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  • Don Rose

    Don Rose, Ph.D., Director

    Don Rose is the Director of UNC’s Carolina KickStart Program (formerly NC BioStart). Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups: Metabolon (metabolomics, RTP), Deerac Fluidics (nanoliter dispensing, Dublin), and DataCentric Automation (high-throughput crystallography, Nashville). Before that, he was a general partner with Catalysta Partners (now Hatteras Venture Partners), a seed stage venture fund specializing in information technology and biotechnology start-ups. During this time, Don was co-founder and CEO of Phase Bioscience, a biomaterials start-up, spun out of Duke University. Prior to Catalysta, he was co-founder and VP of Research and Development for Cartesian Technologies, a leader in instrumentation for DNA microarrays and nanoliter dispensing. Prior to Cartesian, Dr. Rose was a research scientist at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) where he developed and promoted a number of technologies in bioanalytical chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening. Prior to GW, Dr. Rose developed various aspects of capillary electrophoreses instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Dr. Rose received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina. He has published eight papers, two book chapters, and holds six US patents.

    BSPH Nutrition, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
    Ph.D. Chemistry, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

  • Andy Kant

    Andy Kant, Assistant Director

    Andrew initially became interested in bioentrepreneurship during graduate school, as an alternative to traditional career paths. Subsequently he co-founded the 501(c)3 non-profit Carolina Student Biotechnology Network, helping students to learn more about career alternatives focused on entrepreneurship. Later in his schooling, he interned at UNC’s Office of Technology Development and co-authored a paper on entrepreneurship education. Prior to graduate school, Andrew was a fellow at the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research and Whitney Laboratory, University of Florida.

    BS Biology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    MS Toxicology, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

  • John Sheridan

    John Sheridan, Ph.D., Assistant Director

    John Sheridan is the Assistant Director of Carolina KickStart. Prior to joining Carolina Kickstart, John received his BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Biology at Dickinson College and subsequently attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he completed his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Physiology. He also received a certificate in translational medicine through the HHMI Med-into-Grad program at UNC. During his postdoc, he became interested in the process of commercializing biomedical research, so he completed an internship with UNC’s Office of Technology Development. Before entering graduate school, John completed a postbaccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in Bethesda, MD.

    BS Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Biology, Dickinson College
    Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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