Our Team

Oleg Shinkazh – CEO and Founder

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.

Boris Napadensky - VP of Engineering

 

Boris Napadensky, VP of Engineering at ChromaTan, is a chemical engineer with 15 years of experience in leading the development and scale-up of new technologies. He joined ChromaTan in January 2012. Boris is an accomplished technical manager with a lot of expertize in design and construction of new chemical process systems on lab, pilot and commercial scale. Boris has been leading design and construction of the Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography (CTC) prototype and demo systems. Boris will also lead scale-up of CTC technology to a commercial scale.

Dmitriy Fedorenko – Associate Director of Process Sciences

 

Dmitriy joined the ChromaTan team as a development engineer in 2016. In 2017 he was promoted to group leader of the laboratory group. Dmitriy’s group is responsible for executing experiments on all customer related and system related projects as well as next generation technologies. Prior to ChromaTan Dmitriy gained 5 years of experience in downstream processing at Abbvie. He has developed, transferred, and supported several commercial processes focused on monoclonal antibody purification. Dmitriy has a history of developing novel solutions related to continuous processing such as researching buffer systems that are suitable for continuous operations as well as multi-column chromatography.

Mark Kunkel - Director of Operations

 

Joining ChromaTan part-time since October 2018, Mark Kunkel serves as the Director of Operations. He brings over 23 years of experience as a biochemist including developing novel technologies, managing R&D operations, and transitioning products from bench to market. Mr. Kunkel has broad commercialization experience in technology development, process and product development, marketing and product management, as well as lab and facility operations management, from early stage to successful commercial enterprises.  He has worked with both national and international customers, distributors, and sales teams. Mr. Kunkel will manage the overall product development process, as well as facility and laboratory operations of the company.

Eben Crawford - Associate Engineer II

 

Eben graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and is currently continuing his education working towards a MicroMasters in Data Science through MIT. He worked in fed batch mAb manufacturing for 2 years primarily in Downstream and assisting with activity in Upstream. Eben also has 2 years of experience in Downstream and Viral Clearance process development for mAb purification for over a dozen projects. To increase productivity, he developed a software suite using VBA and MS Excel to collect, filter, and scale data from PD to simulate expected manufacturing conditions to find cost savings and identify bottlenecks. Eben joined ChromaTan in October 2018 and is supporting CCTC process development, integration, and modeling activities.

 

Dr. Soroosh Soltani – Cell Culture Engineer

 

Dr. Soltani joined ChromaTan in October 2015. He has since become a key member of our team and is responsible for planning and executing cell culture projects for the development of the Integrated Continuous and  Single-Use Bioproduction Platfrom (ICS). Dr Soltani has become an expert in running and optimizing perfusion bioreactor processes.   He received his PhD degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from University of Akron. His research was focused on microbial fermentation for high-value bio-surfactant production from low-cost carbon sources. 

Brad Olson - Mechanical Engineer I

 

Brad graduated with his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell on 2013, after which he began his PhD research in fluid structure interactions for mitigation of vortex induced vibrations. In December of 2018 he started working for ChromaTan while finishing his PhD. He specialties include fluid dynamics, composite materials and mechanical characterization of materials.

April Hile - Operations Assistant

 

April Hile joined ChromaTan in January 2018 as an Operations Assistant. She dual functions in supporting the laboratory in upstream operations, as well as research compliance (e.g. - bookeeping, proposal preparation). April’s prior experience stems from her tenure in Penn State biochemical engineering & agricultural biotechnology lab (CurtisLab). Her contributions there included experimental demonstrations of low-cost bioreactor systems and support of over a dozen grant proposals including effort that directly resulted in the award of a $7M DARPA Insect Allies project.

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