Sam Massoni, CEO
Sam is the founder, President and CEO of New England Peptide. His entire professional career has been dedicated to peptide and polyclonal antibody production. Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program at Northeastern University with B.S. in Biology. He has held scientific positions in the peptide departments of Repligen and Leukosite biotech firms, and was the Director of Production at a Northeastern peptide company. Sam has consulted with various biotechnology firms, and has also been a small business consultant for several non biotech start-up companies.
He was honored by the Worcester Business Journal as a “40 under 40” winner, and his company New England Peptide, Inc. won “Start Up of the Year” in Central Massachusetts in 1999.
Jennifer Massoni, COO
Jenn co-founded NEP in 1998 and is its current COO, leading all peptide operations. She has a wide range of experience in biotechnology and peptide science and is an expert in the purification and characterization of custom peptides. Past experience includes positions at Applied Biosystems, Harvard Apparatus, PerSeptive Biosystems and a Northeastern peptide company. She studied Biology at the University of Southern Maine and Northeastern University. She is a member of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity and a lifetime member of Mensa.
Bob Hammer, PhD - Director, Chemical Development
Bob leads NEP's chemical development efforts. Prior to joining NEP, Bob was the William A. Pryor Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Bob focused on the design, synthesis and structural characterization of unnatural structures in peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. He was also a director of the LSU Peptide and Protein Facility for 13 years. Bob was recognized as part of the “Scientific America 50” in 2006 for his research related to amyloid peptides and was a recipient of the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award. Bob currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota under Dr. George Barany.
Michelle Lewis - VP, Customer Support
Michelle oversees all aspects of peptide project management for NEP. NEP’s first employee, Michelle has managed several functions within the company, including production, sales and service, before being named VP of Customer Service. Prior to joining NEP, Michelle was a quality control manager at Filtron. Before Filtron, Michelle was a production & quality manager at Quality Controlled Biochemicals. Michelle earned a B.S. in Biology from Framingham State University.
Scott Lewis - Director, Antibody Division
Scott manages NEP’s polyclonal antibody division. An immunological expert, Scott has more than a decade of antigen selection and antibody development experience. Under Scott’s leadership, NEP’s antibody program enjoys a greater than 99% success rate (average ELISA titer is >1:1,100,000). Scott joined NEP from BioSource (now a part of Invitrogen), where he was an antibody scientist. Scott earned a B.S. in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Rick Perullo - Business Development Manager
Rick brings years of sales and marketing experience in life science research and biotechnology to his role at New England Peptide. Rick has worked across scientific disciplines, market segments and geographic boundaries. For most of the last ten years, Rick has been working promoting the sales of peptides and antibodies, primarily as a sales professional, growing sales in his territories every year. Rick began developing his experience in life sciences research in the radiochemical industry at New England Nuclear (DuPont, NEN, PerkinElmer), in a variety of capacities including at the bench as a biochemist, lab supervisor, managing Technical Support and applications labs as well as Product Management. Rick also led the MRP II business implementation at NEN to a Class A rating. Of Rick's role as the "Fourth Co-Chairperson" of the International Isotope Society's tri-annual meeting in Boston in 2003, the organizing committee wrote that they "would like to specifically acknowledge Rick Perullo, who, by his extraordinary effort and dedication over the past four years, greatly contributed to the success of the Symposium." Rick earned both his B.S. and M.S. at Boston College.