Chris Garrison – Production & Automation Lead, NanoScreen, LLC
Chris 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 20 years and, his 16 year old daughter Molly, and 12 year old son Steven.
Imad Mansour – Chief Science Officer
Imad Mansour is a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of NanoScreen. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of California San Diego, Mr. Mansour began his scientific career at Wyeth’s High Throughput Screening lab. While there, he spent a significant part of his time developing and implementing fully automated and semi-automated biological screens. Seven years with Wyeth allowed him to gain a deep level of experience with many of the robotic platforms and assay formats common to Drug Discovery. With his intimate involvement in bringing up Wyeth’s HTS facility, Mr. Mansour participated first hand in working through many of the early scientific, strategic, and technical challenges faced by any new HTS effort. With time, Mr. Mansour came to focus his interest on developing new solutions for automating the most challenging assay types. Wishing to build upon this interest, he left Wyeth to join CCS/Packard in Torrance, California. His position as Lead Applications Engineer brought him into regular contact with many of the most difficult automation needs of HTS labs from around the world. Working directly with both end users and CCS/Packard’s engineering and software teams, Mr. Mansour ensured that each system produced fulfilled the unique application needs of each customer.
Building upon his combined experience in both research and industry, Mr. Mansour brings to NanoScreen a well developed understanding of the automated lab, as well as a vision of new technologies and solutions to further advance the tools available to scientists.
Imad, his wife and daughter live in Napa, CA.
Dean Sproles – CEO
Mr. Sproles was the founder of Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Inc. in 2007. He led Iverson to three consecutive years of 400% growth in revenues. He also led the conduction of a study for the largest insurance provider in the world (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS). Prior to founding Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Mr. Sproles worked for 16 years as a scientist and inventor focused on gene expression technologies. He has private laboratory experience in proteomics, genomics, and transcriptomics. In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. Sproles has worked as a researcher at the University of Virginia and at Oregon Health Sciences University. During his tenure as a researcher, he published on the creation and implementation of global standards in transcriptomic research. He has served as Chairman of the Board and CEO for Iverson; and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Swank MS Foundation. Dean has served as a member of the Institute for Systems Biology (“ISB”) Associates Network, the advisory Board for the University of Washington school of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and on the general advisory board for Lake Washington School District. Dean is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Citadel where he earned a BS degree from the school’s Honors Program.