Donald Comb

NEB Founder & CEO, 1974 — 2005
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1974 — 2020
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Prior to taking a position at Harvard Medical School, Don attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Don’s commitment to science led to the inception of New England Biolabs (NEB) in 1974. His scientific vision shaped NEB as the leader in the discovery and production of recombinant enzymes for molecular biology applications.
Don’s passion for science, art and the environment has also led to the creation of the New England Biolabs Foundation, a program that promotes environmental awareness and social change; and the Ocean Genome Legacy Program, which he believes will help to prevent the extinction of endangered sea life. His commitment to the environment is evident on the NEB campus; from the LEED certified laboratory that was designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding landscape, to the Solar Aquatics System®, designed to treat the campus’ wastewater. Don’s beliefs are deeply woven into the corporate philosophy; as a result, New England Biolabs has had the honor of being lauded with the “2009 Recycling Business Award” and the “2010 Best Places to Work” award by "The Scientist" magazine.

Don stepped down from his position as CEO in 2005 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until his passing in 2020. During that time, Don also maintained an active research laboratory at NEB, where he could be found working at the bench, reading scientific journals or chatting about his latest research interests with employees.

“Don’s provocative curiosity, boundless enthusiasm and commitment to the environment will continue to serve as inspiration to all of us. His vision for how a company could be run was unconventional but highly effective—people and passion over process and profit, the supply of high quality reagents at a fair price, the co-mingling of basic and applied research, and the prioritization of protecting the planet and advancing science,” stated Jim Ellard, CEO of NEB. “His generosity and the faith he had in each of us resulted in a family-like culture where everyone has a voice and all employees feel valued. We are all honored and humbled to have been a part of his life and look forward to continuing his legacy.”

Jim Ellard

James Ellard

Chief Executive Officer 
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jim Ellard has served as Chief Executive Officer of New England Biolabs since 2005. He joined NEB in 1984 as a bench scientist working to purify and optimize enzymes essential for DNA manipulation. In 1990, he created the Marketing Communications Department at NEB. Jim has more than three decades of experience in marketing, business development, brand management and strategic planning in the Life Science industry. He is active in both business and community affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Science from Scientists and the Institution for Savings. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Trustees of the Reservations. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Richard H. Ireland

Chief Financial Officer
B.S., Johns Hopkins University

Rick joined New England Biolabs in 1982, having previously worked as a CPA in a private accounting practice. As Chief Financial Officer, Rick has final responsibility for all financial activities and reporting at NEB. Rick is also a member of several federal and state CPA societies. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.


Sir Richard Roberts

Chief Scientific Officer, Nobel Laureate,
Ph.D., University of Sheffield, UK

Rich has served as Consultant and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at New England Biolabs since 1974. He joined NEB as Chief Scientific Officer in 1992. Rich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for his contribution to the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. His current research interests focus on enzyme discovery using bioinformatics, combined with the experimental testing of function. His main responsibilities at NEB are to guide research and set the scientific goals for the company. Rich often gives lectures and presentations worldwide and investigates potential opportunities for both scientific and commercial collaborations. He has served on numerous scientific advisory boards and holds honorary degrees from several universities, including Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Uppsala and Bath University, and Doctor of Science degrees from Sheffield University and Derby University.


Tom Evans

Executive Director of Research
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Tom joined New England Biolabs in 1997 as a postdoc, after completing his Ph.D. work at the University of Minnesota. As Executive Director of Research, Tom maintains an academically modeled department whose primary focus is to generate publication-worthy findings. These findings impact and augment the development of NEB reagents and workflows for molecular biology applications. In this role, he encourages both internal and external research collaborations, and works closely with NEB production, marketing, business development and applications and product development leaders to institute plans for new and existing products. Tom’s research currently focuses on enzymes and technologies involved in DNA repair and replication, with an emphasis on using these insights to create better tools and reagents for molecular biology and nucleic acid reading and writing workflows.


Maurice Southworth

Executive Director of Production
Ph.D., University of Sussex, UK

Maurice joined New England Biolabs in 1988, after completing a postdoctoral position at Advanced Genetic Science where he studied bacterial ice nucleation in Pseudomonas sp. His research studies at NEB included biochemistry, kinetics and expression of proteins and enzymes in E. coli from filarial nematodes and hyperthermophilic Archaea. In 2006, Maurice became the Technical Support Manager, and helped to coordinate and manage technical support for NEB’s entire product portfolio. In 2009, he became the Assistant Director of Production and, in 2014, the Executive Director of Production. In this role, Maurice oversees all operations within production, including fermentation, purification, formulation, process development, packaging/inventory and shipping.
Andy Bertera

Andrew Bertera

Executive Director of Marketing & Sales
B.S., King's College, UK

Andy joined New England Biolabs in 2009, having previously worked in a variety of R&D, marketing and senior management positions at Amersham, GE and Promega. As Executive Director of Marketing and Sales at NEB, Andy is responsible for the development and implementation of NEB’s marketing strategies and tactics across its entire product portfolio. Andy also oversees its US Sales and Customer Service activities and organizations. His role at NEB involves the direct management of the customer service, marketing, and sales professionals, covering the disciplines of market research, product management, channel and order management, US sales, digital marketing, and scientific and marketing communications. Andy is also the NEB representative at the Analytical, Life Science & Diagnostics Association (ALDA) Executive Management Meetings and a Board member of the Sales And Marketing Professionals in Science (SAMPS).

Carole Keating

Executive Director of International Business
Ph.D., University of Birmingham, UK

Carole joined New England Biolabs in 1988 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she studied the metacyclic differentiation of Trypanosoma congolense. She began at NEB as a postdoctoral researcher in the Parasitology division studying the immunological response of mice to Brugia malayi infections. In 1994, she moved to Production where she managed various enzymes in the NEB portfolio. Since 1998, Carole has been involved with the support of NEB’s international network. In her current role as Executive Director of International Business she is responsible for managing 8 wholly owned subsidiary operations and an extensive network of international Channel Partners while identifying new targets for market expansion and other commercial opportunities.

Nicole M. Nichols

Executive Director, Applications and Product Development
Ph.D., Rice University

Nicole joined New England Biolabs as a postdoctoral researcher in 2001 to study the kinetics of protein splicing. In 2006, after assisting in her first product launch, she moved into the Applications and Product Development Group to follow her new-found passion of bringing ideas through to commercialization. As a leader of the Amplification Development Group for over 10 years, she oversaw the modernization of that portfolio, launching reagents, resources, and technologies to serve numerous markets. In her current role of Executive Director of Applications and Product Development, Nicole oversees accomplished development teams who are responsible for shepherding new products from proof-of-concept through to commercialization, and supporting customers and collaborators far beyond product launch. Nicole is passionate about mentoring, data visualization and creating tools that enable discovery. She has also coached FIRST Lego League and Science Olympiad Teams and supports NEB’s involvement in the annual Genes in Space competition, in which students design molecular biology experiments to be performed aboard the International Space Station. 

Sharon Kaiser

Director, Information Technology
MBA, Oklahoma State University

Sharon joined New England Biolabs in 2014, having previously served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Abiomed, a medical device manufacturer in Danvers, MA. As the Director of Information Technology of NEB, Sharon is responsible for the development and implementation of NEB’s global IT strategies, aligning closely with all NEB business units, and for managing the IT operations and system applications groups. She is a frequent speaker on various topics around information technology and leadership, and serves on several industry advisory boards. Sharon was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare / Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal. Additionally, she has served in several roles for the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) and currently serves on their board of directors.
Joe Secondine

Joe Secondine

General Counsel
J.D., Stanford Law School

Joe joined New England Biolabs in 2014, having previously served as Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Assistant Secretary at Life Technologies Corporation, and prior to that as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Invitrogen Corporation. As General Counsel for NEB, Joe is responsible for overseeing all of NEB’s legal needs. Joe has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1997, and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel since 2001.
Derek Robinson

Derek Robinson

Director, Quality Control
B.S., University of Vermont

Derek joined New England Biolabs in 1986 as a Product Manager, developing and producing products across the NEB product portfolio. In 2005, he became the Head of Quality Improvement, and in 2012 was made the Director of Quality Control. In this role, he oversees a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that NEB products are consistently the best. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Vermont.

Lance Goodreau

Senior Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
B.S., Plymouth State University

Lance joined New England Biolabs in 2011, having previously served as Director of International Biologics Quality for Lonza Biologics. Lance has over 25 years of Quality Control and Quality Assurance experience in biologics and biotechnology. As the Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at NEB, he oversees the Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs functions.  He is responsible for helping NEB achieve and maintain ISO 9001 and 13485 certification at all applicable global manufacturing locations and throughout the NEB distribution network.  He is also responsible for the establishment and oversight of NEB’s GMP-grade product lines. Lance is a member of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), and MassBio.

Linda Stecchi

Director, Human Resources
B.A., Saint Anselm College

Linda joined New England Biolabs in 2008, having held HR roles of increasing responsibility with companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Linda brings over 25 years of extensive HR experience and 18 years in leadership positions. As the Director of Human Resources for NEB, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources including, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, organizational development, employee relations, training and compliance. Linda is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northeast Human Resource Association.

Bob Trigilio

Director, Facilities
B.A., Northeastern University

Bob joined New England Biolabs in 1992 as a Refrigeration and HVAC Technician, after previously owning a refrigeration contracting company. He became Facilities Manager in 1996, and was promoted to Director of Facilities in 2011. As Director of Facilities, he oversees the planning, care and maintenance of the NEB campus laboratories and buildings, as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

Mike Pelletier

Director of Production, GMP Operations
MBA, Northeastern University

Mike joined New England Biolabs in 2016, bringing over 25 years of experience in the Biologics and Medical Device industries. Prior to NEB, Mike held several positions at the Lonza Biologics Singapore and US (New Hampshire) facilities, including Director of Engineering and Facilities, Site Manager and Head of Strategic Development. In his current role, Mike is responsible for the GMP-grade production facility located in Rowley, Massachusetts, which supports our regulated market customers, including those involved in manufacturing of mRNA vaccines.

Salvatore Russello

Director, OEM & Customized Solutions
Ph.D., Temple University

Sal joined New England Biolabs in 2007 as the Associate Director of Business Development. Prior to joining NEB, he served as the Director of Reagent Marketing at Caliper Life Sciences/Perkin Elmer and as Business Development Manager at Cell Signaling Technology. Sal has a passion for technology and the role it plays in transforming our health, our understanding of biology and ultimately the world we live in. In his current role, Sal leads a team focused on cultivating business-to-business relationships with some of the brightest molecular, cellular and synthetic biologists, engineers and technology developers to bring their groundbreaking ideas to market.