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Providing Expertise During a Pandemic

January 7, 2021

Employee Spotlight: Mike Ingram

As a senior consultant, Mike Ingram supports the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) at Fort Detrick. Mike joined LMI in November 2020 after 24 years in the U.S. Army, serving most of his military career as a microbiology officer in the Army Medical Department. In that role, he led the military’s efforts to develop COVID-19 non-human primate animal models for vaccine and drug development.

What are you responsible for as Senior Consultant, Biology at LMI?

I review COVID-19 diagnostic proposals and present the assessment outcomes to government clients for their use and implementation.
 

How long have you been with LMI?

I joined LMI in November 2020.
 

How long were you in the United States Army?

I served in the U.S. Army for a total of 24 years. For three of those years I was enlisted infantry and spent 21 years as a microbiology officer in the Army Medical Department.
 

What was your role in the U.S. Army?

I was a 71A, an Army Microbiologist. I served in [Science and Technology] Management in research and operationally in field laboratories for chemical/biological threat agents. I also spent much of my career in project management for the development of advanced medical countermeasures, including drugs and diagnostics.
 

Of your many accomplishments while serving as a leader in the United States Army, what makes you the proudest?

One of my greatest successes was leading the development of the first FDA-accepted pre-Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) diagnostic assays for filovirus species (Ebola and Marburg). Two years after the FDA accepted all the data and forms for the pre-EUA, the largest Ebola outbreak occurred in western Africa. Our pre-EUA was authorized and became the gold standard diagnostic for any American coming back into the U.S.

"My military experience in medical product development for chemical/biological defense and Army medical countermeasures is invaluable for my clients, as is my scientific and regulatory expertise."

Mike Ingram

What made you want to work for LMI after retiring from the military?

I worked with LMIers during my Army tenure and felt the company treated its personnel fairly and was very responsive to government needs as well as proactive in suggesting solutions.
 

What synergies do you see between LMI and the way the Army operates?

Both organizations are continually trying to improve processes.
 

Who has been your most influential professional mentor?

As long as you are listening, everyone is a mentor.

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