Gregory Kelly, PhD

Senior Vice President, BioScience

Greg heads SoBran's bioscience practice area. He has been with SoBran since 2002. An accomplished business leader and manager, Greg has over 30 years’ experience conducting scientific research and directing large, complex research support programs. He has conducted and managed research in the fields of molecular biology and toxicology at government-sponsored laboratories and universities, and in private industry.

Under his leadership, SoBran’s bioscience research support has more than doubled, with significant expansions in contracting to the federal government, scientific and technical support for academic institutions, and initiation of contract research focused on preclinical toxicology.

Greg is active in a number of organizations including: The American Society for Microbiology, The College of Toxicology, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, The Tech Council of Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Committee.

In addition to his professional activities Greg serves as Vice Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Council, Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. He received a bachelor's degree from University of Pittsburgh, cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.

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Brad Fisher

Director, Government Contracts, BioScience

Brad joined SoBran in 2002 as a Program Manager in support of a large contract with the NIH/NIAID. With 20 years of experience,  Brad now leads SoBran Bioscience as a Director of Government Operations. Brad provides operational oversight, business development, and strategic planning for a multitude of DHHS and DoD biomedical research contracts. Previously, he held management roles with the Federal government (NIH/National Cancer Institute) and a biomedical research support company. He is a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR), and a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG). Brad has an associate’s degree from Allegheny College and holds certificates in Program Management and Human Resources Management.

In addition to membership in AALAS, ICPM and LAMA, he has served as NCAB AALAS Awards Chair and on the NCAB AALAS Seminar Committee. Brad has received several awards from industry specific associations and institutions to include: 1999 NCAB Pierson Award, 2001 NCI Outstanding Service, 2002-2009 NIAID Exemplary and Superior Service Awards, 2008-2009 NIAID Merit Award and 2009 TurnKey Facilities Leader of the Year.

Brad is committed to mentoring dedicated individuals in the company. Many of his mentees have become successful program managers, project managers, research support specialists, lead technicians, or staff trainers in the many animal programs across the United States.

 


Simon Selwood, PhD

Director, Business Development, BioScience

Simon leads business development for SoBran’s BioScience practice area. He is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, fostering client relationships and conducting scientific analysis to guide business decisions.

Simon has experience in a wide range of molecular biology techniques and supporting laboratory methods. Prior to joining SoBran in 2012 he held a variety of technical and business development roles in biotechnology companies including Epitomics, Millipore, Asuragen, and Gene Logic.

Simon earned a bachelor’s of science degree (Hons) in Biochemistry, a master’s of science degree in Biosensors and a PhD in Clinical Neurology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Medical School, winning a Dean's fellowship award for research. During his Post Doc. he worked with multiple transgenic mouse models using Laser Capture Microdissection and multiple genotyping and expression microarray analyses. Simon has published over 15 papers and book chapters.

Simon is an ex-Royal Marine reservist and a member of the team holding the world record for the London to Paris triathlon.

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Melissa Marrah

Associate Director, Federal Government Operations

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in the biomedical field, and has been a member of the SoBran BioScience team since 2002.

As her primary role, Melissa is the Program Manager for SoBran’s NIH/NIAID contract.  In this role, she provides daily program and personnel management in support of ABSL1-3 animal facilities and program services.  The level of effort includes facility management, husbandry, technical, research support, veterinary pathology and cryopreservation services, logistics, administrative, training and standard operating procedure development.

Additionally, Melissa is the point of contact for business development efforts, focusing on operations management and support for federal government and biocontainment opportunities.

Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR), and a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).  She also holds certificates in Program Management and Human Resources Management.

In addition to membership in AALAS, ICPM and LAMA, she has served on the NCAB/AALAS council as an Ad Hoc member and has participated yearly on the NCAB/AALAS seminar committee since 2008. Melissa regularly publishes and presents on bioscience industry topics.

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