Chairman & CEO
Mr. Karkus is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ProPhase Labs, Inc. As CEO, he directly manages and oversees corporate strategy, product development, sales and marketing, and R&D. Mr. Karkus has long focused his career on investing, management consulting and managing emerging growth companies. He started his career on Wall Street working for a variety of investment banks. Mr. Karkus financed and advised ID Biomedical, a biotech/vaccine company, when it was valued at approximately $25 million and near bankruptcy. He successfully persuaded the board of directors into making difficult but necessary changes to management, including the replacement of the CEO, and helped to redirect their strategic focus. Seven years later, the company was sold to GlaxoSmithKline for more than $1.4 billion. While advising ID Biomedical, he began a similar decade-long engagement with ProPhase Labs. After years of declining revenues, increasing losses and questionable management activities, the Company’s direction was in dire need of change -- and the shareholders’ interests in need of protection. Mr. Karkus initiated a highly risky but successful proxy contest in 2009 that led to his position as CEO. After inheriting a severely declining brand portfolio, he restructured the go to market strategy for the flagship Cold-EEZE brand and grew revenues significantly. The net result: in 2017, ProPhase Labs sold the Cold-EEZE brand for $50 million to Mylan, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company. Mr. Karkus graduated Tufts University with a BS in Psychology and Magna Cum Laude Honors in 1981 and Columbia University School of Business with an MBA in Finance and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors in 1984.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Brady has over 15 years of experience with two public companies. She currently serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer at the Company since January 2019 and previously served as its Chief Accounting Officer from September 2017 to January 2019 and Director of Finance from October 2009 through September 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Brady served as senior accountant at iDNA Inc. from June 2003 through September 2009 which focused on corporate communications. Ms. Brady is a registered CPA in the state of New York.
Chief Operating Officer, ProPhase Diagnostics
Steve Kamalic is a veteran operations executive with decades of experience building and growing lab processing units. At ProPhase Diagnostics, Steve will be responsible for ensuring the company meets its stated goal of 60,000 tests per day between its Garden City, New York lab and Old Bridge, New Jersey lab. Prior to joining ProPhase Diagnostics, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer and Sales Director at a substantial regional lab. He oversaw a laboratory business that significantly grew its annual revenues. He has worked at several startups and has a vision for growth and expansion. Steve holds an AAS in medical technology and a BS in Health Administration.
Chief Information Officer, ProPhase Diagnostics
Sergio Miralles is an experienced IT Leader, with over 12 years of experience in enterprise level Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, and Architecture. At ProPhase Diagnostics, Sergio will be responsible for ensuring a complete end-to-end technology solution that links its lab customers’ patient data via interface to efficiently process and report results. Previously, Miralles founded and led a successful IT consulting firm overseeing 18 IT consultants. For the last 5 years, his primary focus has been on the medical, lab, and diagnostics business. Sergio holds several certifications from Cisco, ISC2, and CompTIA.
Carlos D. Brewster
Chief Molecular Scientist, ProPhase Diagnostics
Carlos Brewster has over 18 years of experience in the Molecular Biology field, which started with an internship with the Federal Government in Washington DC. Carlos’ current responsibilities encompass assay design, validation, implementation and training. Prior to joining ProPhase Diagnostics, he served as a Research and Development Specialist. Since the onset of the pandemic he has received several FDA Emergency Use Authorizations for the COVID-19 Assay, which is now being utilized within the industry by numerous laboratories and has generated millions of dollars in revenue. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He also holds a New York State License as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist.
Director of Molecular Science, ProPhase Diagnostics
Prior to joining ProPhase, Amanda worked as a clinical molecular technologist at Acupath Laboratories, Acutis Diagnostics, and Advanced Clinical Lab Solutions. Her expertise includes research design and data analytics, infectious disease testing, and molecular diagnosis of a range of diseases including COVID-19. During the pandemic, she has also aided in obtaining FDA Emergency Use Authorizations. Amanda earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science with a concentration in Molecular Biology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and holds a New York State clinical laboratory technologist restricted license. She also serves as an adjunct lab instructor at John Jay College, York College, New York Institute of Technology, and Molloy College.