Brian is the founder and President of Proove. He brings over 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, and molecular diagnostics, with a focus on personalized medicine. A social entrepreneur with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems, Brian is an ambitious and persistent leader who lays out Proove’s vision and continues to lead the Company with dramatic revenue growth, disruptive technological innovations, a robust pipeline of new proprietary tests, and financial profitability.
Recently, Brian was honored as one of Orange County, California’s Finalists for the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and he has been a repeated winner of the SmartCEO Future 50 Award by SmartCEO Magazine and featured in an article on the “Powers to Be” in Biotechnology by San Diego Magazine. In 2014, the Greater Baltimore Committee recognized Proove Biosciences, specifically Brian and his wife Catherine, as successful minority and women-owned business owners with its Bridging the Gap award.
A published author on over 15 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Brian brings a passion for research and patient quality of life to the Company. Over his career, Brian has specialized in the use of new technologies to improve health outcomes. Previously, he founded a nutritional genetics company called Salugen, led new product planning and marketing for Prometheus Laboratories, managed eBusiness for the largest product at Johnson & Johnson, and was a team leader of corporate venture capital at Eli Lilly & Company’s e.Lilly Venture Fund. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his scientific research and efforts including from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the Natural Products Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Medical Marketing Association.
Brian’s passion to reduce or eliminate preventable deaths and illnesses began at 13 years of age, when his friend was killed in front of Brian’s home after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. Brian wanted to protect other children from such tragedy and he led a student effort to pass the nation’s first bicycle helmet law for children under 16 years of age in 1990 in Howard County, Maryland. He went onto to help pass over 300 similar laws nationwide working with the organization now called Safe Kids Worldwide (formerly National Safe Kids Campaign), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other leading groups. Brian is a community activist who has served on numerous charitable boards including the local American Red Cross. Between 2010 and 2014, Brian was an elected member of the Board of the Education of Howard County, Maryland where he selected as his peers to serve as Vice Chairman and Chair of the Policy Committee. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the local community college that articulates students to Babson College – the nation’s #1 undergraduate entrepreneurial program 13 years running.
Brian’s efforts have been featured in numerous publications including Fortune and Wired magazines, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun chose him as one of Maryland’s “Earthly Angels”. In 2010, Brian was awarded the Celebrating Successes for Children Award by his local government. He was also selected by the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Howard County’s Finest Under 39 in 2013.