Board of Directors
Sean Carrick brings to Nascent an extensive track record of success with a career that spans more than 30 years of building and leading successful Life Science Companies in large, mid-cap and venture-backed stages. In addition, Mr. Carrick holds a BS Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Duquesne University and has completed several strategic leadership programs.
Brandon J. Price, PhD
Dr. Price has more than 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. Recently he co-founded Biogenin, a Mexican company that licenses, develops and registers human and veterinary products (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices) for Latin American markets. Dr. Price has been CEO of four biotechnology start-ups (plant transgenic expression systems, stem cell therapies, chemical cancer drugs, synthetic vaccines), and has held senior management positions at Cardinal Health and Ortho Diagnostic Systems (a Johnson & Johnson company). In addition, he co-founded the Institute for Cell Analysis at the University of Miami (FL), and the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Guadalajara. He has served as Board Chair of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, Maryland’s counterpart, MdBIO, and was named 2001 Biotechnology Leader of the Year in Virginia. He currently sits on the Boards of four companies, and chairs the Advisory Board for the Professional Science Management Program in Bioinformatics at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Presently, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Guadalajara School of Business where he teaches the course “Entrepreneurism and Business Planning”. He holds the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biophysics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is the author of more than 50 articles in the scientific and business literature.
Lowell Holden has been the CFO and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company since May 2014. Since 1983, Mr. Holden has owned and operated his own consulting firm, LS Enterprises, Inc., which provides business consulting, accounting and other services to businesses. Mr. Holden has a broad range of business experience including managing, securing financing, structuring of transactions, and is experienced and knowledgeable in managing relationships with customers, financing institutions and stockholders. Mr. Holden also has a background in assisting companies in fulfilling their financial auditing and SEC reporting requirements. Mr. Lowell Holden has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University.
Mr. Karas was previously with Franklin Templeton Investments for 20 years. Serving in a multitude of positions from the front to back-office. Positions include,Vice President, Performance Analysis and Investment Risk, Director – Financial Business Processes & Systems, Senior Manager Financial Operations, Manager Financial Program Management Office and Manager Treasury Accounting Control Compliance.
Mr. Karas’ has extensive operations management, consulting, risk and regulatory compliance, re-engineering, project management, and system development experience that cuts across operations and applications. He has exposure to treasury cash, deal and risk; revenue calculations and recognition; external and internal financial reporting (including 10-K/10-Q, Business Line Profitability, Transfer Pricing and Fund Profitability), financial instruments (dollar rolls, derivatives, ABS and MBS- Security set-up and Maintenance, Pricing, Revenue Recognition, etc.); and Procedures of Portfolio Managers and Investment Advisors in accordance with the Securities Act of 1933 and 1934, Investment Company and Investment Advisor Acts of 1940. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Mr. Karas held positions with Transamerica Life Companies and Federated Investors.
Mr. Karas graduated with a B.S. in business, accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Public Accountant.