Jerrod Brown, M.E. – Engineering & Product Design, NanoScreen, LLC

Mr. Brown provides the team with a blended understanding of scientific laboratory protocol and extensive CAD operation.  Jerrod graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with a Major in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Mathematical Science.  In 2016, he received his Masters of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.  Jerrod first joined NanoScreen as a Summer intern in 2016.  During his internship, he developed an innovative accessory to NanoScreen’s ORION liquid handling workstation, the Talon.  The purpose of the Talon is to enable the dispense head an extended capability of transferring a plate from the loading deck from one position to another.

From 2010-2011, while working in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina, he observed and assumed responsibility for operation and coordination of automated liquid handling systems.  Utilized CAD software to design micromolds used to assist in the growth of tissue cells, and prepared CAD renderings of bio printers to assist in the publishing of bio fabrication papers aimed to reinforce the potential of computer aided additive bio fabrication of human organs.  As a talented designer and manager, he has also led several large-scale projects during which he obtained and maintained Department of Defense Clearance.

Mr. Brown brings with him a strong knowledge of the liquid handling industry and a level of customer awareness that makes him an invaluable addition to the NanoScreen team.

Josh Campbell – Manufacturing Lead & Charleston Machine, LLC President

Mr. Campbell joined NanoScreen in 2007 and assumed the role of Director of Manufacturing in January 2014.  His primary objectives were to maintain production, quality and safety in the machine shop.  Prior to NanoScreen, Mr. Campbell worked as a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinist in various industries such as: Military/Defense, Aerospace, Automotive and Heavy equipment.  He has over 20 years of combined experience as a manual and CNC machinist working with several different kinds of equipment and CAD/CAM software. Mr. Campbell has worked with many different types materials ranging from plastics to depleted uranium. He has also held challenging leadership positions like team leader, production supervisor and manufacturing manager.

While attending college in 1998, Mr. Campbell joined the United States Marine Corp Reserve.  He earned his A.S. Degree in Machine Tool Technology, while serving his country and working full time as a machinist in a tool and die shop in Tennessee.  In 2004, Mr. Campbell was called to active duty to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Mr. Campbell and his family live in Charleston, SC.

Chris Garrison – Production Manager, NanoScreen, LLC

Mr. Garrison started with NanoScreen in 2004 as an automation engineer. With NanoScreen still in it’s infancy Chris had several responsibilities including: 1. Refurbishing all Multimeks, EP3’s, and Platestacks. 2. Providing solutions for all NanoScreen’s customers in regard to systems integrations. 3. Designing and building special electronic devices that would integrate Multimeks with peripheral devices. 4. Providing customer support to ensure their instruments were preforming properly. 5. Assembling new instruments as well as aiding in the design of new instruments.  As NanoScreen built its customer base Chris was involved in pipette tip production which included maintenance on all molds and molding machines, production of pipette tips as well as quality control of tips.

Prior to NanoScreen, from 2000 to 2004, Chris was the service manager of a controls service company that designed and built custom HVAC controls for process temperature and humidity control. Chris was responsible for design and installation of systems for companies such as Kemet, and BMW North America. Chris also built and installed life safety panels in the custom-manufacturing environment.  From 1993 to 2000 Chris was a foreman for Lonnie Davis electric where he was responsible for all field installations of electrical systems as well as in charge of the service department. Chris installed nurse call systems, fire alarm systems, control systems for heating and air applications, UPS systems with generator integration.  Throughout the years Chris has developed and maintained his professional contacts from his experience in the electro-mechanical field. Chris’s thirst for knowledge and willingness to learn new things has made him an asset to NanoScreen and his previous employers. NanoScreen’s willingness to think outside the box by providing the customer with cost effective solutions in the medical research field has set them apart from other larger companies.

Chris lives in Charleston South Carolina with his wife of 23 years and, his 19 year old daughter Molly, and 15 year old son Steven.

Paige Hughes – Quality Assurance Director, NanoScreen, LLC

Mrs. Hughes joined the NanoScreen Team in 2016 as interim Lab Director.  In May 2017 she was promoted to the role of Quality Assurance Director. Her expertise lies in project management, process design, and integration of  IT resources.

Mrs. Hughes is completing her M.S. in Project Management from The Citadel, The Military College of S.C. (expected, Fall of 2018). Prior to joining NanoScreen, Paige also served as an IT Services Officer for the Information Technology Department at The Citadel, The Military College of S.C.

She is an active member of the Bleeding Disorder Advocacy Community, is a volunteer for East Light Academy’s PTA, and is the Philanthropy and Social Media Officer for the Citadel’s MBA Association.

Paige and her husband Alex live in North Charleston, South Carolina with their two sons George and Nikolas and daughter Annabelle.

Cecilia Maerz, PA, MT – Compliance Officer, NanoScreen, LLC

Ms. Maerz has over 20+ years’ experience in the healthcare industry, with particular concentration on Healthcare Compliance of developing and managing effective compliance, risk, and ethics programs in complex laboratories. Her extensive personal experience includes strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of multifaceted compliance laboratory systems, and authorized to implement all necessary actions to ensure achievement of the objectives of an effective compliance program by monitoring and reporting results of compliance/ethics efforts. Maerz has provided consultancy, support, and ongoing program management throughout the life-cycle of client engagements.

Ms. Maerz career included being the regulatory compliance officer/management in the complex laboratory sector with responsibility for the development, implementation, maintaining and revising policies and procedures for operations and related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct on day-to-day operations. This includes ongoing management of programs to meet stringent regulatory requirements. In this capacity, she led an industry and an award-winning team with an exemplary track record of regulatory monitoring and enforcement visits.

Ms. Maerz holds a Bachelor degree in Clinical Health Services/Science – Certification of Completion Physician Assistant from University of Washington MEDEX Northwest, Seattle, WA; Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Science, Math from University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT; Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician from Lewis and Clark College, Godfrey, IL; NIH/CRA Certification from Unitek, Fremont, CA.

Ms. Maerz is also a member of the Silent Service Motorcycle Team Associate – United States Submariners; Patriot Guard Motorcycle Team; Washington University Alumni Associate Association for Women in Science eWomenNetwork, business networking for businesswomen; VFW – Life time Auxiliary Member, Honor Guard Chaplin/Bugler, Volunteer as Chaplain at least once a month at Tahoma National Cemetery, volunteer for ground duties around the Post, Bingo,  a Kitchen assistant/server, Boy-Scout Eagle Projects, and anything I can help with pertaining to U.S. Veterans.

Robert (RJ) Quillinan, Esq.

Mr. Quillinan joined NanoScreen to serve as an Operations Consultant, working alongside the Chief Executive Officer in developing  and nurturing a focused and dedicated team to best serve customers.

Mr. Quillinan has a background in accounting, finance, quality control, legal affairs and compliance. Mr. Quillinan holds a BS degree with a Finance concentration from the University of Colorado, a Master’s in Business Administration from The Citadel, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the Charleston School of Law.

Dean Sproles – CEO, NanoScreen, LLC

Mr. Sproles joined NanoScreen as Chief Executive Officer in early 2016.  During his tenure Mr. Sproles’ focus has been on streamlining the organization while nurturing a culture of “sustainable” organic growth.

Mr. Sproles background includes starting his first company, Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Inc., in 2007, and his second venture as co-Founder and President, Advanced Precision Medicine, Inc., now a majority owner of NanoScreen, LLC.

Leading Iverson Genetic Diagnostics Mr. Sproles successfully realized three consecutive years of 400% growth in revenue.  He served as thought leader and orchestrator of a study for the largest insurance provider in the world (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS).  While leading Iverson Genetic Diagnostics Mr. Sproles drafted a series of “Personalized Medicine Awareness Day” proclamations (2011-2013) issued by five state governors (Georgia, Washington, South Carolina, Ohio, and New Jersey).  These proclamations and events sought to raise general awareness of the many benefits of accelerating medical science applications into mainstream medical practice.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Sproles spent sixteen (16) years as a scientist in the fields of proteomics, genomics, and transcriptomics. His career in science led him to focus on research at small commercial laboratories, the University of Virginia, and Oregon Health Sciences University, where he has published works on the creation and implementation of global standards in transcriptomic research.

In addition to his professional experience Mr. Sproles has served on the Board of Directors for the Swank MS Foundation, was a member of the Institute for Systems Biology (“ISB”) Associates Network, previously served on the advisory Board for the University of Washington school of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and was on the general advisory board for Lake Washington School District.  Mr. Sproles currently serves as class co-chairman for fund raising for his alma mater, The Citadel, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology from the school’s Honors Program.

NanoScreen Lab Team Photo, May 2018
NanoScreen Lab Team Photo, May 2018