As Executive Director, Kris ensures the New Orleans BioInnovation Center accelerates the growth of Louisiana’s biotech ecosystem. As Managing Director of the BioFund, Kris has invested over $5MM in 30 companies. These companies have collectively raised above $250MM in private funding and have hired more than 1,000 employees in the US.
Before joining NOBIC, Kris help service a portfolio of over $3 billion of working capital, construction, equipment, real estate, bridge financing, and acquisition loans up to $125MM for national financial institutions.
A native of New Orleans, Kris holds an MBA from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with concentrations in entrepreneurship and accounting from Louisiana State University.
Cameron has been a part of the NOBIC team for over four years – having started as a marketing intern for the BioFund, and later advancing into his present role. As Business Development Associate, Cameron primarily works to establish new strategic partnerships, as well as identify various opportunities to expand NOBIC’s impact in Louisiana and beyond.
“Cam” graduated from Tulane University in May of 2020 with a dual-BA degree in Political Economy & International Development. Outside of work, Cam volunteers for Strong City – a non-profit dedicated to supporting youth-empowerment initiatives in New Orleans. In his free time, Cam enjoys gardening, camping, and snowboarding whenever he gets a chance to escape the heat.
As BARDA DRIVe Innovation Program manager, Dr. Ha’reanna Campbell is responsible for developing and managing the BARDA DRIVe Program and Portfolio at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
Ha’reanna is from Laurel, MS and Citronelle, AL. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in May of 2021 with her Doctorate of Pharmacy. She has special interests in infectious diseases and combatting health disparities. Outside of outreach and community service, her other extracurricular activities consists of music, sports, and the beach.
Korey Patty joins the New Orleans BioInnovation Center in the role of Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer, serving to coordinate resources and facilitate collaboration within South Louisiana’s life sciences industry.
Immediately prior to joining NOBIC, Korey served as the Executive Director of Feeding Louisiana, the state association of Louisiana’s five Feeding America food banks. In this role, Korey led Feeding Louisiana’s efforts to support member food banks in providing short-term food relief while seeking long-term solutions to hunger.
His experience also includes business and economic development for the State of Louisiana, as well as management, public policy, and advocacy across a variety of industries.
A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Korey is an alum of the University of Tulsa, where he earned a B.S. in Marketing, and later completed an M.B.A. at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Sarkar completed his undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University where he obtained degrees in applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, and neurosciences. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. He completed a Neurology Residency at the University of California at Davis, in Sacramento. This was followed by the completion of a Brain Injury and Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is double boarded in Neurology and Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation. He joined the Ochsner Neurosciences Institute in 2015 and is also a Clinical Instructor at the Tulane School of Medicine and adjunct professor in the Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering. He recently joined the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New Orleans VA Medical Center. His research on traumatic brain injury has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Founder’s Award in Translational Research. He currently serves as a board member for the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA).
Rebekah joined the BioInnovation Center team in 2021. As NOBIC’s Accountant and Grants Manager, Rebekah uses her non-profit accounting experience to maximize organizational efficiency and ensure compliance. Rebekah works to provide a full range of support to our team and ensure NOBIC’s resources are leveraged to bolster our mission to support the biotech community of Louisiana and beyond.
Rebekah graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Spanish and Hispanic Studies and a Minor in Portuguese. She is currently pursuing a BA in Accounting at the University of New Orleans in order to obtain her CPA. Rebekah relocated to New Orleans from Denver, where she supported local, non-profit art institutions. When she’s not putting the “fun” in functional expenses, you can find her on Magazine and Royal Streets perusing the wonderful galleries.
Antoine Hawkins, a New Orleans native, is a graduate of Warren Easton and is currently a senior at Southern University at New Orleans pursuing his BS in Business Administration with a focus in Management. Antoine has interests in business and how it can help the community grow as one. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, hang with family and friends, and attend Saint’s games.
NOBIC is partnered with Greater New Orleans, Inc. in support of their 2022 HBCU Startup Internship program. Through this internship, Antoine supports NOBIC by assisting the team with identifying and researching startup companies within the region’s biotechnology sphere while gaining first-hand experience working with scaled startups.
Jonah joined the NOBIC team this past year as an undergraduate intern. He is originally from Kansas City and currently is a Junior at Tulane University pursuing a BS in Neuroscience with minors in Spanish and Psychology and projected graduation in 2022. Jonah is interested in working in the healthcare field after graduation and aspires to pursue a career in biotechnology. He assists the team with conducting market research reports, investigating federal grant opportunities, researching future areas of interest, and help the rest of the team “behind the scenes”. When he is not in class or at The Center, Jonah plays on the Tulane Club Ultimate Frisbee Team and enjoys playing guitar, watching Seinfeld, and cooking.
As the NOBIC BioFund Analyst Intern, Alexander is responsible for identifying and researching investment opportunities in healthcare across biopharma, medical technology, and life sciences. He works collaboratively with biotech entrepreneurs to build strategy, find and scale product-market fit, and solve challenging problems in healthcare.
Alexander is 4th year MD/MBA student at the Tulane University School of Medicine and A.B. Freeman School of Business. He holds a B.S. in Neuroscience at the University of California Los Angeles and M.S. in Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine. Alexander is passionate about exploring the intersection between business and medicine through the lens of health equity and the role of innovation and technology in shaping a more equitable future.
Alexander is a second-generation Vietnamese American, triathlete, and salsa dancer.
Margie Gilbert, NOBIC Community Manager, has been with the Center for six years. She fosters community relationships, manages the Center’s various programming, regional and networking events, oversees leasing of the Center’s venue space, offices and labs.
Margie is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, having received a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, and Spanish, and is bilingual. She has 26 years of wide-ranging experience including Wholesale International Textile Sales, Trade Show Conception, Home Goods Design Development and Interior Design, and as a Regional Sales Manager.