Andrew Graham

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We turned to Rankin McKenzie as we needed some financial help, primarily with setting up budget templates.  Having Andrew Graham join MyCovia as our part-time CFO was an easy decision.  We appreciated how professional Andrew is as he’s very responsive and stays on track with tasks.  As a result, the work he’s done will allow our business leaders and finance team to better monitor trends and budget to actuals going forward.  Overall, Andrew is great to work with and super easy going.

Caroline Carr, Senior Vice President

MyCovia

I’ve had the fortune of working with Andrew at three different life science companies, all at different stages of growth, including during multiple complex equity and debt financings.  Andrew brings an ability to assess where an organization is currently situated, both financially and operationally, and the perspective of where the organization needs to improve in order to scale for growth.  He has demonstrated a solid ability to build strong teams while also being willing to roll-up his sleeves to get the work out.  I have greatly appreciated his knack for addressing potential challenges early and with well-researched solutions.  He has also demonstrated a high-level of stress tolerance and imparts a sense of calm to those around him.

John Stewart, Managing Partner

Forvis

When I joined AgBiome Innovations as the commercial director in 2013, Andrew was already on board as the CFO.  He proved to be a valuable asset in numerous ways during the next 6 years that I worked with him. He has excellent communication skills; always used clear concise messaging to my group regarding budgeting and financial requirements and results. Andrew is very knowledgeable of the financial reporting requirements for startups, and his interest in our business was very useful.  Andrew also assisted my team on a product and company acquisitions effort, as well as a multiple equity funding rounds.  My team was very comfortable in working with Andrew and had a tremendous amount of respect for him. Finally, Andrew makes people feel very comfortable in work situations which in turn makes them want to help him in any way possible.

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John Rabby, Former President

AgBiome

Mr. Graham is a strategically focused financial executive with approximately 30 years of experience. He has a track record of achievement and significant experience in both publicly-held and private companies. He is results-oriented with deep expertise in raising capital, development and modeling of strategic plans, investor relations, corporate accounting and many other areas. He is also skilled at driving change, building collaborative partnerships, and setting and delivering on business objectives.

A licensed CPA in North Carolina, Mr. Graham, has played a significant role in the expansion of a number of  companies. He has deep experience in life science organizations spanning human health, agribusiness and medical devices.  He has led several equity and debt financing transactions and played a significant role in an initial public offering.

Mr. Graham has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Development and modeling of strategic plans
  • Raising capital – venture capital, debt and initial public offerings
  • Financial systems
  • Corporate accounting
  • Financial reporting
  • Restructuring
  • Investor relations
  • Merger and acquisitions
  • Audit
  • Banking
  • Treasury
  • Risk management
  • Human Resources

Mr. Graham is currently serving as a fractional CFO for:

  • a local computational drug discovery company
  • Counter Culture Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster sourcing exceptional single-origin and specialty coffee.

Mr. Graham lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife and two sons. He grew up in Canada and South Africa before moving to North Carolina in the early 90’s to complete his undergraduate degree and masters in accounting at North Carolina State University. He also earned an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler business school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Career Timeline

  • Joined Rankin McKenzie as Partner in 2022
  • 2021-2022: CFO GemPharmatech, LLC., a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary commercializing 17,000+ gene-edited animal models and preclinical testing services in early-stage drug development.
  • 2015-2021: CFO of AgBiome, LLC., a venture backed life science company using the microbiome to discover, develop & commercialize the next generation of crop protection products.
  • 2011-2015: CFO of Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Inc., a venture backed medical device company researching the immune system for early disease detection in production animals.
  • 2010-2011: Chief Restructuring Officer of Sicel Technologies, Inc., a venture backed medical device company that designed and developed proprietary sensors to monitor radiation dosage delivered to patients in hospital settings. Court appointed officer responsible for leading the company through the bankruptcy process.
  • 2004-2010: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Trimeris (NASDAQ “TRMS”) a profitable publicly traded biopharmaceutical company with a drug on the market for the treatment of AIDS, peak worldwide sales of $267M. Prior positions – Director of Finance and Corporate Secretary.
  • 1999-2004: Chief Accounting Officer of Icoria, Inc. (formerly Paradigm Genetics, Inc.) (NASDAQ “PDGM”) a publicly traded life science biotech company. Prior positions – Director of Finance, Controller.
  • 1995-1999: Mr. Graham began his career with Ernst & Young in Raleigh, NC.

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