The Be The Match BioTherapies® leadership team brings a diverse skill set, proven track record of success and a wealth of industry knowledge to support companies around the world in developing innovative, lifesaving therapies while leveraging the cell sourcing, cell therapy supply chain, CRO services, and outcomes tracking capabilities of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® and the CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®).
Amy Ronneberg, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® and Be The Match BioTherapies®, Amy Ronneberg, MBA, leads an organization of more than 1,300 professionals and 3,000 volunteers, fighting so all people, irrespective of background, get the cell therapy they need. With more than 20 years as a proven leader in multiple industries, Amy has demonstrated exceptional financial and operational leadership coupled with strategic business acumen.
Amy was the President of Be The Match BioTherapies prior to becoming CEO. She led new business development while overseeing the development and delivery of a strategic plan to grow and expand our portfolio of product offerings.
Amy joined the NMDP/Be The Match in July 2013 as the chief financial officer and was responsible for planning, implementing and directing NMDP/Be The Match’s finances, facilities and real estate management, reporting and tax management. In that role, Amy partnered with and advised NMDP/Be The Match executives and board of directors in developing and implementing an operating and financial business plan to meet the changing health care environment.
Prior to joining NMDP / Be The Match, Amy spent 12 years at Capella Education Company, where she served as chief accounting officer, vice president of finance and led enterprise-wide operations and customer service. She also worked for Ernst & Young for several years as an audit manager.
Amy has served on several boards and is currently on the board of Magenta Therapeutics (MGTA), board observer of Tmunity Therapeutics, and the Finance Committee for Allina Healthcare and the World Marrow Donor Association.
Amy earned a Master of Business Administration from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn., and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Steven Devine, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Be The Match BioTherapies
Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match
Associate Scientific Director, CIBMTR
Dr. Devine is the Chief Medical Officer for Be The Match BioTherapies. He is responsible for evaluating the science behind cellular therapies and their potential clinical impact, as well helping to determine opportunities to leverage the assets of our organization to partner with cell and gene therapy companies who are bringing therapies to patients.
He also serves as the Associate Scientific Director at the CIBMTR, providing oversight of the CIBMTR Minneapolis research team, defining strategy and setting direction. In addition, he works to identify, evaluate and acquire new business opportunities for the prospective clinical research program.
Prior to joining Be The Match BioTherapies and CIBMTR, he was Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James). Before that, he held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois in Chicago and Emory University, Atlanta.
He has also served on the graft-versus-host disease Advisory Boards of Bristol Myers Squibb,Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Kiadis Inc, and Genzyme. He is a past member of the boards of directors of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Clinical Trials cooperative group and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is past chair of the National Heart Lung and Blood/NCI-sponsored Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) Steering Committee, and of the transplant committee for the Alliance, part of the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network.
Dr. Devine graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained in hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago and Emory University. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, The American Society of Clinical Oncology, The Association for the Advancement of Cancer Research and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Julie Smolich, MBA
Senior Vice President, Provider Services
Julie Smolich, MBA, is Senior Vice President of Product Delivery and Development for Be The Match BioTherapies. She provides leadership to the cell and gene therapy operations, product development and provider services teams to ensure the delivery of products for clients and health care professionals.
Julie is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing new products, including identifying and understanding industry needs, and delivering solutions to customer issues. She partners with the business development and sales team to operationalize product solutions for clients.
She has extensive and varied experience in leadership roles, product/portfolio management, new product development, strategic planning, and process development/improvement.
Prior to joining Be The Match BioTherapies, Julie spent 16 years at Capella Education Company where she held several leadership positions. Most recently, she was the Vice President and General Manager of a multi-million dollar business unit where she led the innovation of a ground-breaking academic delivery model called FlexPath. Earlier in her career, she worked in the financial services industry at Piper Jaffray and EY.
Julie has her CPA (inactive) and earned her MBA from Capella University and a B.S. in Accounting from St. Cloud State University.
Chris McClain, MBA
Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development
Chris McClain is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Be The Match BioTherapies. He leads the sales and business development team, which engages with companies developing innovative, lifesaving therapies that can leverage the cell sourcing, cell therapy supply chain, CRO services, and outcomes tracking capabilities of the NMDP/Be The Match.
Before joining Be The Match BioTherapies, Chris was co-Founder of Nora Therapeutics, Inc., a venture-backed biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies in areas of significant unmet medical need in reproductive health. While at Nora Therapeutics, Chris and his team raised more than $50 million in venture capital to fund pre-clinical and clinical development of Nora’s lead asset and build out a world-class executive team. Prior to founding Nora Therapeutics, Chris held a variety of management consulting and operational roles in the technology sector.
He has served as an advisory member of the University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization Venture Center, a guest lecturer in the Life Sciences program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson Graduate School of Management, a mentor to the annual MNCup startup competition, and a co-chair of Medical Alley’s Biotech Shared Interest Group.
Chris has an MBA and B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tim Tripp, MBA, MS
Director, Cell and Gene Therapy Operations
Tim Tripp is the Director of Cell and Gene Therapy Operations for Be The Match BioTherapies. Tim and his team work closely with clients to understand their unique needs and determine how Be The Match BioTherapies can best support delivery of services based on client specifications.
It is his team’s responsibility to ensure the smooth operational delivery of products and services to clients, such as supply chain management, development and management of collection networks, identifying and sourcing allogeneic donor cells, as well as regulatory compliance.
Tim joined Be The Match BioTherapies’ parent organization, the NMDP/Be The Match, in 2018 as the Director of Specialized Services. Prior to Be The Match, Tim served as Assistant Director of the former Office of University Economic Development (UED) at the University of Minnesota, the Director of the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), and the Assistant Director of the Biotechnology Institute (BTI). In the BRC he provided contract biotechnology and fermentation services to industry in partnership with academia. In the BTI he was part of the top administration of a world-class research institute in biotechnology.
Tim was also the Vice President of Corporate Development, Scientist and Program Manager at a start-up vaccine research and development company located in St. Paul, MN and has worked for various private and publicly traded pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturers. He holds an MBA, M.S. in Molecular Biology and B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
David Booth is the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for the Be The Match BioTherapies’ parent organization, NMDP/Be The Match. David Booth and his team work to support the Quality System Audit Program and to provide Quality Assurance and Regulatory guidance for Be The Match BioTherapies.
David joined NMDP/Be The Match in July 2019, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in quality within the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. He holds an MS in Statistics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and received his BS in Statistics from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Quality Science.
Erin Rasch, MS
Vice President, Sales and New Business Development
Erin Rasch is the Senior Director of Sales and New Business Development for Be The Match BioTherapies. In her role, she assists in the assessment, creation and management of strategic partnerships, alliances and acquisitions, and new business opportunities.
Erin has more than 10 years of biotechnology development services experience. Previously, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cell Culture Company (C3), a Minneapolis-based contract manufacturing organization focused on providing cell culture services to clinical-stage pharmaceutical and diagnostic organizations.
Prior to C3, she worked at DCI-Biolafitte in Minnesota as a Sales Engineer specializing in bioreactors and other process equipment. She began her biomanufacturing career at Verenium Corporation in San Diego as a Manufacturing Process Engineer.
She holds an M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. She is involved in multiple life science industry organizations.
Gregg Bodnar, PMP
Senior Client Engagement Manager, New Business Development
Business Lead, Quality System Audit Program
Gregg Bodnar, PMP, is the Senior Manager of Client Engagement in New Business Development for Be The Match BioTherapies and the Business Lead for the Quality System Audit Program. He is responsible for overall client satisfaction and retention. Gregg oversees all client proposals and responses to ensure quality and timeliness expectations are met.
He joined NMDP/Be The Match in 2015 in the Enterprise Portfolio Management Organization and coordinated sales and delivery efforts for Be The Match BioTherapies before transferring into New Business Development.
Gregg has over 20 years of experience in client engagement and project management. His background is in information technology, where he has been accountable for multi-million dollar software development portfolios in healthcare and retail. He has worked with Fortune 500 clients for both web and software development. Prior to working on information software, Gregg was a business writer specializing in healthcare and human services organizations.
He received his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and has a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
Senior Manager, Collection Network Management
Lacey Anderson is the Senior Manager of Collection Network Management for Be The Match BioTherapies. Lacey and her team work to develop and manage our collection network for cell and gene therapies in clinical trials, interfacing between our apheresis and collection centers and cell and gene therapy developers.
Lacey joined NMDP/Be The Match in August of 2019, bringing with her over 10 years of experience working in apheresis centers, including positions in center and quality management, as well as donor care supervision. She holds an MS in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn., with an emphasis in Compliance and an MS in Biological Anthropology from North Dakota State University, Fargo.
International Collection Network Manager
Petr Machalik is the International Collection Network Manager for Be The Match BioTherapies. He manages operations of the international BioTherapies Collection Network with an emphasis on developing and managing complex international relationships, and maintaining an effective and stable network of international collection centers for clients of Be The Match BioTherapies. He provides guidance to centers in the collection and processing of cells that are compliant with country-specific laws and regulations, in addition to international standards and regulatory requirements.
Petr has more than 10 years of experience managing international projects in the health care industry, including positions in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and clinical research. In his previous role, he was the lead apheresis network manager for Sotio, a European company developing cellular immunotherapies. Along with managing the collection network covering more than 20 European countries, Petr was involved in quality surveillance of China-based operations, including case analyses and inquiry and communication of quality issues.
Petr earned his M.S. in Hydrobiology from Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as a B.S. in Political Science from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.