Meet the Team

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PAULO A. GARCIA, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder

Dr. Paulo A. Garcia co-invented the Flowfect® technology while he was a Research Scientist at MIT. He is currently leading the development and commercialization efforts of the proprietary cell engineering platform for therapeutic and biotechnology applications.

Greg Crescenzi

GREG CRESCENZI, MBA
Chief Commercial Officer

As a seasoned business leader, Greg has spent his career leading teams of sales, marketing, product development and operations professionals in commercializing innovative tools and technologies for advancing the development and manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals with key industry suppliers including Cytiva/GE Healthcare, BD, Pall, and MerckMillipore.

Bethany Grant

BETHANY GRANT, M.S.
Chief Technology Officer

Bethany has focused her career on bringing innovative medical device solutions to market. She led concepts through launch and acquisition, and directed innovation and product development at J&J. She graduated from MIT with a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Michael Elliott

MICHAEL ELLIOTT, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Michael is an accomplished executive in Operations and P&L Management. Managed various manufacturing and operational functions at BD in Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Biosciences. More recently, led activities for emerging Biotech firms to hyper-scale their business and operational models globally. Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from BYU, and an MBA, from MIT Sloan.

Cullen Buie

CULLEN R. BUIE, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Cullen R. Buie, Ph.D. is a Tenured Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and co-inventor of the high-throughput genetic modification technology. He brings expertise in the areas of microfluidics, microfabrication, and experimental fluid mechanics to Kytopen.

Michael Baladiang

MICHAEL BALADIANG, B.S.
Research Associate

Michael Baladiang, B.S. graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in biology. He has experience doing work in immunology specifically with efforts in HIV and more recently COVID and focused on optimization and automation of laboratory procedures.

Ross Beighley

ROSS BEIGHLEY, B.S.
Senior Systems Engineer

Ross Beighley, B.S. graduated from Tufts University where he studied Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. His professional experience centers on transitioning benchtop solutions to worldwide markets through automation.

Naomi Druy

NAOMI DRUY

Product Manager

Naomi is passionate about building products that can change the world. She has managed products at all lifecycle stages from inception through launch. She is skilled at translating user needs into technical requirements to drive product development and is excited to apply these abilities in the cell and gene therapy field. Naomi holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Business Innovation from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.

Tianna Gannon

TIANNA GANNON, M.S.
Quality Engineer

Tianna has over 10 years QE experience in troubleshooting and remediation for commercial medical devices, working with engineering and clinical teams to identify and implement effective design, V&V, and process solutions to ensure that patient needs are met safely and effectively.  She looks forward to employing those experiences to help ensure that medical technology is built right the first time.  Tianna is a graduate of Bay Path University with a B.S. and M.S. in Forensic Science.

Andrew Hallinan

ANDREW HALLINAN, B.S
Research Associate

Andrew Hallinan graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. His previous research experience primarily focused on translational biomaterials and tissue engineering within the bone marrow niche.

Ta Chun Hang

TA-CHUN HANG, Ph.D.
Director of Biology

Ta-Chun Hang has worked in early development through commercial manufacturing for biologics and cell therapies, including supporting regulatory activities as well as heading pilot plant operations. He has combined his breadth of knowledge and expertise to drive innovation and novel approaches in process development. Ta-Chun completed two bachelor’s degrees (Biomedical Engineering, Human Physiology) from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Biological Engineering from MIT.

Lane Johns

LANE JOHNS
Software Engineer

Lane graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science but decided he wanted to pursue problem solving in the software engineering world.  After gaining experience creating full stack web applications and helping to build a data transformation product for the energy field, he decided to pivot to biotechnology and help build software for cell therapy manufacturing.

Lexi Kantor

LEXI KANTOR, B.S.
Senior Manager of Talent Management

Lexi has spent her career building People Operations functions from the ground up and scaling them as the organization grows.  She is passionate about building inclusive and safe communities that allow people to bring their full and best selves to work.  Lexi graduated from Babson College with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Manisha Krishnan

MANISHA KRISHNAN Ph.D.

Scientist

Manisha Krishnan graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Biology, and a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago. Her expertise is in utilizing molecular biology techniques to understand the biology of hematopoietic cells, and she is excited to translate some of this expertise to the cell therapy field.

Eduardo Latouche

EDUARDO LATOUCHE, M.S.
Engineering Program Manager

Eduardo is a hands-on technical leader and collaborator tackling complex problems. He has experience leading diverse technical teams in the medical technology space. Eduardo studied Engineering Mechanics (M.S.) and Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) at Virginia Tech.

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GRETCHEN LEWIS, B.S.
Senior Scientist

Gretchen has spent much of her career understanding the use of hematopoietic stem cells in the treatment of genetic diseases, with a focus on early preclinical research. She joins Kytopen from bluebird bio, and holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Rameech McCormack

RAMEECH MCCORMACK, M.S.
R&D Engineer

Rameech McCormack, M.S. master’s graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. He is also a co-inventor of the high throughput Flowfect® technology. Rameech leads the effort in product manufacturing, design, and integration.

Verona Outerbridge

VERONA OUTERBRIDGE, M.S.
Quality Leader

Verona is an accomplished Quality professional with extensive experience in regulatory compliance and quality management systems supporting pharmaceutical development and market approval. Her background includes regulatory compliance and inspection readiness, business development, laboratory operations, pharmaceutical research, and education. Verona graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.S and M.S. in Chemistry.

Melissa Aguirre Pinillos

MELISSA AGUIRRE PINILLOS
Bioengineering Intern

Melissa is a third-year student at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) and a minor in Chemistry.  She has participated in many programs to strengthen and develop new skills to advance her passion for new challenges in the biological and engineering field.  Her primary focus is to understand, solve, and utilize various applications and techniques within engineering.

Patricia Schnulle

PATRICIA SCHNULLE, M.S., M.B.A.
Marketing Manager

Patricia has over 15 years of experience in marketing and sales.  She has a passion for both science and business, holding both a M.S. from the University of Illinois and a M.B.A. from Butler University.  She has spent her career working to improve processes and embraces change in order to drive business.

Perri Weinstein

PERRI WEINSTEIN

Senior Associate Scientist

Perri graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her experience in manufacturing commercial biologics and process development for cell and gene therapies is shaped by her passion for problem-solving and innovation.

Norman Wen

NORMAN WEN
Director of Engineering

Norman has made a career of bringing novel science and technology from research to reality. Previously, he was at Emulate, where he helped lead the buildout of its core technology and business to be a leader in the Organs-on-Chips and advanced in vitro model space. Norman graduated from University of California Berkeley with degrees in Mechanical Engineering B.S. and Materials Science B.S.

John Zhao

JOHN ZHAO, M.S.
Senior Process Development Scientist

John Zhao graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Bioengineering and University of Louisville with a M.S. in Biochemistry. His career has been dedicated to cell therapy in various roles including research, development and manufacturing. His primary focus is innovative process development techniques and applications.

Maham Zia

MAHAM ZIA, B.S.
Software Co-op

Maham Zia is currently pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science at Northeastern University. She graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University where she discovered a love for problem solving. She is interested in exploring the various applications of computer science while developing her coding skills.