Lisa’s Bio

A dynamic leader, seasoned entrepreneur, author, and speaker, Lisa T. Grimes has spent more than 32 years in a variety of executive management, sales, and business development roles. She is currently Managing Director of Habergeon and President and CEO of PurThread, a North Carolina-based antimicrobial textile company. Her first book for professionals, Remember Who You Are (co-authored with Habergeon colleague Paula Brown Stafford), will be published in early 2018. As an entrepreneur, Lisa began her career with PPDI, one of the world’s largest contract research organizations (CRO), as an early member of its executive management team where she had responsibility for global business development. Leveraging her PPDI experience, Lisa then became President & CEO of a site management organization, leading that company’s transition to a full-service CRO and ultimately, its sale to United Healthcare. Since that time, Lisa has served as start-up or interim CEO to other companies, including Invitrox (diagnostics and therapeutic assay focused company) and AcSentient (specialty pharma company focused on ophthalmology), for which she negotiated its sale to ISTA. Additionally, Lisa’s broad life science industry experience includes positions with multi-national organizations such as GlaxoSmithKline. She also spent ten years serving on the Executive Advisory Group of the pharmaceutical consulting firm Campbell Alliance (now INC Research) and its subsidiary, the Pharmaceutical Institute. Active in her community, Lisa serves on numerous boards, including Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, Lighthouse Ministries, and Knowing God Ministries. She is a past board member for the Caring Community Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy Foundation. Lisa is an award-winning interior designer who also has experience launching consumer services franchises. Lisa holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband have two adult sons.