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
Zeynep continues 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, the company gathers 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 the Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Years of Experience: 24+
Specialties: Finance, Accounting, Business Operations
Achievements: University of New Mexico, B.A. Accounting, Finance, and Accounting
Paul is a pragmatic go-getter. He has nearly 25 years of applied accounting practice having equipped diverse enterprise with healthy financial regimens. Paul has a knack for identifying and eliminating siphons while simultaneously implementing risk management techniques. As the Chief Financial Officer for Confirm BioSciences, Paul is responsible for maximizing fiscal efficiency to inflate the company’s bottom line.
Paul Brown understands the indivisible link between growth and vigilance. He has true experience creating budgetary opportunities for international retailers, distributors, and publicly traded organizations.
After earning an Accounting degree from The University of New Mexico, Paul became Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Finance for German company Villeroy & Boch. He oversaw the financial operations for three distinct divisions over the course of 13 years.
Paul later assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for Hybrid Apparel, an umbrella for brands not limited to Reebok, Levi’s, and WWE . Over a two year period, Paul was part of a team that was able to catapult the company from $125M to $250M in annual revenue.
Paul also served as the CFO for The Wheat Group which was responsible for a division of PUMA-USA, PUMA-Wheat, as well as other lifestyle brands including Hurley and Reebok. He not only supervised the activity of the segment’s offshore accounting team but during his tenure, Paul built & executed a successful financial plan to empower the company to quadruple revenue over a four year period.
Today, Paul is the Chief Financial Officer for Confirm BioSciences. He is responsible for tightening departmental expenses and seeking financially feasible strategies to scale. When Paul isn’t supporting the rest of the Executive team, he works with non-profits and spends time traveling with his family.
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 the Chief Commercial Officer at Confirm BioSciences in 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.
Years of Experience: 18+
Specialties: Sales and Marketing, Business Management and Development
Achievements: Brigham Young University, B.Sc. Physiology and Business Management
Erik has an innate ability to steer sales. He has over 18 years of expertise building disruptive teams and generating wealth for startup and Fortune 50+ organizations alike. His sales IQ has led to a number of successful acquisitions, and his current focus is to increase the profitability of Confirm BioSciences.
After graduating from Brigham University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Business Management, Erik began his journey as a Sales Representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. During his time with the pharma giant, Erik gained a firm understanding of both patient and provider needs, helping him navigate a complex healthcare system.
Erik moved on to Co-found Remedy Informatics, where he managed to quickly secure funding to help scale the organization. As the leader of sales and marketing, Erik led the growth efforts of Remedy, leading to the company’s acquisition by Merck.
Erik has a sharpened sense of identifying internal weaknesses and opportunities in a short amount of time. As the Chief Growth Officer for different consulting groups recognized by Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000, he was involved in yet another acquisition as a result of his revolutionary sale strategies.
In 2013, Erik became the Vice President of Sales for Tiger Text, where he led the sales of a proprietary secure texting platform which quadrupled annual sales. This sales growth led to the eventual series C round of $50M.
After a few years, Erik revisited his origins in the healthcare industry and began working with Arista MD and COI Pharmaceuticals as the Chief Revenue Officer of the company. In just one year, Erik set the sales structure and foundation which led the company to its eventual A and B rounds. He has a sharp understanding of what makes a business profitable, and with his expertise, he has been able to garner a tremendous amount of venture capitalist money to help organizations scale across different industries.
Erik is a fundamental cog in Confirm BioSciences’ arsenal. He is tasked with restructuring the sales team and pivoting the company for success.
When Erik isn’t working, he and family can be found participating in extracurricular nonprofit initiatives in the community. Or, you can find him on the field coaching his 3 kids to victory.
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.
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
Sara oversees business development initiatives involving strategic market and product plans. She loves building relationships with customers and growing our distributor base with customized solutions. With a passion for sustainability, she is also our Green Eco Ambassador. Outside of the office, Sara is likely to be traveling on a new adventure, dancing, hiking with her dog, or enjoying a glass of sweet iced tea.
Jeremy manages accounts for both Confirm BioSciences and TestCountry and is also responsible for developing new business. When he’s away from the office Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, exploring San Diego and enjoying the local craft beer scene.
Karina oversees Confirm BioSciences sales force and is responsible for developing strategic sales plans based on company goals that will promote sales growth and high customer satisfaction. When she’s away from the office, Karina enjoys spending quality time with her three kids and family. She loves shopping, cooking, hiking, reading and appreciates a good glass of wine.
Bonnie strives to strengthen, nurture and grow existing client relationships, assist in bringing new clients on board and helping them better understand the full potential of our products. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and loved ones and exploring the lovely neighborhoods of America’s Finest City while experiencing the city’s wide variety of culinary delights and microbreweries.
Marco is responsible for territorial sales targets, fostering long-lasting relationships with his accounts, discovering new customers and working with the sales team to support performance goals. In his off time Marco enjoys spending time with his kids, and playing the guitar.
Dennis is responsible for identifying trends and converting new opportunities in the drug testing industry. He has a passion for optimizing business functions as a liaison between sales, strategy and marketing. Dennis is also the health ambassador at Confirm BioSciences where he built the company gym and creates monthly fitness challenges to help motivate the team to live a more active life.
Chrystelle is competitive by nature, so it makes sense she’s a sales specialist with almost 6 years of experience. Away from work, she enjoys being out and about exploring new hiking trails or taking advantage of San Diego’s beautiful weather doing anything outdoors. Crystelle loves being with her family and friends enjoying San Diego’s amazing and extensive bites and sip scene.
Feras’ mission is to provide top quality products, service, and expertise to all CB clients. His passion is to better help and educate each individual impacted by the company’s products and services. In his spare time, he can be found in the gym, at a festival, or hanging out with friends!
Bethany strives to bring knowledge and awareness of workplace safety to various industries. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, sewing and spending time with her family.
Sydney strives to exceed her clients’ expectations by going above and beyond the call of duty. You can rest assured that she will work nonstop on your behalf. Her relentless negotiation tactics and attention to detail allow her to serve all of her clients with integrity, passion and the highest level of customer service. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys attending charity events with her husband. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and learning new languages. She is currently taking classes in Korean.
As a Customer Service/ Sales Support representative, Sarah is focused on providing excellent service to our customers through all channels of communication. She also collaborates with her fellow team members to research and develop new business. Outside the office, she loves spending time with her family and finding adventure wherever she can. She tries to travel as much as possible and loves experiencing new things and meeting new people.
Kristina enjoys making a difference in customer’s lives and learning new things about the drug testing and health & wellness industries. In her free time she loves being with her family and is proud to watch her boys grow up to be great leaders.
Meagan answers customer emails and phone calls, striving to ensure each customer has a positive experience with our company. Outside of work, Meagan enjoys reading, hiking, and helping her husband brew delicious craft beer.
Commercialization & Marketing
Steven is in charge of developing, launching and scaling the company’s sales on third party marketplaces such as Amazon.com. Steven works to ensure that our marketplace traffic and conversions are optimized for the internet’s largest online marketplaces. When he is out of the office he is traveling with his wife around the world or fixing a cup of fine Italian espresso.
In addition to managing the Creative team, Javier serves 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.
Elizabeth supports TestCountry & LiveWellTesting by promptly answering customer concerns via phone, online chat and e-mail. On the weekends, she enjoys teaching dance lessons to children. Elizabeth’s truest passion is traveling to different countries and discovering new cultures.
Joshua is responsible for maintaining the LiveWellTesting site, growing audience reach, and taking on new marketing initiatives. Outside of the office, you can find him working on personal creative projects or staying active outdoors, whether it’s rock climbing, hiking, or enjoying the beach.
Ashley loves utilizing her skills with creative design and marketing solutions. She focuses on personalized branding strategies and creating effective marketing solutions. When she isn’t working, you can find her making spur of the moment trips or relaxing at home with friends, family and a nice glass of wine.
Sean is tasked with helping market and promote the growth of both TestCountry and Confirm BioSciences via online platforms. When he isn’t in the office, Sean enjoys watching and talking about the NBA and European Soccer, getting out and playing sports himself, or having a little taste of home at one of San Diego’s many boba tea shops.
Phoebe’s artistic talents keep our marketing efforts creative and unique. She provides desired visuals for all three family companies, on a variety of platforms. When she’s not getting her design on in the office, Phoebe likes to refine her hand-lettering and photography skills, read books and strum a few basic chords with her ukulele.
Lights, Camera, Action! Sam is the Social Marketing Videographer Creative Intern for Confirm Biosciences and Test Country. Working in tandem with the marketing team, he is a walking movie studio that produces marvelous scripts, shoots stunning footage, and makes fabulous edits in order to create movie magic. When he isn’t in the office or behind a camera, Sam spends his time dunking basketballs on you at your local gym, attending live music shows at the North Park Observatory, or expanding his knowledge with friends at trivia over some craft beer.
Accounting & Finance
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.”
As a Staff Accountant, Brittany is responsible for ensuring the accountability and accuracy of inventory for the company. She has a passion for learning and is a big advocate for personal and professional development. Outside the office Brittany can be found on one of San Diego’s many soccer fields, skiing in the mountains, exploring the nature around her, indulging in her artistic side, or planning her next adventure.
Sasi is responsible for Accounts Payable here at Confirm BioSciences. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to orchestral music and cooking spicy noodles for her husband and son.
Eden manages accounts payable for all of the business units at Confirm BioSciences. She also partakes in department projects as well as month-end and year-end tasks. In her free time she enjoys going to sporting events along with being mediocre in basketball and average in soccer. She volunteers at a local high school and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Brian serves as the “gatekeeper” for inventory purchasing decisions company-wide. He is also responsible for the production of all over-the-counter products. Outside of work, Brian is a part-time student, and can be found frequenting local record stores and rock concerts.
Raymond oversees all Operational and Warehouse needs for Confirm BioSciences and TestCountry and also assumes the role of Gaming Ambassador for the company. When he is not in the office, Raymond likes to spend his time hanging out with friends or building things in his garage. On weekends Raymond spends most of his time with his daughter or cheering for the San Diego Chargers during football season.
Junior is responsible for the processing and the fulfilling of TestCountry orders and ensuring warehouse inventory levels are current. Junior enjoys spending time with his wife and kids at the park and exploring beautiful San Diego.
Gabriel helps build the ReliOn product inventory as well as daily shipping and receiving responsibilities for the warehouse team. On his off days Gabriel can be found riding and fixing his bicycles with his family which he is happily married with four kids.
Lauro is a warehouse specialist involved in receiving, shipping, picking and organizing products accurately and effectively for Confirm BioSciences. He loves soccer and has a passion for fragrance.
Jayden assists with the production of ReliOn products as well as various other day-to-day tasks for the Warehouse team. He is currently studying for a career in Game Production. In his spare time he enjoys various hobbies including writing music and playing guitar, creating multimedia such as amateur films and podcasts, and cruising in his adored Subaru. He is also partial to the occasional long walk on the beach.
Diane helps produce our ReliOn Testing Cups that we provide for our Walmart Stores. She also helps maintain a clean and workable warehouse environment. Away from work, Diane spends her time with family and enjoys cooking.
Being great with her hands, lily is a Production Specialist for Confirm BioSciences. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors in nature with her friends and family.
Kyle works on the ReliOn production line in the Confirm BioSciences warehouse. When not in the warehouse, Kyle can be found practicing Judo and caring for his Labrador retriever.
Alex oversees warehouse production, as well as maintains stock for different business units. When away from the office Alex enjoys spending time with his ten of years wife and three daughters and fishing. Alex also enjoys spending time outside and working on his vintage car.
IT - Information Technology
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.
Salvador Franco is involved in all the IT tasks from on-site support, websites maintenance, ERP, network administration and researching new technologies, outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, loves sports especially the Chargers and Xolos and enjoys walks on the beach.
Hung is responsible for on-site IT support, including troubleshooting, computer setup, software installation and desktop maintenance. He also works on side projects to improve work flow performance. For leisure, Hung enjoys watching movies, reading news and looking for online deals. He occasionally plays billiards or bowls with friends.
HR - Human Resource
Yesenia is responsible for talent acquisition, implementing policies & procedures, and answering questions related to Human Resources.
She enjoys finding new ways to keep the HR department growing and assisting with the needs of the entire team.
In her free time, she enjoys decorating her apartment and making scrap books filled with great memories.
She is passionate about helping others and giving back to her local community.
Rami is the official pet ambassador for Confirm BioSciences. He is a 8-year old rescued Swiss mountain dog who greets us every morning with a smile and a tail wag. Rami is the face of our PetConfirm product line. In his free time he enjoys running through puddles, climbing mountains, taking long naps and is excited to make new friends wherever he goes. He is so loved and lucky to have large family here with all of us.