BioMARC’s Leadership Team is dedicated to the commercialization and manufacturing of biologics.

Each member of the Leadership Team plays a vital role in the completion of the Product Life Cycle, whether it be by directly working in the labs with the products, or working with the client. The Leadership Team is responsible for the functionality of the company by working with clients and by managing each of BioMARC’s departments to ensure efficiency and completion of the substance through the Product Life Cycle.

John H. Wyckoff, BioMARC Director

Director & Professor

John H Wyckoff III, Ph.D. is an immunologist with over 33 years combined academic and industrial experience focused on host defense/immune mechanisms, pathogen/antigen identification, conventional and cutting-edge vaccine development and product licensure predominantly in the animal health sector. John is highly experienced in high containment laboratory design, construction, commissioning and registration, as well as advancement and transfer of pipeline projects from research to development and into manufacturing. Previous employment has been with Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Merial Limited, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and Elanco. His industry experience spans leadership of cross-functional teams based in Research and Development, Process Development and Analytical Development including planning strategies and advancement of pipeline projects in collaboration with marketing and sales functions.  He joined BioMARC in 2017 and is Colorado State University’s designated responsible individual (Principal Investigator) and point of contact for BioMARC-related activities. He has published peer review articles describing research results in infectious diseases and vaccines, in particular on cellular immune mechanisms in bovine brucellosis, performed research on numerous BSL-2 and BSL-3 bacterial and viral agents. He also has experience with leading audit teams through USDA inspections of research and development facilities in addition to CDC inspections of BSL-3 laboratories and Select Agent Programs.

Head of Technical Operations

Darragh Heaslip leads the production team on early stage GMP projects. He has 15 years of experience in high containment BSL-2 and BSL-3 and select agent handling and is BioMARC’s Bio-safety liaison with Colorado State University. As such, he provides the training and oversight of BioMARC’s BSL-2 and BSL-3 areas. He has extensive experience leading technology transfer and/or development of assays ranging from cell culture and molecular biology techniques to chromatography and protein characterization and purification methods including whole virions. He also has experience working with the VEE VRP vaccine platform. He has developed, verified, and conducted assays for both GLP and cGMP use. In addition, Darragh provides technical oversight for new assays being transitioned into the Quality Control group for use during in-process or release testing of cGMP materials. His responsibility includes the training and transitioning of processes and methods to the GMP production teams, when needed.

Darragn Heaslip, Manufacturing and Product Development Manager of BioMARC

Head of Project Management

Joanna Ellinghuysen has been in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry since 1995 and has been in a project management role since 2011. She has extensive experience with pharmaceutical manufacturing and development projects at all phases of development; discovery, pre-clinical, clinical, to commercial. Her experience includes leadership roles in and successful completion of 2 regulatory pre-approval inspections, multiple cGMP regulatory inspections, as well as, numerous clinical and pre-clinical projects. In addition, she has managed and/or been a key resource for 4 plant start-ups from construction to commissioning through GMP production. She has worked with multiple product types (small molecules, peptides, and biologics) across a variety of manufacturing phases including bulk API, bulk drug substance, and final drug product. Prior to her project management roles, Joanna led manufacturing teams to create GMP programs and deliver products from phase 1 though commercial manufacturing for bulk production to sterile fill finish operations. She has a BS in Biology, and has been certified as a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt by Aveta Business Institute.

Joanna Ellinghuysen

Sandy Brown

Business Development Manager & Contract Supervisor

Sandy Brown is the Business & Research Project Manager for both BioMARC and the CSU Infectious Disease Research Center (which BioMARC is a part of). As such, Sandy is responsible for customer contact, maintaining customer relationships, creating business proposals, budgeting projects, and being one of the main communication bridges between BioMARC’s multi-disciplinary departments and the client. Apart from customer relations and contact management, Sandy also works on the marketing for BioMARC, specifically by helping create the new website for the company. Previous to BioMARC, her employment includes being a Sr. Project Coordinator and Sr Material Planner at Woodward, the Development Project Manager at Tolmar Inc., and as the Product Manager, as well as, production and inventory planning and purchasing for Pr. Pharmaceuticals. She has extensive experience coordinating projects, leading multi-disciplined teams through the Product Life Cycle, working under cGMPs, managing inventory for production and customer sales, developing and maintaining communication channels between departments, and implementing a company-wide materials management planning system. Sandy has a BS Degree in Business Administration (concentrations in both Management and Marketing) from Colorado State University, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting from Front Range Community College, a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, and a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).