The interim director of Johns Hopkins’ FastForward has been hired as the business incubator’s permanent director.
Brian Stansky, a veteran in finance and investing, has served as interim director of FastForward for the past two months and has taken on the job permanently. Stansky succeeds FastForward’s founding director John Fini, who stepped down Aug. 26.
Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, which oversees FastForward, has also hired Nina Urban, a former Georgia startup CEO, as the incubator’s associate director. Urban starts Oct. 15, according to an Oct. 12 memo to staff from Christy Wyskiel, the senior advisor to the president enterprise development at Hopkins.
“We are thrilled to have this dynamic leadership team building on the momentum at FastForward and taking it to the next level,” Wyskiel wrote.
Prior to taking on the role of interim director, Stansky worked with FastForward member companies as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Before joining Hopkins, Stansky worked as managing director of Integral Capital Partner for 13 years and spent 10 years at T. Rowe Price Group Inc. before that.
Urban most recently worked as acting CEO of General Genomics, a spinoff from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The company is developing a new approach to protein engineering.
Stansky and Uran will be charged with guiding Hopkins’ growing incubator program.
FastForward launched in 2013 with space for 12 startups in the Stieff Silver Building, near Hopkins’ Homewood campus. Since then, the program has opened a second location near Hopkins’ East Baltimore medical campus and is waiting on an even larger space that will be part of Forest City Enterprises’ $65.6 million, 165,000-square-foot 1812 Ashland Ave. development.