Oleg Shinkazh

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Oleg Shinkazh is a founder of ChromaTan and inventor of “Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography.” He is a chemical and biotechnology engineer with 17 years of experience in R&D and technical support in the biotechnology industry, specializing in downstream processing/purification of human biologics. Oleg has extensive experience with all unit operations in the modern marketplace and has worked and collaborated with such industry leaders as Millipore Corp., Pall Corp., Genentech, Biogen and many others.

Craig Pointer

Associate Director of Engineering

Craig graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He continued his education at Lehigh University to earn his master’s degree in Chemistry where his research focus was on photophysical chemistry. Craig has 2 years of experience working in a large-scale manufacturing R&D lab where he has completed projects resulting in over $1M savings in manufacturing costs. Additionally, he has a background of 5+ years of professional research in academia along with several years of teaching and group leading experiences. Craig joined ChromaTan in 2020 and is supporting CCTC process development and continuous integration.

Brad Olson

Lead Engineer

Brad graduated with his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell on 2013, after which he began his PhD research in fluid structure interactions for mitigation of vortex induced vibrations. In December of 2018 he started working for ChromaTan while finishing his PhD. He specialties include fluid dynamics, composite materials and mechanical characterization of materials.

Justin Parke

Associate Engineer II

Justin has joined the ChromaTan Process Development team in October of 2020. He has an educational background in Biology from Rutgers University. He brings a decade of experience working in an cGMP environment. Having worked for many years as a customer of advanced technologies in highly regulated environments, Justin brings a unique perspective for improving end-user experience to help pave the way for successful market entry and adoption of the CCTC platform.

Yvonne Connolly

Human Resources & Operations Manager

Yvonne comes to ChromaTan with a background in Operations, Facilities, HR, and Project Management. Yvonne graduated from Villanova University, with a B.A. in English Education and has worked for several start-up companies over the last 15 years in various operational roles. Yvonne is supporting ChromaTan’s various operational activities that include HR, accounting, inventory management, and government grant relations.

Brandon Beardsley

Operations Associate II / Inventory Specialist

Brandon received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Delaware Valley University and has experience in the laboratory, research and veterinary medicine fields. He joined ChromaTan in February 2021 and is responsible for the inventory of the lab and general operations activities. In addition, he supports laboratory activities by preparing the buffers for the runs, reconstituting and cleaning resins, and general support of the CCTC operations.

Dwayne Kenney II

Associate Scientist II

Dwayne graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2016 with a degree in Health Science and focus in Pharmacology. Joining the ChromaTan team in December 2021, Dwayne brought experience from multiple analytical spaces with cGLP expectations as well as large, industry-scale manufacturing. His knowledge of bioanalytic assays as well as protein purification supports CCTC process development efforts.

Dan Truitt

Senior Software Engineer

Dan brings 5+ years of experience developing controls systems to ChromaTan’s system development team. Leaning on concepts and principles he learned while working on controls solutions for industrial and chemical manufacturing operations, he is introducing new software and hardware design patterns to maximize opportunities to automate tasks which have a significant bearing on the quality and repeatability of our experiments.

Elliot Sayles

Associate Engineer II

Elliot graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor's degree in Material Science & Engineering in 2022. He started working at Chromatan in April 2021 through Drexel University’s co-op program. Elliot’s knowledge supports flowpath development efforts and his specialties include FDM and SLA 3D printing, DVS design production and analysis, and resin compatibility experiments.

Patrick Zielinski

Cell Culture Scientist

Patrick Zielinski earned his Masters degree in Biotechnology from Temple University in 2019 and his BS in Biology from Millersville University. He has over 8 years of experience performing research in GLP labs and most recently performed molecular and cell biology research at Evotec and the University of Pennsylvania. Patrick joined Chromatan in 2022 and is applying his research background to reestablishing the company’s cell culture capabilities.

Sreeja Edara

Senior Associate Scientist

Sreeja Edara has  joined the team at ChromaTan in January 2023. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Doctor of Pharmacy from Osmania University and a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Albany College of Pharmacy, New York. Her thesis topic, "Structural and Functional Basis of Drug Binding to Human Cytochrome P450 2C9 *14 Genetic Variant", demonstrated her ability to conduct in-depth research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in her field. Additionally, Sreeja has gained valuable experience through internships at two multi-specialty hospitals. Currently, Sreeja designs and tests experiments for continuous chromatography of biologics. She is responsible for the development of in-process analytics for monoclonal antibodies, AAVs, recombinant proteins, DNA, and mRNA. Additionally, she performs analytical testing on process development samples using U-HPLC, qPCR, and ELISA.

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