Mr. Jason Lawrence has over 20 years of finance experience in both public and private companies, including over 10 years in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology and life sciences industries. Jason has broad experience including Executive and Board communications, Investor Relations,
Initial Public Offerings (“IPOs”), external reporting (Securities and Exchange Commission compliance), financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, implementation and integration, operational efficiency, debt and equity financings, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and cross-functional support and training. Jason leverages a cross-function and strategic approach to finance and communications, which has been proven valuable in successful execution of corporate initiatives.
Jason was most recently the Director of Finance at Metabolon, Inc. In this role Jason had broad responsibilities, as he managed the monthly, quarterly and annual financials, successfully completed SEC registration (IPO) with no SEC comments on financials, worked cross-functionally to create and maintain the annual budget and monthly forecasts, managed debt and equity deals (including due diligence and modeling), managed the acquisition of European subsidiary, drafted and implemented transfer pricing for European subsidiary, created financial presentations for Board of Directors meetings and other investor meetings, was lead contact for investor relations and participated in investor calls, managed the bank selection process and integration, created Company Investment Policy, helped select, implement and integrate new general ledger, financial modeling and stock option software as well as held observer seat on audit committee.
Prior to Metabolon Jason was the manager of external reporting at Patheon, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher). Jason was part of the initial team that moved the company’s headquarters from Toronto to RTP, and transitioned from the Toronto Stock Exchange to NASDAQ (by means of a Form 10 registration with SEC). As part of this transition, he created a detailed reconciliation from Canadian GAAP to US GAAP and implemented and integrated these changes with all global finance directors. Other projects were the completion of over $1 billion in debt equity financings, creation and implementation of corporate accounting website, global finance calendar, managed all weekly global finance meetings, and successful selection, implementation and integration of new reporting software. Prior to Patheon Jason held various financial roles with companies in the retail, digital marketing and private education industries.
Dr. Nate Miranda has 20+ years of experience in the polymers, plastics and packaging industry, working with companise such as MonoSol, PepsiCo, Sealed Air and Cryovac. Nate brings to the table a track record of commercialized products, a combination of R&D, technical service and commercialization experience, as well as a passion for environmentally friendly packaging and overall approach to new product development. Nate's experience crosses the technical and commercial chasm via his experience in all aspects of new product development: R&D management, technical support, customer service, sales and new business development.
On the technical side, Nate can help clients with idea conception to product development to transition into manufacturing. On the business side, he can help clients with idea conception to value proposition to commercialization.
Nate earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in English from Stanford University, and completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. His thesis was on the migration of small molecules through plastic films. Nate parlayed his thesis knowledge into a career designing new packaging and has started his own company (Profound Packaging LLC) in 2019.
Nate has served on the Board of Editors for the Research - Technology Management Journal since 2011. He also currently serves on the industrial advisory boards for North Carolina State University's Chemical and Biomecular Engineering Department and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship pPogram. Nate served three years on the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of the Piedmont in upstate South Carolina.
Founder and Principal Consultant, Food Systems Innovation Consulting, LLC
Dr. Sheetal Shah has ~20 years' experience in the AgTech Sector working in multi-national companies (Syngenta & Novozymes), where she held a number of different R&D and commercial support roles to develop solutions that enhance on-farm productivity for food, feed and fuel uses. Sheetal thrives working at the interface of business and R&D, and as a consultant she brings this entrepreneurial acumen to support her client's needs. She facilitates leadership teams in the development of business vision, goals and stakeholder benefits using an analytical program management approach, leading to viable product development strategies and the embedding of new organizational capabilities. She drives new product development for her clients by drawing on her scientific knowledge and expert project management skills (from discovery to launch). She can advise on establishing R&D protfolios and how to create and manage external partnerships to include project prioritization, funding and definition of governance & phase-gate models.
More recently, Sheetal's interests have evolved to take a broader, systems-wide approach to the important global challenge of ensuring quality food access and supply. She is passionate about increasing efficiencies along the food value chain (from farm/lab production, processing, distribution, retail to consumption), with a major focus on reducing food loss and food waste. This can be accomplished through developing technical and operational solutions, and also by driving change with stakeholders through raising consumer awareness, technology acceptance and policy development. Sheetal wants to realize the benefits beyond economic outcomes to include health, societal and environmental outcomes.
Sheetal studied Natural Sciences as an undergraduate at Campbridge University (UK) and received her Ph.D. in Cancer Research from University College London (UK). She is a professional project managager (licensed PMP), professional benefits-focused program manager (licensed MSP), and has worked extensively across different countries and cultures, in person and through virtual teams (UK, Switzerland, Denmark, USA, Brazil).
Sheetal lived in Kenya, England and Spain before settling in North Carolina. In her free time, she travels as much as she can and enjoys using the kitchen as her lab. Currently she is experimenting with the design of easy plant-based recipes using local ingredients, and identifying plant-based nutritional and flavor substitutes for dairy-based dishes.