Advisory Board and Partners
The BTEC Advisory Board was established per the original Golden LEAF grant application to provide guidance to BTEC in the following areas: course content, curriculum development, instruction, certification requirements, assessment, marketing, and facilities/equipment needs. Since its inception, the Advisory Board has met three to four times per year and has provided valuable advice during construction, curriculum development, start-up, and operation.
|Gray Armstrong||Interim Site Leader||Pfizer|
|Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D.||Director (on Leave)||NC State BTEC|
|Will Darrigrand||Site Director||bioMérieux, Inc. *|
|Shawn Gallagher||President, Partnership Management||Eisai Co., Ltd.|
|Ed George||Sr. Project Manager||RGD Project Management|
|Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D.||Acting Director||NC State BTEC|
|Amy M. Grunden, Ph.D.||Professor of Microbiology & University Faculty Scholar||NC State College of Life Sciences, Dept. of Plant & Microbial Biology|
|Chad Henry||Corporate Vice President||Novo Nordisk *|
|Mike Hess, Ph.D.||Sr. Manager of GO-US||Novozymes|
|Paula M. Keith, Ph.D.||Founder||BioLogic Solutions, LLC|
|Tim Kelly, Ph.D.||Executive Vice President, Operations||KBI Biopharma, Inc. *|
|Bob Kenyon||Vice President, North American Manufacturing Operations||Biogen *|
|Louis Martin-Vega, Ph.D.||Dean||NC State College of Engineering|
|Hernan Navarro, Ph.D.||Brite Director||North Carolina Central University (BRITE)|
|Dave Perez||Vice President||JE Dunn Construction|
|Scot Shepard||Head, Global Technical Development||Seqirus|
|Mark Sorrells||Sr. Vice President||Golden LEAF Foundation|
|John Stefanyk||Senior Account Manager/RTP||EMD Millipore *|
|Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D.||Sr. VP for Science & Business Development||North Carolina Biotechnology Center|
|John Wagner||Program Manager||NCBIO|
|Mark Walker||Director of Training, Americas||Sartorius *|
|Pamela Webb||Vice President, Americas, Life Science Formulated Chemistries||Steris Life Sciences *|
|Ken Wilson||Director, Automation & MES||Merck & Co., Inc. *|
|David Yarley||Director, Training||Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies|
*Current BTEC scholarship sponsor.
BTEC is part of NCBioImpact, an educational partnership in which the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork, the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) are also members.
NCBioImpact was implemented to meet the workforce needs of North Carolina's life sciences industry. Another partner is the Golden LEAF Foundation, which provided almost $39 million to build the BTEC facility. BTEC reports administratively to NC State's College of Engineering and resides on NC State's Centennial Campus, an award-winning research science park. BTEC is a founding member of BTEC International, an organization created to provide biomanufacturing training, education and process services in the United States and Europe.