New England Biolabs Leadership

Leadership

Dr. Don Comb

Donald Comb

Founder & Chairman of the Board
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Prior to taking a position at Harvard Medical School, Don attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology. Don’s commitment to science led to the inception of New England Biolabs in 1974. His scientific vision shaped NEB as the leader in the discovery and production of recombinant enzymes for molecular biology applications.

Don’s passion for science, art and the environment has also led to the creation of the New England Biolabs Foundation, a program that promotes environmental awareness and social change; and the Ocean Genome Legacy Program, which he believes will help to prevent the extinction of endangered sea life. His commitment to the environment is evident on the NEB campus; from the LEED certified laboratory that was designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding landscape, to the Solar Aquatics System®, designed to treat the campus’ wastewater. Don’s beliefs are deeply woven into the corporate philosophy; as a result, New England Biolabs has had the honor of being lauded with the “2009 Recycling Business Award” and the “2010 Best Places to Work” award by "The Scientist" magazine.

Although Don has stepped down from his position as CEO, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Don also maintains an active research laboratory at NEB. His interests include parasitology, epigenetics and the development of biofuels. Don’s current research focus involves the isolation and biochemical characterization of novel cellulases.

Jim Ellard

James Ellard

Chief Executive Officer 
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jim joined New England Biolabs in 1984 as a bench scientist working to purify and optimize enzymes essential for DNA manipulation. In 1990, he created the Marketing Communications Department at NEB. Jim has more than two decades of experience in marketing, business development, brand management and strategic planning in the Life Science industry. He is active in both business and community affairs, and serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations, including BioHelix Corporation, Ocean Genome Legacy, Save One Life and Science from Scientists. Jim is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Trustees of the Reservations.

Rick Ireland

Richard H. Ireland

Chief Financial Officer
B.S., Johns Hopkins University

Rick joined New England Biolabs in 1982, having previously worked as a CPA in a private accounting practice. As Chief Financial Officer, Rick has final responsibility for all financial activities and reporting at NEB. Rick is also a member of several federal and state CPA societies.

Sir Richard Roberts

Sir Richard Roberts

Chief Scientific Officer, Nobel Laureate,
Ph.D., University of Sheffield, UK

Rich has served as Consultant and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at New England Biolabs since 1974. He joined NEB as Chief Scientific Officer in 1992. Rich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for his contribution to the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. His current research interests focus on enzyme discovery using bioinformatics, combined with the experimental testing of function. His main responsibilities at NEB are to guide research and set the scientific goals for the company. Rich often gives lectures and presentations worldwide and investigates potential opportunities for both scientific and commercial collaborations. He has served on numerous scientific advisory boards and holds honorary degrees from several universities, including Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Uppsala and Bath University, and Doctor of Science degrees from Sheffield University and Derby University.

Bill Jack

William Jack

Executive Director of Research
Ph.D., Duke University

Bill joined New England Biolabs in 1987 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University. As Executive Director of Research, Bill coordinates and supports research efforts at NEB’s Ipswich and Shanghai facilities, a role that includes encouraging and facilitating internal and external research collaborations. He works with NEB production, marketing, business development, and applications development leaders to jointly formulate and implement development plans for new and existing products. In addition, Bill is centrally involved in patent strategy at NEB. His current research focus is on the enzymology of thermophilic DNA polymerases, with an emphasis on using these enzymes and associated factors as tools for molecular biology.

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Maurice Southworth

Executive Director of Production
Ph.D., University of Sussex, UK

Maurice joined New England Biolabs in 1988, after completing a postdoctoral position at Advanced Genetic Science where he studied bacterial ice nucleation in Pseudomonas sp. His research studies at NEB included biochemistry, kinetics and expression of proteins and enzymes in E. coli from filarial nematodes and hyperthermophilic Archaea. In 2006, Maurice became the Technical Support Manager, and helped to coordinate and manage technical support for NEB’s entire product portfolio. In 2009, he became the Assistant Director of Production and, in 2014, the Director of Production. As Director of Production, Maurice oversees all operations within production, including fermentation, purification, formulation, process development, packaging/inventory and shipping.
Theodore Davis

Theodore Davis

Executive Director, Applications and Product Development
M.S., University of Vermont

Ted joined New England Biolabs in 1984 as part of the Parasitology division, adapting techniques developed for studying neuronal surfaces to the study of filarial nematodes. He became a Product Manager in 1990, eventually developing and producing products across most of the NEB product portfolio. In 2006, Ted became the Assistant Director of Production, focusing primarily on integration of production with research and development activities. In 2009, Ted became the first director of the newly created Applications and Product Development Department. As Director of Applications and Product Development, he oversees development teams in DNA Enzymes and Cloning, RNA Products, DNA Amplification, Glycobiology and NGS Sequencing products. These teams shepherd new products from proof-of-concept through commercialization.

Peter Nathan

Peter Nathan

Executive Director, Global Business Development
Ph.D., Princeton University

Peter joined New England Biolabs as a postdoctoral researcher in 1987, after receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Genetics from Princeton University. His postdoctoral work focused on the cloning and overexpression of the BamHI methyltransferase and the regulation of the methyltransferase gene. Peter became the Director of Marketing in 1991, after establishing the first wholly-owned subsidiary for NEB in Toronto, Canada, and has served as the Executive Director of Global Business Development since 2005. His current role at NEB involves leveraging the commercial and scientific resources of NEB in partnering, technology acquisition and identifying new ventures on a global basis, as well as direct oversight of all 7 NEB subsidiaries. Peter also volunteers as a board member at various non-profit organizations in the Boston area.

Andy Bertera

Andrew Bertera

Executive Director of Marketing

B.S., King's College, UK

Andy joined New England Biolabs in 2009, having previously worked in a variety of R&D, marketing and senior management positions at Amersham, GE and Promega. As Executive Director of Marketing at NEB, Andy is responsible for the development and implementation of NEB’s marketing strategies and tactics, across its entire product portfolio. Andy also oversees its US Field (Sales) and Customer Service activities and organizations. His role at NEB involves the direct management of the customer service, marketing, and sales professionals, covering the disciplines of market research, product management, channel and order management, US sales, digital marketing, and scientific and marketing communications. Andy is also the NEB representative at the Analytical, Life Science & Diagnostics Association (ALDA) Executive Management Meetings and an Advisor to the Association of Career Professionals - Life Sciences (ACP-LS).

Sharon Kaiser

Sharon Kaiser

Director, Information Technology
MBA, Oklahoma State University

Sharon joined New England Biolabs in 2014, having previously served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Abiomed, a medical device manufacturer in Danvers, MA. As the Director of Information Technology of NEB, Sharon is responsible for the development and implementation of NEB’s global IT strategies, aligning closely with all NEB business units, and for managing the IT operations and system applications groups. She is a frequent speaker on various topics around information technology and leadership, and serves on several industry advisory boards. Sharon was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare / Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal. Additionally, she has served in several roles for the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) and currently serves on their board of directors.
Julie Moore

Julie Moore

Director, Global Customized Solutions
M.S., University of Leeds Medical School, UK

Julie joined New England Biolabs in 2015. As the Director of Global Customized Solutions, Julie has responsibility for all aspects of NEB’s custom products and OEM business including sales, project management, operations and support. Julie and her team are committed to building long-term partnerships and providing reliable, consistent and highest quality custom solutions to NEB’s life science, molecular diagnostic and biotechnology customers. Prior to joining NEB, Julie worked at Beckman Coulter as the Director, Automation and Genomics Business Unit, responsible for providing strategic vision and directing activities associated with their instrument and reagent product portfolios. Julie has also held leadership roles in marketing and sales at Applied Biosystems and Bio-Rad, and prior to that research roles focused on cancer and human genetics.
Joe Secondine

Joe Secondine

General Counsel
J.D., Stanford Law School

Joe joined New England Biolabs in 2014, having previously served as Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Assistant Secretary at Life Technologies Corporation, and prior to that as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Invitrogen Corporation. As General Counsel for NEB, Joe is responsible for overseeing all of NEB’s legal needs. Joe has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1997, and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel since 2001.
Derek Robinson

Derek Robinson

Director, Quality Control
B.S., University of Vermont

Derek joined New England Biolabs in 1986 as a Product Manager, developing and producing products across the NEB product portfolio. In 2005, he became the Head of Quality Improvement, and in 2012 was made the Director of Quality Control. As Director of Quality Control, he oversees a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that NEB products are consistently the best.
Lance Goodreau

Lance Goodreau

Director, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
B.S., Plymouth State University

Lance joined New England Biolabs in 2011, having previously served as Director of Internal Biologics Quality for Lonza Biologics. Lance has over 20 years of Quality Control and Quality Assurance experience in biologics and biotechnology. As the Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at NEB, he is responsible for helping NEB achieve and maintain ISO certification, and is currently leading the effort to establish NEB’s cGMP compliance strategy. Lance is a member of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), and MassBio.
Linda Stecchi

Linda Stecchi

Director, Human Resources
B.A., Saint Anselm College

Linda joined New England Biolabs in 2008, having held HR roles of increasing responsibility with companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Linda brings over 20 years of extensive HR experience and 13 years in leadership positions. As the Director of Human Resources for NEB, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources including, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, organizational development, employee relations, training and compliance. Linda is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northeast Human Resource Association.
Bob Trigilio

Bob Trigilio

Director, Facilities
B.A., Northeastern University

Bob joined New England Biolabs in 1992 as a Refrigeration and HVAC Technician, after previously owning a refrigeration contracting company. He became Facilities Manager in 1996, and was promoted to Director of Facilities in 2011. As Director of Facilities, he oversees the planning, care and maintenance of the NEB campus laboratories and buildings, as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Department.