Management Team

The Nova Ventures Group management team brings together the skills and experiences of several disciplines within the instrumentation industry. Our collective experience covers a wide range of disciplines, including sales and marketing, product development, manufacturing, finance, legal and general administration.


Jim BarbooklesChairman and CEO

Before joining, Mr. Barbookles was a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and previously served as President and CEO of a major US water analysis instrumentation manufacturer. His past responsibilities also included positions in manufacturing and operations with United Technologies, American Optical, Cambridge Instruments and Thermo Electron. He graduated from Buffalo State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA.

Michael LarkinChief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Nova, Mr. Larkin was the Chief Financial Officer of Home Made Brand Foods, Inc. that was acquired by Greencore Group plc in 2008. His past responsibilities included senior finance positions with Munters Corp and Thermo Electron. Mr. Larkin received a B.A. in Economics from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the Suffolk University Executive Program. Mr. Larkin has also completed the requirements for the Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Management Accountant certifications.

Tom PaquetteExecutive Vice President of Marketing

Prior to joining Nova, Mr. Paquette held executive roles at Thermo Orion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation, which served the Laboratory instrumentation industry. He also served in various senior management roles throughout his career in Operations, Design and Quality Assurance. Mr. Paquette has a B.S. in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.B.A from Endicott College.

Janet BarbooklesVice President and General Counsel

Prior to joining Nova, Ms. Barbookles served as a judicial extern in the San Francisco Superior Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Barbookles received a BS from Northeastern University, JD from Golden Gate University School of Law, an L.L.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, and an M.B.A from Boston University School of Management. Ms. Barbookles is licensed to practice law in California and Massachusetts.


Our Investors

Nova Ventures Group Corp. is supported and backed by three leading venture capital companies in Boston. Battery Ventures (, Commonwealth Capital Partners ( and Ascent Venture Partners ( The combined capital management for these firms is in excess of $2 billion. Each firm has a general partner on Nova’s board of directors.


Battery Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in information technology companies at all stages of growth. With a team of over 30 experienced investment professionals, Battery leverages its people, expertise and capital to actively guide companies in emerging market sectors to category dominance. The firm has invested in over 180 technology companies worldwide across the communications, software, Internet infrastructure, and media and content industries. Battery has offices in Waltham, MA, Menlo Park, CA and Herzelia, Israel.

Commonwealth Capital, founded in 1995 by a team of experienced venture capital investors, is a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on opportunities in the Communications Infrastructure and Software and Services sectors. With over $350 million of committed capital under management, the firm’s partners have invested in more than 130 high-growth companies that are leaders in their industry categories. Commonwealth Capital’s offices are located in Waltham, MA.

Ascent Venture Partners is a Boston-based venture capital firm that provides early stage and growth financing to enterprises located in the northeastern United States. Founded in 1985 as Pioneer Capital Corporation, Ascent manages $400 million across four funds. Ascent principally invests in Information Technology related markets, including network and communications systems, specialized IT services and enterprise software, and in Industrial Technology related markets. With over 80 years of combined private equity experience and an extensive network of professional resources, the Ascent investment team provides committed, strategic support to the firm's portfolio companies.