Laura was born in the UK and now lives with her family in Spain. She found her love for science while studying microbiology and immunology at university. Once her studies were complete, Laura worked for several pharmaceutical companies based in the UK and Spain in a Business Development role before joining Scientist.com in 2017, where she works closely with scientific, operations and procurement users to help them maximize their use of the platform, support their projects through to completion and to streamline scientific sourcing.
Laura Benitez, PhDSr. Director Customer Success
Brian BonnellSr. VP Strategic Partnerships & Enterprise
Since joining Scientist.com in 2015, Brian has worked to build strong, collaborative relationships with key clients and partners to help ensure the continued success and growth of the platform. Prior to joining Scientist.com, Brian held a variety of roles spanning engineering, manufacturing, procurement and finance in biotech and global pharmaceutical organizations including Merck & Co., Human Genome Sciences (GSK) and AstraZeneca. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Corporate Finance and Supply Chain Management from Penn State.
Tom DexterVP Global Business Development
Tom joined Scientist.com in 2017, bringing with him 20 years of experience leading global procurement teams at Rolls-Royce and AstraZeneca, where he led the strategic development and successful implementation of the Scientist.com marketplace across the global business. Having developed and delivered strategic innovation initiatives within procurement, he now helps new clients re-define and successfully implement their R&D outsourcing strategy through Scientist.com. Tom holds a MSc in Global Supply Chain Management from Southampton University.
Adam LongVP Strategic Partnerships & Enterprise
Adam has spent 14 years working in procurement, and the last seven years working within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry supporting programs in antibiotics, vaccine development and oncology research. He has deep experience in indirect category management, procurement strategy & operations and clinical outsourcing. Adam holds an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and has completed a post-MBA leadership program at Harvard Business School. At Scientist.com, he works on strategic partnerships and helping client’s realize value from their private marketplaces.
Sarah HarkcomGeneral Counsel, Legal
Sarah qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1999. Prior to joining Scientist.com in 2017, she was Senior Legal Counsel for global R&D and pharmaceutical development operations at AstraZeneca. Sarah developed and built Scientist.com’s legal framework and contractual documentation, which enables close to 4,000 registered suppliers easily connect with over 25,000 signed researchers. As the company’s sole in-house lawyer, she negotiates and drafts agreements and provides legal advice to Scientist.com to help onboard clients and suppliers, develop the platform and business and oversee acquisitions.
Mark HerbertChief Business Officer
Mark has 20+ years’ experience in pharmaceutical and biotech research across multiple platforms and therapeutic areas. He last served as Interim President of Arcturus Therapeutics. Previously, he was Head of U.S. Business Development at WuXi AppTec. Mark previously served as Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2013. He is an author or inventor on over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and patents and has led or contributed to the submission of 13 investigational new drug (IND) applications and one new drug application (NDA).
Daniel Kagan, PhDPresident and COO
Dan is a bioengineer who has worked extensively with life science start-up companies. Prior to joining Scientist.com, he advised startups at eBoost Consulting, started a company called ChemoTactics and was the CTO of the UC-San Diego 100K Entrepreneur Challenge. In 2012, Dan was selected as a Siebel Scholar. Dan received an M.S. and Ph.D in Bioengineering from Joseph Wang’s lab at UCSD, where he was a Gordon Scholar. He received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Rutgers in 2006.
Kristopher R KaganSr. Vice President of Finance
Kristopher R Kagan is Sr. VP of Finance at Scientist.com, where he manages the Finance, Accounting and Human Resources departments and oversees the issuance of all company financial information, including statements, metrics and benchmarks, reporting and analysis and projections and forecasting. Before joining Scientist.com, he worked in corporate finance, where he has over 10 years of experience. Kris received his degree in Finance and Political Science from American University.
Kevin Lustig, PhDCEO and Founder
Kevin is a scientist-entrepreneur with 30 years of research experience in academia and pharma. He co-founded Scientist.com in 2007. In 2001, he co-founded Kalypsys, a small pharmaceutical company. He was Director of Lead Discovery at Tularik from 1997-2001. He carried out postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School after receiving a PhD degree from Marc Kirschner’s laboratory at UC-San Francisco and an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Matt McLoughlinSr. Vice President of Compliance & Categories
Matt has 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in both a scientific and commercial capacity. Prior to joining Scientist.com, Matt worked within R&D Genetics and Personalised Healthcare for AstraZeneca before transferring into the R&D procurement organization, where he was responsible for pre-clinical and human biological sample categories. Since joining Scientist.com in 2016, Matt has led our Compliance and Category departments, heading the cross industry team that developed of our award winning COMPLi® platform transforming compliance within the pharmaceutical industry.