WaferGen Appoints Seasoned Industry Executives to Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board
Also Announces Chief Operating Officer Promotion
“We believe that we have significantly strengthened the leadership team at WaferGen with the additions of Drs. Hariri and McBride. Through careers marked by achievement, these gentlemen have distinguished themselves as highly-regarded life science executives and we are pleased to count them among the many talented individuals that comprise our management team, board of directors and scientific advisory board,” stated
Dr. Hariri has served as the chief executive officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, a division of Celgene Corporation (Nasdaq: CELG), since 2005. Prior to joining Celgene Cellular Therapeutics as president in 2002, Dr. Hariri was founder, chairman and chief scientific officer at Anthrogenesis Corporation/LIFEBANK, Inc., a privately held biomedical technology and service corporation involved in the area of human stem cell therapeutics, which was acquired by Celgene in 2002. He has also served as co-founder, vice chairman and chief scientific officer of Neurodynamics, a privately held medical device and technology corporation. Dr. Hariri has also held key academic positions at
As a scientist and life science executive with nearly 30 years of experience including work in the area of real-time PCR, Dr. McBride has proven expertise in commercializing several breakthrough enabling technologies for life science research. His work has included tenures with leading enabling technology companies such as Applied BioSystems, Perkin Elmer and Fluidigm. While at Fluidigm, during which time he served as vice president of research and development and chief technology officer, Dr. McBride is credited with leading the commercialization of the TOPAZ(R) System, the company’s first product line and the world’s first chip-based product for structural biology. Previously, Dr. McBride oversaw the marketing and scientific collaboration between Perkin Elmer and Applied Biosystems prior to the merger of the two companies. During this period, he founded and led the companies’ effort to commercialize the world’s first real-time PCR system. As an author, Dr. McBride is credited with more than 25 journal publications, six issued U.S. patents and numerous U.S. patent applications.
Prior to her promotion,
WaferGen Biosystems, Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture and sale of state-of-the-art systems for genetic analysis for the life science and pharmaceutical industries. The company is actively developing its SmartChip(TM) product for the gene expression and genotyping markets. SmartChip is being developed as the first whole genome, high throughput gene expression real-time PCR platform. This innovative system, combined with next-generation chemistry and optimized assays being developed by WaferGen, promises to deliver significant speed and cost advantages to researchers in the gene expression and genotyping markets. Based on collaborations established with leading research institutions, WaferGen believes that the SmartChip Real-Time PCR System is positioned as the platform of choice for biomarker discovery and validation. WaferGen currently markets its SmartSlide(TM) family of products to companies and organizations involved in stem cell and cell biology research. SmartSlide represents the first fluidics integrated micro-incubators enabling cell biology and stem cell research.
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