ASQ Certified Quality Manager (CQM) & Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), CFA Level-1, SUN Java Programmer (SCJP).
Jeff Whitmore, VP of Commercial Operations
Jeff leads all commercial operations and strategy at TriLink with over twenty years of experience in life science commercial leadership and general management. Jeff served as President and Founder of United BioChannels, an international consulting group specializing in supporting companies in growth and market expansion phases prior to joining TriLink. Earlier in his career, Jeff held a variety of commercial leadership roles in life science companies including Singulex, Protein Simple, Alpha Innotech, Molecular Devices, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Cargill Inc. He received a B.A.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Peter Stolba, VP of Business Operations
Peter brings over fifteen years of experience in supply chain and operations management in the Pharmaceutical and various other industries. Peter joined Trilink from Pfizer working in the Clinical Strategy and Supply Management organization with experience in design of preclinical through commercial supply strategies. Prior to Pfizer, he worked as Director of Supply Chain at Halo Pharmaceutical; a full-service FDA, BLA and DEA compliant CDMO specializing in oral dosage, sterile ointments, and API manufacturing. Peter is a US Navy veteran who served on the USS Stout DDG-55 based in Norfolk, VA. He holds a bachelor's degree in logistics management from American Military University and an MBA with a supply chain specialization from National University. He also has a certification in financial management from Cornell University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Doreen Pippen, Vice President, Marketing
Doreen Pippen joined Maravai LifeSciences as Vice President, Marketing in January 2021 and has extensive experience in market development, product management, strategy and marketing leadership for scientific consumables and instrument services. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Leader at Science and Medicine Group. She also held several management roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific in customer loyalty, global service and support, as well as market development and product management for the Protein Analysis, Epigenetics and qPCR portfolios. Ms. Pippen holds an MBA from National University and a B.A. in biology from the University of San Diego.
Chanfeng Zhao, Vice President of Operations
Chanfeng brings over 20 years of experience of nucleotide and modified nucleotides used in Sequencing and Synthetic Genomics fields. She was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MyChem LLC (acquired by TriLink), a company that specialized in making synthetic ultra-pure nucleotides to customers in the diagnostics, pharmaceutics, genomics and research markets. Prior to MyChem, Chanfeng was one of the first employees at Illumina where she was a Staff Scientist and Project leader. while there she developed the chemistry of attaching modified oligonucleotides to bead surfaces for BeadChip products. Chanfeng received her Ph.D in Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo, and a B.Sc with honors in Petroleum Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology.