Management Team

Praveen Basal, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Chief Executive Officer
Praveen Bansal, M.S.

Praveen Bansal received an M.S. in Immunology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the College of Pharmacy, Indore, India, and a B.S. in Pharmacy from College of Pharmacy, Indore, India. Prior to the Fluorosome Company, Ms. Bansal served as the program manager for the ADME/Tox market segment at Tecan, Inc., responsible for bringing fully validated, automated ADME/Tox platform solutions to market. She also held multiple positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in drug discovery and development. Ms. Bansal’s professional interests include bringing enabling technologies to the drug discovery and development market.

Don Melchior

Chief Technical Officer
Donald L. Melchior, Ph.D.

Donald L. Melchior received a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, studied Physics and Physiology at the University of Tübingen, Tübingen Germany and received an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, New Haven, CT.  He did postdoctoral work at the C.N.R.S., Gif-sur-Yvette, France and in the Chemistry Dept. of Brown University, Providence R.I.  He was on the Chemistry faculty at Brown University, lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and tenured faculty at UMass Medical School, Worcester MA.  Dr. Melchior’s professional interests center on the physical behavior of lipids and membrane bilayers, encapsulation techniques, and reconstituted membrane systems.


Frances Sharom

Chief Scientific Advisor
Frances J. Sharom, Ph.D.

Frances J. Sharom received her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Guelph (Canada), and her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). She joined the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor and rose through the ranks to Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Membrane Protein Biology in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology. She is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph, and Bulletin Editor and Executive Board member for the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences. Dr. Sharom’s research interests focus on the role of ABC transporters and other membrane proteins in health and disease.