Joel Nichols is a passionate advocate for digital transformation within the bio/pharma space. With 20+ years’ experience, he often consults companies on ways to approach transformation and is currently Senior Director of IT at Elevate Bio, a cell and gene therapy company. Mr. Nichols has delivered multiple keynote speeches at Internet of Things and bio/pharma events. After working at various manufacturing plants, he joined the largest greenfield manufacturing facility of Baxalta/Shire, where he led manufacturing execution systems and all IT activities. Next, he joined Millipore as the Head of Software and Automation, where he grew a team of 10 to nearly 200 while leading the digital transformation of bioprocessing within the company. Mr. Nichols was recently awarded the CIO “Ones to Watch” award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Taylor University and an MBA from Anderson University. He can be reached at email@example.com.