Leadership Team

Mansfield Bio-Incubator's team, May 2017.  Russ Yukhananov (left), Alexander Margulis (center), and Richard Sousa right).

Mansfield Bio-Incubator's team, May 2017. Russ Yukhananov (left), Alexander Margulis (center), and Richard Sousa right).

Rustam (Russ) Yukhananov, PhD

Founder & President. Russ is responsible for strategic direction and overall supervision of Mansfield Bio-Incubator’s operation. He is a scientist and successful biotech entrepreneur.  Russ is CEO and co-founder of Precision Biosystems, a manufacturing company developing small-scale automation. He is a member of advisory board at several bioinformatics companies and scientific journals. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial carrier he was a faculty at Harvard Medical School and director of Laboratory of Neurogenomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Before that he was a director of Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at University Wisconsin-Madison. He has multiple US and international patents for device design and pharmaceuticals. Russ is an author and co-author of more than 50 peer review publications.  He earned his medical degree at the Second Pirogov’s Institute in Moscow and his PhD at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (Moscow, Russia) and currently is finishing his MBA at UMass Boston.


Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Mansfield Bio-Incubator, Alex worked as a Senior Scientist at BIOARRAY Therapeutics, a molecular diagnostics start-up company, where he set up an award-winning, fully functional laboratory 1.5 months ahead of schedule. The laboratory was showcased on many occasions ranging from foreign dignitaries interested in starting an incubation program of their own to congressmen and senior members of academia and industry. He is an accomplished cellular and molecular biologist and is an author and co-author of 11 peer-reviewed publications and numerous scientific abstracts. Alex worked for 7 years in large biotech/pharma companies where he developed multiple cell based assays. He concurrently works in sales as well as an Application Scientist at Precision Biosystems that is co-located with Mansfield Bio-Incubator. His efforts resulted in increase in sales by 200% over 2 years within the US and Canada.  Alex holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Stony Brook University.

Richard Sousa

Treasurer. Richard is a successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience. He began his career by starting a local transportation business, which is now a multi-million dollar business serving thousands of customers. He is a founder and investor in more than dozen companies in the transportation, real estate, software, and medical device industries. His businesses have generated over 350 jobs in Massachusetts. One of the ventures he founded, Vam Realty Trust, owns a 63 acre facility with a 323,000 sq. ft. building; part of this building will be converted into lab space for the life science industry that will be operated and managed by Mansfield Bio-Incubator.