Chief Executive Officer
Years of Experience: 20+
Specialties: Executive Management, Laboratory Services, Operational Efficiencies, Strategic Growth, Business Development, Process Improvement, Manufacturing, Global Sales, Product Marketing
Albert Berger was appointed the Chief Executive Officer at Confirm BioSciences in August 2019. Berger brings to the company over two decades of relevant extensive experience in the screening and lab services industries, including multiple successes leading growth transformations of businesses and driving acquisitions on favorable terms. Berger’s broad expertise spans the areas of business development, operational efficiencies, manufacturing, clinical laboratories and medical devices, and he has built strong foundations for several multi-million-dollar companies. Prior to joining Confirm BioSciences, Berger served as the vice president and general manager of Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, a division of Alere Toxicology until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in October 2017. Under Berger’s leadership, Redwood grew to become one of the largest drug testing laboratories in the world. Prior, Berger served as the company’s chief executive officer and president, where he played an instrumental role in leading its acquisition by Alere Inc. for $100 million in 2008. Berger received a Bachelor of Science in organizational communication from Arizona State University and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Chief Operating Officer
Years of Experience: 21+
Specialties: Healthcare, Global Marketing, Product Launch & Strategy, Business Development
Achievements: Washington University, B.A. Biology; NYU Stern School of Business, MBA Finance and Marketing, International Business; 2003 MM&M Marketing Team of the Year
Publications: “Marketing: Success Beyond the Silos”
Nikhil was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2019, promoted after proudly serving as Chief Commercial Officer at Confirm BioSciences since September 2018. In this role, he is focused on shaping the strategic direction and commercialization of Confirm’s products across all business units. Prior to Confirm, Nikhil was the Chief Marketing Officer at Millennium Health, where he served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. He led corporate strategy, product development, marketing, and corporate communications functions, reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board and CEO. After a successful crisis management and restructure in 2015, Nikhil created a strategic and cohesive product development and commercialization process at Millennium that delivered several successful product launches and profitable growth.
Nikhil Nayak has over two decades of relevant healthcare experience in all aspects of global commercialization, including corporate strategy, life cycle product management, business development, global marketing & sales, finance & digital strategies.
Over the course of his career at Forest Laboratories Inc. (now Allergan), Nikhil held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and business development. In his final role at Forest, Nikhil served as Executive Director of Global Marketing & Commercialization, where he steered the successful approvals and launches of several products in Canada, Europe, and Latin America. He was the head of the Namenda franchise, accelerating growth to “Blockbuster Status” for this Alzheimer’s drug while overseeing future development programs. He was also instrumental in the successful launches of Bystolic, and blockbuster antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro, for which he was recognized as part of Medical Marketing & Media’s 2003 “Brand Team of the Year“.
Nikhil received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master’s in Business Administration from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Doug was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2020, promoted after serving as interim CFO at Confirm BioSciences for a number of months. Doug brings 20+ years of experience in senior operating roles and board positions to his role as CFO, where he focuses on Business Intelligence, Process Improvement, and Accounting.
Doug is a Canadian, who lives in Incline Village, NV with his wife, three sons and dog, Charlie. In his personal time Doug is also a portrait artist and published editorial illustrator, enjoys coaching youth sports, hiking and skiing.
Founder & Chief Advisor
Years of Experience: 17
Specialties: Sales, Entrepreneurship, Drugs of Abuse Testing
Other Businesses: TestCountry, LiveWellTesting
Nonprofit Work: Board of Directors, Interfaith Community Services
Recognized by: Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, San Diego State University
Awards: Inc. 500 Best Places to Work, Stevie Award for Woman Leadership, San Diego Business Journal Best Places to Work
Publications: How to Retain Employees Through ‘Servant’ Leadership, Entrepreneur Magazine
Zeynepcontinues to earn tremendous recognition for being a successful female entrepreneur. After moving to the United States from Turkey with her husband and business partner Serhat, she became the founder and CEO of Confirm BioSciences in 2008. Today, she serves as chief advisor and the company continues to generate global interest as a trusted provider of quality
diagnostic health & wellness testing solutions.
Zeynep Ilgaz is nothing short of a serial entrepreneur. Since emigrating from Turkey to San Diego with her husband and business partner Serhat Pala, Zeynep has amassed great success. In 2008, she established Confirm BioSciences, a global leader in quality diagnostic health & wellness testing solutions. Today, the brand maintains authority with a significant presence across the industry spectrum.
Scaling her multi-channel infrastructure is Zeynep’s primary focus. As a chief advisor, she pioneers the development of proprietary labels for widescale retail and corporate distribution. Confirm BioSciences also delivers occupational health solutions through a vast nationwide laboratory network.
Zeynep has received numerous accolades in recognition of her contribution to small business in America. In 2015, Zeynep earned the Women Who Mean Business Award, as well as the Most Admired CEO Award by The San Diego Business Journal. Confirm BioSciences was later recognized by The San Diego Business Journal as The #1 Best Place to Work in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Zeynep led Confirm BioSciences to win an Inc. 5000 award for being one of The Best Workplaces in the country.
When she’s off-the-clock, Zeynep and her family actively contribute to community nonprofit initiatives. More than most, Zeynep understands the importance of social responsibility on a corporate level and beyond. She serves on the board of Interfaith Community Services and San Diego State Lavin Center.
Founder & Chief Advisor
Years of Experience: 17
Specialties: Marketing, Drugs of Abuse Testing, Laboratory Testing
Other Businesses: Confirm BioSciences, LiveWellTesting
Nonprofit Work: Executive Director, Kids 4 Community
Recognized by: Inc., Medium
Contributions: Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur? Be More Pessimistic, New Study Says
Publications: Getting Unstuck 101: Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur, Synthetic Drug Abuse: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Serhat emigrated to the United States from Turkey nearly 20 years ago with his wife and business partner Zeynep. Serhat has a refined business sense cultivated by years of experience as a sole proprietor. He routinely monitors consumer behavior to stay viable in competitive markets. Serhat is directly supportive in the growth of each branch of Confirm BioSciences.
In pursuit of American soil, Serhat and his wife Zeynep left their home in Turkey with a shared dream. The aspiring young entrepreneurs landed in San Diego, pooled their resources together and launched Confirm BioSciences, a global leader in quality diagnostic health & wellness testing solutions with a vast laboratory network.
As the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Advisor, Serhat spearheads the research and development of proprietary labels which have kindled live partnerships with retailers not limited to Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens. Serhat’s work has led to new product and distribution channel development.
Serhat is versatile with more than 17 years of international business acumen, and he maintains a pivotal role in the company. He demonstrates a high business IQ by supporting daily financial, promotional, and administrative objectives. Serhat has a hand in management, marketing, operations, and strategic planning.
Confirm BioSciences is recognized by The San Diego Business Journal as The #1 Best Place to Work in 2016 and 2017, and by Inc. 5000 for being one of The Best Workplaces of 2018.
An early tech adopter, Serhat is constantly searching for the next innovation that will help his companies thrive in the competitive global marketplace. A regular Inc. Magazine contributor and the author of a new book, “Getting Unstuck“, Serhat is dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs.
Outside of the office, Serhat contributes to community nonprofit initiatives as the Executive Director of Kids4Community.
Rajy Abulhosn, MD
Dr. Abulhosn is the official Medical Review Officer for Confirm BioSciences and he oversees all medical decisions. Born and raised in Seattle, he earned his degree at the University of Washington and he LOVES the Washington Huskies. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children.
Years in Practice: 22
Board Certifications: Family Medicine
Subspecialties: Occupational Health
Alumni: University of Washington – School of Medicine
Publications: Abulhosn, R S, et al. “Passive Smoke Exposure Impairs Recovery after Hospitalization for Acute Asthma.” Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Feb. 1997, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9041867
Dr. Paul Yerkes, MD
Dr Yerkes is a board-certified family physician practicing in primary care, urgent care and
telemedicine. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering
which he used to help design, implement and market medical devices as a biomedical engineer.
It was during this time that he developed his passion for medicine. He obtained his medical
degree from Drexel University College of medicine in Philadelphia, PA and served a Chief
Resident during his residency in family medicine. He has been nationally recognized by the
American Academy of Family Physicians for his work with military veterans. Outside of his
medical profession, Dr. Yerkes enjoys exercise, gardening and spending time with his two young
daughters and wife.
Dr. Nisha Cooch, PhD
Senior Research Consultant
Dr. Cooch holds a PhD in Neuroscience and specializes in mobilizing brain science to improve communications. She has conducted research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Executive Branch, and worked on the agency side of Public Relations. She is now a full-time independent consultant and works across the public and private sectors.
Dr. Po-Chang Hsu MD, MS
Dr. Hsu received his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Masters of Science degree from both Harvard University and Tufts University. Dr. Hsu completed his masters thesis on neuroimaging in schizophrenic patients at Harvard Medical School and also took part as a research assistant in the NASA Phoenix Mars Mission. Outside of the medical profession, Dr. Hsu loves to write, learn new languages, and is an avid walker.
Master of Science (M.S.), Tufts University
Master of Science (M.S.), Harvard University
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Tufts University School of Medicine
Sa is a passionate accountant who oversees the Accounting Department’s functions including AR, AP, financial reporting and other related aspects. She is keen on learning and working with other team members to contribute toward the company’s success. When away from her office, Sa enjoys working on her DIY projects, stand-up paddling in La Jolla, going on a hike, or exploring local events and concerts.”
VP Of Strategic Sales
Scott connects Confirm BioSciences’ innovative products and unique delivery platforms with targeted strategic channel and enterprise partners. With a passion for people and developing relationships, Scott is an incredible asset for opening new markets. When he’s not busy working you can find Scott on the road cycling, aiming to beat his record of over 10,000 miles in one year, or spending time with his wife and four grandchildren.
Sr. Director of Retail
Vinit brings over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in retail and operations. In her prior role as Vice President of Merchandise at SeaWorld San Diego, Vinit guided the park’s multi-million dollar theme park retail unit involving campaign programs, inventory control, distribution and overall department operating budgets. Vinit attended San Diego State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology.
Vinit, her husband, and two daughters live in Chula Vista in the San Diego area. She is fluent in three languages (English, Hindi, and Punjabi) and is a huge World Cup Soccer fan.
Director of Customer Acquisition and E-Commerce Marketing
Sumant oversees digital marketing and customer acquisition efforts. He is responsible for growing new business and revenue via inbound channels. When Sumant isn’t optimizing assets, he loves to travel and spend time with his wife & black lab, Mozzie. He is also a NBA basketball fanatic.
Senior Director of Marketing
Javier heads Marketing as a cross-functional facilitator, maintaining processes and infrastructure that combine the efforts of multiple departments. Outside of the office, Javier also likes helping small local businesses with their marketing efforts. To relax, Javier enjoys playing with his corgi Max, backpacking, fancy drinks, creating art, and rolling D20s with his friends.
Director of IT
Deniz helps plan and maintain the IT infrastructure of Confirm BioSciences including online apps, local and wide area networks. Outside of office he treasure hunts in flea markets, does travel photography, and cooks with his wife.
Director of Human Resources
In her role as Director of Human Resources, Krystal oversees all HR functions to ensure alignment with company goals. She is also responsible for various initiatives to maintain and enhance Confirm BioSciences’ corporate culture. With a strong passion for people and workplace wellbeing, she’s a great fit for serving Confirm’s personnel. When Krystal isn’t in the office, you’ll likely find her rollerblading at the local boardwalk or enjoying good food.