Board of Directors

Oleg Shinkazh – CEO and 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.

Dr. Andrew Zydney – Board Member

Dr. Andrew L. Zydney is currently Department Head and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Professor Zydney received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1985 and he was a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware from 1985 - 2001. Professor Zydney's research is focused on membrane science and technology, with a particular emphasis on bioseparations and the purification of high value biological products. He has published more than 150 articles on these topics, including invited contributions to the Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology and the Handbook of Biomedical Engineering. Professor Zydney recently became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science and he serves on the Editorial Boards for Separation and Purification Reviews, Separation Science and Technology and Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He served as President of the North American Membrane Society in 2002 - 2003, he was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 1998, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Delaware in 1994 and he is a past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award (1999) and the Outstanding Young Faculty Award (1990) from the American Society of Engineering Education.

Paul H. Silvis - Former Head Coach, Inventor, and Founder of Restek Corporation. Currently Head Coach and Founder of SilcoTek Corporation

Paul founded Restek ( in 1985 to manufacture innovative, high quality chromatography products. The company’s sales exceed $60 Million and continue to outpace competitors by consistently maintaining double digit growth and profits. On January 1st 2009 Paul turned over the reins of Restek’s chromatography business to the employees through an ESOP stock purchase. While Paul will remain on the Board, he will primarily focus on growing a new technology company called SilcoTek (, which applies Chemical Vapor Deposition to metal and glass creating a surface similar to ultra-high temperature Teflon.

Paul received a B.S. in Chemistry/Life Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and graduated from the Penn State SMEAL executive MBA program from the Penn State in June 2006. He has completed numerous entrepreneurial leadership courses such as Birthing of Giants, Masters of Business Dynamics, Inc. 500 and Entrepreneur of the Year education sessions. Paul also currently serves on Penn State’s Board of Trustees, and has been the guest speaker for numerous leadership programs at Penn State and many local businesses.

Steve Carpenter – Board Member


Steve Carpenter is the Vice President of Venture Operations at the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania. The LSGPA provides investment and support to promising life sciences companies in central Pennsylvania. Since joining the LSGPA in 2004, Steve has served as a board observer or director for 10 start-up companies while evaluating prospective companies for investment. Prior to joining the LSGPA, Steve worked in the industry for over 20 years, and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Penn State with a focus on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance in 2004. Steve is also an adjunct instructor for entrepreneurial finance at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

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