Team


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Alberto Elli, CEO: Alberto has spent over 20 years in midsize private and large public companies in different management and executive positions. He built his expertise in a variety of industries: manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical devices, chemicals and large consumer goods. He is a global strategist with a track record in building fast growing and profitable business through organic growth and business development. Alberto is expert in managing M&A or divestures opportunities: he has directed teams acquiring more than 20 companies (from $5M to $350M) and created a process to fully integrate acquired companies. He has leadership expertise in directing turnarounds, restructuring, liquidity events, exit strategies, and customer relationship issues.

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Jack Ball, Executive Chairman: Mr. Ball brings a strong track record of life sciences leadership and a strong background in commercial operations in the life sciences. Currently, he leads Solulink, Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer. Solulink is a life sciences tools company that develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary next generation linking technologies. Mr. Ball is also President of Tyball Associates, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan, Ross Business School in Entrepreneurial Studies. Previously, Mr. Ball served as Chief Commercial Officer of Accuri Cytometers, Inc. from the commercialization of its first product through its acquisition by BD Biosciences in 2011. Prior to joining Accuri, he was CEO of Amnis Corporations. Mr. Ball also served as Chief Commercial Officer for Molecular Probes, Inc. (acquired by Life Technologies). Prior to Molecular Probes, Mr. Ball was the Senior VP & General Manager of the Life Sciences Group at Orchid Biosciences, and a senior executive at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Inc., where he rose to President, North America. Mr. Ball also serves on the board of directors of several life science companies, including Swift Biosciences, ViroCyt, NanoCellect, Wasatch Microfluidics, ENT Biotech Solutions, DNA Software and CelSee Diagnostics, as well as the non-profit organization the Association of Commercial Professionals (ACP-LS).

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Collin Rich, Ph.D., CTO: In addition to co-founding Aquaro Biosystems, Collin’s experience includes launching and managing R&D efforts at five different medical device start-ups over the past 15 years, including as co-founder of Accuri Cytometers, which was ultimately sold to Becton Dickinson. His formal training as an Electrical Engineer is augmented by familiarity with a wide variety of mechanical, fluidic, and other technologies, as well as practical experience managing the fast-paced activity of an aggressive, innovative R&D team. Collin is co-inventor on over 42 U.S. and international patents.

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Greg Krueger, Vice President – Sales & Marketing: Greg brings over 20 years of experience in the commercialization of life science products, including sales, marketing and business development roles at Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Becton Dickinson, Accuri Cytometers, GE Healthcare, Pharmacia and Amersham. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate education in science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, as well as a Masters of Business Administration at the Keller School of Management.

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David Mack, Vice President – Customer Support & Service: David has a proven track record of leadership in the life sciences, environmental and chemical industries with over 25 years of experience. For the last 8 years prior to joining Aquaro, he was the Service and Support leader for the Accuri product line and served as Director – Technical Support and Customer Service at Accuri Cytometers, Inc. before its acquisition by BD Biosciences in 2011. Prior to joining Accuri, he held various management positions in technical support and project management for venture and industry backed technology start-ups: Sensicore, Enovis, Neolytica and eChemicals preceded by 10 years of experience in a large commercial environmental laboratory. David brings his current expertise of service strategies and customer service in the life science industry along with strong laboratory operations experience, regulatory and quality knowledge and proven business process development skills.

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Meghan Cuddihy, Ph.D., Director of Marketing: Meghan joined Aquaro in late 2013 to lead end-user engagement in the development of the PaceSetter, as well as content development for inbound and outbound marketing activities. Prior to joining Aquaro, she helped to start a company, 3D Biomatrix, around a 3D cell culture technology she worked on during her graduate studies. She held early roles at 3D Biomatrix in product and business development before transitioning to marketing, where she led marketing strategy, product launch, and international distribution of the product.

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Gary Hess, Director of Production and Supply Chain: Gary brings twenty eight years of experience as a Printed Circuit Board and mechanical designer. He most recently was a staff electrical/mechanical engineer with Becton Dickinson. Previously, Gary was involved with three Ann Arbor start ups: Irwin Magnetics, Aeroquip Precision Spheres, and Accuri Cytometers. He has management experience in manufacturing and supply chain and has a degree in Business Administration.

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