Tim Gupton

Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP

About Tim

Tim has over thirty-five years of public accounting experience. He joined Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP in 1992 after 19 years with KPMG. Tim’s practice now is centered on entrepreneurial businesses and their founders that include owner-managed businesses and investor-financed technology companies in the Triangle. He is the leader for the Life Science practice.

Tim was previously with KPMG Peat Marwick in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 19 years, nine years as an audit partner. During his career at KPMG, Tim’s responsibilities included partner-in-charge for the financial institution practice, administrative partner-in-charge of the audit department, associate SEC reviewing partner, and professional practice/quality control partner.

Tim has served as the engagement partner and business advisor to private and public company clients ranging from start-up companies financed by private venture capital to multinational public companies. He has experience auditing companies in a wide range of industries including life sciences, information technology, healthcare services, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, construction, financial institutions, governmental, government contracting, mortgage banking, and real estate.

Tim has served as the start-up CFO for seven biopharmaceutical companies in the Research Triangle.  Tim is currently the CFO for CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing migraine drugs licensed by Eli Lilly.  Tim was a co-founder and served from 1999 to 2010 as CFO for AlphaVax, Inc., a vaccine company based on a new genomic vector technology initially licensed from the University of North Carolina.  Tim served as the start-up CFO for Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based on technology from the University of North Carolina that was founded in 1995 and became a public company in 2000.

Tim is a founder and general partner of Research Triangle Ventures, a 2000 venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments. The fund is not actively investing in new companies, and is focused on managing the remaining portfolio companies to exit. Tim is a founder and president of HPG Family Office, LLC, a company providing fiduciary wealth management services for families in the Research Triangle area.

Tim received a B.S., Business Administration, with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972.