About Us


CvilleBioHub accelerates the biotechnology industry through engagement, resourcing and education.

CvilleBioHub is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. 


By 2030, CvilleBioHub will strengthen the biotechnology ecosystem by doubling the size of the industry in the region, creating value, and reducing barriers for companies to thrive and grow within the region.

Strategic Plan

In the near term, we will focus on these key areas:

  • Building community
  • Advancing entrepreneurship
  • Expanding impact


Nikki Hastings, PhD
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Charlie Henneman, CFA
Program Manager
Dana Goldsmith
Celia Castleman
Community Engagement Manager
Andy Krouse
Devin Zitelman
Accelerator Advisor

Board Members

Payam Pourtaheri
Board Chairman
Kyle Benusa, MBA
Board Member, Treasurer
Will Mauldin, PhD
Board Member
Taylor Cope
Co-Founder, Board Member
Brooke Braun
Board Member
Carleen Bowers, PhD
Board Member
Maya Desai, PhD
Board Member
Jim Daniero, MD
Board Member
Evan Edwards, MS
Board Member
W. Blair Okita, PhD
Board Member
Nathan Evans, JD
Corporate Secretary
Martin Chapman, PhD