Kris Khalil is the Managing Director of the BioFund, an early-stage life science investment firm housed within the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center. Kris has over a decade of working knowledge in the early stage investment & credit industries. Prior to joining the Center, Kris gained valuable experience as an underwriter and analyst for multi-national and community-based financial institutions such as Capital One Bank and Omni Bank. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University with concentrations in entrepreneurship and accounting, and an MBA from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Kris is a New Orleans native, is an active volunteer in the community, and is passionate about investments that ultimately generate a positive impact. Since 2013, the BioFund has invested in over 20 New Orleans seed-stage companies, with a primary focus on the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and commercialization of university-affiliated technologies.
Liza Curcio-Rudy is an Investment Analyst at the New Orleans BioFund, an early-stage life science investment firm housed within the BioInnovation Center. Prior to joining the BioFund, Liza spent two years interning with Illumen Capital, where she helped raise and deploy the firm’s first fund. She also spent time with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, both of which support entrepreneurship and economic development in emerging markets. Liza cares deeply about the ability for capital markets to drive social change.
In 2019, Liza was awarded a fellowship from Venture for America, a nonprofit organization with the mission of creating economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Liza holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland, where she was a Presidential Scholar and Social Innovation Fellow.
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).
Cameron has worked with the BioInnovation center for two years: as a marketing intern, and subsequently, as a business development associate. Presently, Cameron primarily assists NOBIC in establishing new strategic partnerships, as well as seeking out new avenues for expanding the organization’s programming and impact. “Cam” is a senior at Tulane University pursuing a dual-BA degree in Political Economy & International Development, with a minor in Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship (SISE). Outside of class, Cameron enjoys reading his favorite author Kurt Vonnegut and snowboarding when he gets a chance to escape the heat.
Ron Talmoore is a Marketing Manager at the New Orleans BioFund. As a senior at Tulane University, Ron is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Prior to working at the BioFund, Ron gained experience in social media marketing and search engine marketing at Conductor Inc., a search engine marketing firm. Ron also gained valuable knowledge working at the New Orleans based nonprofit StayLocal, where he developed a comprehensive event marketing strategy. Ron was born and raised in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science, a magnet high school specializing in math and science. While in high school, Ron spent two years volunteering at his local state senator’s office. He is passionate about nonprofit work, generating positive social impact, and traveling to new and interesting places.
Jesse is a Stationary Engineer, licensed by the City Of New Orleans since 2000. He completed a 2 year course for Stationary Engineering at New Orleans Regional Technical School and worked 1 year as an apprentice at Le Méridien Hotel. He has been an engineer at Ochsner Westbank, Oschner Main Campus, East Jefferson General Hospital and Place St. Charles. He has worked as a fitter at Avondale and Textron Marine Systems. Jesse has his OSHA 511 certification and is the first person in New Orleans to be certified to check backflow prevention systems without being a master plumber. Jesse teaches voice and saxophone at Guitar Center, and he enjoys playing occasional gigs and doing studio work as well as writing music.