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ATCC Leadership

Raymond H. Cypess

Raymond H. Cypess, DVM, Ph.D.

Chairman, CEO

Dr. Cypess is Chairman and CEO of ATCC and ATCC Global. In this role, he brings a unique blend of business acumen and fiscal responsibility, along with a visionary approach to the management of a non-profit/for-profit corporate structure. Over the past 25 years, he has applied innovative, non-traditional strategies to the reinvention and transformation of ATCC - completely rebuilding the financial foundation of the organization. Dr. Cypess holds a DVM from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Parasitology from the University of North Carolina.

Prior to joining ATCC, Dr. Cypess was Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Comparative Medicine, and Vice Provost for Research and Research Training, at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. During his leadership at the University, he created two new academic service departments - Biomedical Engineering and Comparative Medicine - as well as several center-wide core infrastructure units. Dr. Cypess also led a successful strategy significantly increasing the research funding of the University and was awarded the University of Tennessee Memphis College of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award for 1989–1993. Prior to that, Dr. Cypess was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and Professor and Chairman at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Cypess participated on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) scientific review boards and various NIH study sections and served on several editorial boards. He is the author of more than 80 chapters, reviews, and journal articles, a fellow in the Infectious Disease Society, and a member of the American Epidemiology Society. At ATCC, he has served as Principal Investigator on numerous grants and contracts, including the Malaria Research and Reference Reagent Resource Center (MR4) and the Biodefense and Emerging Infections Resources repository (BEI Resources) from NIAID. He has served on boards for the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ corporations, and has also been Director and Treasurer of the Virginia Biotechnology Authority.


Raymond D. Stapleton

Raymond D. Stapleton, Ph.D.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Ray is President and Chief Operating Officer of ATCC. In this role, he leads ATCC’s corporate, business and customer care operations where he oversees the standardization, manufacture, and distribution of new tools and reagents to researchers around the globe. Ray brings extensive management experience to ATCC, including translational sciences and the application of Lean Six-Sigma management for biopharmaceutical companies.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Ray has led technical, quality and manufacturing operations at commercial and clinical stage biopharmaceutical companies. During his career, he has helped to provide leadership to multiple large CAPEX projects as well as the tech transfer and commercial launch of multiple billion-dollar biologic, vaccine and small molecule products.

Prior to joining ATCC, Ray was senior vice president of technical operations at the clinical stage biotechnology company Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. where key responsibilities included clinical and commercial supply chain, logistics, and commercial manufacturing readiness in support of the highly unique and complex cell therapy/personalized medicine. He was also senior vice president of manufacturing and technical operations at the microbiome- and GI-focused clinical stage biotechnology company Synthetic Biologics, Inc.

Previously, during his 15 year tenure at Merck and Company, Inc., he rose from process microbiologist, where he was recognized with a Technical Achievement Award for his development work on natural products fermentations, to leading a complex science, technology and engineering organization at a manufacturing site responsible for supporting Merck’s $5 billion vaccine business. Ray also has substantial experience with global regulatory boards of health including FDA, MHRA, EMA, ANVISA, and PMDA.

Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and received his PhD in Microbial Ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A member of the American Society for Microbiology, he has served as peer reviewer for


Mindy Goldsborough

Mindy Goldsborough, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer, ATCC

As the Chief Scientific Officer for ATCC, Mindy works cross-functionally to develop and implement scientific strategy in support of organizational goals. Additionally, she oversees ATCC’s cell biology and microbiology product development teams located within Maryland’s High Technology Corridor in Gaithersburg, MD. These teams are focused on ensuring that researchers worldwide have access to the most relevant biomaterials and bioinformation.

Prior to ATCC, Mindy was Director of R&D for BD Biosciences’ Advanced Bioprocessing group. Her previous work includes senior R&D roles at BD Biosciences’ Bioimaging business (formerly Atto Biosciences) and Life Technologies, where she led R&D efforts in DNA-based diagnostics, stem cell biology, forensics, and nucleic acid purification. Mindy has more than 30 years of product and technology development expertise in cell and molecular biology. Several products that she helped develop during her career are still market standards today.

Mindy earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from The George Washington University, and completed her dissertation research and post-doctoral work at The National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.


Joseph Leonelli

Joseph Leonelli, Ph.D.

Vice President, ATCC Federal Solutions

Joe is Vice President of ATCC Federal Solutions (AFS). In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy, management and growth of AFS programs, which include products and services for emerging infectious disease, biodefense, medical countermeasures, and global health security.

Prior to joining ATCC, Joe was Vice President for National Security Systems and Solutions for Engility, where he managed three business units providing systems and software engineering to DOD, DOJ, and Intelligence Community customers. He held leadership positions at various entities within Raytheon, Applied Signal Technology, Inc., General Dynamics, Battelle, and SRI International.

Joe is active with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA). Joe earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Indiana University.


James Kramer

James J. Kramer, Ph.D.

Vice President, Operations

Jim is Vice President of Operations for ATCC. In this role, he oversees ATCC’s Bioproduction/Quality Control, Manufacturing Technical Transfer, Supply Chain, Facilities, and distribution of ATCC’s biological products worldwide.

Prior to joining ATCC, Jim acquired significant subject matter and operational expertise in the fields of biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacture, supply chain management, regulated biologics, commercial operations, quality systems, and GMP-cell banking. He was vice president at several global bioscience, medical device, and biopharmaceutical organizations including Immucor, Inc., BioReliance, Talecris Biotherapeutics, and Serologicals Corporation, and held various positions at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company. He has held responsibilities for multiple manufacturing sites in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Jim earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed postdoctoral training in Protein Biochemistry at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


John Sweeney

John Sweeney, MBA, CPA

Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer

John brings a wide range of experience to ATCC as both a finance and business leader, with expertise in financial analysis, budgeting, cash management and acquisitions, as well as a strong technical accounting background. John has over twenty years’ experience in the pharma / life sciences sector, including four years working overseas. Prior to joining ATCC, John was most recently Vice President of Finance for the US Division of Alvogen Group. John has also held leadership roles in organizations including Actavis and Purdue Pharma. John, a Certified Public Accountant, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Western Connecticut State University and has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.


Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly, BS

Chief Information Technology Officer

Dan is Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO). In his role he is responsible for developing and driving digital strategies that sustain ATCC’s current mission as well as extend the company’s reach into new technology-based business opportunities. Dan brings more than 30 years’ experience as a principle and innovative information technology executive in IT and operations management. He has encompassed multiple commercial and public market sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, engineering and construction, life sciences and federal, state and local government.

A systems engineer by training, Dan has served in a number of executive leadership roles as a strategist, operator, technologist and change agent bringing digital-enabled business enhancements to varied operating models. As a division manager of Perot Systems, Dan served marquee customers with diverse management consulting, technology and business process solutions delivered from a global platform. After a 20-plus year career at Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems, Dan served in a number of transformative CIO and COO roles at Apria Healthcare, MedRisk and Parsons Corporation.


Teri Sellars

Teri Sellars, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resources, Chief People Officer

Teri is Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer for ATCC. In this role, she is responsible for Human Capital strategy and for directing all of the people functions of the organization, including talent acquisition, development, engagement, and management; total rewards programs; HR regulatory compliance; talent data management; and leadership development. Teri leads a team focused on continuing to create and drive innovation and employment initiatives to fuel ATCC’s growth objectives and to enhance the overall employee experience. During her tenure with ATCC, Teri has continued to lead the transformation of the HR department from a manual service organization to an effective automated self-service program based on a strong foundation of analytics. Teri has increased ATCC’s employee count by 25%; introducing a new ATS (applicant tracking system) for Talent Acquisition; maximizing the HRIS; modernizing talent management and other processes, including performance management, rebuilding the ATCC Intern program, and reconstructing ATCC’s Total Rewards offerings

Teri joined ATCC from Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), a non-profit corporation providing expertise to public sector clients in the arenas of national and homeland security. Prior to ANSER, Teri served in a number of HR leadership/business partner roles for small companies and for divisions of larger organizations, including Convergys Corporation, Freddie Mac, Wireless Facilities, Inc., and WCI Communities. Teri has over twenty years of experience in transforming the HR function, mergers, acquisitions and integrations, and standing up HR departments.

Teri holds her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources certification) as well as her SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) and previously served on the Board of the Dulles SHRM Chapter. Teri received her bachelor’s degree in French Business Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a year of study at the University of Paris - La Sorbonne in Paris, France.


Ruth Cheng

Ruth Cheng, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

As Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Ruth Cheng PhD, leads corporate strategy, strategic partnerships, as well as internal and external innovation efforts at ATCC.

Prior to ATCC, she served on the management team of AgNovos Healthcare as VP of Global Strategy, leading multiple departments and strategic initiatives to expand AgNovos’ portfolio and market access including regulatory and clinical research. Before joining AgNovos, Ruth was Director of Innovation and Strategy for the Advanced Surgical Devices Division of Smith & Nephew. In that role, she oversaw strategic planning for the division, including all orthopedic business units, and was responsible for portfolio expansion through both product development, as well as corporate venturing. Prior to Smith & Nephew, Ruth was at Boston Scientific, in expanding roles where she was Manager of Corporate Research and Research Fellow. She has authored numerous scientific publications and has received or has over a dozen patents pending. She also is an invited lecturer at congresses and universities on medical technology innovation.

Ruth received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, and Masters of Science and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She holds Executive Certificates from MIT Sloan School of Business in Strategy & Innovation, as well as from Harvard Business School in Private Equity & Venture Capital.