Management Team

Joseph E. Gargan, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gargan has worked in the investment industry for over 30 years. Currently he is the CEO of The Pension Company, Courtroom Connect, Inc., and Angeon Group, LLC. Prior to this, Joe was a Senior Managing Director, Office of the Chairman at Mesirow Financial, Inc., a $84 Billion AUM investment firm based in Chicago, IL. During his tenure with Mesirow Financial, Joe started the Mesirow Financial Term Asset Backed Loan Facility (TALF) Fund and established a distressed debt platform in Ireland. Joe’s companies have brokered over $5 billion in structured settlement annuities. He maintains insurance licenses in 40 states and holds series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Earlier in his career Joe was a Senior Advisor to Marwood Group, Inc. and Debt Advisory International.

Joe is a Graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and he sits on a number of corporate and charitable boards.

Neil Sharma, Ph.D., President
Dr. Sharma joined InstantLabs in 2011 as Head of Product Development. He has over a decade of industry experience in molecular diagnostics and laboratory devices and has led the commercial launch of more than two dozen products in the human, food, energy, and environmental sectors. His work has spanned the product life cycle from R&D to validation, commercialization, manufacturing, sales, and after-sales support. He has also built successful partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and government. Prior to joining InstantLabs, Dr. Sharma held positions at leading biotechnology companies including Genomic Solutions, Biotage, and QIAGEN.

Neil received his Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Sam Wheeler, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wheeler joined InstantLabs in 2008. He became the CFO in 2012, a role he currently holds. Mr. Wheeler is a former Senior Vice President, Finance of Cable & Wireless USA. During his tenure at C&W (1994-1999) from June 1984 until February 1999, Mr. Wheeler held the positions of Vice President, Finance, Controller and acting President of the Dial Internet Services division. Mr. Wheeler has worked with both major corporations, as well as emerging growth companies as CFO and COO. He served on the Board of Directors of I-Trax Health Solutions (AMEX:dmx) as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and later as the company’s CFO.

Sam is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Susan H. Pope, General Counsel
Ms. Pope serves as InstantLabs General Counsel bringing more than 20 years of legal experience to the company. Prior to joining InstantLabs, Susan’s legal practice focused on antitrust and complex civil litigation. Susan started her career in DLA Piper LLP’s Washington, DC office, where she represented corporate clients in antitrust and commercial litigation and government investigations. She frequently counseled clients on a variety of state and federal regulations, including antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, intellectual property, international trade, and healthcare laws. Most recently, Susan practiced as an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.

Susan is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.