Brian joined Akoya Biosciences in July 2017 serving as the CEO, bringing his experience as a 25-year veteran of the life sciences market with a proven track record of building and commercializing products and services for both the research and clinical markets. Most recently, he drove corporate and business development at Cellular Dynamics International (acquired by FUJIFilm) with a focus on the development and partnering of their four cell therapy programs. Prior to that, Brian built and ran commercial organizations at 10X Genomics, Thermo Fisher Scientific / Life Technologies, Affymetrix (IPO, acquired by Thermo Fisher) and Ingenuity Systems (acquired by Qiagen). He came to Thermo Fisher and Life Technologies through their acquisition of Ion Torrent in 2010 where he was an early employee and built the global commercial organization.
Joe joined Akoya Biosciences in March of 2019 serving as the CFO, bringing over 30 years of financial management experience including all aspects of accounting, finance, M&A and international operations. Most recently, he served as the CFO of Quanterix where he guided the company through a successful IPO and served as the primary contact with the investment community. This role was preceded by CFO and other leadership positions at a number of private and publicly traded companies in various industries, including healthcare and technology.
Niro joined Akoya in August 2020 to serve as the Chief Business Officer responsible for developing a robust roadmap and commercialization strategy for Akoya’s platforms. Niro has nearly two decades of experience in developing and commercializing products in the life science market. He has commercialized over 30 products across genomics and proteomics research markets. More recently, he served as the vice president of the spatial biology business unit at Nanostring Technologies (2014 – 2020). Prior to this, Niro led product development for the protein business unit at Life Technologies (2008-2014; acquired by Thermo Fisher). Niro received his Hon. BSc in Biochemistry from University of Toronto, and PhD from University of Windsor. He completed his post doctorate work at the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, Harvard University.
Frederic joined Akoya Biosciences in April 2021 to serve as the Chief Operating Officer. He brings over 25 years of experience in launching and managing global businesess in the life sciences and healthcare industries. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI). Prior to PICI, he served as COO of Genomic Health (now part of Exact Sciences) and held senior leadership positions at Life Technologies (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) and GE Healthcare. Frederic is named on 23 U.S. patents and received a PhD in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and an engineering degree from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France.
Prior to joining Akoya Biosciences, Peter was Director of R&D for PerkinElmer’s Quantitative Pathology Business Unit. Peter was a co-founder of CRI, Inc., where he was responsible for product development, technology assessment, licensing, and intellectual property management. He has been a Principal Investigator on NSF, NASA, and Air Force grants; is a named inventor on more than 25 US patents, and sat on the OSA’s Richardson Medal committee. He holds a BS from Williams College in Physics & Astronomy, and an MS from Dartmouth’s Thayer School.
Dr. Julia Kennedy-Darling joined Akoya in March of 2017 to lead development efforts for the CODEX technology. Prior to joining Akoya, Julia was a co-inventor of the CODEX technology while a Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Garry Nolan’s lab at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Professor Lloyd Smith and received both her M.S. and B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kennedy-Darling has experience in multiplexed DNA technologies and is an author on a number of peer-reviewed papers.
Prior to joining Akoya Biosciences, Cliff was Director of Applications and Services for PerkinElmer’s Quantitative Pathology Business Unit. Cliff was co-founder and CTO of CRI, Inc., acquired by PerkinElmer in 2011. Since then, as Oncology Fellow, Cliff lead development of multiplexed staining methods (Opal), built the contract research business, partnered with pharma and academia to understand translational research and clinical needs and to advance adoption of multiplexed immunofluorescence methods, and worked with PKI business leaders to develop an oncology translational strategy. Cliff has been Principal Investigator on NIH SBIR grants, received his BA in Physics from Williams College in 1983 and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1987, and is named inventor on over 20 patents.
Paul joined Akoya in January of 2018 as the head of sales. He has over 20 years of experience in customer support, marketing, and sales leadership roles. Paul has most recently led large commercial sales teams at both Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bio-Rad Laboratories focused in both the Life Science and Clinical industry respectively. Paul holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Seattle Pacific University.
Sundiep joined Akoya in April 2019 and brings a wealth of expertise from her prior leadership roles at companies such as Lam Research, Natera, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is also a former Bain & Co. consultant and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Gavin joined Akoya in July of 2020 to lead business and market development activities with the goal of establishing Akoya platforms in clinical markets. Prior to Akoya, Gavin was VP, Commercial Operations at Fluidigm, where he held multiple global roles including establishing pharma strategic alliances and developing the translational research market for high parameter immunohistochemistry. Gavin was also the commercial lead for the IUO phase of Thermo Fisher’s NGS-based universal companion diagnostic for cancer therapy selection. Prior to joining industry, Gavin was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Gavin received PhD in Molecular Pathology from UNC Chapel Hill and his MBA from Babson College.
Seth joined Akoya Biosciences in December of 2018 as Vice President of Business Operations. He has over 15 years of experience in finance, strategy, and operations having recently held several positions at Ameritox where he was the General Manager of Ingenuity Health, Head of Strategic Initiatives and a member of the Sterling Partners Accelerator Program for finance and strategy professionals. Previously, Seth spent several years working in the healthcare investment banking divisions of Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley where he advised clients in acquisitions, capital raises and capital structure. He began his career in consulting at Accenture and Diamond Management and Technology Partners (now PWC). Seth received his BS in Biology from Duke University and MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Lori joined Akoya in October of 2018 as the head of North America Sales and currently manages all aspects of commercial operations. She has over 20 years of experience in sales, business development and commercial leadership roles. Prior to joining Akoya Biosciences, Lori was North America Sales Director for PerkinElmer’s Quantitative Pathology Business Unit and led several global life science and clinical programs for PerkinElmer. Lori holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware.